The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift is from the Heart
After 5 years of marriage, my husband and I are still madly in love. We show that to each other every day in our actions and in our words. We surprise each other with little gifts once and a while and try to make each day special and unique.
It is for that reason that I had a hard time getting into the Valentine's Day spirit. Why are you supposed to show someone you care about them only once a year? Shouldn't it be like that all the time? Also, the holiday is so commercial – flower, chocolate, and restaurant prices skyrocket – I can't stand it!
At the same time, my husband and I never want to miss an opportunity to do something special for each other. To make the day fun, we turned Valentine's Day gift giving into a project. Each year, starting in January, my husband and I begin making the other a gift. It doesn't have to be big or fancy; it just has to have meaning. In the past we have given each other projects ranging from scrapbooks of trips we've taken to a handmade wood crafts to pottery work and mixed CDs (back in the day).
We have found that it is not only fun to make something with the person you love in mind, but there is so much joy in giving the gift - it's just as good, if not better than getting one! Also, living together adds an additional challenge of hiding the project from your spouse. It helps really build the anticipation.
We have found that there is no present more perfect than a tailor-made and hand-crafted gift for someone you love. It has meaning, is made with love, and is from the heart. What could be better than that???
Tue, 02 Feb 2010 11:46:38 +0000
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