3 Creative Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Freshly Baked Muffins Whether it?s your first Valentine?s with your sweetheart or your fiftieth, forgo the stereotypical flowers, candy and jewelry this year. Your loved one will appreciate a gift that shows how well you know him or her,...

Freshly Baked Muffins
Freshly Baked Muffins

Whether it?s your first Valentine?s with your sweetheart or your fiftieth, forgo the stereotypical flowers, candy and jewelry this year. Your loved one will appreciate a gift that shows how well you know him or her, something that only those who truly appreciate him or her would think to get. Even if you still get him or her something typical, pair the gift with something creative, and he or she will enjoy it long after the flowers wilt.

A Loaf Pan or Muffin Tin

If your sweetheart enjoys baking sweet treats, chances are his or her pans are worn out. Get him or her a new high quality muffin tin or loaf pan ? or both ? so he or she can continue to make some of his or her favorite cakes, muffins and cupcakes with pans that are easier to clean.

Of course, it wouldn?t count as a gift to your loved one if you simply gave him or her pans and hinted you?d like him or her to make you some treats. Unwrap the package and be the first to use his or her pans by baking a sweet loaf or muffins as a treat for her. He or she will be especially surprised and touched if you don?t usually bake anything for him or her, and the gift won?t cost anything near as much as a piece of jewelry.

A Book

There are few escapes from the daily grind of life more stimulating than a book. Reading the book is only half the experience ? the rest is finding other people with whom to debate, discuss and love the story. Enjoy quality discussion as a couple by reading the same book. Present your loved one with book you?ve loved and enjoyed or vow to read a book together at the same time. A book is an especially loving and creative gift for those on a budget.

An Experience

Gifts are only memorable if there?s meaning behind them. Spending time with your loved one is sometimes the best gift you can offer. Plan an activity, either on Valentine?s Day or shortly thereafter and tell your sweetheart about the plan on the holiday. You and your loved one might:

  • See a movie together
  • Go for a walk
  • Eat out together
  • Spend a night at a hotel
  • Get a spa treatment
  • Go to a theme park
  • Go to a trade show
  • Attend a sports game

When choosing an activity, remember to factor in what your sweetheart likes to do. Whether she adores ice fishing or shopping, crafting or dancing, plan the day first and foremost around what makes her happy.

Valentine?s Day doesn?t have to involve what the greeting card companies tell you to buy, and your gifts should be more meaningful than those you scramble to purchase on the way home from work. Meaningful and memorable celebrations involve gifts that are creative and personal along with fun experiences the two of you can share. Embrace your sweetheart?s passion with a gift that says you pay attention and you really care.