You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy the romance and surprise of Valentine's Day gift-giving. But maintaining those romantic and unexpected elements can get tricky for couples who share finances. Will splurging on your significant other be a welcome treat, or will it just stress him or her out that you’re depleting the joint account?
I know some couples who solve the dilemma by forgoing the element of surprise and instead treating themselves to an extravagant meal or a home item they’ve both been wanting. But I know others who, combined finances be damned, have secretly had their gifts for each other picked out for months.
What about you? If you share finances with a partner, do you give shared gifts for Valentine’s Day?