Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to celebrating the one that you love, but shopping for the right gift can be very stressful. When you’re shopping for a woman, it may seem easier to rely on traditional Valentine’s Day gifts like flowers, chocolate or jewelry. However, you can make the woman in your life feel especially cherished by choosing a more creative gift. There is a variety of unique options that will wow her so she knows exactly how much you care.
For a creative and meaningful Valentine’s Day gift that the special woman in your life is sure to love, give a personalized photo gift. Photo printing websites like Kodak Gallery, Snapfish and Shutterfly offer a wide variety of items that may be customized with personal pictures to create a keepsake that your significant other will cherish for years to come. For a simple option, create a hardbound book of favorite photos of the two of you. Have a portrait of the two of you or you and your family transferred to a large canvas, so she can display it on the wall. You can also have a series of photos of her family and friends printed on a fleece blanket, tote bag or pillowcase. A wooden keepsake box with your photo on the cover also makes a special gift.
Jewelry is a common gift for Valentine’s Day, but if you want a creative option for the woman in your life, opt for nail polish jewelry. Instead of traditional gemstones, these pieces feature glittery and shimmery swatches of various nail polishes for a dazzling effect. Nail polish jewelry is available at various Etsy stores, including Ginger Kitty Designs, and is available as necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and even key chains. While you can purchase readymade pieces, many of the companies will make custom jewelry if you send in your wife or girlfriend’s favorite nail polish shade. You can even have two or more colors swirled together for a truly unique item of jewelry that the special woman in your life will love.
If your valentine enjoys trying out the latest makeup, skin care and hair care products, consider enrolling her in a monthly or quarterly beauty club as her holiday gift. Several companies offer a collection of deluxe sample size and full-sized products that are shipped out periodically. Birchbox sends out 4 to 5 deluxe samples of makeup, skin care and hair care products each month for $10. Julep’s Julep Maven program provides several full-size nail polish shades and nail and hand treatments each month for $19.99, while New Beauty’s Test Tube arrives once each quarter and contains deluxe samples of cutting edge beauty products, along with a copy of New Beauty Magazine, for $29.95 per tube. Membership to one of these beauty clubs is a great gift because your significant other will get new items throughout the year, so she can enjoy Valentine’s Day a little longer.
Instead of a tangible gift, make the woman in your life’s Valentine’s Day feel truly special by recreating your first date. Taking her to the actual restaurant, club or other venue where you had the date is the best option, but if the location no longer exists or you’ve moved away, recreate the night at home. If you saw a movie together, rent the film, make some popcorn, and turn down the lights for a private movie night. If you went to an Italian restaurant, try making her favorite pasta dish yourself for a special twist on the night. If you went out to a club, set up a dance floor at home, complete with a playlist of her favorite songs on your mp3 player.