Ahh, the dozen roses, red velvet heart-shaped box of chocolates, and the card professing your undying love in a heartfelt poem someone else wrote: my, how Valentine’s Day gifts have changed. I once received a red thong rolled up like a rose atop a plastic green stem (And NO, how could I even think of unraveling that piece of street art!). Another year, I was the lucky recipient of condom roses. Why I am synonymous with tacky Valentine’s gifts is still up for debate. My point is that the assortment of available gifts for loved ones, significant others, and lovers-to-be range from the utterly sweet to the creative and in all colors other than red and pink. And for every unique Valentine out there, there’s an equally unique Valentine’s Day gift. Roses are red, violets are blue, here’s our favorite funky and quirky items for that one-of-a-kind Valentine– hey, quirkiness doesn’t require rhyming!
Spending Valentine’s Day away from your other half? Proclaim your love with postage and a key on a Carve Your Own Postcard. Like the romance felt by digging a knife into a perfectly healthy tree, this wooden postcard features a soft, carvable blank surface that is easily customized to fit your heartfelt message. If you wish you could send a hug as well, try a cuddly Paper Teddy, a paper-like plastic teddy bear with a blank writable surface designed to resist run-ins with rain. And yes, the Paper Teddy can also be shipped!
¡Ay, dios mio! Sweethearts are available in español now? Those powdered candies that you used to throw away now make a larger impression in a language you don’t understand. But so what!– the message for the person you fancy is no less different, unless s/he gives you the “amigo” one. Then you might be in for a surprise.
For some, it’s not the lavish gifts bestowed on over-hyped holidays that make an impact, but it’s the little things throughout the year that matter. This Love Stamp is not only perfect in its marker-like size, but its bright packaging and simple gesture reminds us of the excitement and innocence of grade school crushes. For that person who admires those small things you do, the Love Stamp is an effortless way to say you’re thinking of someone. Awwww.
FIRST of all, we don’t even know if such a person exists, but just to cover all possible ground, the Valentine who actually dislikes the luscious taste of chocolate might enjoy some equally sweet BlueQ Gum. It’s not necessarily the taste, but the messages on these gum wrappers and the complementary flavors: “I Love You” in refreshing Peppermint, “Te Amo” in spicy Hot Cinnamon, and “I Fall in Love With You More Every Day… Except Yesterday” in playful sweet Peppermint. Hey, your quirky Valentine will appreciate the light-hearted (and, at times, humorous) approach you take towards your relationship!
Let’s cultivate some love and understanding! The I Love You Bean sprouts from a tiny brown bean into a green plant expressing your true feelings minus the sappy Hallmark card chock-full of singing babies and kittens. Your significant other will appreciate the creative gesture and you can both share in the excitement of watching the plant grow.
She says one thing, but then she does another. You just can’t figure out that enigma of a Valentine, so spare some words and gift them a You Complete Me Jigsaw Heart Puzzle. See, you want that person to know you’re interested but you’re perplexed, and there’s no gentler way to break it to her/him than with a cute wooden puzzle with a message only decipherable by piecing it together. So you have a Valentine’s Day gift that is as subtle as it is symbolic.
And if you’ve still got condom roses on the mind, here’s a quick tutorial on putting them together. Though we don’t recommend that you give those, unless you plan on following it up with one or more of the special items highlighted here. Happy Valentine’s Day!