Whenever Valentine’s Day rolls around, the traditional gifts given (typically to women from men) include chocolate, flowers, jewelry, and lingerie, or some combination of those items. These types of Valentine’s Day gifts are so predictable, they are considered boring and cliché. However, here are five non traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, which are sure to elicit the appreciation, love, and gratitude attached to this holiday.
- Cook a delicious meal… Nothing warms the heart like a nice meal that is cooked by you. It beats the expensive restaurant hassle, and the effort will score you a warm hug. And, if that delicious meal is her favorite… Well, you’ll be golden.
- Household chores… While this may sound mundane, it really does work – especially if your Valentine is primarily responsible for household chores. Simply putting a load of laundry in the washer, folding the laundry, vacuuming the carpet, or emptying the dishwasher and reloading it, can work wonders on the spirit and put your Valentine in the mood for some serious romance.
- At Home Date Night… Valentine’s Day often results in crowded restaurants and emotional pressures that often turn the experience into something dreaded. What better way to avoid all of this then to be creative and plan a Date Night at home. Whether you do #1 on this list, rent a movie the two of you have been meaning to see (complete with home-popped popcorn and Red Vines), or cuddle up on the sofa to watch those shows you’ve had sitting in your DVR – the time and planning you took to create this date night will definitely be remember and appreciated by your Valentine.
- Skip the flowers and chocolates… If you would rather purchase something that speaks to the heart, figure out what your Valentine actually wants. For example, I’m not a fan of cut flowers so I would rather receive a plant. When Valentines from days passed would give me cut flowers, it sent a clear message to me that they weren’t paying attention. If you aren’t sure what they really want, ask their best friend(s) or family members. Whatever it is you purchase, it is going to send a clear message so you’ll want to make sure you get it right.
- Valentine’s Coupon Book… Take some time and create a coupon book. Each coupon is good for redeeming of 1 item. The items can be anything from lunch at your Valentine’s favorite restaurant to the purchase of a book your Valentine has been looking forward to reading. What is great about this gift is it stretches throughout the year and doesn’t put as much pressure on you to find the perfect something to tell your Valentine how much you care. The coupons are generic enough to leave it to your Valentine to supply the choice of what to do/purchase, but gains you the love and appreciation for taking the time to create the coupon book and dedicate your energy to seeing each coupon through.
What creative, non-traditional Valentine’s Day gifts can you think of? What are your favorite Valentine’s Day gifts? Please share in the comments section.