Valentine’s Day has become a magnet for cliché presents that most women don’t want. News flash guys, if you are going to buy us a Valentine’s Day present, try to put a little thought into it.

We don’t want anything you bought at the grocery store or cutsie gifts from the gas station. If you can’t think of anything for Valentine’s Day, here is what you should and shouldn’t buy this year.

What We Don’t Want – Heart Shaped Jewelry

We don’t want heart shaped jewelry you can buy alongside groceries. It isn’t personal or thoughtful, and most women appreciate a gift that fits her personal style not something that looks like it came out of a gumball machine.

Valentine's Day gift ideas for women
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What We Do Want – Meaningful Jewelry

While diamonds are always well received, jewelry doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be meaningful. You get extra points if you buy jewelry from a charitable organization.

Check out this list from Good Trade to find Fair Trade Jewelry Collections like this necklace from Nisolo which works with artisans from Peru and Kenya.  

What We Don’t Want – Weight Loss Aides

Unless we explicitly tell you we want a gym membership or a diet cookbook, do not, under any circumstance purchase something which implies you want us to lose weight. Even if we openly talk about wanting to lose weight, we don’t want our partner to agree.

Valentine's Day gift ideas for women

What We Do Want – Technology That Will Motivate

Get us something that will help motivate us without being an obvious gesture. These Sport In-Ear Earphones from Altec Lansing are perfect for working out.

These wireless headphones have a 6 hour battery life, a wireless range of 30 feet, and they are waterproof for up to 30 minutes 1 meter underwater. They also have onboard navigation to easily adjust music and take calls with a cable to wear around the back of the neck to keep them secure.

These earphones come with 3 different sizes of Freebit ear tips to fit just about any ear, and they even have a reflective cable for nighttime jogging.

Altec Lansing also makes the Baby Boom speaker, a waterproof, shockproof, snowproof, floating speaker! It has wireless pairing and 6 hours of battery life with a 30 foot wireless range.

The speaker fits right in your pocket and can be clipped to anything with a carabiner.  Both of these products have an amazing sound quality and are great for active lifestyles. Easy to use and convenient on the go, these are exactly the thing we need to get moving whether we are jogging on the treadmill or kayaking.

(Ladies – these are also great gift ideas for you hubby!) 

What We Don’t Want – Stuffed Animals

Seriously? I do not know any adult woman that wants a stuffed animal. Does your lady have a stuffed animal collection? Is the bed covered with furry, stuffed friends? No? Then don’t get her a stuffed animal.  

Valentine's Day gift ideas for women
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What We Do Want – Something We Will Actually Use

If you are completely stuck on what to buy, shop on Etsy. They have a ton of fun and adorable ideas for Valentine’s Day like these personalized bath bombs from Two Brothers And Olivia.

What lady wouldn’t love to pamper herself with a donut! 

What We Don’t Want – Lingerie

Come on…We know this present isn’t really for us. Buying intimates for a woman can be very tricky because sizing is never easy and women are pretty particular about their under garments. 

Valentine's Day gift ideas for women

What We Do Want – Something We Will Enjoy Wearing 

Honestly, buying any kind of garment for a woman can be a gamble. If your lady has been hinting at some new clothes, companies like Stitch Fix offer gift cards. That way your sweetie can use a personal stylist to pick out clothes just for her.

If you still prefer to buy something sexy, websites like Adore Me offer a huge selection of styles and sizes. Be sure to check out her size before you order anything. They also have free shipping and exchanges within the U.S., just in case you don’t get it right. 

What We Don’t Want – Candy

This is another impersonal idea for the woman in your life. It just shows you didn’t put in much effort. 

Valentine's Day gift ideas for women

What We Do Want – A Romantic Evening 

A romantic evening doesn’t have to mean reservations at a five start restaurant. How about a home cooked meal that we didn’t have to make or clean up?

Whip up our favorite dinner or even bring home take out from our favorite place and enjoy a delicious meal in the comfort of your own home. No crowds or overpriced food and wine just a romantic evening together.

It might make it even more special if you do a few loads of laundry without having to be asked. 

What We Don’t Want – Kitchen Accessories

I vividly remember the year my father bought my mother new dish towels for Valentine’s Day, and the week of passive aggressive complaints from my mother that ensued. Valentine’s Day is about showing the person you love that you are thinking of them.

It is supposed to be sweet and romantic. Don’t buy them dishtowels even if they need them. 

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What We Do Want – Something From The Heart 

This year, just remember to give the woman in your life something that says I know you. We want something personal that tells us you do in fact listen to us from time to time.

If you really can’t come up with any ideas, a big bouquet of flowers is always a great fallback idea.

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