Using Facebook Gifts for Your Valentine

Facebook GiftsIf you’re in a new relationship or have just started dating someone, the pressure could be high around Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps you’ve just been chatting with someone on Facebook, and haven’t had the time to meet in person yet. Maybe Valentine’s Day will be your first or second date. If so, it’s unlikely that you’ll know the actual address where your digital crush lives.

If this is the case, overwhelming someone with a lavish present may make him or her feel uncomfortable. The Discover card 2013 Valentine’s Day Shopping Survey found that 45% of consumers expect to spend $25 on Valentine’s Day, so there’s no need to break the bank.

If you’re already friends on Facebook, the world’s largest social network is making it easy for you to send someone a Valentine’s gift this year, without having to leave the house or your computer behind.

How do you use Facebook gifts?

1. Visit the profile home page of the object of your affection or a friend you’d like to spoil this Valentine’s Day.

2. You’ll notice the red and white gift box above the status update. Click on the gift icon, where a variety of gift options will appear.

3. Select a gift within your budget and then select an eCard to go along with the gift. You’ll have the option to share that you sent a gift to your friend or loved on on Facebook or keep it just to yourself.

4. Put in your credit card information and you’re done.

5. Facebook will notify the recipient that they’ve received a gift from you. They can then provide their address anonymously and be surprised when it arrives.

Even if their gift arrives after Valentine’s Day, they’ll know that you made the effort to select it in time. If they don’t accept the gift within 2 weeks, it will be automatically canceled and your credit card will be refunded.

Not sure which gifts to select?

Here are some of our favorite gift ideas to the object of your affection, or your BFF.

1. iTunes Gift Card.

iTunes - FB Gifts

Who doesn’t love music? Let him or her pick their favorite love songs this Valentine’s Day. $10-$50.

2. Starbucks or a Caffeine-Filled Gift Card.

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If you went on a first date for coffee, and you know he or she is a caffeine junkie, you can memorialize the day with a gift card to Starbuck’s  $5-25.

3. The L-O-V-E Strawberry Gram.

Love Strawberry Gram

These six juicy, premium strawberries are hand-dipped in delicious dark Belgian chocolate and decorated with white chocolate lettering to spell L-O-V-E or drizzled with colorful confection. Presented in an elegant gift box, they’re the perfect Valentine’s treat for someone who’s been waiting to hear those special three words. $15.

4. Valentine’s Apple hand-dipped in Caramel and Chocolate.

Caramel Apple

This Valentine’s Day treat is both healthy and blissfully decadent: the granny smith apple is covered first in delicious caramel, then hand-dipped in dark Belgian chocolate and artfully decorated with elegant satin bow. It’s a sweet way to celebrate a Valentine. $13.

5. Sweet Pea Candle Tin

Sweet Pea Candle

If you’re counting calories this year, ditch the chocolate idea and present her with a romantic soy candle to help spark the romance. $11.

6. Anti-Valentine’s Candy.

Anti Valentine's Hearts

Sending a gift to your single friend? Check out the Anti-Valentine’s Candy, which celebrates his or her single-hood. You can let your friend know it’s time to “Stop Kissing Frogs” or encourage them with “Plenty of Fish in the Sea” candies. $5.

7. Pick Up Lines Coaster Set.

Pick Up Line Coasters

Looking for a last minute date? Try these cute pick-up lines coasters or send a set to your single friends to help them if they’re feeling shy. From “Do you believe in love at first sight…Or should I walk by again?” to “Do you have a sunburn…Or are you always this hot?” they’re worth a chuckle or two. $15.

If you select gifts $15 and under, you’ll find Valentine’s gifts for every relationship status, which are within most people’s budget.

What will you be purchasing this Valentine’s Day?

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Sophie and Trevor

Facebook Love Story - Sophie and TrevorMeet Sophie and Trevor who fell in love on Facebook.

How did these two who lived in Indiana and England find each other on the world’s largest social network?

It all started in the fall of  2007, when Trevor was going to a University in Indiana.

At the same time, Sophie was living in Leeds, England running her own business. Neither was interested in developing a long-distance relationship.

The two happened to join a “Star Wars” fan group on Facebook, where they entertained themselves collaborating on fan fiction. Sophie and Trevor became fast friends as they got to know each other over the period of just three months.

In the summer of 2008, Sophie and Trevor decided to finally meet in person. They decided that Berlin would be the city for their first date. Later that year, they both realized that they were falling in love.

Over the next several years they commuted between Indiana and England as their relationship flourished. Both Sophie and Trevor acknowledge that Facebook played a huge part in keeping them connected, during the time of their long-distance relationship

In 2012, the two finally got married in New York City . They just celebrated their first anniversary and are madly in love and finally living on the same continent, in each other’s arms in the Big Apple.

Congratulations to Sophie and Trevor who allowed their Facebook romance to flourish while living in different countries across the Atlantic.

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Patience and Sam

Facebook Love StoriesMeet Patience and Sam who fell in love on Facebook.

In 1984, Patience Smith knew Sam Bloom as the wildly popular senior who always found new ways to be in the spotlight. Many in their class would call him the class clown. By contrast, Patience was a wallflower. She had a crush on Sam but said he was “out of her league.” They never dated and barely acknowledged each other in the halls. During a formal dance, after her date had ditched her, Patience was shocked when Sam asked her to dance and pulled her into a random picture. They still have that picture.

Twenty-six years went by. Sam had married/divorced and lived in Israel, teaching college and high school French. Patience had gone into publishing in New York and had serial-dated for two decades. She was 41-yeats-old and was completely over the New York dating scene which she jokingly refers to as “buffet dating.”

Both were at a crossroads in their lives and the timing was perfect. In August 2009, in the “Suggested Friends” section on Facebook, Sam noticed “the little redhead” as one of his options and “friended” Patience immediately. For Patience, it was a no-brainer to be in contact with such a popular person from high school and she further attracted him by “liking” his morose status updates. He finally picked up the phone and called her. Their first phone conversation lasted for over two hours and their bond over the phone, on Skype and on Facebook then led to a visit four-months after they reconnected.

One Facebook friendship and three months of Skype dates later convinced them that this was “something.” He asked if he could visit and possibly “marry and father her children.” Patience said all of her girlfriends thought she was crazy, but she knew there was a connection there. In fact, they had a deal. He would come visit and would leave if they thought it was weird. Fortunately, that was not the case.

On December 17, 2009, Sam uprooted himself to go west and saw Patience for the first time in twenty-six years. He ended up staying in New York. On their first visit to his father’s house in Miami, Sam dug out the original picture of them, which he’d kept all these years. They were married on January 16, 2011 and live in New York.

Congratulations to Patience and Sam, our featured couple in Facebook Love Stories.

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