What to Give Your Gal for Valentine’s Day—Whether You’re Flirting, Exclusive, or Married

These expert-approved, gift-giving strategies for every stage of a relationship will bring you and your sweetheart closer together.

Whether you’ve just swiped right or you’re celebrating your golden anniversary, Valentine’s Day is one of the trickiest gift-giving days of the year. “This holiday comes loaded with expectations and stress about giving or getting the ‘right’ present,” says Aileen Avery, author of Gift Rap: The History and Art of Gift Giving. Relationship experts say that people often worry that their gift will be too much, or too little—that they will accidentally overwhelm their partner or disappoint them.

And Fear of Gifting (FOG) isn’t entirely misplaced, especially when the goal of the gift is to express love—or, at the very least, some level of romantic interest. The good news is that it’s worth it. The right gift can bring you closer to your partner—if you see each other every day or if you’re in a long-distance relationship.

“Knowing that someone is thinking about you and has gone to the effort of finding a gift will inevitably deepen your connection,” Avery explains. “This is the perfect time to prove to your significant other that you’ve been observing them and know their likes and dislikes.”

More good news: You almost can’t go wrong with a gift that sincerely expresses your love, affection, or interest. The biggest Valentine’s Day pitfall is the default gift, which may be received as just that… default—those corner store-bought red roses, for example, for someone who has never shown an interest in flowers. Instead, experts suggest asking yourself where in the relationship cycle you are and using that as a guide for your gift giving. Are you trying to nurture a budding relationship? Or lucky enough to have a decades-long love?

Find your status below and visit the associated article for personalized gifting tips for your relationship stage.

1. Valentine’s Day Gifts for Brand-New Relationships

So, you’re making the move on your crush. Way to be bold! Click here for a sweet and savvy Valentine’s Day gifting strategy for still-figuring-it-out relationships.

2. Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Girlfriend

So you’ve made it past the are-we-or-aren’t-we phase, and you’re certain about your sweetheart. What you’re less certain about is what to give them this Valentine’s Day. Well, we’ve got good news.

With a little thought on your part, and these expert strategies and inspiration, you’ll be sure to wow your loved one on the most romantic day of the year.

3. Valentine’s Day Gifts for Newlyweds, Spouses, and Life Partners

If you’ve spent several Valentine’s Days with your sweetheart, there are still plenty of ways to make the holiday feel special this year, from sentimental gifts to cute methods of showing them how much you love them—for exactly who they are.

Check out these expert-supplied Valentine’s Day gifting strategies for couples who plan on being together forever.

4. Valentine’s Day Gifts for Long-Time Couples

The years—or decades—have gone by, but the two of you are in more in love than ever.

Make this Valentine’s Day the best you’ve ever celebrated together with these gift-giving tips from the experts.

*Illustrations by Josie Portillo

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