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Make Valentine’s Day Special: Romantic Gift Ideas

Make Valentine’s Day Special: Romantic Gift Ideas

Wanting to do something meaningful for your partner this year? Put aside the chocolates and try one of these creative gift ideas instead.

Many skeptics say that Valentine’s Day is just another sales ploy – and, in all fairness, the reason chocolates and roses have become the V-day cliché is that each year people continue to buy them. But if we want to celebrate what the holiday claims to be about – love – shouldn’t we think outside five minutes’ effort at the store? For boyfriends, girlfriends, the married and the dating: if you want to show your significant other that you care, try investing a little more time (and perhaps less money) in one of these meaningful romantic gestures.

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When Roses & Chocolates Are OK

Does your girlfriend love chocolate? Does your husband have an affinity for roses after years of professional stage acting? In these and similar situations, where you know that the other person would appreciate the gesture, chocolates, roses, or other flowers are perfect.

The other time they are suitable is early on in a relationship or as gifts for a date you don’t yet know very well. If you’ve only been dating for a couple of weeks, it’s probably better to play it safe with these than to carry out some elaborate scheme which might come across too strongly.

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Write A Love Letter

Move over greeting cards. A handwritten letter is definitely more powerful than a factory-made print message. What should you include? That is up to you and your discretion. You might, however, consider naming a few things you love or admire about that person; recalling a favorite date or outing together; what you’ve learned from him or her; what he or she means to you; inside jokes, if you’ve got them. The more history you have together, the more you have to draw from.

For style points, consider sealing it in wax, including a pressed flower or some photos, stuffing the envelope with confetti, or tying it with an elegant ribbon.

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Go For A Meaningful Gift

Consider: what are his or her favorites? If you know some of the basics regarding your partner, like his or her favorite color, band, film genre, or food, this opens up many meaningful gift possibilities. She likes blue? She wears scarves? Do the math, and get her a nice blue scarf. He is in love with his car? Get him something like a self-luminous tritium keychain for his key fob. What’s playing in theaters right now? If she likes the Resident Evil games, take her to see the newest zombie thriller. A little knowledge goes a long way – work with what you have!

Acts of Service

For some gifts, you needn’t spend any money (and sometimes these are better-received anyways.) In fact, Gary Chapman, marriage counselor and New York Times Bestseller, names “Acts of Service” as one of The Five Love Languages. Acts of service include things like cooking a meal, doing the laundry or the dishes, vacuuming the car or washing the dog. For this kind of gift, you need only ask: what would your partner appreciate? This will, of course, be most suitable for couples that already have a history together, but it is another chance to express love creatively and meaningfully.

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If there are lots of tedious chores around the house or apartment, consider making your partner a coupon book. Does she like backrubs? Make her a backrub stamp card. Does he loathe walking the dog in bad weather? Give him a get-out-of-dog-duty-free card. Acts of service, though simple, are sure to please when you tailor to your partner’s likes and dislikes.

Personalize Your Gift: Release Your Hidden Talents

Have you got any special skills, talents, or hobbies? Do you sing, write, knit, play violin or guitar, enjoy cooking, drawing, or photography? Consider the things you can do and how they might translate into romantic gift-giving. You might write your love a poem. You might compose and sing your partner a song—or, if you lack composition talent, play him or her a round of “Hey There Delilah” with “Delilah” changed to their name and your own improvised lyrics. If you love baking, consider homemade cookies, truffles, or a nice meal. Are you a charcoal artist? Your dear might fancy a portrait. Using personal skills and your own two hands is one of the best ways of making a meaningful romantic gesture.

One Last Hint

To really celebrate your love, you don’t have to wait for a holiday that comes around once a year! These ideas are applicable at absolutely any time and – like flowers “just because” – special efforts are most charming when given out of love and without occasion.

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While people have special days for relationship or love celebrations, true love really goes beyond that.

This article is specifically not for any special one-time love celebration or romance but it’s about all kinds of relationship. It’s about building all kinds of relationships with loved ones, colleagues, family members, and friends; to anyone who has proven to be someone worthy to share a part in the history of our existence.

When it comes to relationships, no one is really an expert. Everyone has lacking points which often starts so little and with time could cost much more than just a separation, it can lead to a complete loss of the relationship. Siblings may end up fighting with each other, families torn apart, co-workers against each other and even elderly couples ending up in divorce or worse.

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There should be a way for redemption, to build back the lost trust and to build the bridges again linking relationships for a greater bond and for a better relationship. And the best way to do this is by being honest with ourselves, knowing what relationships need to survive and knowing that everyone has to give what it takes. Being perfect may not be the solution, but being self-aware is.

1. Take care of yourself first

Relationships are not easy and anyone who has tasted one can tell. Whatever happens in relationships is a mirror of everything about us. Have you imagined anytime we have bad and stressful days, our relationships seem to be more difficult? Our relationships suffer when we are not happy with ourselves and we can feel it. We feel the lacking, the difficulties, but the one thing we really don’t take into consideration is that we are the cause of the relationship’s shortcomings.

Have you ever seen yourself in a fight, only to wonder later, what you really were up against? Have you sometimes felt disappointed of your expectations when they were not met by people you expected? I really hope this post  helps you overcome all that. Everyone has needs and your instincts should be your perfect guide.

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Whatever needs to be done for someone else and if your instincts tell you to make yourself happy first, please do so. Everyone has needs and everyone can make sacrifices but our happiness should be first. This doesn’t mean you don’t make some sacrifices but sometimes it’s best to make yourself happy first before you can make others happy.

2. Distance shouldn’t be a barrier

“If the vehicle can’t take the messenger, it could at least take the message”. This beautiful aged proverb implies that the message is more important than the sender.

Beautiful relationship quotes can help brighten the cloudy storm around your relationship. The greatest relationship mistakes made over time is the belief that only showers of gifts and being together are what sustains relationships. Well, this has been proven wrong.

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A beautiful message to a loved one like inspiring love message on their profile can break any distance barrier. Little things matters and this is one thing people often neglect. However the distance, people feel special knowing they are remembered, knowing someone somewhere is thinking about them.

3. Remember seasonal celebrations

Many seasons of a year bring holidays periods for families, friends and loved ones to come together and have a wonderful time. Keeping these moments memorable must be your focus – birthdays, weddings, marriage anniversaries and all.

A great feast among the numerous feasts celebrated every year “Christmas” is a perfect time to reach out to families and friends, to have a merry filled moments that makes up for the times of separation, to exchange gifts and inspiring messages with those we sincerely care about. If we can’t be together with those we love in these special seasons, Christmas messages shouldn’t be beyond our reach too.

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If keeping our relationships with people especially those we hold most dear matters much to us, these seasons should be kept in our minds. Remembering seasons and sharing happy moments is one of the proven ways to keep our relationships with loved ones.

4. Take the responsibility

Most times, it’s very easy to find something wrong with a relationship when we are unhappy. Blaming other people for our own feelings we expect them to come up with solutions for the problems and we give them total control over the relationship. Well, expecting a solution from this kind of situation is simply expecting something that will never come because you haven’t actually found the cause of the problem.

Before blaming someone else for what you feel,or for something you/they should have done earlier, the best solution is to look deeper into the problem to see if there is something you could have done to savage the situation, something that could have prevented the problem. Taking responsibilities for problems gives us the creative power for their solutions but if we blame someone else, we shouldn’t be surprised if they don’t do anything to find a solution and the problem becomes even worse.

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