Non-stereotypical Valentine’s gifts

Valentine’s Day can be one of the most exciting holidays for couples or one of the most dreaded. Walking down the red-and-pink aisles at the store can be hypnotic, and is an experience that many would prefer to avoid altogether. The pressure to buy the perfect flowers or pick out the most savory box of chocolates can be quite stressful””not to mention selecting the right-sized teddy bear. Luckily, there are many great alternatives to stereotypical Valentine’s Day gifts that your significant other will appreciate””ones that will help you avoid getting lost in a daze of red and pink, but will still show your loved one that you care about them.

You can never go wrong with a personalized gift, unless it’s a creepy poster of your face or something of that nature. There are lots of great websites that specialize in the customization of gifts, such as Etsy or Zazzle. You can create personalized keychains, bottle openers, phone cases, coffee mugs or even pillowcases. Ordering your significant other’s Valentine’s Day gift from the comfort of your own room, along with not having to worry about the hassle of shopping, is both liberating and stress-relieving. Most of these websites also have Valentine’s Day discounts, which is definitely an added bonus.

If you want to give your significant other a fun, silly gift, you could make those coupons you might have made for your parents when you were younger””the ones that said “Good for cleaning my room” or “Good for taking out the trash.” You can change them to say things like “Good for one picnic at the park” or “Good for 30 minutes of cuddling.” There are even some you can make and personalize online.

You know your valentine best, but if they seem like the kind of person who doesn’t really “want” anything, don’t underestimate the simple gesture of filling their car with a tank of gas or doing their laundry. You could even look for discounts on Groupon for things the two of you could do together, like getting massages or going tubing.

If you have any artistic talent, don’t be afraid to incorporate that into your gift. Painting your S.O. a picture or writing them a song are things that can be cherished longer than a box of chocolates or a bouquet of roses.

This Valentine’s Day, instead of stressing out about the kind of chocolate your beau will want this year, consider giving them something that can’t be bought in the Valentine’s Day aisle of Target. If you already bought roses and a teddy bear, try including one of these alternatives and see which they appreciate more””you might save yourself from the annual Valentine’s Day stress in the future.