Valentines Day

Valentines Day

The top ten gift ideas for your valentine

Valentines Day is perhaps the most romantic day of the year - a holiday with the sole purpose of allowing us to express our love and affection for one another. Besides a birthday or an anniversary, it's the one day of the year when you're expected to spoil your honey with lavish gifts and lots of attention (though if you want to do it any other day, I'm sure he or she wouldn't mind!).

So how do you show that special someone just how special he or she is? Here's a look at our top ten Valentines Day gift ideas – tried and true presents that are sure to win your valentine's heart:

Number One: Flowers

There's a reason roses are synonymous with romance. A beautiful bouquet is a surefire way to tell your sweetheart how much you care, while a single red rose makes an excellent addition to a box of chocolates or a candlelit dinner.

Flowers are perfect for a long-distance love; you can send them almost anywhere in the world. Having trouble arranging a flowers delivery? Why not send flowers online? Virtual flowers send the same message, and they'll last forever!

Number Two: Chocolate

Chocolate gifts are a hallmark of Valentines Day. With choices ranging from dark chocolate to milk chocolate to white chocolate and a variety of gourmet chocolate, including the ever-popular Belgian chocolate, you're sure to find the right sweet for your sweetheart!

Can't decide? Combine several types of chocolate into a chocolate gift basket. Or, for a twist on this classic treat, top off a romantic dinner with chocolate cake, chocolate truffles or chocolate fondue.

Your valentine not a chocolate fan? A candy gift is sure to please as well. Put together a candy gift basket full of your sweetheart's favorite treats, or put a twist on an old standard and give your love a candy bouquet rather than one of roses.

Number Three: Luxury Gifts

Pamper your partner this Valentines Day with a luxurious spa treatment. She'll love a manicure, pedicure or facial, and he's sure to enjoy a massage. Or, for a gift you can enjoy together, put together a basket of massage supplies, including massage oil and a book of massage techniques, and take turns giving each other a sensual massage. It's romance and relaxation all in one!

Number Four: Cards

Remember back in grade school when Valentines Day meant handing out valentines to everyone in your class? Valentines cards are still a great way to show someone you care, but once you're an adult, they're best used to accompany a present, whether it's a box of chocolates or a piece of jewelry.

For those who hate standing in the store reading dozens of greeting cards in search of the perfect one, email cards and printable greeting cards are great alternatives. With a little searching, you can even find free e cards or free printable cards online, leaving you more money to splurge on a fantastic present to go with it!

Number Five: Gift Cards

Gift cards and gift certificates are becoming more and more popular, but many etiquette experts argue that they are impersonal and are more akin to cash than gifts. However, this doesn't mean they can't be made more personal - pair a gift card from your partner's favorite store with a box of chocolates or a single rose, or make your own love coupons for things like a home-cooked meal or a relaxing back rub.

Number Six: Personalized Gifts

Give your valentine a gift as unique as he or she is! Many retailers now offer individualized presents, from custom T shirts to personalized jewelry and even personalized candy! Your sweetheart's one of a kind, so why not give him or her a gift that is, too?

Number Seven: Jewelry

It's hard to go wrong with this classic - nothing says "Happy Valentines Day" like a beautiful heart necklace. Diamond jewelry commemorates a long-time love, while silver jewelry or gold jewelry is perfect for newer, but no less special, valentines. And for those who want something a little funkier, turquoise jewelry and Celtic jewelry are both popular options.

Number Eight: Lingerie

Sexy lingerie was made for Valentines Day! And sexy underwear is a present for both of you - your valentine will feel great wearing it, and you'll love seeing it. For more subdued sex appeal, try satin pajamas or satin sheets.

Number Nine: Romantic Dinner

A candlelight dinner is the very essence of romance, so what better way to start or end your Valentines Day celebration than with a romantic dinner for two?

Number Ten: Romantic Getaway

For those who wish Valentines lasted more than just one day, romantic getaways are the perfect gift! There are many options for romantic getaway packages, from a romantic weekend getaway to a full-fledged romantic vacation. Cruises are also popular and offer a variety of activities and destinations.

Whatever your timeline and no matter your budget, these standards all say "Be my Valentine" – and the answer is sure to be "Yes!"