Friday, February 5, 2010

Give From the Heart

According to US Census of 2006, the top 5 gifts for Valentine’s Day are:
1. Greeting Cards
2. Dinner Date
3. Flowers
4. Candy
5. Gift Card or Stuffed Animal.

The first year I was married, my husband bought me a large file folder to organize bills for Valentine’s Day. I was crushed and he didn’t understand why I was so unhappy with what he considered to be the perfect gift for me. He thought he was choosing something I would really like because he knew that I liked to be organized and an organized bill folder would be very helpful. It was unromantic. I want romance for Valentine’s Day. I don’t want something that says, hey, this gift will help you be a better person, wife, mother, cook, etc. I want something that says I love you and I adore you and you are the most wonderful woman in the world! I want to feel loved.

It’s tricky to find a romantic gift. Romance means different things to different people. You have to really listen and observe your partner to figure out what they think is romantic.

I am very happy with a night out, flowers, or candy and a card. I like traditional gifts. I usually give my husband something related to his favorite sports teams and a funny card that makes him laugh. I am lucky to have a husband that likes whatever I get him. As I have said before, we are going to Las Vegas this year for Valentine’s Day and I think it will be a very romantic trip.

Giving a gift is almost better than receiving a gift. Giving a well thought out gift makes you feel good. While you are in the spirit of giving, maybe you can give something back to the community. Donate some money to the food bank or to the Red Cross for Haiti. Donate blood. Clean out your closets and give to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. St. Jude’s Ranch for children is accepting greeting card fronts so they can make new cards for a fundraiser until the end of February. They especially need angels and teddy bears. It is a good way to recycle cards. Send the card fronts to:

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
100 St. Jude’s Street
Boulder City, NV 89005

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