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Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT | By Sarah Hecks
Valentine gifts decoded

The secret signs and signals their present gives

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So you've received a Valentine's gift and either you're pleased with it or, quite frankly, you expected something else. Your personal delight - or disappointment - may not be the only thing at stake here. Because is a box of chocolates just a box of something delicious or a piece of jewellery merely something shiny and gold? Or does the choice of gift convey a deeper meaning about your other half's feelings towards you? Whether or not you like the gift, their choice contains a hidden meaning. Your new boyfriend, girlfriend or long-term lover is actually saying something about the state of your relationship. Or at least their view of it! Because when we buy a present for a lover we don't just give a present, we also give a subconscious message about our feelings and intentions along with it.

Here is relationship expert Dr Pam Spurr'€™s guide to the most popular gifts that both men and women give and what they reveal about the gift-giver.