Valentine’s Day is not heavily celebrated in this household, and never has been — our first year together I bought Matt a Mr. Potato Head and he went out on February 14 and picked up the last chocolate-covered jujubes in town. Since then we’ve traded notebooks, a stuffed dragon, and more candy. Truth is we’re usually pretty broke by the time it rolls around, and neither of us put too much stock into the Hallmark Holiday aspect of things.
Anyway, it’s sort of a tradition now to not expect anything traditional! I already have Matt’s gift picked out and I suspect he will be running out on V-day to find something for me, but I had fun putting this little list of fun, non-traditional Valentine’s Day gifts (probably geared toward the ladies, but I can see how a few items would also be good gifts for guys!).
Starting from the top…
1. Reese’s hearts — cheap, easy to find, and delicious. I would be psyched to get these (and then sad because I wouldn’t be allowed to eat all of ‘em in one go). If your lady loves grocery store candy there are plenty of options out there.
2. This Little Miss Scatterbrain mug is awesome. They have them in a few different characters but this one is the best one for me!
3. Stuffed animals are a classic V-day gift, but a stuffed Kissing Disease plush is hilarious.
4. Also hilarious but cuddly? The Nerd Domo In Love plush.
5. The Love Cats print is great for cat ladies (like me).
6. This massage bar from Lush is probably the least quirky item on here but I’m including it anyway. And it doesn’t have to be a massage-y thing — I use the massage bars as regular moisturizers for my legs in winter!
7. It’s not (expensive) fine jewelry, so it’s a bit more low-key, and this necklace is just plain pretty.
8. Like the Reese’s hearts, these milk chocolate covered chips are more fun than your usual heart-shaped box of chocolates (and also delicious).
9. I have been eying this clutch for awhile, but really, when am I going to use a clutch? The heart makes it Valentine appropriate.
10. Doctor Who fan? The Dalek in Love mug is perfect.
Anyone wanna trade awkward Valentine’s Day stories? One year Matt and I actually decided to do things right so we booked a dinner reservation in town, well in advance, and showed up to find out that they had crammed us cafeteria style, seated about half a foot away from a really unenthused couple who didn’t speak through dinner. We didn’t feel like we could talk because they weren’t talking and we were sitting too close to them… and the food was kind of yucky. Conclusion: cinnamon hearts and Netflix are cheaper and more fun!