Here's what's wrong guys: You never, I mean never give your sweetie anything that takes batteries or plugs into a wall, period! Here are the rules (follow them closely): If you have been dating for less than six months and you are not all that serious, candy or flowers for sure (maybe a stuffed animal if she is that kind of gal.) Now, if you have been dating for more than six months, or you are in a serious, committed relationship, then go with jewelery. Don't panic, I'm not talking diamonds here. Just a nice piece of jewelery (it can be crystals, not gem stones) within your budget. And do some digging. Look at the pieces she already owns and maybe even snap a picture to bring to the jewelery counter at Macy's. Is she kind of funky and edgy? Then a Tiffany bracelet will not fit the bill. And if she tends toward more serious, conservative clothing, a dainty pearl necklace would work. See where I'm going with this? The more planning you do, the more successful you will be on the big V day.
And when you plan that romantic dinner, don't ask her where she wants to go. Instead, take charge and figure it out. If you know she loves seafood, do a Google search and find a quaint out-of-the-way place that she is sure to love. Or if she has been talking about wanting to try this popular new ethnic restaurant, surprise her by making reservations early. Your lady will be flabbergasted that you took the time to really plan that special dinner.
What if you have no money at all? Not to worry. Women love the fact that you put thought into the perfect evening. Even if you make pasta from a jar, light some candles and put in a CD with some of the love songs that depict your relationship, it will be enough. Because you actually took the time to prepare a meal!
But what if you go through all that, and your woman still isn't satisfied? If that's the case, it's time to rethink your relationship. Because if someone really cares about you, all you have to do is put some thought and planning into this day, so she realizes you love her too.
Etiquette expert and life coach Marie Dubuque is the author of six books and hosts a popular YouTube channel on manners: http://www.youtube.com/
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