Gift Ideas For Your Valentine

Do people really still give gifts for Valentine’s Day? Apparently the answer is yes, and according to 55% of women, tacky jewelry, was the worst gift they’d ever received from their significant other. To avoid another year of necklaces that read “sexy b*tch” in rhinestones; PlentyOfFish has created the ultimate gift guide for you and yours, using survey data from over 20,000 single men and women from the site.

The Top Three Gift Ideas  

The Activity Date – Survey says; 34% of single men and 30% of single women claimed the best gift they’d received from a significant other was a fun outing or activity they did together. Whether it be a sports game, dance lessons, or bungee jumping, plan your Valentine’s day around a fun activity you know your partner will love! For those of you in a long term relationship, take a trip down memory lane and recreate the very first date you and your partner shared.

Gift Ideas – Concert Tickets, Broadway Show, Sports Game, Salsa Lessons, Drive-in movie night  

Romantic Weekend Away – Listen up gentlemen; 28% of women said the best gift they’d ever received was a romantic getaway. Plan a  weekend away where the two of you can spend some quality time together. If this gift is a little out of your price range, book a one night stay-cation at a hotel in your own city and embrace your inner tourist.  

Gift Ideas – Mountain/Lake Resort and Spa,  Boutique hotel in your own city, Old fashion road trip

Cologne for Him – Every woman loves a man who smells amazing! Evidently men agree, with 24% of men claiming the best gift they received from a significant other was cologne. Head to your nearest department store, ladies, and pick out a winning scent for him.

Gift Ideas – Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau De Parfum, Brickell Organic Beard Oil, Kiehl’s luxury body products

Additional Gift Ideas For Her and Him 

Turntable & Vintage Vinyls – Whether it’s The Best Of Sinatra, The Bee Gees Live, or Daft Punk’s latest collab, there’s a vinyl that will make any music lover swoon! Turntables made an epic come back over the last couple of years; consider buying your SO their very own. Audio-Technica produces a fantastic product that won’t break the bank.

Craft Brews – No one really understands craft beer more than the millennial generation; because, god forbid they’re caught drinking name brand. Grab a growler of your friend’s absolute favorite craft brew and make a night of it. For those of you looking for a double date idea; hop into your local brewery and ask for a tour.

Cookware from Le Creuset – Romantic dinner for two anyone? Le Creuset is the finest French Cookware and a perfect gift for the ultimate foodie! Take a page out of Julia Child’s cookbook and remember, “The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.” – Julia Child

Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones – Nothing screams romance more than Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones! In all seriousness, if your friend or partner is a techy, you have just made their days of coding a whole lot easier.

Frank & Oak Carry On Cocktail Set – If your partner is a Globetrotter – this Frank & Oak cocktail set will have them buzzing from take-off to landing!

Spa Night at Home – Transform your home into your very own spa; set the mood with relaxing music, cucumber infused cocktails, aromatherapy bath and massage essentials! Wrap each other in housecoats and cheers with a nightcap.

Do you have a stellar gift idea you want to share with us?! Comment below!

♥ Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

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Stocking Stuffers for Your Sweetie

So we’ve uncovered the top gift ideas for your Boo with the Ultimate Gift Guide For Bae, but some of you are still left with one last to-do – STOCKING STUFFERS! Don’t worry, you’re in luck, because stocking stuffers are my forte.

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All these items are fairly inexpensive but still thoughtful – You will be amazed with what you can get for $15 and under:

Manitea Infuser  – Not only is this little guy the cutest tea infuser ever made, it’s silicone material makes for an easy clean!

Silly Socks – Themed socks for the bacon lover, mustache grower, beer drinker and much more.

7 Year Pen – For the busy worker bee who isn’t taking too much time off this holiday. Now they can write an average of 5.5 feet per day – score!

ColourPop Cosmetics – Your one stop shop for wallet friendly lipsticks. Not sure what colour to get guys? Take a peak in your gf’s makeup bag!

Cute Pocket Mirror – The perfect accessory for every woman on the go.

New Year, New Notebook  – Everyone wants a fresh start to the New Year and it starts with a recycled paper, screen print notebook, does it not?

Apothecary Travel Set – Travel in style with these elegantly designed bottles, jars, and labels.

Slipper Socks – Not quite slippers and not quite socks, but what are they!? Slipper Socks! This hybrid will make for the coziest of Xmas mornings.

Muddler and Mixing Spoon – Mojitos coming right up!

Custom Apron – Bon Appetit

Starbucks Gift Card – We all need to stay warm this winter with a cup of joe.

Scratch and Wins – You never know, it could be your lucky day.

Netflix Membership – Now you can finally chill.

Bath Bomb – Sizzle in the bath with your sweetheart on Xmas Eve.

Personalized Nutella  – Not just any jar of Nutella, for your partner’s sweet tooth, but one with their name on it. Awe, now that’s love.

Massage Candle – Yes that’s right – the warm wax blend is just a few degrees above body temperature so you can pour it on the skin immediately and enjoy.

Beard Oil – The grooming essential for all mustached men.

Vintage Candies – Fun Dip, Baby Bottle Pops, Tart n Tinys, Push Pop, you name it; there’s nothing like taking a trip down memory lane.

Novelty Ice Tray – Whether you’re a cat lover or whiskey connoisseur there is a novelty ice tray made just for you.

Simple Jewelry – Jewelry doesn’t always have to break the bank.

