Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which often means flowers, candy and dinner out on the town. If you're tired of the same old routine, or you just want to give something different, you're not alone. Especially in today's economy, a $60 bouquet of roses that will die in less than a week isn't at the top of everyone's gift list this year. Why not surprise her (or him) with a Valentine's gift that's not only more practical, but which will also be appreciated and enjoyed a lot longer than a few hours or days? Here are some great gift ideas to consider.
If your sweetheart is one of the nearly 15 million unemployed workers in the U.S., their days may be filled with job interviews. Help them make a great first impression with a new purse, briefcase or planner. Even for those who are employed, this can be a great gift they'll appreciate for a long time. Those who work in offices might also appreciate personal items for their desk such as a high-end pen set or desktop organizer.
For gourmet cooks and back-yard chefs, high-end kitchen items can not only make their life easier, but become a stylish addition to the kitchen as well. There are lots of coffee and espresso machines on the market and many other appliances such as free-standing mixers and other useful tools and gadgets.
Ever since MP3 players hit the market, music has become even more popular than ever. There are a ton of accessories available - such as wireless speakers and combination alarm clocks/docks that any music enthusiast would love. If movies are more his/her style, don't forget that the movie buff in your life might appreciate a new BluRay DVD player. They play non-BluRay DVDs as well, so you don't have to worry about replacing the entire movie library.
Women, especially, love personalized items such as picture frames and jewelry boxes. Of course, you can make these gifts even more special by including a photo from a memorable day or by hiding a bracelet, necklace or ring in the box.
If none of these suggestions appeals to you, consider your Valentine's hobbies to find clothing, sports gear or other creative gifts that will show you put some thought into it. If you do, you'll be sure to get some smiles - and a good bit of jealousy from your friends who just couldn't think of something new and different this year.