You love her, right? Then think about the real meaning of Valentine’s Day. February 14 is a day designed for you to show the woman in your life just how much you love her (and the other way around, but that’s another article). It’s a safe bet that your relationship is not like any other in the history of the world, so why rely on cliché gifts that millions of other guys are going to buy? Thirty-one percent of adults who celebrate will buy a Valentine’s greeting card, so no matter how funny or sweet, your card won’t be unique. Instead of falling in line with all the other guys who feel like they have to buy something just because it’s the 14th of February, give her gifts and services that mean something to the two of you. That’s the way to show her how much you love her.
The typical Valentine’s Day dinner: Make a reservation six weeks in advance, show up an hour early and eat a mediocre meal among a huge crowd of patrons who really don’t want to be there either. Nothing about this scenario speaks of true love. Show your lady how you feel about her by creating a special meal by yourself. Almost every guy has a go-to dish he’s comfortable making, but she’s probably eaten that a couple of dozen times. Take the time to find out her favorite dishes, and go online to find the perfect recipe that you can cook. Practice a few days ahead of time to make sure you’ve got the steps down and so that it will taste great. Use a site like the Food Network’s Easy Dinner database for inspiring ideas.
Traditional Valentine’s Day chocolates come in a funky, red heart-shaped box and usually end up picked over and tossed aside. If you want to give her something sweet, choose something different like chocolate-covered strawberries delivered by FTD.com. She’ll get the sweetness of traditional chocolate but the fresh taste of giant berries and the knowledge that you’ve put some thought into the gift. Besides, fresh fruit is a much healthier filling than caramel, anyway.
If you can’t resist giving her something in an envelope, you might as well give it all you’ve got and make it really mean something. Instead of stopping at the store and buying a fancy card, sit down at the computer and get to work. Write a series of poems about your feelings for her. Write down the story of how you met from your point of view. Write a fairy tale about the two of you, including a happy-ever-after ending. Create several haikus, each one dedicated to one aspect of her personality. Just let loose and be creative. She’s the only one who will ever see it, so don’t worry about making prolific art. The idea is to let your emotions flow so she knows how you feel. Print out your literary masterpiece on elaborate printer paper, photo paper or on a blank card, whatever fits best with the work you’ve created. Blank card companies such as Avery even offer free online card design programs that allow you to add pictures and fancy fonts for the best card possible.