This Valentine's Day will be the 22nd that my wife and I have spent as a couple. I love her more than I ever thought possible and, although highly clichéd, try to use Valentine's Day to show her how much she means to me. To me, the ideal gift is not necessarily about money - although there have been times in the past when buying diamond earrings has been the right thing to do. For the most part, I want to celebrate the spirit of our relationship and try to find time to put something together that she would appreciate.
I have personally tried each of these ideas at one time or another. They are not all appropriate for the relationship that you may find yourself in, but I hope that you can pick out an idea or two to help you show your partner just how much they mean to you.
1. Make an iTunes Playlist
For many people, music is the best way to express emotion. Most couples have a special song that reminds them of the first time they met, their first kiss, a concert or a great vacation. If your Valentine likes music, then you should consider putting together a custom iTunes playlist just for them. Whether you already have a special song or are just trying to create a romantic mood, mixing together romantic music can be both thoughtful and touching.
If you can only thing of 5 great songs and need help filling out your playlist, check out the "My Groove" playlists on iTunes. My favorite Valentines day songs include John Mayer's "Your Body is a Wonderland", Dave Matthew's "Crash into Me", anything by Norah Jones and "Angel" by Massive Attack. If you have a favorite Valentine's Day romantic song, please use the comments box below to show the name and artist.
2. Picture Frame and Photo
This is the perfect gift if you find yourself on Feb 13th and the malls are only open for 1 more hour. For those with more time on their hands, you can search out a funky photo frame store (such as Ten Thousand Villages) and buy a unique 5x7 or 8x10 picture frame. Your gift will be both the frame together with a post Valentine's day 'photo shoot' in a special place for both of you. It could be a picture of both of you holding hands on the beach, or kissing under a tree, or whatever you decide. If you are really stuck for ideas, google 'romantic couple poses'. You will need a good quality camera with a timer - if you don't have one, try to borrow one from a friend for your 'photo shoot'. The good thing about this idea is that you can plan the 'shoot' together for some time after Valentine's Day. I like this idea because I love having an up-to-date picture on my desk at work.
3. Magazine Subscription
Another great last minute idea that won't take that much time is to give him/her a subscription to a magazine. You can show your partner that you appreciate their interests and give them something to look forward to every month. Subscriptions can be inexpensive depending on what you purchase. My wife is into fitness and really likes Oxygen Magazine. There is certain to be a niche magazine that is totally on-target with your partner - have a look at the list of magazines for under $10/yr in Amazon for something that is both meaningful and informational.
4. Coupon Book
I am including a link for a coupon book below - this is the idea that I am going for but suggest that you make something by hand (if you run Word, this template will work for creating your own coupons). The great thing about this is that you can be funny, imaginative or romantic with the ideas. Try doing up a coupon for a 20 minute massage, or various household chores, or movie night, or whatever you can think of.
5. Creative Valentine Cards with a Heartfelt Note or Poem
This gift would depend on the stage of your relationship. If you find a really nice blank card, you could handwrite a poem or note that he/she can keep for the rest of their lives. The key here is to take some time and really write from the heart. Risk embarrassing yourself. Take chances. This will just be between the 2 of you.
6. Stuffed Animal
I am well past the stuffed animal phase in my marriage, but at the very beginning, it was not a bad idea. My birthday was 3 weeks after my wife and I first started dating. The stuffed pig that she gave to me (I called him Wilbur) is now living in our youngest daughters' room. This idea lasts longer than a box of chocolates and is less expensive than a dozen roses. If you aren't living together, it can be a sentimental proxy that your partner can cuddle at nighgt. Even a small cute loving stuffed toy can be just what the one you love may want.
7. Vintage Jewelry
If you are intent on buying something, then vintage jewelry may be something to consider. Compared to traditional gold or silver, older vintage jewelry is less expensive and more unique. Vintage jewellry can be found at a local bargain store and includes everything from necklaces to rings.
8. Dessert for Two
Without doubt, all the good restaurants will be super crowded on Valentines Day. A much more intimate alternative is to bring home a fresh chocolate cookie, cheesecake or brownie for two along with a bottle of something you both like. If you have a bit more time on your hands, you can make something from scratch for your 'sweet' Valentine.
I hope you have found an idea here to help you celebrate this coming Valentine's Day with the one you love. You will find that your creativity and personalization will make your gift special. If you have any good romantic song ideas, please use the comment box below to share them with everybody.