Valentine’s Day is a time to express your deep love for that special someone in your life. That’s what it’s supposed to be. In reality, it’s an exercise in performance pressure of the worst kind.
If your sentiments aren’t exactly right, if your gift doesn’t reflect your feelings in a truly touching way, you risk taking the Jet of Love down in a truly epic crash & burn.
When you’ve been married as long as I have (30 years plus change), the kind of gifts you get for one another are radically different from the early days. Nowhere is the difference between year 3 and year 30 more pronounced than on Valentine’s Day.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE whatever my sweetie gives me because of the thought behind it. But I’ve got to admit that each of the traditional choices has its drawbacks.
Chocolates: Women are usually dieting, so this looks like sabotage. You eat them anyway and then are filled with guilt and self-loathing. Nice present.
Dozen red roses: Costs a fortune, which, if you’re married, is coming out of YOUR pocket as well. Love the sentiment, but hate the big waste of money.
Single red rose: Romantic? Maybe. Cheap? You decide.
Costly jewelry: Hard to see a downside to this one, but the problem is when the costly item is something you would just never wear. After all these years, shouldn’t he know what you like?
Sexy lingerie: Some of us prefer flannel jammies. They keep you warm and cozy and hide the toll the last 30 years have taken on the body.
If it’s tough to pick the right thing for a woman, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to get something for a man. Men don’t usually care about ANY of the traditional stuff. The glaring exception is the lingerie. Even then, it’s hard to get something in his size at Victoria’s Secret.
My hubby is always running short on underwear. This pressing need is expressed in the suggestion that maybe I should do some laundry every once in a while – he seems to expect this every couple of weeks! While white briefs may be something of a necessity in life, they hardly qualify as a romantic Valentine’s Day gift. Or do they?
Here’s the lovely bouquet I crafted for Bill a couple of years ago. It combines romance and practicality with artistic flair. I call it, the Undie Arrangement. FTD, eat your heart out!
How about you? What’s the most unusual gift you ever gave or received for Valentine’s Day?
I’m not just asking out of idle curiosity – this here is a contest, y’all!
Tell me your best/weirdest valentines gift (via comment or email) by this Friday, 1/25 at 12 noon CST and I’ll pick the best. The winner(s) gets… drum roll please… to choose a valentine from my Etsy shop, “peep“. Several options are shown below with more on the site. Choose the one you want and I’ll get it to you in plenty of time for the big event. Sorry, winners have to live in the US of A.
*****WARNING, WARNING**** SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION AHEAD!!!!!
Ditch the same-old, same-old this Valentine’s Day with a creative gift, handcrafted with love from recycled wool or cashmere. Even Fido and Fifi can share the love! Check out my shop, “peep” for lots of fun ideas.