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Valentine’s Day need not doing what everyone else does! These thoughtful and personalised gifts will have your significant other feeling mighty pampered.
I love the month of February; after all, this is the month of celebrating love and friendship. To me, it’s even more special as I celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb 14th – exactly a week before my wedding anniversary on Feb 21st.
I am blessed to have been married to my schoolmate who is now my soulmate, and we celebrate our sassy seventeenth wedding anniversary this year. And every year, especially around this time I reminisce about how my husband and I have evolved in our beautiful relationship – so have our feelings about celebrating Valentine’s.
During our courtship, V-Day was the day to bombard each other with compliments, gifts, hugs and roses, heavy-duty emotional greeting cards loaded with large doses of PDA (Public Display of Affection) and make all this look as cool as possible. There was also this subtle social pressure about who got the best gift from their Valentine and who the coolest V-Day couple was.
Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to judge anyone basis the gifts showered on their Valentine, as I ended up having just ONE boyfriend and also ended up marrying him. Sigh! I always joke about this with my husband, but I don’t believe in ‘variety is the spice of life’ – instead, my best friend-cum husband is ‘THE slice of my life’!
Today, V-Day has the same significance in our lives but with a completely new dimension. We no longer worry about how to make it look cool; rather we now enjoy keeping it simple and fun, though still loaded with large doses of PDA (now, Personal Display of Affection).
This is a day to celebrate our friendship, our unsaid understanding of each other, our struggles, our shortcomings, our triumphs and our unconditional love for our son and everything else we have built together, all on our own. And it gives me great pleasure to personally handpick these gifts that I would like to shower upon my Valentine.
That’s where this online gifting store has come in extremely useful and has let me come up with ideas for personalised gifts from a wide variety of options.
(Check out my ideas for personalised gifts and read on to the end for a fun giveaway that awaits you!)
This is a perfect gift for my ‘Mr. Perfectionist.’ This is very sleek and suave, and I would like to gift this to my Valentine and see him respond with “It’s Perrrrrfect.” Make a hamper of what your loved one would most fancy.
Find here: Personalised gift hamper
My next pick is a heart shaped gift. It indeed is very difficult for me to resist a heart-shaped gift, but not everyone feels the same. My husband for instance doesn’t know how to be mushy and has a very logical and practical approach towards life and love. But, the diehard romantic that I am, I wish to wear my heart on my sleeve and gift this precious set of coasters to the one and only who stole my heart. This will certainly make him cringe but my heart will swell with love!
Find here: Personalised coasters
When my husband and I were dating, we would gift each other a greeting card for every special occasion or a card for a special moment or a message we wished to convey. Even a simple ‘Sorry or ‘Thank You’ was conveyed with a beautiful card and I still have all of those neatly tucked in a safe corner inside my closet. Today, online space has replaced this practice and especially young kids, like my 11-year-old son don’t appreciate the value of a greeting card. I would love to gift a beautiful card which says ‘Together we win’ to the boys in my life and shall ensure they keep it…forever!
Find here: Personalised greeting cards
Every time my husband reminds me about our retirement, I earnestly tell him, “Yes, I do have a retirement plan. I plan to drink wine.” I have a small, cosy bar nicely created in our home and I believe Home is where the wine is. And now with such increased medical evidence that suggests drinking Red Wine is beneficial for health, who wouldn’t like to wine it up? I love this personalised gift set of two wine glasses which I would love to gift my husband with a message ‘I will always be your partner in wine!’
Find here: Personalised wine glasses
The next one is this beautiful personalised anniversary crystal cube. It’s a perfect personalised gift for us as we celebrate our seventeenth wedding anniversary this month and this gift will remind us of the ‘bond’ we signed up for and with each other.
Find here: Personalised crystal cube
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you and have a great day celebrating love and friendship and do it in your own, special way.
Head over to IGP and pick 1 gift that will delight that special person in your life. Paste the link in the comments below, before 12th February with a note on why you love it. We will be picking 5 lucky winners to receive gift vouchers of Rs.1000 each!
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