5 Easy Ways to Say âI Love Youâ
(Family Features) If gift-giving isnât your strong suit, occasions like Valentineâs Day are likely to bring on stress and worry, but procrastinating will only serve to elevate your unease.
Follow these steps to simplify your shopping, and while you may not come to love the task of finding the perfect gift, your loved one will undoubtedly appreciate your effort.
- Browse for ideas online. Many retailers offer special promotions and gift idea sections on their websites, so finding inspiration can be as easy as visiting the sites of your loved oneâs favorite stores. There are also dozens of articles online to help get the ideas flowing. Searches such as âgifts for horse loversâ or âValentineâs gifts for a new boyfriendâ will reveal a long list of ideas to peruse.
- Keep it simple. Although the advertising industry works hard to convince consumers otherwise, Valentineâs Day isnât really all about the bling. Sure, a pretty bauble is a welcome gift, but there are plenty of ways to show your affection that donât require spending a monthâs salary. A heartfelt card paired with a memento of a meaningful event or place in your relationship sends the same loving sentiment.
- Make it a (different) date. For many couples, navigating the demands of work, kids and life make spending time together a luxury. Instead of fighting crowds at busy restaurants on the official date, celebrate your love on a day of your own choosing, when you can relax and enjoy the time together without the pressure to rush through dessert so your table can be flipped for the next waiting couple.
- Give blooms a boost. A dozen long-stem red roses is a beautiful gesture, but unless your intended rose receiver is a strictly traditional type, try adding a little spice to your floral arrangement. Go for a bouquet in her favorite color, or have the flowers arranged in a practical vessel she can reuse to remember the occasion, such as a cocktail shaker or a watering can.
- Go ahead, gift yourself. It may seem counter-intuitive, but finding a gift youâll enjoy may inspire an idea for your loved one. The trick is finding something you can share together, whether itâs tickets to a show or his and hers mugs for enjoying your favorite brew. Just be sure the item is something your intended will share your enthusiasm for, or you may as well go buy a blender.
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