Last year was my first married Valentine’s day… actually it was the first Valentine’s day in my entire life that I had a Valentine. I met my husband after Valentine’s day in 2013 and married him before the year was over!
So, last year, I thought way ahead. I created a calendar with pictures from the previous year and our wedding. This year, I was not feeling well, so I didn’t create one. Honestly, it was a ton of work to upload all of the pictures last year and then arrange them. It took much longer than I anticipated.
So, if you’re running a little late and you don’t think your man would appreciate flowers and candy like you would, here are a few ideas!
Special Beverages: My husband really loves soda with cane sugar, so I pick up a few at World Market. Also, he’s never not liked a build your own six pack or a bottle of Chimay beer from World Market, either.
Etsy Prints: Ok, I know this one seems a little self serving, and might take a rush order if you’re running too late, but last year, I snagged a deal on this Shih Tzu print and framed it, too. My husband loves our dogs – and our second one had just come home as a puppy when it was Valentine’s day last year. So, I got him this as a present from them.
Also, I won this print, but if you’re better with graphic design than I am, framing something like this would be a sweet present, plus looks nice on the wall!
Small Gestures: Sometimes it’s several small gestures that are more meaningful than one large one. A note by the coffee pot (if you’re like us–I go to bed later, but he gets up first and makes the coffee), a small bag of candy (or those addictive little Debbie Cakes) in his briefcase for him to find later, or just something he likes are good places to start, at least for my husband. It’s more about just getting him something small that he’d like, rather than something super romantic. He’s not always the romantic type.
When in doubt, though, you should give your husband a puppy. Everyone loves those.
Did you plan ahead? Are you doing something last minute?
For anniversaries and things like that, we usually pick an activity, because we would rather create memories than accumulate “stuff,” but Valentine’s seems like a good time to pick up the soda at World Market (we don’t go there often because of the location) or show a small gesture.
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