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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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This Valentine’s Day, Give a Gift Only You Can Give


Sure, Valentine’s Day is “forced” and “artificial”; we’ve even heard accusations that it was created by Hallmark. But, it’s also remarkable. Think about it – there isn’t a Santa Claus or Menorah that’s accompanied by gifts. There is no Easter Bunny bringing a basket full of goodies. It’s just Cupid – and all he brings is a bow and arrow to pierce your heart and make love flow. Valentine’s Day isn’t about presents – it’s about remembering why the two of you got together in the first place. So, leave those flowers and chocolates (yes, even if they’re in the shape of a heart) in the store.

Instead, give your partner something that will show them you love them – and remind them that he or she loves you too. Below we’ve compiled our most romantic, thoughtful, and – better yet – budget friendly ways to show your partner how much you care this Valentine’s Day. This year, Cupid’s got nothing on you!

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  • Settle in somewhere private and ask each other the 36 questions that have been shown by research to bring the two of you closer. You can read one couple’s experience doing this here. If Set 1 doesn’t seem interesting, we challenge you to go straight to Set 2!
  • Write your sweetheart a love letter and slip it into their briefcase or purse so they’ll find it at work.
  • Grab some Post-Its and leave your partner love messages all over the house. Hide a few in creative places so they’ll keep finding them for days to come!
  • Re-create your first date.
  • Take an evening stroll and gaze up at the stars
  • Get up early and clean the house. We promise your partner will love it.
  • Have a Spa Day at home – bubble bath and face mask, included!


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I love this..... So much better than a box of candy!
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I bought myself two expensive gifts, lots of chocolate for my daughters, cat treats for Mies... I feel I'm forgetting someone
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I bought myself two expensive gifts, lots of chocolate for my daughters, cat treats for Mies... I feel I'm forgetting someone
You don't buy valentine's gifts for yourself, silly!! You buy them for your wife! And she'll buy you your own!

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If you have a spouse that does things like this for you, great. I you don't it's just another day you're expected to do something and really don't care.

"I've paid double for every transgression I've ever made and that motel and that boat are little to ask for"
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You don't buy valentine's gifts for yourself, silly!! You buy them for your wife! And she'll buy you your own!
The chance that she will buy me an Onkyo high end home theater receiver is about the same as her getting in the mood on Valentine's day or me buying her something nice.
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The chance that she will buy me an Onkyo high end home theater receiver is about the same as her getting in the mood on Valentine's day or me buying her something nice.
I'm so sorry. Maybe if you got the ball rolling with a little card, a flower, a bar of chocolate... she'd reciprocate?

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You don't buy Valentine's gifts for yourself, silly!! You buy them for your wife! And she'll buy you your own!
I'm living proof that you do, more especially if you don't have a Valentine to buy those gifts for!

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Its just another day that is so commercial.
The best thing my husband can do for me is to write some nice words in a card or note. The card itself doesn't interest me, nor would a gift. Its the words that I love and keep and treasure.
I have made him a card this year.
I refuse to go along with the money making aspect of it and I feel for those who have no one.
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I'm so sorry. Maybe if you got the ball rolling with a little card, a flower, a bar of chocolate... she'd reciprocate?
Nope.

Card - waste of money (will throw away)
Flowers - waste of money (buy house plant or landscaping plant)
Chocolate - waste of money (will put in fridge till expiration date)

It felt a lot better spending $45 on a bottle of wine for She Who Is Available And To My Liking. You learn a lot about a person when you share a calamari appetizer and observe what's her favorite parts (itty bitty tentacles)

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I'm living proof that you do, more especially if you don't have a Valentine to buy those gifts for!
Arb, this year I outdid myself romantically. In addition to the Onkyo TX NR-757 receiver I bought myself a new sump pump and computer controller.

As President Trump would say, nothing says I love you than draining the swamp.
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Nope.

Card - waste of money (will throw away)
Flowers - waste of money (buy house plant or landscaping plant)
Chocolate - waste of money (will put in fridge till expiration date)

It felt a lot better spending $45 on a bottle of wine for She Who Is Available And To My Liking. You learn a lot about a person when you share a calamari appetizer and observe what's her favorite parts (itty bitty tentacles)
Are you cheating or do you have a female cat?

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Are you cheating or do you have a female cat?
Neither

Just a very good female friend that is in my short list for further, ahem, pursuit.
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@john117, it won't kill you to let some grass grow under your feet. Just because Ms. SHIA ATML has a Maine Coon doesn't mean she is the ONE. Get your own cat and take time to smell the roses.
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Its just another day that is so commercial.
At 5 am, while enjoying a few minutes of cuddles before getting up to cook DH and myself breakfast.

Me: "Happy Valentine's Day. You're my Valentine, I love you, blah, blah, blah." (Yes, I said blah blah blah)

DH "Happy Hallmark Greeting Card Co. Welfare Day to you, too."


Follow the evidence where it leads and question everything.
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