Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. Romance will be in the air. Flowers and chocolate will dominate television commercials. How about jewelry? Most women find anything with bling is welcome. On top of the pressure to come up with something special for our certain someone, we’re bombarded by ads helping us come up with the perfect gift. Is there such a thing?
My husband and I fell victim to some bad Valentine gifting early in our marriage. We laugh about it now, but back then, those gift mistakes were serious. It set a precedent that either made Valentine’s Day fun or miserable. Thankfully, we have a great relationship, and figured out early on what worked for us. No presents! LOL. It’s kind of a private thing between us, knowing we won’t fail under the pressure of Valentine perfection because we aren’t shopping. Our special gift to each other.
When my children were young, I always got them a little something. A card slipped into their lunch, crazy socks covered with heart motifs or lip gloss. While they appreciated the gesture, they were looking forward to the Valentine exchange in class, which usually included candy.
Last year, my daughter came up with a lovely gift for Mother’s Day, but it would make an awesome Valentine’s present. She’s a cash strapped student who doesn’t usually get me anything, but she made a lovely gift I keep near my writing area year round. If you’re crafty, any size mounted canvas and a few different colors of paint will do the trick. You can leave a message in the center heart, or maybe mount a collage of pictures. The nice thing about this gift is that it’s great for grandparents, or even hubby/dad to mount on the wall at his office.
Gifts or not, the important thing is to tell the people in your life how much you love them. That is the real heart of Valentine’s Day.