What Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day

| January 22, 2013

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The day of love is fast approaching, and many men out there are scrambling for Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will charm their girlfriends — or at the very least not land them in the doghouse. You can go the traditional route: flowers, candy, jewelry. Or this year you can change things up with a gift that is beyond the ordinary. DexKnows can help you find the perfect gift close to home.

Below are some Valentine’s Day ideas that are outside the (candy) box.

Support her favorite cause. If your girlfriend is an animal activist or has a favorite children’s charity, show her you support her efforts by making a contribution or even taking time to volunteer in her honor. Look at sites like volunteermatch.org to find opportunities to help out, or even shop for her gift on sites like the Red Campaign or Shop4Charity, which turn profits into good deeds.

Help her cross an item off her bucket list. Has your girlfriend ever wanted to go bungee jumping, climb a mountain or visit a national landmark? Take note and plan your gift accordingly. You’ll not only give her an experience she’ll remember, but you’ll score extra points because she’ll know you’ve been paying attention. Whether you take her snowshoeing or for a ride on a zip line or dog sled, make sure the adventure suits her style. You can also sign her up for a class. Check out ideas offered up by the Huffington Post. It doesn’t have to break the bank. Look for activities close to home, and once you settle on an idea, look for deals online to make it more affordable.

Put together a basket of her favorites. Another way to make a big impact, get points for thoughtfulness and not break the bank is to put together a basket of her favorite things. Whether it’s pink nail polish, cashew nuts and a bottle of Cabernet, or gummy worms, fuzzy slippers and movie tickets, you should know her preferences and give her an assortment that’s uniquely her. Putting together a basket is easy. Check out these tips for making an inexpensive basket from Money Crashers.com.

Make Valentine’s Day a chore. Every woman has a problem she needs solved, whether it’s an overflowing garage or car wiper fluid that needs a refill. Offer up your services as a romantic gesture. Shovel her walkway, drive her grandmother to the doctor or help her donate old clothes. Formalize your plans by printing out a coupon book listing all your available services. Use this guide from eHow as a starting point.

Ultimately, the success of your Valentine’s Day gift depends on how well matched your gift is to your girlfriend’s tastes. Listen closely when she talks. Chances are, you have all the clues you need to pick out the perfect gift. DexKnows can help you find the local resources you need to make it happen.

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Pamela Mitchell spent more than 15 years at daily newspapers such as the Hartford Courant and Houston Chronicle before becoming a full-time freelancer. She now writes about a variety of topics, from dining and entertainment to pets and travel.