Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and as much as I hate the over-commercialization of the day, I know that I would be in big trouble if I failed to make the day special for Linda. Of course her New Year resolution was to lose weight by eliminating candy so I can’t go with the old tried and true heart-shaped box of temptation. If I got her some slinky lingerie she would accuse me of 1) buying something similar for myself, 2) actually wanting what I bought her for myself, or 3) trying to live vicariously through her gifts… and all would be true. She seldom wears jewelry so she would think that would be a waste of money spent. So I usually end up planning a nice romantic dinner out. However, with the onslaught of bitterly cold and snowy weather we are experiencing, she would rather just stay home and be comfortable. Once again I find myself struggling to come up with an appropriate gift for her on cupid’s day. What do you do?
One year I took her to get side-by-side couple’s manicures and pedicures. It was a fun experience and she enjoyed the novelty of it… until I wanted to get matching color on my nails as well. I have given a gift of a professional massage only to find out she really doesn’t enjoy having some stranger rubbing her body. I have never heard of someone NOT liking a massage!
Electronic gifts don’t seem appropriate (no, not that kind that vibrates!). I definitely couldn’t get her something for the house (never give a gift with a cord attached) as I would end up being the one who uses it the most. And flowers make her sneeze so that’s out. And a gift certificate?? She would shoot me!
When she was in college she worked in retail (JC Penney’s) and always joked about the guys who would rush in at the last moment; just before closing on Christmas Eve or late afternoon on February 13th. She could sell them anything at any price and they would buy it, knowing full well that it would most likely be returned. Do any gals actually wear those red teddies with white fluff around the neck?
I certainly don’t want to be one of those guys so I had better come up with something quick. Wish me luck.