Valentine’s Day is coming up in exactly one week. Do you wait till the last minute to buy something for your honey? You know you do! Well, I do. I’ve been thinking a bit too much about what gift giving opportunities there are in the first part of the year. Mostly, because that translates into gift receiving opportunities. 😉 That also means that I may have come up with a few good gift ideas.
This is one of my favorite flowers, ranuculous. If you want to be a little different this year, see if your local florist can do a bouquet of these. Unfortunately, the only online place I could find sells in very large quantities. If you are looking for wholesale to the public flowers, click here. I also like tulips as an alternative to roses, and tulips are more readily available everywhere. Do you even know what her favorite flower is?
I have a couple of pieces of jewelry from Kevia.And I have a coupon code to share with you, in case you think your honey might like some, too. To get 20% off, use promo code VAL2011 at checkout. Kevia has rings, bracelets, necklaces and even a few handbags. Click on the link and check it out. You’re welcome!
If she has more of a practical nature, then something that helps her solve a problem may be better. Tons of women (including me) have laundry issues. Someone in a Google Group I am in told me about these collapsible laundry baskets.
They are only $4.95, which seems a little too good to be true. I actually ordered some last week, but they have not arrived yet. We’ll see how they fare. The ones I currently use collapse as well, but they are tall and skinny. Tall and skinny is a real mismatch for someone who is only 5’2″ and has the short arms that go along with that. These short and squatty ones definitely seem like a better match for me. 😉 ***She had better be REALLY practical for this gift. Or maybe you could do all of the laundry for one week to make this gift better.***
In keeping with practicality, she may want to pick out her own practical stuff. A gift card to a place like Container Store may be just the ticket. She may have one or several problem spots in the house that she wants to attack, but doesn’t feel she can spend the money. If it’s a gift, then all guilt is gone!
I think Valentines Day gifts for men can be rather difficult. The traditional gifts seem so much more feminine. My first recommendation is the Chumby.And truthfully, I got the idea from the blog Odi et Amo, from her Christmas list. I got one for the husband for Christmas and he really thinks it’s cool. He had never heard of it before, so it was kind of fun to get him a techie gift that he likes that was a total surprise.
Sticking with stereotypes: a cordless drill! Consumer Reports lists the Porter-Cable PC180DK-2 as a Best Buy. Every honey needs one for his “honey do” list.
If you are a laid back sort of wife, then this is the gift idea for you – beer brewing kit. I can’t even count the number of guys we know who either do this as a hobby, or wish they could. Here is the link to Monster Brew.This kit is the one I found that looks the sturdiest and the closest to what someone experienced would put together on their own. No, I am not a home brewer! But I am married to one.
Masculine stationery. It doesn’t have to be personalized. But it should be plain and not frou frou. So much of what is sold in stores is feminine. I know people think snail mail is dead, but thank you notes are still proper etiquette (Crap! Haven’t done x-mas thank yous yet!). I know my husband always appreciates it when I have something un-flowery on hand, and I bet yours would as well. He would appreciate it more if I wrote his notes for him, but it ain’t gonna happen! To make this gift less lame, you could include a re-vised honey do list with nothing on it for the next 6 months or something along those lines. (The stationery could also be a good gift for her. Especially if it was personalized, and of course not masculine.)
Okay, I think I am tapped out on gift ideas. What great gift ideas do you have for St. Valentine?