Avoid giving the worst kind of gift on Valentine’s Day

The best Valentine’s Day gift is a surprise getaway or experience, says Pepper Schwartz, a University of Washington professor and author of “Frommer’s/AARP Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World — and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away.” Aim for “something that shows that you know them — not that you did something generic, but that you did something that even required making a reservation,” she says.

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