Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Gifts That Don't Suck

The big day is less than two weeks away and today I heard a great ad about how significant others always know when gifts were picked last minute without much thought put into them. I've so been that girl and CVS has bailed me out plenty. My hubby was likely very underwhelmed by his trial size cologne and nose hair clipper the last time that happened.

This year I vow to give this holiday the attention it deserves. Here are a few of the angles I'm considering that take a lot more planning than a last minute trip to the local convenience store.

1. Buy personalized goods! Things Remembered located in most malls offers wonderful engraved gifts. I saw a beautiful globe that would be such a lovely piece for my honey's office. Plus, they do same-day engraving, but if you go this route, don't wait. Great pieces and deals often sell-out! Another great engraved gift is a personalized journal or for the religious types purchase engraved bibles. Now that's thoughtful!

2. Paint a canvas! This doesn't have to be something out of Monet's page but I once received a handmade canvass painted with the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. This was so thoughtful and today remains one of my favorite gifts. If you aren't artsy then order a large canvas photo. These are so beautiful and simple to order. Many simply order these at Costco and they're such a thoughtful detail. A picture of the two of you or something that reminds you of your relationship (e.g. travel photos) would be quite romantic for Vday.

3. Kidnap your love! Now this takes time and thoughtfulness but it's truly a romantic gesture. My husband once had my boss clear a day-off and arrange a fictitious meeting. There I was thinking I was headed to a day-long "meeting" when the hubby showed up at my work with a large bouquet of flowers. He kidnapped me for a day of fun activities (lunch, movies, & shopping). This surprise was such a fun idea and something anyone can pull off just before Vday to avoid the crowds and get a head start on celebrating! Just do a little research and email your partner's boss for clearance. Hopefully most are a-ok with a romantic gesture as this!

There you have three thoughtful ideas that take more than a last minute trip to CVS. What were some of the best Valentine's Day gifts you've ever received?

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