I like Valentine’s Day, but everything in me recoils from the expensive, over-the-top dramatics that you see on the commercials. I don’t want a Huge Romantic Gesture on February 14: no fancy steak dinner or two dozen roses. I’d much prefer some plain chocolate and a $5 bunch of tulips from Trader Joe’s.
If you can relate, this low-key list is for you:
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1. Dollar Shave Club. Personal and practical. Subscribe now on his behalf, wrap up the first month’s shipment for February 14.
2. Sexy candle. Go for black pepper or Sherlock’s Study, which smells like tobacco.
3. Journal. If he’s a Moleskine kind of guy, get him a nice one, and inscribe it.
4. Action movie. As in, “I love you so much I will willingly watch an action movie with you.”
5. The gift of “permission.” I’m pretty sure I first read about this in The Tightwad Gazette when I was young, and it stuck with me. Has he been dying to buy tickets for the game, go skiing for the weekend, buy a new gadget? The gift is saying yes.
6. The gift of plans. A time, a date, a place, a babysitter. Check out Shana’s post: she knows what I’m talking about.
7. Dinner. But please oh please, not dinner out on Valentine’s Day. Do I think that sounds like torture because I’m an introvert, or because that’s just common sense? I think it’s the latter, but correct me if I’m wrong in comments.
8. Books. Not just any book, but a thoughtful pick, or one she’s been lusting after? Absolutely.
9. Good lotion. A personal gift that’s dead-practical in February.
10. Chick flick. As in, “I love you so much I will watch Austenland with you.” (A real possibility, because it’s coming out on DVD on February 11.)
For the kids
11. The little things they love. For my kids, this means bubba yum and tic tacs.
12. Cute panties or boxers.
13. Novelty socks. Socks are Lucy’s thing, so this is an obvious choice around here.
14. Pocket warmers…
15. … or love birds.
16. Lip balm. Go with this classic, or get a red tube and do it up like this.
17. Valentine paper airplanes.
18. Adorable valentines.
19. Heart-shaped bacon.
20. Strawberries on a stick. (Am I the only one who thinks they look like hearts?)
21. Chocolate anything.
22. Cute decor. (That’s as fancy as it gets around here, folks.)
I’d love to hear your Valentine’s Day ideas in comments.