Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Have you thought of a gift to get that special someone? Here are 4 gift ideas for Him and Her that come straight from the heart.
I think Valentine’s Day can have it’s pros and cons. There can be a lot of pressure to get your partner that perfect gift. Or the feeling of having to go all out.
This holiday is not one Eric and I go all out on, we’re more Birthday people. I think celebrating the day you came into this world should always be extra special.
However, over the years we’ve implemented little things to celebrate the day of love, by getting special gifts for one another that mean more than candy.
Don’t get me wrong I love chocolate too. But, I believe the best kind of gift is one from the heart, no matter what day it’s given on.
So, let’s start off with the first idea
Him – His Hints
Eric and I didn’t have a proper Valentine’s Day celebration until the second year we were dating. He worked out of town a lot with a job he had at the time, so it wasn’t until the second year that we were able to be together.
I wanted the day to be special because we didn’t get to spend a lot of time together.
So, I went out and bought him some headgear because he was really into Kickboxing at the time, and had been hinting at needing some new gear.
I knew he would take forever to get it for himself. So I picked up on His Hintsand thought I’d surprise him.
Listen to his hints. What has he been saying that he really needs to buy but doesn’t. These can give you ideas on a gift that can be meaningful to him.
I was so excited to give Eric his gift. But when Valentine’s Day came, I felt so crushed. I didn’t expect some extravagant gift, but he acted as if he completely forgot about the day.
Even though I had given him reminders and mentioned that I wanted to do something nice, like dinner.
I asked what we were doing for Valentine’s Day he told me he was sorry for forgetting, but that he had to run errands, the gym, a haircut, the store, etc. And that maybe we could grab something to eat later.
I was sooo mad! And sad at the same time. I was at least hoping he’d made reservations or something. Dang can’t you take a girl to dinner??
Her – What She Loves
I was upset for most of the day, until evening came around and Eric walked in with a box from edible arrangements and some flowers.
Wow was I surprised! He said he was sorry for leaving me hanging all day but he had put the order in and had to pick them up, on top of fighting traffic it took longer than he expected.
He also told me to get ready because we had dinner reservations.
We went to dinner at a lovely restaurant and he took me dancing after. I Love to Dance! I felt so special and like the luckiest girl that whole night.
What is something she loves to do? You can take the time to do it with her to make her feel special.
My guy really knows how to surprise the heck out of me and make me feel loved. He never forgot it was Valentine’s Day, and had it planned out the whole time.
We enjoyed the rest of our night together and he was overjoyed when he saw his gift.
He took me to dinner and more. An epic first Valentine’s Day for sure!
Him – His Favorite Snacks
Our second Valentine’s Day was a bit less dramatic. It was cute and low-key.
We had dinner at a restaurant we both enjoyed and gave each other a nice little gift.
I put together a basket with all of Eric’s favorite snacks.
With the basket I made him a homemade card to add a more personal touch.
When I gave him his basket, he was surprised at some of the things I knew were his favorite. He said it made him feel special that I took the time to not only remember, but buy his Favorite Snacks. He was happy with his basket of goodies.
What does he like to munch on or is his go-to snack? A basket full of his favorites can be so simple, but bring him so much joy.
This was a good budget friendly option as well. Sometimes Valentine’s Day doesn’t always land when you have a lot of money.
I reused the basket that my edible arrangements came in the year before. It worked out perfect because red is also Eric’s favorite color. Win win!
Her – Favorite Items
As for me, Eric gave me some of my Favorite Items, along with a beautiful bouquet flowers.
To get an idea of some of her favorite items, think about her hobbies. What does she like to do, watch movies, paint, workout. Your efforts in gifting her favorites can mean so much.
I’ve always loved to do puzzles and watch movies. It was so awesome because we got to do these things together too!
Pitch Perfect was one of my favorite movies at the time, and still is. So after dinner we went home, popped in the movie and worked on the puzzle. All while eating snacks hehe. Thanks Babe for sharing :).
