Not everyone has time for a Valentine's Four Day Weekend (even though it is President's Day this Monday). But you can still come up with an incredibly cool, thoughtful and experience-making (or enabling) gift for your special someone.
If you need a little help getting inspired, I've put together a list of really fun gift ideas. Remember: money does buy happiness -- if you know how to spend it.
(Heck, if you've gone on a trip together, there are a lot of ways you can relive that! I was given a bottle of Philosophy Senorita Margarita Body Wash and Bubble Bath following a trip to Mexico once. It was a pretty simple and relatively inexpensive gift... yet I smile and think about how amazing the trip was every single time I get in the tub.
Keep in mind, though, that I love bubble baths. What does your Valentine love? Use that as your compass.)
But lo! A very special boy surprised me with a copy of Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems. The note he wrote in front was almost as beautiful, and certainly more personally meaningful, than the poems in this book. Don't miss "Love," "'I Love You'" and "Looking for a Friend in a Crowd of Arriving Passengers: A Sonnet."
You should also bookmark "Lanyard" and read to your mom on Mother's Day.
However, kombucha is a pretty expensive habit. If you buy it from the store, it'll cost upwards of $3 per bottle. UNLESS!
A wonderful alternative to the (boring) cashmere sweater, might I recommend an icebreaker Merino -- they come in men's, kids' and women's ultralight (through heavyweight). Whether you're looking for base-, first-, mid- or outer layers, this luxurious, soft and strong material is perfect for hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, snow sports and travel. They're beautiful, practical and smell-resistant. Because things make us less and less happy over time. But experiences (which your icebreaker will make more comfortable) make you happy forever.
OR. Have an activity planned so you can use it right away -- perhaps a day at the beach, a bike ride or a round of golf. OR, at the very least, decorate it with hearts and mushy love notes and puns about keeping your heart safe or never losing your heart or something.
There are literally about a million other gifts or experiences you could do this Valentine's Day. So if nothing on this list caught your eye, don't despair. Just remember: experiences, not things, make people happy. So whatever you decide, build a wonderful experience around it.
Also remember: couples that play together, stay together.
Happy Valentine's Day!