Whether, or not, you’re a business tycoon that enjoys sips of champagne from an 80 foot yacht, Valentine’s Day will still approach, and sentimental gifts will still be due. For me, buying gifts is more than just a chore, it’s a monumental burden! I’m first expected to remember Valentine’s Day, and then further expected to do something unexpected. Or worse! Buy a thoughtful, heartfelt gift. How can she expect me to keep reinventing myself year after year?
Technically, Valentine’s Day is a beautiful celebration of love and affection. If you think more like I do, however, it’s just another corporate scheme to get citizens to buy more junk, I mean stuff, I mean gifts! Yes, gifts. So let the chores commence! I surveyed 100 women and the results are in.
- One heartfelt message for every year of her life: Sometimes the best gifts are the not the expensive ones. If you’re like me, and have been with your significant other for more than 4 years, then you, more likely than not, have gotten all the “show off” gifts behind you. Tell her just how important she is through tiny notes of love. Even better! If she’s over 30 skimp out on 9 or so notes. This will make her feel younger than she really is, and make you look good while saving you time!
- A photo album of your best memories together: Gather all of her favorite pictures with you. Check Facebook guys! If it’s not here she most likely didn’t like it, and let’s face it, 9 times out of 10 she cares more about looking good in it than a pic of a great memory that she looks horrible in. Place them in an album of her favorite color with a sweet and catchy title out on the front. The time this took you to create it will sweep her off of her feet.
- Decorate her bedroom (or living room) with gold foil balloons and Valentine décor: I thought this would be number one for women! I did this for my wife almost 3 years back, and I overhear her talking about it at least once a month with her mom and friends. Who knew fast balloon inflation, and Walmart hearts and confetti would have such a memorable impact?
- Have a box of 23 roses delivered to her, making sure that one is visibly missing: In an attached card invite her to have dinner with you at her favorite restaurant. Once you two arrive at your table give her the missing rose and read (yes READ; writing something down will show time and effort on your part) her a note you wrote detailing all the reasons you love her.
- Mimic a picnic in your very own living room with a romantic movie: Spread a blanket in front of the tv and cozy up to a candlelit, homecooked dinner for two while watching her favorite chick-flick. After the movie, give her a card that you wrote especially for her and tell her just how important she is.
Women are more sentimental than we are guys! It takes more thought than money to impress them. Happy Valentine’s Day!