Admit it, we’ve all been there. We’re talking about that moment when you hear yourself utter “Thank you, really you shouldn’t have.” We’ve all said it… as we’ve opened a gift that quite simply misses the Valentine’s Day mark. Or if not, maybe you have a Valentine’s Day gift graveyard. The perfume in the cabinet that you can’t throw away but you can’t stand the smell of and never wear. How about that old necklace or sweater that isn’t quite you, but you keep it because your love put so much effort into finding you “the perfect gift.”  We all know in our heart of hearts that it’s the thought that counts, but let’s face it, who can afford to get a gift wrong in this day and age?

So this year, why not give a few well-intentioned HINTS so you have a February 14th filled with gift surprises of the good kind.

Sweet and funny suggestions

Sure cupid isn’t like Santa, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drop a few hints when it comes to gift ideas! This February 14th, why not leave a few written wishes around the house? That means writing a funny tongue-in-cheek post-it note that suggests some chocolate might be good, or a ‘feed me’ sign left on your jewelry box, or even a funny little note written to Mr. Cupid himself. Just have a little fun and let your playful side shine and you’re bound to get the message across!

Spell it Out

Whether you’re walking past a department store window, watching a commercial on TV, reading a fashion magazine or hearing about a great new restaurant on the radio, the opportunities for pointing out a few great gift suggestions are endless. So instead of just hoping that your valentine is seeing, hearing or thinking about the same gift or Valentine’s date ideas you are – talking about the ones you want will likely give him or her the hints he needs.

Hinting 2.0

It’s no secret, in today’s social media savvy world, liking a product can also mean ‘liking’ a product for all your friends to see. Don’t want to go so far as writing a Valentine’s wish list? Not bold enough to tell your valentine exactly what you’re lusting after? Then, simply hit up your favorite social media site, a few of your favorite blogs or stores and get down to a little cyber hinting. There are even a few inspirational websites that are dedicated to sharing online lust lists, like Pinterest.  If  he is clueless , here is a hit all  ” Valentine’s Beauty Gift ”

Employ Your Friends

Not sure that your boyfriend, fiancé or husband will be following your Twitter feed for gift tips? Then it’s time to get back to basics and enlist your friends for help. Pick a good girlfriend or guy friend and tell them what would make your Valentine’s Day extra special. How they phrase your gift request is up to them of course, but there’s nothing like old fashioned word of mouth from a friend to get the message out!

Play to His Competitive Side

If the guy in your life loves to think he knows how to wrap up the very best gifts and you quite simply don’t mind being a little sneaky, then letting your boyfriend know that he’s got some stiff competition in the gift department may be trick for you! Start by slipping hints into your conversation about how envious you are of your girlfriends’ great gifts and before you know it, you could be unwrapping the Valentine’s gift you’ve been lusting after!

Channel Your Inner Child

And finally, at risk of becoming a brat, you could quite simply become a nagging preschooler! After all, they do know the ultimate secret to getting what they want: Sharing exactly what is on their mind. However, avoiding any foot stamping, tantrums and the barrage of “I wants” is strongly suggested, if you’d love nothing more than the classically romantic bottle of bubbly Champagne and bouquet of roses, then why not just come out and say it? No games and no hints, just say it! Just make sure to ask what gift he’d love. Chances are, what you had planned wasn’t on his wish list either!

So… Here’s to a day of love, happiness, hearts and the gifts you REALLY want! Drop a few hints… Happy Valentine’s Day!

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