There is all this talk about love being patient, kind and head-over-heels romantic, but little to no mention of its sentimental and practical characteristics. The week of love has started and already, some girlfriends, wives and secret admirers aren’t looking forward to the usual flowers and roses. They’re seeking a different, more original approach. Since we’re all adjusting to a ‘new normal’, it’s only fitting that we shift the way we gift for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few options to explore.
Sightseeing: If she is into vision boards, then you already have her goals right in front of you. Is she seeking a romantic getaway? The season of love falls on the weekend, so see about making it the best destination celebration you could give her, whether at home or within the bound of COVID-19 restrictions. He might be looking forward to a trip, too, so if you choose to accept this mission, get creative, and plan a safe and adventurous day or weekend for two.
Read the mind: Some women and men are turned on by intellectual stimulation. So imagine how incredible it would be if you gave your partner a book from their unpurchased reading list or one they have long sought to find. There’d be a special appreciation for this thoughtful gift.
Make all the arrangements: Perhaps you’re thinking of taking her to a well-deserved dinner for two. Follow through on all the arrangements: the restaurant (or at home), the reservation, the invitation and the dress code. Set the sultry tone by presenting her with a sexy curve-hugging dress. If you’re unsure about where to start in regard to her style, check her closet for style inspiration. Ladies, you can also flip the script and take control in the clothing and dinner department as well. After all, no one knows his taste more than you.
Accessorise and customise: Jewellery might be your girl’s best friend. Add a significant piece to her collection by personalising the pendant. It could speak to her specifically, or something that has to do with both of you. This customising concept can also be applied to watches and key rings, too. Both genders could benefit from trying that idea.
Picture-perfect: If she is a fan of portraits, whether it is printed on a canvas or painted by hand, then pick out the best single or couple’s photo and make it a picture-perfect display for the home or workplace. She will love you for the thought and innovative execution. On the condition that your male counterpart will treasure a portrait, get crafty with your photo of choice.
Make notes: Sometimes, it’s the thought that counts. Create a love jar filled with notes about how much your darling means to you. These jottings could offer words of wisdom, motivation and encouragement, too. You could write a note for every day of the year, or bring it closer to home by choosing 20 notes to represent the day of your anniversary. If you’re significant other is a lover of words or speaks the love language of words of affirmation, then this will be the perfect gift for them.
Tools and gadgets are welcome: This is where practicality comes in. If your beloved has made mention of wanting new state-of-the-art equipment, or something much simpler to manoeuvre, then now is the right time to get it. And tools aren’t limited to hammers and screwdrivers. The kitchen also requires tools, like knives. You could make this gift a cut above the rest by gifting a specially made knife. That is if, of course, your partner is a chef or chef in the making.
Chocolate-covered: Instead of choosing regular chocolate of the heart-shaped variety, say I love you by upgrading the sweetness to chocolate-covered strawberries and feed into each other’s fantasies. Yes, this is a two-way indulgence, if you get the drift. Food for thought.
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