Other than bedroom stuff, I think men are a bit harder (pun???)to get romantic gifts for. Once I made my husband a CD of songs I thought he'd like. They were hard rock songs, but the gesture was romantic-ish. ; )
Women, do you like flowers? I don't care to get them. I'd rather them in a pot then cut, because I have to watch them wither and die.
Fruit flowers, maybe? Or, just fruit will do! But, I don't prefer food. The very best romantic gift for me is probably a back massage with lotion of course!
What would be an amazing gift for you?
Of course I love chocolate, but something that shows he is listening to me. A weekend get away, someplace cozy. A gift certificate to dig up a new garden patch for me in the spring or a similar gift of service. I like flowers and house plants, but young cats live in my house, most of the plants are gone now. Cleaning and detailing my car would be awesome!
The spa-thing sounds nice. Massage, facial, mani/pedi.
I've been wracking my brain trying to remember any "romantic" gift I've ever gotten.
One boyfriend gave me a new rod and reel. We used to fish a lot. I guess that could
be considered romantic.
Jeez, I need to get out more.
I think it depends on the person. I try to pay attention to what they say when we are out and about. Sometimes the simplest gift or made by you (i.e. the CD) can be the most romantic. For me personally anything with one of my favorite super heroes (Captain America or Batman) will usually work.....and chocolate.
I dumped a guy once because he thought cut flowers were immoral because it hurt to cut them. I asked him if he only ate the apples that fell from the tree. And, yes, I had cut flowers all over my house. I love them.
I never turn down chocolate.
IMO, you kinda need to know someone to give them a romantic gift. My late husband once gave me a car--that was a great gift.
I use to go beyond the typical.
I play mind games, I know how to get inside easily. (Never in a malicious way)
Once I acted like I had nothing planned and just tell her that we were going to wing it. Get some take out or something.
Little did she know I had the whole evening planned out already. Stuff like a fancy dinner for 2 at a restaurant that wasn't open for business. But I pulled some strings with the owner that I was in good with. She was my wing woman that night.
I also got the girl I was seeing a box of chocolates...
But it wasn't really chocolates.
I instead opened the box prior, removed the candy and cut the holder in a specific way to be able to hold another small box. In that small box was a pendent. I rewrapped the box of chocolates after placing most of the candy back inside. (Let me just say, cutting that plastic holder that's inside of a heart shaped box is a bitch)
((Hell, putting the wrapper back on was a pain in the assignment too))
That's just an example of the stuff I've done.
I use to go all out... But now... I really don't care for the holiday.
Edit: Just realized I didn't answer the question...
The best flower gift I received was a steel rose I still have it to this day. But as far as romantic gifts go I think that's heavily based on the person you are gifting to. I personally like quality time together as a gift snuggle in bed watch a movie and order in, go on a hike to a beautiful spot or out to dinner just the two of us. Don't get me wrong a spa day would be wonderful but it doesn't feel really romantic to me.
My wife loves to be recognized as sassy young lady...Which I remind her that we are getting older, but she won't hear it. She loves romance and excitement. Its been noted that I'm not as charming as I use to be, and I try. Shes a material girl and she owns all those Victoria secret clothes and underwear and stuff of that nature. She owns expensive clothing and shoes that we have not used because we're not going to those night clubs or formal dinners. What do i get a lady like her is a mexican restaurant and some margaritas. I tell her what i want and she orders it for me. I don't know mexican or the lingo. She loves that food. I told her that i think we need to stop buying jewellery. I told her we need to stop buying clothes. Let's just take it easy... I think shes finally coming around. Note: I have nothing in the master bedroom. Nothing in the walk in closet. Nothing on the cabnets and drawers. All my stuff is in the spare bedroom next to my bathroom. I give her the bedroom and I just sleep in it. My wife the Queen.
I think the best romantic gift is to give a spe ial once in a while extended feel good. It could be anything in the range of a feather massage to deep tissue tongue treatment, as long as its dedicated. The ambiance shd add to the experience but also can be imagined if the experience and coaching is right.
I don't know about other women on this site but in both of my long term relationships sex was never an issue so it's not like they ever lacked. That said I was the cook, cleaner upper, clothes washer, etc and on a couple of occasions the BEST gift would have been a full body massage and then just let me drift off to sleep with no further participation on my part. (pisst, I won't be asleep long so just wait) LOL