I get it. Knowing what to buy for your girlfriend can be tricky.
Do you go for chocolates, flowers and stuffed toys? Is this an apology? A birthday? An anniversary? ...Valentine's Day?
Receiving a heart-shaped box of sweets and red roses might feel nice the first time around, but once the element of surprise wears off, it often doesn't seem worth it anymore. I mean, how useful are stuffed bears really?
Maybe it's time to step away from the stereotypical lovey-dovey gifts. Skip the chocolates and flowers and go for these thoughtful, non-obvious presents.
1. Netflix subscription.
An easy way to a girl's heart is paying for her Netflix subscription for a couple of months.
There's no better way to show someone you care about them. Help the woman you love indulge in her guilty pleasures.
... And if you want to Netflix and Chill, please provide the Netflix first.
2. A staycation.
Organize a spa day for your significant other.
Get her some massage vouchers. Every girl wants to be pampered and made to feel like a queen for a day. This is definitely one of the best ways to convey to someone that you care.
Or just a foot massage at home can do the trick.
3. Concert tickets.
This one might be a little pricey but you'll remember it forever, right?
Take her to see her favorite band. Or try a jazz bar.
It doesn't have to be fancy; it's the thought that counts, remember.
White wine, red wine, sangria: Many of us long for some kind of wine or drink at the end of a long and stressful day.
Little wine accessories are also great gifts: Cute wine glasses, openers, a wine purse, wine lip gloss... the list goes on.
5. Texting gloves.
OK, hear me out.
It's freezing outside but we are all obsessed with our phones. Checking your phone in the cold can be a mission.
So texting gloves are the perfect practical gift for the winter months.
Getting your SO this gift will show you're worried about her wellbeing and want her to stay toasty until spring arrives!
6. A portable battery pack.
My phone battery dies halfway through the day, every single day.
Not only is this present useful but it can also be meaningful, since there are so many cute designs for these power banks. Rechargeable phone cases and docks are also very welcome gifts.
7. An instant camera.
The 90s are back. And what better way to be on-trend and create memories than taking pictures with an instant camera?
8. A snuggie.
Ah, snuggies. They'll warm up your SO on a cold winter's day.
It's also a good gift to pair with that Netflix subscription...
9. A puppy or kitten.
This one is out there, but a girl can dream, right?
At the end of the day, birthdays and special occasions should not be about presents at all. They're about showing you care for your partner, and an opportunity to celebrate the love you have for one another. So any gift is a great one as long as it comes from the heart!
This article originally appeared on Unwritten.