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February 8, 2014

Thoughtful gifts can make Feb. 14 a day to remember

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, but there is still time to show your love how much you care.

The days leading up to Feb. 14 are often filled with anxiety about buying the perfect gift, but they do not have to be.

Marie Hegeman, a licensed certified social worker at APC/Hegeman: EAP and Counseling Services in Oneonta, said the gift does not have to be traditional, as long as it is meaningful for both of you.

“If it’s something significant and sentimental, it doesn’t have to be a card, candy or flowers,” she said.

So what does your partner want for Valentine’s Day? Chances are your love has recently given you hints about gifts she wants or things she would like to do. Has she mentioned any movies she wanted to see or a restaurant she wanted to try?

The more sentimental the gift, the more your love will see how special she is to you, Hegeman said.

The problem that sometimes happens in relationships is that women ask for flowers or to go out on a date and the men think that because the woman asked them to do it, it will not be romantic, she said.

“Women do like romantic gestures, but it doesn’t have to be expensive,” Hegeman continued.

Not only will she be impressed that you knew just what to get; she will love the fact that you were listening to her, she said

Men often express their love for women by doing something for them, such as fixing stuff around the house, Hegeman said.

“For women, they want to hear the words, ‘I love you’ or ‘Your hair looks nice,’” Hegeman said.

If you are unsure and want to give her a more generic gift, try giving her a gift certificate to one of her favorite stores or, of course, you can give her a card, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, jewelry, chocolate or a spa treatment.

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