Looking for the perfect romantic gift for her that will show how much you care? Look no further than this list. Be the best partner ever on this special occasion.

A romantic occasion is just around the corner. Maybe it’s your anniversary, her birthday, or even Valentine’s Day.

For some men, they think there's still plenty of time to prepare. So they either use all of their Google-fu skills to search for the perfect romantic gifts for her or use the time to plan a grand romantic gesture. 

And then there are those who get by with last-minute shopping. Sometimes, it works and their girls are happy with what they have received.

But more often than not, this tactic backfires because women (wouldn't you know it?) have an instinct about these things. 

They know when their partners actually put in the effort to make the occasion special.

And they know when their husbands or boyfriends are just winging it. They even know that you already have an excuse for not stepping up your game this year. 

So how do you avoid all that and make this special occasion count? 

Let's get down to business and show you how it's done.

Romantic gifts for her: It's the little things

Whether it's a new romance or a love that has stood the test of time, thoughtfulness goes a long way in showing her that you care. And there's no better way to show this than by listening and being attentive.

What could be more romantic than surprising her with a piece of jewelry she's been eyeing for months? Or taking her to the restaurant she's been wanting to try ever since it opened?

She has eliminated the guesswork for you so you'll have an easy time of getting her exactly what she wants.

But what if your lady's not the type who drops hints? What if she prefers to be surprised? 

There's no reason to panic even if you have set a budget for this occasion. You're not Drake. You don't have to buy her a $100,000 necklace or surprise her with a billboard. 

Instead, you can try:

- Writing her a poem or a letter. If that's not your thing, send short, romantic texts throughout the day. Just don't overdo it - remember: thoughtful, not creepy.

- A romantic dinner at home. Set the mood by lighting some candles and don't forget her favorite bottle of wine.

- Doing all her chores. And yours, too. If that means taking care of the kids, walking the dog, cleaning the house, and taking the trash, do it. She deserves her day of rest.

- Going on a picnic or a special outing. Maybe a hot air balloon ride? If she's the adventurous type, take her skydiving, bungee jumping, or hang gliding. 

- A staycation at a nearby hotel. Take a bubble bath together. Watch romcoms all night. Order room service. Just make sure you give her your undivided attention.

DIY Romantic gifts from the heart

We get it. You want to try something different this year.

Maybe you want to show off your creativity. Or you need to retire your usual gifts for her.

Have you ever considered going the DIY route? 

Nothing says "you're a special lady and I love you" more than a handmade item. And the best part? You don't need to have Martha Stewart-level skills to pull these off:

- Love coupons. One of the easiest to DIY, there are tons of printable templates online. Make sure her coupon book is filled with things she likes: a spa treatment, an evening out on the town, breakfast in bed for a week, and so on.

- Secret heart cupcakes. You can find the recipe here or if you want to cheat a little, get your mom or sister to help. Even if your sweetheart finds out, you can still tell her that you supervised the whole thing.

- Romantic brews for two. This works great whether you're planning to throw her a party or just a night in with her. You can look for free tools online that let you design and print custom labels. Then just stick them on to bottles of her favorite drink. 

- Love bombs. Did you know that you can make bath bombs with the most basic ingredients? Yup, you just need three things: citric acid, baking soda, and corn starch. If you want to get fancy, you can add food color, Epsom salt, essential oils, water, and oil.

- Heart glitter nail polish. This one's perfect if your lady love's obsessed with nail art. Or you know, you can do her nails for her. Some ladies find that irresistible. To make heart glitter nail polish, grab a bottle of clear nail polish and some heart-shaped glitter. That's it! Combine the two and you're all set.

- Log you always. Got some extra firewood lying around? If yes, choose a log that's easy to work with. Make sure it's very dry and that you can get it to stand up. With your utility knife, carve a heart through the bark. You can use a sandpaper to smooth out the surface. Then use a wood burning tool to draw out your message or initials.

- Jar of hearts. Does your honey have a sweet tooth? Satisfy her sugar cravings with a jar filled with heart-shaped candies.

A special gift for a special woman  

The right romantic gifts for her don't always have to be expensive. What's important is that you take the time and effort to make her feel special. 

You also have to remember that you can show her how much you care for her every day. You don't need to wait for Valentine's Day or her birthday or your anniversary to treat her right and make her feel loved. Whenever you spend time with her, make every moment count.

The little things we mentioned and the DIY ideas listed here are just a guide. You know her best. You should know what she likes.

If you have a hunch about what will make the best romantic gifts for her, don't be afraid to act on it. As Frank Capra said, "A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something."

So be bold.

It's possible that by following that hunch, you'll be giving her the most romantic gift of her life. 

And if you need more romantic gift ideas for her, don't forget to check out this post.

I would love to hear your comments or answer any questions you might have about this post.

Yours sincerely,   


Dr. Carissa Coulston, Clinical Psychologist

BSc(Hons), MPsychol(Clinical), PhD, MAPS