Him – Trying A New Place
By our 3rd Valentine’s Day we had already moved up to good old Chandler, AZ.
We hadn’t been living in the city that long so Eric wanted to try a New Restaurant. He thought it would be nice for us to spend a night out on the town.
Be adventurous with a night out to a new place he’s been wanting to try. Whether it’s food, movies, sports place, surprise him by tagging along and making the arrangements.
He’d heard about this Brazilian steakhouse in Scottsdale, AZ. This was back when I still ate meat by the way, I am now Vegetarian.
But we went to try it out and it was really good. The atmosphere was so nice and the service was excellent.
Her – What She Likes To Eat
Eric has always been one to try new things, especially food. Me on the other hand I like to stick with what I know.
However, in recent years I have been getting a little more adventurous too. I guess Eric has been rubbing off on me.
The night we went to eat at the Brazilian steakhouse I was a little skeptical, but it turned out to be a great experience.
Before dinner was over, we got something I really Like to Eat…dessert!
You can take her to her favorite restaurant or if you want to switch it up, try cooking it for her at home. Either way, she’s bound to love it.
I’m a chocolate cake kinda gal. Or anything with chocolate for that matter. So we enjoyed a nice dinner and some dessert, which I ate most of.
Even when it’s not Valentine’s Day Eric and I try to take turns with who chooses the restaurant. This way we both get to eat at the places that we each like.
Him – What He Needs
Each year our Valentine’s Day has gotten simpler and simpler, but also I feel more meaningful.
This past year was funny because we both said we didn’t want to do anything, but ended up still getting a little something for one another.
I got Eric a wallet, which was something He really Needed.
Is there something he needs, shoes falling apart, new work pants, or maybe some new socks? He’ll be thankful you knew he needed it.
His old wallet was falling apart. It was definitely time for a new one. Plus we were going on vacation a few months after and the last thing we needed was for money or a debit card to fall out of his torn wallet.
The new wallet is really cool, I ordered it from this company called Rawganique. It’s made up of hemp material and can be washed. I also chose a color I knew he would like. This is definitely going to last longer than his last wallet, plus it’s eco friendly.
We went on vacation stress free and he still loves his wallet.
Her – Something Special
The gift that Eric got me last year has by far been my favorite.
I was just starting off in my writing career, actually I hadn’t even started I was more planning what I wanted to do.
So Eric bought me this book called Bird by Bird, it’s a book for writers and is one of the top sellers in it’s genre.
He also gave me a card. This gift was meaningful to me in so many ways, it was Something Special. Both of these small items meant so much.
There’s a way that you can support her passions in life and that’s by getting her something special. Put love and thought into the gift, even if you aren’t sure go for it!
First, I have to mention that we weren’t married yet, but he still got me a card and called me his wife. If that’s not a clear sign that he plans on forever, then I don’t know what is! It’s the little things you know.
Also, I was very scared and uncertain when I decided to start writing. It was uncharted territory.
I hadn’t even heard of this book, but Eric took the time to research the best books out there to help me get started, and bought it just for me.
I was so grateful I cried. It was clear to me that he supported my passions and dreams. I felt confident moving forward after that because I had my partner to support me along the way.
It’s amazing what a simple gift can do.
This year, it just so happens that there is an event in our area the weekend after Valentine’s Day.
So that’s where we will be, hanging out together, and enjoying our time. Oh and eating of course!
There isn’t stress when it comes to Valentine’s Day. If we have money to do something we will and if not, there aren’t any expectations.
Knowing your partner, what they like, their favorite food, communicating, and supporting them are all great ways to show them that you love them.
It’s not just about the gift that we give on Valentine’s Day, but the meaning behind it and the effort that we put into it, that can show how much we care.
I hope you have the most wonderful Valentine’s Day and these help spark some ideas for you.
Don’t be afraid to post pictures so we can spread the love and the idea of meaningful gifts!