By Gunter Jameson

Men, for 364 days of the year, get to do things like fix cars, hook up electronics, and be a general handyman for the women in our lives.  One day a year, we are asked to do something else to show our love – something a little more romantic.  On Valentine’s Day, it’s our job to shave off our manly exterior and be the cute and cuddly teddy bears that our women want us to be.  The time has come once again to buy gifts for our wives or girlfriends that tell them how much we love and appreciate them.  This is not a time for utilitarian gifts, like a mixer or a car stereo, so if you’re stumped as to what you should buy for your special someone, here are a few ideas that should point you in the right direction:

1. Chocolates and flowers: It may be cliché, but flowers and chocolates are a really great gift on Valentine’s Day.  Even though they’re not practical, that’s the point!  They don’t serve any other purpose except to look pretty, smell good and taste delicious.  If you bring a little beauty and a piece of chocolate goodness into the life of your woman, she will love you right back.

2. Hand-dipped strawberries: Chocolate-dipped strawberries are one of those rare treats that are so simple to make, but are very special and unique.  The sweet chocolate and juicy strawberry combined make a flavorful and slightly sensual treat that will delight your woman’s palette and tell her that you love her, both at the same time.  And she won’t want to eat them alone; get ready to snuggle up and share.  Want to score bonus points?  Suggest making chocolate-dipped strawberries together.

3. Heart-shaped jewelry: Yes, it might seem a little cheesy, but heart-shaped jewelry is a great way to get into your woman’s heart.  Pendants, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and more; it almost doesn’t matter, as long as it looks beautiful.  Your mate will know that you love her and that you had to embarrass yourself by walking into a jewelry store – and of course, that’s part of the present.

4. A weekend away: Clearly, if you have the money, a weekend away is one of the best gifts you can give to your special lady this Valentine’s Day.  All she wants to do is feel special by spending time with you without distractions, and doing things you both enjoy.  Stay at a cozy bed and breakfast or at an upscale hotel.  Get couples massages or spa treatments.  As long as the two of you are together and relaxing, she’ll love it.

The most important thing about Valentine’s Day is that you make your wife or girlfriend feel special – like she’s the only woman in the world.  If you can help her feel that, then she’ll know you love her.  Plus, you can then go back to doing manly things the other 364 days of the year.

Gunter Jameson writes about several topics, including social media, minimalism and Pell Grants for College.