Valentines day is the day of romance, the day you show your special lady how much she means to you. Plan to do something special – and remember, special doesn't have to mean expensive.
Flowers: the tried and true Valentines Day staple for ladies. When you think of Valentines Day and girlfriends, you automatically think of flowers and love. What you'll want to keep in mind is that a single rose can thoughtfully presented mean every bit as much to a girl as a full bouquet. Fit the gift to your girl and your pocket book. If she has a green thumb you might also consider giving her a flowering plant – something that will grow and stay with her more than just a few days.
Would you like to get serious romantic points? Hire a barbershop quartet to deliver a singing valentine. My husband sent a quartet to serenade me 15 years ago and I still remember it as the best Valentines Day of our marriage. (And we've been married over 20 years.) Prices vary, but typically run from $30-$50 dollars. If you want to go this route be sure to plan ahead; most quartets book up before the end of January.
If you've been dating a while but aren't ready for the final plung yet, a claddagh ring is a great valentines idea for your girlfriend. When you present the claddagh take a moment to explain how claddagh rings work; then place the ring on her right hand with the heart turned in.
Here is the guide to how claddagh rings are worn:
Right hand, heart facing outwards = unattached and available.
Right hand, heart facing inside = single but in a relationship.
Left hand, heart facing out = engaged to be married
Left hand, heart facing in = married
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If you remember nothing else remember this: your girlfriend wants to know you care. Let her know with something as simple as a single rose and a sweet card, or as fancy as a big night out and jewelry -- just make sure you remember to tell her you're glad she's spending Valentines Day with you.