By Marina Shifrin  Wed Feb 9, 2011

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Step Away From the Chocolates and Roses

Ah the dreaded Valentine’s day gift. How do you avoid breaking the bank and avoid breaking her heart at the same time? According to the majority of individuals interviewed by MyBankTracker, the most memorable gifts do not have anything to do with the size of the price tag.

Flowers and candy are nice gestures for Valentine’s day, but women look for creativity and thoughtfulness when waiting on a gift from their partner. Valentine’s Day is known for its confectionary and floral gifts, even dating back as far as the middle ages. In fact, the oldest preserved Valentine’s Day greeting was written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans from a prison cell to his wife.

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The thing is, the Valentine’s day ‘schtick’ is getting old. Already dubbed as one of the largest commercial holidays, Valentine’s Day has lost a sense of tradition and gained a sense of obligation. Below is a list of tips for the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift that will make your sweetheart weak in the knees.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Time: The world of technology is rapidly changing, and with it; people’s interests and attention spans. Modern technology is based around expedience and convenience. The ability to access internet from anywhere is a helpful feature, but it also increases the work day along with distractions. It is this very same technology that hinders communication and puts strain on many relationships.

Turn off the TVs, computers, cell phones and leave them at home. Tell your sweetheart to do the same thing, and enjoy each other’s company, even if you can only do it for a couple of hours. Gifts are nice, but going on an actual date where you two or present and listening to each other is invaluable to the relationship and your partner. As a nice touch, create little coupons redeemable for things like, cooked dinner for two, massages, spontaneous drives, etc. This way you can still do the flowers, but put a spin on the gift. For date ideas read: Valentine’s Day 2011 Date Ideas.

Power Point: We just told you to step away from the technology, but if you are an addict like most of the country at least use it to your advantage. Modernize the ‘photo album’ by creating a funny and cute power point. Include pictures, videos, music that represents your relationship. You can create an entire presentation and show it to your loved one with drinks and desserts. Be quirky and fun, everyone loves a good laugh and there is no better way to show how much you care than revisiting all the fun parts of your relationship.

Express Yourself: Dust off that guitar and pull out the ‘ol pen and paper. Even if you aren’t the best musician, the idea behind creating an original piece for your Valentine will surly score some brownie points. Can’t sing? Create an original card or painting. There are millions of DIY ideas featured on the internet for home decor and other crafts, by giving a piece of art your sweetheart will think of you every time he or she looks at the piece.

Put a Spin on it: If you absolutely cannot fathom not spending money on your sweetheart this Valentine’s day, at least do something unique. If you buy a bouquet of roses, tie a little note to each one with a favorite memory, photo or inside joke. If you aren’t the greatest artist, buy a card that is blank and add your own message.

No matter how much you spend on your Valentine, the more you show you know him or her, the better that gift will be. Adding personal touches, and bringing up good memories will make your gift stand out this Valentine’s Day. Let us know what your best Valentine’s Day gift was in the comments below:

 

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  • http://toddinreallife.com lbarton99

    I could have married the most romantic man in the world. The best gift he gave me was a quilt…that he made himself! He enrolled in a quliting & sewing class to learn how all b/c I said one day while driving that I’ve always wanted a quilt. He said to me, any guy can buy a quilt, but to make one for the one you love, now that’s true love! He put up w/ so much razzing from the guys at the office but it truly was the best gift ever. I’ve compiled a list of 10 great Valentine’s Ideas all taken from things he’s done for me. check it out http://www.toddinreallife.com/#/happy-living/4538650753.

  • Sokunthea

    How about an out-of-the-box gift this year? Gift your sweetheart a ringside seat for the wonder, magic, learning and connection of TED Conferences. With a TED Live (www.ted.com/tedlive) membership, you can watch the conference live from your home, school or office … and you get a Kindle Fire and TED Books subscription as part of the membership!