If it’s your first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, selecting a Valentine’s Day gift can feel like a challenge. You want it to be memorable for all of the right reasons, so, for many, that means skipping many of the common tropes like flowers and chocolates. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives. Here are five unforgettable first Valentine’s Day gifts that will make sure your first year as a married couple is one for the ages.
1. A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
Many couples would rather spend their money on experiences than stuff. After all, it allows you to create amazing memories together, and that can make any gift stand the test of time.
If you want to make Valentine’s Day special, consider arranging a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sign up to go skydiving, head over to a high-speed go-cart track, take racecar driving lessons, try your hand at parasailing, stay overnight in a treehouse hotel, learn glassblowing, or give anything else a go that neither of you has done before.
Really, the options here are limitless. However, you can take your spouses interests into consideration if you want to make it truly meaningful.
2. Take a Practical Item, Then Add a Message
At times, gift items are not always practical. While a nice stuffed animal might seem cute on the day, it is not something many people will use much after that. Instead, it ends up on a shelf, simply collecting dust.
However, on Valentine’s Day, most people think practical gifts are not romantic enough. But that does not have to be the case. For example, even a stapler can be an amazing gift if you add a plaque with a heartfelt message to the side. Then, every time your spouses uses it, they will be reminded of the message.
Think about what your spouse can actually use on a regular basis. Then, find a luxurious version of that item and personalize it.
3. Help Take Stress Away
Everyone deals with some level of stress, no matter what you do for a living, where you live, how many members are in your household, or how long you have been married. By giving a gift that can help your spouse release their stress, you are almost giving them a fresh start; a chance to relax, rejuvenate, or recharge.
Now, that does not mean you have to go with a traditional option necessarily. While some people love a good massage, others may find it uncomfortable, so do not be afraid to abandon the standard if it is not appropriate.
Instead, think of how your partner likes to destress on a typical day and use that as a cue. Do they adore soaking in the tub? Then get some bath bombs, bathing oils, and scented candles together in a nice basket. Is spending some time on a video game their preferred way to relax? Then consider getting them a great the new game they have had their eye on but won’t buy for themselves.
The idea is to cater to their needs, no matter what they are, so don’t get stuck in the traditional box if that isn’t a good fit.
4. Say Something Unique
Sound wave art and jewelry have become increasingly popular. They involve taking a recording of a person’s voice, mapping out the sound waves, and using the pattern to create a gift item. It gives you the ability to display a heartfelt message in a unique way. Plus, even when it is in public view, no one else knows the message but your loved one, so it can be private, personal, and still on full display.
5. A Couple’s Photo Session at Your Favorite Outdoor Destination
Sometimes, capturing the moment is the best way to make sure this Valentine’s Day remains unforgettable. Consider booking a photo session with a photographer who will travel to your favorite park or other outdoor destination. Then, you can also pack a picnic and spend time outdoors, letting the photographer take both posed and candid photos to really capture who you are as a couple.
What was your most memorable Valentine’s Day gift? Tell us about it in the comments below.