Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. Love is in the air. Guys are starting to panic.
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate being together with the people you love. Yes, I said people. Because Valentine’s Day shouldn’t exclude those without a “significant other.” However, if you do have a spouse or lover, by all means, take advantage of this special day of togetherness. (wink, wink)
When it comes to getting a Valentine gift, it should to be something that celebrates the uniqueness of your relationship. Anyone can buy jewelry or a bouquet of flowers. Come on. Think a little harder. Put some heart into it. (Puns are so easy sometimes.)
1. Something homemade.
Are you handy at something? What’s your special talent? Can you build a trinket box? How about knitting a scarf? Something that you made with your own hands shows that you’re willing to use your talents and time for your partner. They know that all the time you spent working on the gift was time you spent thinking of them. Awwwe!
2. Home-cooked dinner and clean-up.
This is especially an awesome gift for a busy mom. Pick a day that you know is particularly stressful for her, offer to make dinner for her and the kids AND do all the clean up afterwards. It takes a load off her mind and allows her to relax. That is, of course, if you don’t burn the food or the kitchen. If you can’t cook, you could give her a gift card to a family restaurant.
3. A c.d. of love songs.
Not any love songs. The songs that are special to you. You’re first dance song. The song that was “your song” when you were dating. The songs from your wedding. Love songs from your favorite artists. Songs from your favorite genres. This is not a c.d. that you could buy. This is special just for the two of you.
4. Book of poetry.
Now if you can write your own poetry, that’s boss. But if you’re not the poet, pick up a book of sonnets. Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Maya Angelou, W.B. Yeats, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. And here’s a hint. Something pocket sized is very endearing.
5. Reenact your first date.
Go back to the same restaurant. Watch the same movie. Remember how nervous you were? See how much of the date you can remember together. One memory leads to another. You’ll find lots to laugh about.
6. Find a photo booth at the mall.
Be silly together. Do duck lips. Go glamour. Show some ‘tude. You already now how awesome you are. Show it off.
7. Custom photo cell phone cases.
You can order cell phone cases with a picture of you together on it. Or get one for him with her picture and one for her with his picture. These are available just about anywhere that prints photos.
8. Tickets to an event.
Do you like the theater? Orchestral music? The ballet? Basketball? Bare Naked Ladies? (The band. Obviously.) Go together and make some special memories. Don’t forget to take lots of selfies and post them all over FB and Instagram.
9. Photo album or book.
Put together an album of pictures of just the two of you. In a day of digital media, people just don’t have very many physical pictures. This is an awesome keepsake. You could also go to Printstagram and order a bound book with your special pictures from your Instagram account.
10. A unique craft.
You can find all kinds of unique gifts at a craft fair or on etsy. Find a one-of-a-kind necklace. Have a wall hanging customized for the two of you. How about an ostrich egg with your names painted on it? Seriously. I have one. I love it!
11. An antique.
Some china or crystal or even a first edition book. Something that has stood the test of time and is still just as beautiful. Let it be a symbol of your relationship getting stronger and more beautiful through the years.
12. Special desert of treat.
Does she love coffee? Does he like cheesecake? Make it extra special. Go gourmet. I love whoopie pies. The best I’ve ever had are the little gourmet whoopie pies dipped in chocolate. Mmm-mmm. Taste the love.
13. “Why I Love You” list.
Create the playing card book above. 52 cards and 52 reasons. Or fill a mason jar with little rolls of paper. Write a reason for your affection on each one. Remember to include all the little things you find so lovely. Like, “that little noise you make when you sleep.”
14. Flowers, card, and chocolate.
Don’t think I’m letting you off on this one. Sure it’s typical. But you can make it special. Make your own card or find one on etsy. Pick out the most unique or exotic bouquet of flowers. The best chocolates. Or maybe a tiny jar of chocolate sauce and a spoon. Make it personal. And besides, what girl doesn’t like flowers and chocolate?
I hope you can spend your Valentine’s Day with the people you love the most! That’s the best gift.
What was the best Valentine’s gift you’ve ever received? Share in the comments.