Well guys, it's almost the one day of the year where we don't recommend watching sports. (Though you should still read ThePostGame.com.) Yes, it's Valentine's Day. We know: Lots of pressure. What's the perfect restaurant? The perfect gift? Will she get angry if I make the wrong decision?
We're here to help. First of all, as long as you show your woman you care about her, you'll be fine. But just to be safe, here are a half dozen Don'ts for this romantic holiday.
1) DON'T re-gift and give her something you bought for the ex.
Seriously. I've met more than one girl who has found her Valentine's gift on an ex's Facebook page. Guess some guys figure they've spent the money already on that expensive gift and then broke up. Why not give it to the new girlfriend so it doesn't go to waste? Wrong, wrong, and wrong some more. If your significant other ever finds out (and she will), she will never forgive you. Get something that is meaningful to her. It doesn't have to cost you a month's rent or be something extravagant. Make it something that shows you've been paying attention.
2) DON'T buy carnations
Sometimes referred to as the death flower, these buds will confuse a woman more than they will romance her. Think roses are trite? Go for lilies. Or how about orchids? (And by the way, ladies always love roses. They are never subject to misinterpretation. If a woman gets a dozen red roses, she never wonders what that means.)
3) DON'T use the whole "It's a Hallmark holiday" excuse.
Yes, we know it's a big scam. So what? This is the one day a year that a woman can outwardly brag that she is your girlfriend without annoying everyone around you. Show her how much you care and how happy you are to have her in your life. You don't have to spent thousands on fancy dinners and expensive chocolates to show her you love her. Try cooking her dinner. Or even giving her a thoughtful card that tells her just how important she is to you. Those little things go a long way.
4) DON'T forget to make those reservations!
At least show some evidence that you've thought about Valentine's Day before Feb. 13. There is nothing less romantic than sitting in a restaurant with a date while kids are screaming and flinging Mac'n'Cheese through the air. This is basically why OpenTable was invented. At least in my opinion.
5) DON'T go Dutch.
Listen, if you are in a long-term relationship, I am a firm believer in splitting things. She covers this dinner, you get the next movie. She buys the drinks tonight, you get them the next night. But when it comes to Valentine's Day, there is nothing less attractive than a guy who tries to split the bill with his date. Pony up the money tonight and trust me, you wont regret it. On this one day (and on their birthday), girls want to feel special -- taken care of. So that cute little purse that she spent hours picking out to match her perfect Valentine's Day outfit better stay shut. Yes, even if she makes more than you do. After all, how much did you spend on make-up in 2011? Thought so.
6) DON'T keep it a secret.
Sure, women love surprises. But it's no fun going through the first two weeks of February wondering if your man totally forgot about V-Day. Tell her something is on the way so she can look forward to the occasion and so you can relax. Don't give away all of the details, but at least let her know for a fact that she wont be spending the 14th with Ben and Jerry.
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