Don’t Be So Cliché
So, we all know how frustratingly commercialized Valentine’s Day has become. Roses, chocolates, stuffed animals, and heart-shaped everything– come on. Let’s take some of the cheese out of it this V-Day and give her something that shows your appreciation without succumbing to the inexplicable outrageousness that Valentine’s Day has become. And hey- I’m not saying don’t get your girl flowers on Valentine’s Day. Most girls love receiving flowers, but there are other options, too! Keep an open mind.
Do You Even Know Me At All?
What does she like? If flowers are her thing, get her favorite flowers and put them in a nice vase. Does she like books? Ask her what books she still wants to read. Does she like tea? Get her some new loose leaf. Coffee? A Starbucks gift card and mug! Her favorite wine, that scarf she’s been eyeing, a new wallet… It doesn’t need to be heart-shaped, fluffy, or red to be a good gift for Valentine’s Day. In fact, it’s probably best if it doesn’t meet more than one of those criteria at a time.
Be Creative Without Going Overboard
Valentine’s Day is a time to show your affection and appreciation for your girlfriend or wife more than it is about gifts. Take her out to dinner – spending time with her is the most important thing. Let her know that she’s loved and appreciated.
What I’m saying is, it’s not Christmas (which has also become extremely commercialized, but that’s another blog for another time). Valentine’s Day isn’t meant to be all about gifts. It’s about making sure that person knows how much they mean to you.
Make It Yourself
Maybe you’re not the craftiest guy out there, but even so, try making a gift for the special lady in your life – she will be thrilled. What you make depends on what you feel comfortable with. Make her a card if nothing else! And I say this with all sincerity – don’t worry about it being perfect. Don’t stress about it at all. The fact that you took time out of your day to make something heartfelt for her will brighten her whole week.
Maybe you’re a woodworker and can make her something really neat. Look up a recipe and make her some homemade candy, chocolate, cookies, or some other treat.
In The End
Valentine’s Day is more about showing her how much you care than about getting her all sorts of useless gifts. If she can’t use it for something it’s probably not a good gift idea. Let that be your guide.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about Valentine’s Day and what it has turned into versus what it was meant to be! I’d love to discuss it.