Thanks so much to Southern Gumption for writing this guest post!
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can be exciting as much as it can be stressful. Trying to find the perfect gift for your significant other is not always easy, especially when they already have pretty much everything. My husband always tells me if I see something I want, get it. I am the same way with him. If my apple watch band is dingy I just order another one. If my husband’s cologne is getting low, he grabs more. So, when it comes time for gifting the decisions can be difficult, to say the least.
What do you get someone who already has everything they want?
Although we do not buy things for each other most of the time, we do put thought into gifting for certain occasions, including Valentine’s day, which is especially important to us. My husband travels for work so often he is not home on Valentine’s Day. Also, there is the notion that we must spend a lot of money on Valentine’s Day, which is so far from the truth. Personal gestures and gifts that come from the heart can mean a great deal more than some piece of jewelry, socks, or a useless gadget that will sit up in a box. I know if you guys are anything like us, we have kids, a household to run, and bills to pay. Breaking the bank for Valentine’s Day just to prove our love for one another doesn’t really make sense, in the end, does it?
Here are a few ideas for Valentine gifts and Ideas for him and her.
1. Dates in a jar. I am always looking for DIY crafts and ideas. Grab a mason jar and cut out little squares of colorful paper (maybe Valentine related colors?) Write down unique places to go on dates. Throw them all in a jar and it turns into a simplistic but thoughtful gift idea for your loved one. You could also spice things up by adding some romantic thoughts on the paper as well, just a thought!
2. Favorite drinks and snacks. Yes, this may seem obvious, but it is worth mentioning. Our favorite things can be forgettable since we use them in the everyday fabric of life. I love Root Beer, Tootsie Rolls, and hot sausages. If my husband gave me a card with a 50-count bag of my favorite snack and a 24 pack of my favorite drink this girl would be STOKED. Just saying.
3. At -Home dinner date. Instead of battling Valentine’s day crowds at a public restaurant, why not grab your favorite meal to go or cook something fancy at home?
4. Bonfire. Why not opt for a night in? Imagine you two laid up in the hammock out on the back porch relaxing by the fire (After you put the kids to bed of course ) This is my personal favorite thing to do with my husband. I would give up any night out with him in a heartbeat to just sit in a lawn chair, prop my feet up in his lap, and talk by the fire pit outback.
5. Breakfast in bed. Think of this, a romantic morning spent with your lover and serving/getting served breakfast in bed. That is the epitome of romance if I ever heard any. Now to decide who will fix the breakfast in bed…
6. A love letter. Simple yet thoughtful and romantic. I don’t think I need to explain this one too much. Take the letters from King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, (if you’ve never read them, you should they are quite flavorful) The letters are so romantic and written to obviously set her heart on fire, which worked in the end (sort of?!) The simple idea of writing a love letter can mean everything to your lover!
7. Magazine Subscription. We all have a niche that we enjoy most, chances are there is probably a magazine subscription of sorts available out there to match it. I know this because I receive subscriptions related to oddball topics such as Autism, Archaeology, Anthropology, Information Technology, Ancient Discoveries, etc… If your significant other has a hobby or certain niche they love, a magazine subscription could be an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift.
8. Find an adventure near you. Search for free things to do near your location, you may be surprised at what you find. Don’t use Google, it will only show you top results and usually not what you would be looking for in this instance. Instead, use the website Geocaching or download the app. This site allows you to use your current location to find historical markers, other important landmarks, hiking trails, museums, etc… near you. It does not usually include the bigger attractions, it is more for the lesser known activities near you. Each cache includes a treasure hunt of sorts if you choose to do that as well, it can lead to quite an adventure! Check it out!
9. Thrift store date. Grab your significant other and run down to your local thrift store on Valentine’s day, trust me many people won’t be there, and it will be great! You both can agree on a designated amount of time to find each other a gift. Then, take off to locate that perfect thrift-gift for your lover. You never know what you may get, and it can be loads of fun!
10. Just a simple token. With the closing of this post, no matter what you and your partner choose to do for your romantic evening together, it is important to remember what the day is all about. Showing gratitude, love, and appreciation for your partner for all they do and for just loving you.
Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!