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The Secret to Finding the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for the Person You Love

Posted in Lifehacks, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on February 05, 2007

Given that 77% of my readers are guys, I thought I’d give them the subtle heads-up that Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away. My new tagline is: remembering the holidays so you don’t have to.

Like most people, I don’t care about Saint Valentine [wiki]. I have fallen prey to the Greeting Card Association who have created a Hallmark Holiday and hype V-Day to the point where it is the second largest card carrying holiday after Christmas [wiki]. I think it’s stupid to follow the dictation of corporate entities for when I should buy things for the people I love. Can romance be forced on a certain day of the year? I don’t think so.

It’s a feeling not a price tag.

valentine's day heart banksy
(photo by Naomi)

But I’m not so stupid to think I can skip the holiday without consequences. No matter how much she might say Valentine’s Day is a stupid holiday that shouldn’t be celebrated, not doing something at all is much worse than doing something. And what’s so wrong with jumping at the chance to have an excuse to tell the person you love how you feel?

Here are some suggests for activities and/or gifts. Post a comment if you have better suggestions. Remember that a homemade gift is always better than store bought except for things like jewelry and lingerie. It’s the thought that counts, but no one wants to wear homemade lingerie unless they have a serious duct tape fetish.

Going Out for Dinner

If you are planning on going out for dinner then NOW is the time to make reservations. It may already be too late.

Most restaurants prepare a fixed menu for Valentine’s Day, so don’t forget to check if that’s an issue for you. HACK: it’s always nicer to go out for dinner 1-2 days before Valentine’s Day instead to avoid the crowds, avoid the fixed menu and have better service.


(photo by zemlinki!)

Traditional Gifts

Sometimes it’s best to play it safe.

  • Greeting Card
  • Flowers (Roses are traditional)
  • Jewelry
  • Lingerie
  • Nice clothes
  • Chocolates
  • Alcohol
  • Plush Toys
  • Going out for Dinner
  • Spa Treatment
  • Sex Toys
  • Scented Candles
  • Hotel room / Bed and breakfast

valentine's day fortune cookie
(photo by wasaby)

Non-traditional Gifts

Things to Do

  • Make dinner for her (practice the recipe first!)
  • Hide gifts around the house with clues to find them
  • Sneak “I love you” notes into their lunch before they take it to work
  • Proclaim your love on the radio or in the newspaper
  • Rent a hot tub
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Buy yourself a gym membership to get ready for next year
  • Offer to give up blogging :)
  • … or rent a romantic movie…

Romance movies for men and women

Like one of the 76 romantic movies my girlfriend and I picked out.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Things to Give

  • Something very specific to how you met each other and fell in love
    • IE: first movie you saw, CD for concert you went to, etc
  • Take sexy photographs of yourself
    • Print them out at one of those grocery store print centers and then destroy the originals
    • May require shaving your back if you’re a guy
  • Instructable’s Valentine’s Day gift instructions
  • Craft Magazine’s DIY valentine’s
  • All Valentine gift how-to’s at Craft Magazine
  • Something handmade from etsy.com
  • Keepsake box with mementos from your first dates
  • Make a card instead of buying one (card instructions here)
  • Papercraft pop-up card
  • More Valentine’s Day papercraft projects
  • Write a love poem
  • Make a scrapbook
  • Print out romantic images from Flickr
  • Origami flowers
  • Girl Loves Robot’s mini VDay cards
  • Custom “gift certificate” for household chores, sexual favours, etc.
  • Sensual massage kit (oil, candles, blindfold, music)
  • Take Valentine’s Day cards for kids and write X-rated limericks in them
  • Collect your letters/email correspondence and have it bound as a book
  • Create a photo album of pictures of the two of you
  • Create a poster out of a picture of the two of you
  • Commission a portrait painting (probably too late now)
  • Homemade baked goods
  • Printable awards of Best Kisser, Best Wife, Most Romantic, Best Lover, Most Understanding, etc
  • Take a comic strip and replace the words with your own message.
  • Mixtape of significant songs
  • Custom t-shirt that says “Property of [yourname]“
  • Create a jar full of little hearts with endearing messages on them
  • Homemade gift basket (Bath items, scented candles)

anti-valentine’s day — valentine’s day sucks

Anti-Valentine’s (or Vinegar Valentine’s)

Sometimes Valentine’s Day is more fun to mock that to participate in, particularly if you’re single or getting out of a bad relationship.

Gifts That Will Get You in Trouble

Survival Guides for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day

Also, file this under things not to do: write a blog post about Valentine’s Day ideas and then don’t do any of them.

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  1. xboxfan said, on February 05, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    That’s an awesome… thing to say!! I liked this suggestion a lot ;)
    it’s always nicer to go out for dinner 1-2 days before Valentine’s Day instead to avoid the crowds, avoid the fixed menu and have better service.

    Valentine’s Day
    If I could be the postman
    For just one single time,
    I’d choose to carry Valentines
    So lovely and so fine.
    I would not mind the heavy load,
    Or mind my tired feet.
    If I could scatter happiness
    All up and down the street.
    Some cool places to get some real good stuff… for your perfect valentine

    Top 10 Valentine Gifts For Her at Thingsremembered.com

    http://www.thingsremembered.com/

    Sexy Valentine’s Day at Figleaves.com

    http://www.figleaves.com/us/ts_hf.asp?item=HomePage_C

    Valentine’s Day Flowers from $19.99! at 1800flowers.com

    http://ww4.1800flowers.com/?cm=homelogo&cm_cid=twb0

    Valentine Gifts | They will Love at thefrontdoor.com

    http://www.thefrontdoor.com/

  2. xboxfan said, on February 05, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Valentine day Gifts For Her & Him at Dealplumber.com

    http://www.dealplumber.com

    Valentine Special | Say It with iPod at Apple.com

    http://www.apple.com/

  3. hroswith said, on February 05, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Nice post! :) Meh, I’m a girl but I don’t care for V. Day. As if I needed corporations to tell me when to celebrate with my significant other. Hehe…

  4. kartyush said, on February 05, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Plush toys are my favorites. But not pink ones.

    Here are some exclusive plush animals that will make a great present:
    http://www.PlushSafari.com

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    Bookmarking this!

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  8. raincoaster said, on February 06, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Gotta luv Lifehacker’s tips on cheap V-Day dates that don’t LOOK cheap: Brunch and Coffee. Please, did either of those ever get anybody laid? Let’s look at expected outcomes and work back from there…what you you WANT out of V-Day? Is a latte going to get it for you?

  9. engtech said, on February 07, 2007 at 12:14 am

    Yeah, brunch and coffee is something for afterwards, not before.

    I’ve always thought it was about relevance and the thought/effort you put into it — the whole point is to show someone you care.

    If someone wants to do it on the cheap, the best gift might be to stop surfing the Internet for a week. :)

  10. Jeremy Jacobs said, on February 07, 2007 at 6:29 am

    I’ve been a bit rude about VD at “Corporate Presenter”

  11. engtech said, on February 07, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Here’s an interview with the “Gamer Chix” of Xbox 360 about their Valentine’s Day thoughts:

    http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/valentinesday/survivalguide.htm

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  15. Fung said, on February 15, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Oh, I’m too late to read this.

    I have just screwed up my VDay by simply “not doing something”…

    This is a great post, though.

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