Tired of boring Valentine gifts?
Add some spice!
SWEETS FOR THE SWEETIE?
Here are some more creative ideas instead. / Photo
by Julie Garcia
By Julie Garcia
February 8, 2006 | Every Valentine's Day it's the
same old, standard, boring gifts: candy, flowers, and
Hardly any thought is put into the day of love anymore.
Valentine's Day has been stamped as a Grade A, Hallmark,
money-making festivity. Perhaps people are just stumped
on what to get their mate. Perhaps, they don't want
to go to the trouble of spending tons of money on the
holiday that has been dubbed superficial and corny.
Nonetheless, V-Day gifts need an extreme creativity
makeover. Here are some economic ideas to help renovate
the Valentine gifts you give this year.
Give the Gift of Life
No, you don't need to go out and donate blood, unless
you want to of course. Instead, show your lover how
much you care by giving that special someone a beta
or goldfish. Purchase a bowl and some colorful rocks
so the fish can have a lovely home. Then, cut out a
heart shape and tape it to the front of the bowl. Make
sure you write something heart-felt on the paper like,
"You're the only fish in the sea for me." Sure, it's
cheesy, but it's sure to make your Valentine smile.
Ye Old Book of Compliments
If you don't have a cent in your pocket, you can still
give this gift on V-Day. Of course, you could make the
gift fancier by using glitter, stencils, paint, higher
quality paper, etc. Write down a list of compliments
for your significant other. Make it into a book, so
your guy or girl can pick it up anytime he or she is
feeling blue. It's a real heart-warmer all year ėround.
25-Cent Ring Fest
You don't have to be engaged to give each other rings.
Find a quarter machine that has a bunch of rings in
it. Then, have each of you buy one. Surprise each other
with the tacky rings you got. It's cheap, fun, and a
great way to pop the question. Note to reader: You probably
shouldn't ask the other person to marry you if you're
only going to spend 25 cents on the engagement ring.
Download tons of tunes that remind you of your relationship
with your significant other. Compile the songs onto
a CD and give it a romantic title. Give it to your man
or woman. Then, dance the night away to the lovey-dovey
101 Reasons Card
Get a poster and fold it in half. Make your honey
a huge card with 101 reasons why you love him or her
inside. Decorate and personalize it with pictures and
art. If you take the time to make it look amazing, it'll
make your valentine swoon.
Make a collage of pictures from your relationship
and frame it. On the back of the collage, write a poem
or letter to your loved one. Red Coupons Make a red
book of coupons inviting your guy or girl to redeem
the coupon for whatever the coupon says. The coupons
could say things like, "Redeem this coupon for a free
dinner" or "Redeem this coupon for a free back massage.
14 Days of Love
Are you not too artistic or creative? Do you not have
the time to make your gift? Buy 14 different small gifts
and give one to your sweetie every day until Valentine's
Day. It takes less time, but it might take more money.
In any case, it's uber romantic.
Give 'em a Heart Attack
Cut out a lot of heart shapes from different colored
paper. Then when your boyfriend or girlfriend isn't
home, fill their room with all of the hearts. When they
see the explosion of paper hearts, they will have a
For more ideas on what you can give that special someone
you can go to lovingyou.com. There are hundreds of gift
and date ideas for you to enjoy.