Men’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

So, men, you’re ready to find a Valentine’s Day gift as special as the special someone you’re buying it for? Here’s our best advice on how to successfully stay out of the doghouse this year.

1) Don’t buy an appliance

This one’s simple. You shouldn’t give your significant other a gift that may indicate your sole interest in her lies in cooking or cleaning. EVEN IF she hates her blender and talks about buying herself a magic bullet constantly, she doesn’t want it for Valentine’s Day. We promise.

2) Don’t give a gift that implies she needs improvement

Now is not the time to buy your sweetheart a gym membership, even if you know she wants one. It is not wise to give a gift that will leave someone wondering about underlying intentions. Self-help books, workout DVDs, and wax treatments fall under this category.

3) Don’t try too hard to avoid clichés

If you try to get too creative and steer away from the Valentine’s aisle, you may find yourself giving a well-intentioned but little-appreciated coffee mug, or worse, end up going completely over the top with a tattoo symbolizing your love. Don’t. Nice lingerie, a dozen roses, and a box of chocolates are classics for a reason. If you’re at a loss, stick with something traditional and add a heartfelt note.

4) Take yourself out of the picture

Don’t be offended, guys. We promise she wants to spend a romantic evening with you. But that romantic evening will be so much better if she gets some quality time to herself first. Spoil her by letting her indulge in something she never gets: time to focus on herself. You can purchase a spa gift card online and she can pick the treatments she really wants.