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Valentine’s Day is on Thursday and, to be honest, I haven’t gotten Jake a gift yet. Ever since getting married where it’s “our” money, it is harder for us to justify surprising each other with material gifts. For years, Jake and I have opted to give each other inexpensive/sentimental gifts for Valentine’s Day. We are continuing that this year as well. I thought I would share some of the gifts I have gotten him over the years and some that I have thought about for the future.
Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
- Homemade Gifts: It seems like most of the Valentine’s Day gifts I’ve given Jake over the years are homemade. He is hard to buy for and appreciates the sentimental gifts more. Although it sounds cheesy, it is very meaningful. Jake has also made me some homemade gifts over the years and I still cherish them. Some homemade gift ideas are:
- A scrapbook with your favorite memories. These can be photos or ticket stubs from events, etc.
- A book with reasons why you love your Valentine. Jake and I have both done this before and we still have them.
- Coupons: Sometimes the littlest things mean the most to me. Jake and I have both made “coupons” for each other for various gifts. They can be as simple as coupon for your Valentine to do this dishes for your Valentine, a date night out, etc. I do most of the dishes, since Jake is so busy, so any little gesture like this means a lot.
- Make Treats or Your Valentine’s Favorite Meal
- A Handwritten Letter: Meaningful handwritten letters are so special to me and something I cherish. A heartfelt letter is one of the sweetest gifts you can give and it doesn’t cost hardly anything. A lot of times Jake will just write mine on printer paper.
- Cell phone free night: If you look around, chances are you will see someone staring at their cellphone screen. This is something that is ingrained in our society, and a night where you put your phones in the other room is the perfect way to connect.
- Map: Traveling is one of Jake and my favorite things to do, so how perfect would a map be as a gift? It would be fun use to plan future adventures.
- An Experience: The older Jake and I get, the more we appreciate experiences instead of material items. Tickets to a concert, a show, a cooking class, or a wine tasting make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
- Something Personalized: “My sheets are monogrammed, so is my silverware and pretty much everything else I own. My rule is, if it’s not moving — monogram it!” – Reese Witherspoon. I am a huge lover of anything monogramed. Some great ideas are wine glasses, a wine decanter, a wine chiller, a monogrammed necklace, or a monogrammed bag.
- Something For The Home: On Valentine’s Day 5 years ago, I gifted Jake our bar cart. We were engaged at the time and I knew it was something that we would both love and use for years. We still have the same bar cart 5 years later. Any home item that you know you’ll enjoy with your significant other is the perfect gift. I recommend thinking of your hobbies you share or things you both enjoy when coming up with a gift.
What are you getting your Valentine? Make sure to check last week’s post here if you need date ideas.