I am compelled to offer some unsolicited advice to the men-folks out there about what NOT to get your lovely lady for Valentine's Day. Please do not take this the wrong way. I only have the best of intentions, and am sincerely just trying to offer my assistance. Really I am. I am doing this to help you - which in turn will help all my sisters out there who have suffered way too much for way too long.
I guess I will just be direct. Here goes. We don't want a stuffed Teddy Bear for Valentine's Day. Even if it comes with a bud vase and a red rose. Even if that red rose comes with some little white Baby's Breath. Even if. Same goes for a stuffed Bunny, Cat, Dog, Frog, Duck, Heart, Cupid or any other toy that is appropriate for a 7 year old but not a grown damn woman. There you have it. Sorry if that sounded harsh, but I am trying to make a point here. While I am being "direct", we also don't want a heart shaped box of Russell Stover chocolates (most of which are inedible with some kind of spongy orange or pink goo in the middle) from the corner Walgreens. I mean, Really? You can do better than that.... right?
I know how and why it happens. The anxiety builds all week. Subtle (or not so) hints are flying around the room like those scary monkeys on the Wizard of Oz. Pressure! The most important thing is to NOT forget to get her something. You are on your way home from a long day at work and there it is... that big, white tent in the grocery store parking lot. It beckons you like the ghost St. Valentine's himself. With a sigh of relief you pull in with all the other panicked gentlemen in town and then they have you - hook, line and sinker! The rows and rows of bud vases, stuffed animals, heart shaped candy boxes and Mylar balloons is overwhelming so you just grab one of each and head on home.
And then, sweet sir, comes the hard part for us. We love you. Adore you actually, and would rather take a beating than hurt your feelings. You come in, all proud (and relieved) that you didn't forget this year, and present us with a little white teddy bear sporting a plaid jacket and the cutest red bow ever - and he is holding a bud vase with a gorgeous red rose (and the mandatory baby's breath) and there is a big silver heart shaped balloon which tells us how very much you love us. We breathe... we smile... and then hug you and tell you how very sweet you are (which you really are by the way). But...
Even if you show this to your lovely, she will deny that she feels like I do. But she does. You just have to trust me on this. Save the Teddy for you daughter or niece, and get your wife something that speaks to her. Who is she? What does she like to do? What is her personality? Very expensive jewelry? Not necessary. Fancy, elaborate, secret plans? Not necessary. All that is required is to think about who she is and get her something that shows you took that into consideration.. .that you really thought about it and chose something accordingly. You do that and you will have hit a home run! Hero status. Man on Fire.
Speaking of hook... Rosemary's Kitchen has some great ideas for Valentine's Day gifts! Now you are probably suspicious that I just made all that up so I could try to sell you some stuff... but not true! There may not be anything here that would speak to you - or her - but here are some ideas to get you moving in the right direction.
HONEY BEE MINE.......
This is a beautiful product - gorgeous glass jars (topped in wax) with different types of honey. This local honey would make the sweetest gift basket, especially when paired up with a honey dipper.
TEA for TWO.... (Me for You and You for Me)
This lovely pink teapot would make a charming gift for anyone that like to drink hot tea! You could create a gift basket with a variety of tea blends and a unique tea ball infuser!
Here is the same tea pot in red, which would also be a perfect Valentine's Day gift!
HEY HEY GOOD LOOKIN' - WHAT YA GOT COOKIN?
Heart- Shaped Pasta! Wouldn't this be cute in a basket with some cooking gadgets or organic olive oil? Perfect gift for someone that loves to cook! We also have the most gorgeous cutting boards I have ever seen. Come browse the gift shop and see what speaks to you!
ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART!
We have some lovely cocktail mixes like this one for a Cosmopolitan. We also have Bloody Mary Mix and Margarita Mix as well! One of these mixes paired up with a cute wine accessory or glass and some nuts or snacks to munch on... now that would be a great gift! We have some beautiful wine bottle stoppers that would be a lovely addition to a gift of her favorite wine!
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER...We have a large selection of unique coffee / tea mugs - you are sure to find one with just the perfect saying for someone special, a dear friend, the best teacher ever, or your helpful neighbor. Add in some special flavored coffee beans or special tea blends for a wonderful surprise! You could also fill the mug with candy for a special treat.
I AM NUTS ABOUT YOU
This is the cutest little nutcracker ever! Harry would make a wonderful gift, especially in a basket with a bag of nuts. You have to admit this would make a better gift than a stuffed squirrel, right? Just too cute!
REMEMBER HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU
This cook's string and stainless string holder will come in so handy. I use it for all kinds of things from packages to poultry. You sweetheart will love it, especially if you cut a piece of string, and tie it around her finger and tell her to never forget how much you love her. Awwwww! I am telling you - Home Run!
We also have lots of home made treats (heart shaped chocolate whoopie pies, chocolate dipped pretzels, etc --- MUCH more impressive than the drug store candy boxes.
Just call me if you need any advice! I am sure to help you come up with an idea that will turn you into a Knight in Shining Honor!
Happy Valentine's Day to All!