“What I Love About You” Book – You buy the book and fill in the blanks with all the things you love about your Boo. Adorable!

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Ultimate Gift Guide For Bae

Oh the weather outside is frightful…but shopping for Bae is worse. December is meant to be a joyous month filled with the three ‘F’s –  feasting, festivities and fun! The last thing we want you to worry about, is tackling the dreadful shopping list tucked away in your jacket pocket.

To make it a December to remember for you and your Boo, I have put together this ultimate gift guide. The list below is meant to assist you in crossing off those last items on the list and perhaps inspire your very own winning gift idea!

Gift Guide For:

The Outdoors-man/Outdoors-woman –  If your SO loves the great outdoors, you’re in complete gift-buying heaven. You have a broad scope of items; including, new camping equipment, outdoor wearables, and hiking books! And don’t forget stocking stuffers – a whistle, pocket knife and headlamp.

The Music Snob – Record players, turntables and vinyls have made a HUGE comeback this year! Get lost in nostalgia with these gift ideas for every music junkie.

  • Record player – Now very aesthetically pleasing to the eye! 
  • Vintage vinyl – Get your hands on The Beatles White Album 
  • Speakers – Boost up your sound quality with Bose

The Fitness King and Queen – The latest active wear technology is much appreciated by the hardcore gym-goers, early morning runners and spin cycle maniacs.

The Foodie – My personal favorite to buy for. Foodies will beam Christmas morning if they unwrap the latest Kitchen Aid Mixer attachment, Le Creuset Dutch Oven, or chef’s knife.

The Bookworm – Besides buying the latest New York Times Bestseller, take a peak at these modern inventions for every bookworm.

The Animal Lover – If your partner has been making those subtle hints about how he/she would absolutely love a fur baby, then you may need to take the plunge, grow your family, and adopt a kitten, or puppy or both!

  • Adopt puppy or kitten – But seriously, just do it. 
  • Bling for Bowser – Because Bowser can never have too many outfits/collars/bow ties – The shortcut to any pet owners heart. 
  • Pet Picture Frame – A great addition to the home is framing those who live in it! 

The Techy – For every gizmo loving tech geek, this will keep them excited for at least a month, before the next gadget is made available.

The Movie Critic – Does your partner absolutely love going to the movies? Easy!

The Person Who Seems To Have Everything – I understand your pain! This person is always the trickiest one to buy for, because when they want something, they tend to buy it themselves, leaving you racking your brain for inspo. Here’s an idea – give them something they would never think to buy themselves – an experience!

  • Weekend Trip – Maybe its the next town over, a quick road trip or even a flight away.
  • Couples Spa Day – There is nothing better than being pampered!
  • Staycation – Book a local hotel for an overnight stay.

Happy Holidays!

Reunited on POF after 42 Years Apart

Nothing makes us happier at PlentyOfFish than hearing from our couples whom found one another via our site. John and Grace’s story struck a nerve, after they told us it all began when they shared their first kiss together as teenagers.

Warning – Grab a box of Kleenex for this one.

Grace: In 2015, after 27 years of marriage, I found myself divorced.

Thankfully I had a younger sister who had a place for me to live. I found a job, worked long hours and gained my independence back. Most of my friends were married, so I decided why not give online dating

My Favorite Things About Being Single

To all you ladies and gents feeling completely disheartened by your single status and wondering ‘why Mr/Ms. Right hasn’t come along yet’, let’s reflect on the best things about being single right now.

1. You don’t have to cook for anyone…like ever

If you want to order Pho, make soft boiled eggs, or have crackers for dinner, you can! Dinner is as informal as you’d like it to be, because the only stomach you need to feed is your own. I personally am no chef, which pairs nicely with my single status and perhaps yours as well.

2. The bed is all yours

My cat is the size of a small man, so this doesn’t apply to me; but for the rest of you, without fur babies, the whole bed is ‘your side’. How great is that!

3. You always have leftovers

#1 problem for couples: You’re just about to fill up Tupperware with the most delicious braised honey garlic chicken thighs, only to find your SO has devoured all the leftovers. I am DEVASTATED for you! When you’re single, this is never a problem. The cauldron of chili, you’re living off for the week, is still in the fridge when you get home. You didn’t even have to put a note with your name on it. Score!

4. The mess is your mess

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve dated really tidy men; however, I know some people haven’t been as fortunate. The beauty of being single and living on your own, is that the mess is only yours and if dishes are in the sink, they can stay there till the morning.

5. No shavings or makeup in the bathroom

The bathroom is finally yours! Single men, you can leave your shavings in the sink (If you do eventually want to date again, I advise you work on this) and single ladies, experience the freedom of spreading your makeup all over the vanity.

6. Toilet seat is always down

If you are female, I know you’ve felt the absolute horror of falling too far into the toilet, after your boyfriend left the seat up. Now you can rest easy, because that seat ain’t going anywhere but down. Single men, this point doesn’t really apply to you 😉 …as you were. 

7. Spend as you wish

You can treat yourself now and not feel bad about it because the money you make, is all yours! “That’s a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers…and yes I will buy them.” 

8. Alone time is actually great

If I want to lay in bed on Saturday till 1pm looking at #foodismylife on Instagram or creep Gigi Hadid for an hour, I can do it with no one asking why (true story). Maybe some call this a waste of time, but when you’re single, you can do whatever you want

 

Enjoy it while you still can!

 

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