There's no feeling quite like being in love. And one of the nicest ways to show your feelings is to shower the one you love with romantic gifts.
Romantic gifts say "I love you". They say "I'm thinking of you". With romantic gifts, you don't just give a gesture; you give a little piece of your heart, to be treasured forever.
There are many types of romantic gifts you can buy for the one you love. Romantic gifts can be small and sweet, for a quick and instant message of love, or big and valuable, made to last forever.
When buying romantic gifts for her, it's often more about the gesture and the meaning than the romantic gift itself. While there are of course some women in the world who'll value a Tiffany trinket above a heart-shaped fried egg mould, the majority of women love romantic gifts that show you're on her wavelength, and can remember little details about her, and about your relationship, as well as she can. The sort of little details that she doesn't expect you to remember; when you show her that these little details are important to you too, this can be a romantic gift for her in itself.
Romantic gifts for him are also important. He'll love romantic gifts that show you're thinking of him when you can't be together. Romantic gifts for men can take many forms; the important thing to remember when choosing romantic gifts for him is that the message and relevance are just right.
But what should you give as romantic gifts?
"Sweets for my sweet" is an age-old romantic message that never loses its meaning, so a trip to our sweet shop is likely to turn up a good few romantic gift ideas. A big bag of sweets with the message 'just for you, Sweetie' is a very romantic gift, while a selection of naughty food is a romantic gift in a whole other way.
Cute and cuddly toys have been given as romantic gifts for as long as anyone can remember. A cuddly toy lightly sprayed with your loved one's perfume or after shave is a very romantic gift to snuggle up to when you can't be together, and as romantic gifts go, this is an inexpensive way to express your love.
Of course, you don't have to buy romantic gifts exclusively for your partner. You can buy romantic gifts as a couple, to be enjoyed together; like something that smells delicious from our bath and body range for romantic baths for two, or a selection of romantic lighting to get you in the mood for romance. Or you could give the romantic gift of a home-cooked meal, with a little bit of help from our dine and entertain range.
You can give romantic gifts for all sorts of occasions. Romantic gifts are ideal for birthdays, for example. A day at the park, or the zoo, followed by a candlelit meal is a very romantic way to spend a birthday. Add a post-meal moonlit walk on the beach and a selection of romantic gifts, and you'll give your partner a birthday to remember.
Anniversaries are also ideal occasions to give romantic gifts. If it's your own anniversary, a trip to the place where you first met, or where you held your wedding ceremony or reception, is very romantic; add a couple of romantic gifts - gifts that are reminiscent of your first date, or of your pet names for each other, or of a shared favourite place - and you'll have an anniversary to remember. But you can also give romantic gifts to other couples on their anniversaries; romantic gifts make lovely anniversary presents for happy couples of all ages.
Romantic gifts are also ideal as wedding or engagement presents. Romantic gifts celebrate love and romance, and of course there's no better time to celebrate romance than at a wedding or engagement. Romantic gifts for weddings and engagements are ideal if the couple already have everything they need for their home, and will serve as a reminder of the happy day for many years to come.
Of course, the occasion when people most often buy romantic gifts is Valentine's Day, when couples all over the world celebrate love and romance. While red roses or luxury chocolates are popular romantic gifts for her, they don't last very long; instead, you could buy romantic gifts that last forever, like a selection of unusual gifts that really show you care.
Although romantic gifts are perfect for celebrating specific occasions, often the best occasion for giving romantic gifts is no occasion at all. Romantic gifts for women that simply say "you're beautiful"; romantic gifts for men to say "I'm yours"; romantic gifts are a wonderful way to say "I love you".
One of the nicest things about giving romantic gifts to that special person in your life is that the romantic gifts can last as long as your relationship. A little romantic gift every birthday, or every Valentine's Day, or every anniversary - collect those romantic gifts and keep them safe, and by the time you celebrate your golden wedding anniversary you'll have a lovely stash of romantic gifts to reminisce over, telling the story of your time together. Romantic gifts are a great way to store up nostalgia, and remind you of why you fell in love in the first place. We can't predict what will be considered a romantic gift in 50 years' time; perhaps it'll be a device that says "I love you" at the push of a button, and saves you the effort of speaking; or a robot that takes your wife out for dinner and whispers sweet nothings in her ear while you take your spaceship to be serviced. But one thing we can predict is this: if you show your love for each other with affection, kindness, respect and a regular supply of romantic gifts, you stand a better chance of still being in love with each other when your spaceship goes in for its MOT.