February 14th, the day where love abounds and the phrase “it’s the thought that counts” rings true more than ever. However, roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate have become the staple exception to the rule when our creativity should be flowing at its highest. Here’s 3 out-of-the-box valentines gifts that will rock your sweetheart’s world.
1. Love Note Jar
Instead of whispering sweet nothings, write love notes that your valentine will always treasure. Grab some notebook paper and write a single compliment on each note. This is a great way to mix memories, affirmations and things you appreciate the most about your partner in one unforgettable gift. For maximum water works, create a time span of notes for your partner to read (i.e. 14 for 2 weeks or 31 for a month) and require that they open one daily. Afterward, discuss why it was mentioned.
2. A Homemade Card
No, it’s not just for 5 year olds. If you can’t find the right words to describe your mate, homemade cards provide an opportunity to be as expressive as you want through art. Even if you’re not crafty, the fact that you took the time to design this gift as best you could scores major points.
3. A Gift Basket
We know our partners better than anyone else. This year, take advantage of that and gather all of their favorite things in one basket. To make it easier, I would encourage you to have a theme like “favorite foods” or “spa day”, so that if you’re newly matched, the stress of finding the perfect things are drastically lower. But if you’re a pro, get as fancy as you want. For example, my boyfriend is an avid Steelers fan. One year, I made a steelers helmet and stuffed it with his favorite snacks and gift cards to Game Stop. To me, it was simpler than past years, but he still raves about it to this day.
People want to be showered with material gifts, but more often than not they want to be showered with consideration. The intent that we put into the gifts we present our valentine means more than any long stemmed rose because we were actively thinking of how to put a smile on their face. This week, think of ways to intentionally bless someone else’s life regardless of what holiday is on calendar. The smallest gestures produce the biggest effects.
P.S. Don't forget about sending flowers to your loved one's job. It's still an act of kindness that leaves people smiling every time. :-)