Out of all the vdays I've actually celebrated with someone, this self made card tops them all.
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As you can plainly see, it's as simple as you can get. Pencil drawing on regular computer paper complimented with a standard all purpose envelope with my name on it. BAM. That's all he wrote.
So here's the million dollar question. What is the big dealio about this particular card that has stuck with me throughout all these years? Perhaps the following gift giving tips can answer that question.
1.) Select an inside joke, special memory or something unique that is shared only between the two of you and expand on it. And yes, it's always super wonderful when the guy remembers that one tiny detail you mentioned in passing and does something lovely with it.
2.) Not everything has to be sticky icky sweet. Adding some charming wit can produce a genuine smile vs a genuine gag reflex.
3.) Don't do the standard. Unless your gf really loves the chocolates, roses and teddy bears use that brain of yours and try something different. Thinking outside the box is usually what the ladies will remember for a long time. Throwing $$ at the occasion is def not the answer.
4.) The way you present/deliver your creative gift will make a world of difference. Sometimes that itself speaks more than the gift.
At the end of the day, it's really about taking the time to remind someone how much you love and appreciate him/her being in your life. So do just that. Take your time and do something genuinely nice. You never know. She might just take the time to blog about it several years later.
* p.s. That memory box was not included with the card. Just so you know that I'm purely speaking of 'just the card.' See how much I love you all? I actually dug through my keepsake memory boxes (that I haven't opened in years) to find this one card so you can go out and do vday the right way :] *
You have one week.
Impress her socks off