Valentine’s Day/I’m all out of relevant Tom Petty song titles

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and, I must admit, I’m not ready. Since Christmas happened less than two months ago, I’m finding it difficult to think of last-minute gift ideas for my SO. It’s true, I could go the sappy route and present him with sentimental gifts that show how much I truly care. Trouble is we have been together greater than eight years now, and I’m fresh out of sentimental gift ideas. I’ve done the Bad Day Jar filled with happy, loving reminders; the deck of cards with 52 reasons why I love him; the soundtrack of songs that will make him think of us. You name it, I’ve done it.

Just how effective are these sappy gifts, anyway? I love my guy, but he’s probably only picked two slips of paper out of that Bad Day Jar. Total. I’m not even sure where that jar is at this moment.

I think there’s probably a specific time and place for sentimental, and it certainly doesn’t have to be every single Valentine’s Day. That’s what a card is for anyway! There are so many great sappy Hallmark cards to choose from.

Then there’s the option of gifting chocolates. Though, if your valentine is like mine, they still have a trove of Christmas candy lying about. I suppose no one can have too much chocolate, but maybe your hot-stuff valentine’s New Year’s resolution was to take better care of their svelte figure and pearly whites in 2019. It’s also a repetitive option and certainly not a very original one. (Although I point all of this out with having already dropped a very big hint to my guy that I’m in desperate need of chocolate-covered strawberries for V-Day this year! Who knows, maybe chocolate IS the right answer.)

After 8+ years, I begin to think Valentine’s Day is just a good time to pick up gifts that my guy will actually use. Still something to let him know I love him and think of him every day, but also something that won’t just gather dust on a lonely shelf somewhere or take up valuable space in our kitchen pantry. As in, “Hey, I got you a pack of underwear, I’ve noticed yours are getting pretty holey…” I could also probably say the same with a new pack of socks!

Yeah, alright, so I probably won’t just stop at gifting him new underwear and socks. I guess the point I’m trying to make is that there shouldn’t be so much pressure on Valentine’s Day gift-buying. Your partner (or friend, family member, librarian, tax person?—whomever you buy V-Day gifts for) will likely just appreciate that you took the time to purchase (or create) a gift for them.

You fully have my permission not to stress February 14th this year. Unless it is THE calendar day that you absolutely most live for each year—then, you do you!

-AW

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