Romantic gifts are so tricky. Get it right and you could make his or her year; get it wrong and you’ll be sleeping in the dog house for weeks. Here’s our tongue in cheek guide to what really turns your lover on, gift-wise – and what you’ll never live down. If you are really stuck, make a call to a KEEN advisor for love advice.
Your Aries lover wants to save time, win, take risks or show off. A romantic gift which ticks at least two of these boxes will keep them smiling for a long time.
Good Ideas: Extreme sports lessons, a luxury watch
Bad Idea: A slow cooker
Your Taurus lover wants to indulge the senses. Food, wine and high quality fabrics are perfect; anything which requires too much effort is not.
Good Ideas: An expensive dinner for two, a luxury picnic
Bad Idea: An exercise bike
Your Gemini lover wants to learn something new, communicate it quickly or play with the latest gadgets. He or she won’t appreciate anything old fashioned.
Good Ideas: The latest smartphone, an interesting book
Bad Idea: Antique furniture.
Your Cancer lover is sentimental and homely. He or she appreciates crafts and home made gifts, but also loves anything nostalgic. Making him or her cry is a bonus.
Good Ideas: Genealogical research vouchers, home made heart shaped cookies
Bad Idea: A round the world cruise
Your Leo lover adores all things luxurious, and the more expensive the better. He or she also appreciates anything related to drama, or which strokes that huge ego.
Good Ideas: Acting lessons, designer clothes
Bad Idea: Anything from a budget store
Your Virgo lover is practical and won’t be offended by practical gifts. His or her romantic streak, however, would love something health conscious and ethical.
Good Ideas: A home gym, a spa day
Bad Idea: Cosmetics tested on animals
Your Libra lover is charmed by beautiful things and by beauty itself. Ideal gifts are very refined; anything which involves sweat or dirt is a definite no-no.
Good Ideas: A piece of art, make up lessons
Bad Idea: A quad bike session
Your Scorpio lover adores mystery and magic and will go weak at the knees for anything…odd. Avoid the predictable, unless it’s sexy underwear, which also works.
Good Ideas: A night in a haunted castle, a telescope
Bad Idea: Chocolates
Your Sagittarius lover wants something funny, or something related to a good cause. Travel gifts are always good too… less good is anything requiring commitment.
Good Ideas: A charity gift, a trip to a comedy show
Bad Idea: A course of 16 how-to-get-rich-quick lessons
Your Capricorn lover likes traditional gifts, and hates anything too extravagant. High quality goods will be appreciated, but dramatic surprises certainly won’t be.
Good Ideas: An antique leather desk, wine and roses
Bad Idea: A surprise second honeymoon
Your Aquarius lover is a techno geek and always ahead of his or her time. The more eccentric the gift the better – the one thing Aquarius can’t stand is a boring present.
Good Ideas: A seat on a space shuttle, a collection of shrunken heads
Bad Idea: Dinner for two
Your Pisces lover is born romantic and would love any gift which brings you closer together. Avoid fresh cut flowers – he or she would much prefer a living pot plant.
Good Ideas: A cosy winter weekend for two, a soppy film and popcorn
Bad Idea: An all expenses paid trip away – without you