Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re in a relationship, that means one thing — it’s time to get a present. Each year, thousands of couples head out to the shops, determined to find that perfect gift that will sweep their partner off their feet. And each year, hundreds of couples become overwhelmed by the endless choices of presents. It can be hard to find a material gift that completely expresses what the special person in your life means to you and how they make you feel, and, inevitably, many of us will ditch the grand gestures and opt for something a little more predictable.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re settled in a comfortable long-term relationship or in a new one, you can’t go wrong with a personalised gift. Here’s why.
It’s More Creative Than Generic Valentine’s Day ‘Classics’
As soon as February rolls around — and, sometimes, even before then — shops get in a tizzy for all things Valentine’s. Window displays fill up with the samey gifts — red roses, boxes of “Valentine’s” chocolates, teddy bears — it’s the same sickly sweet sentimentality every year. While there’s nothing wrong with a blooming bouquet of roses or a box of chocolates, they’re a little uninspiring. If you’re in a long-term relationship, chances are you don’t want to give or receive the same gift each year, and if you’re in the early stages of a new one, you don’t want to come across as unimaginative.
Personalised gifts, on the other hand, are designed to be imaginative, exciting and unique, and there are a thousand different ways to go. Personalising a gift doesn’t have to mean getting your names engraved on a bracelet. A personalised bouquet made up of your partner’s favourite flowers is a nice take on an old classic, while a box of hand-selected chocolates in a personally designed box elevates the humble Valentine’s staple. All it takes is a flourish of creativity to make sure your gift won’t be the same old thing that everyone else gets, and that alone will earn you some well-deserved brownie points on the big day.
It Expresses Your Unique Relationship
Valentine’s Day is the day for lovers; it’s when we take stock of the people we hold dear to us and celebrate our love for each other. Of course, your relationship is something you should celebrate all year round, but Valentine’s Day presents a special opportunity to really indulge in each other and champion your relationship. That’s why buying a gift can be so daunting — whether you consider yourself romantic or not — how do you choose a present that is as special as your relationship with your partner?
Personalised gifts are, as you might guess, personal by nature, making them an easy way to make a unique statement of love for your partner in a way that shows them you know exactly what they enjoy. If you and your partner enjoy snuggling up and binge-watching your favourite Netflix series together, why not get a personalised hoodie with a special message for them — or both of you! — to wear when you’re curled up on the sofa? If you both love to indulge in a Sunday morning pamper session, a cute personalised dressing gown and towel set could be just the choice. With a personalised gift, you aren’t forced to conform to the same old romancing routines; you can make a romantic statement in a way that is sincere and meaningful to you as a couple — and that’s what the day is all about.
It’s Perfect for Blossoming Relationships
One of the greatest mistakes hopeless romantics looking to woo their partners can make is underestimating the importance of choosing a present that reflects the stage of their relationship. It goes without saying that what’s appropriate for someone you’ve been in a relationship with for five years is drastically different from what you’d buy for someone you’ve been casually dating for a week. Go too big with a new fling and you may scare them off. That’s why those early Valentine’s gifts are the hardest ones to get right.
If you’re in an exciting new relationship and looking for a gift that makes a good impression and is a little more than the standard box of chocs, a personalised gift may be a perfect choice. If you’ve only been dating for a week, a cute personalised card says “I like you” without seeming too keen. If you’ve been together for a few months and you’re still working out the dynamics of your relationship, a personalised bag or hat is thoughtful, subtle and practical enough not to overwhelm. Perhaps save the engraved jewellery for a year or so down the line…
Author bio: Robert Joyce is the managing director of personalised clothing company Yazzoo, which delivers high-quality screen printing and embroidery services at economy prices.