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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This year is extra special to me, I have to admit. Mark and I just celebrated our five year anniversary of being together – not our wedding anniversary, which is in September, but five years of actually KNOWING each other. I remember our first Valentine’s Day vividly. We’d only known each other less than a month, and what was meant to be a romantic little day together became less so when his cousins showed up to visit from Germany! They were in the area and asked if they could stay with Mark. It was still a great time, but I admit I got cold feet at meeting part of his family so soon, and I wound up cutting the day short and running off! I look back now and see how silly it was, but I was so scared by how much I liked this guy, and I couldn’t handle it! Funny, that!
For each of our next few Valentine’s days, I was either pregnant or overtaken by hormones. Last year, we were taken by surprise when Valentine’s Day yielded an unexpected pregnancy! Our little Chester was born this past October. So this year is really the first year that we can focus on US. And it’s so important to me to bring a little spark back into our relationship. I want to create a sense of intimacy with my husband and remind him that our best days are yet to come.
With that in mind, I set about creating a Valentine’s Day gift basket which would be a jumping off point for us. I wanted to fill it with things that would not only be romantic but also give us things to do together – just the two of us. Everything in it is geared toward giving us an evening of romance for just the two of us.
I headed out to Target to pick up the supplies I would need. I didn’t want anything too smarmy – we want to keep things more PG than X-rated, but I also wanted to hint at the possibilities of what may happen after the kids went to bed. In short, I wanted a gift basket of fun things we can do together for a Valentine’s date night.
Here’s what I bought and how I put together my gift basket.
The first thing I had to do was to buy the actual basket. I found a really cute wicker basket with red and pink stripes at the One Spot in Target. It was perfect! I also found some white tissue paper in the aisle with the cards and party supplies.
I wanted to create some ambiance, so I thought a nice vanilla scented candle would be perfect. I plan on cooking him a nice dinner that evening, so it’ll be lovely to eat together by candlelight. I also found some cute wine glasses on sale for $1 each! Who am I to resist? I will buy his favorite wine to serve with dinner, and we can retire to the couch afterward with our dessert (I plan on making strawberries with chocolate fondue!) and a glass of coordinating wine.
Once we’ve finished our dessert, I wanted to give us something fun to do that ISN’T just watching a film. We can do that any time. Date night is all about interacting with each other. Having fun is essential to creating intimacy. So when I found these super cute game coasters on clearance for less than $5, I knew they were perfect for what I had in mind. They can hold our wine glasses, and we can play a game together as we drink and cuddle. I do find that games are such a great way to bond. As long as they are simple games, of course. I would NOT recommend anything too competitive, as feelings may get hurt!
I also thought it was important to give him a little something special that he can have with him when I’m not there. I found this cute red frame for $2, and I knew it would be perfect to hold a photo of us. I chose one of our wedding photos. This is one that I’m not particularly fond of, but I know Mark really likes it. It was taken on the streets of Las Vegas a few hours before we actually tied the knot. We were both so excited, and it’s one of the happiest days of my entire life. I wanted to remind him of that moment. He can take the photo to his office or have it at home. Either way, it’s just a little way for him to think of me and remember how much I love him.
It may sound silly, but whenever I think of Valentine’s Day, I ALWAYS think of cute stuffed animals. I saw this one for a few bucks, and I thought it was just the perfect little kitschy thing to add to my gift basket. It’s not too big or too small, and I know he’ll get a laugh out of it. Plus, we can give it to the kids to play with once our date night is over, and they will love it (uh oh! The mom in me is coming out!).
Another piece to my gift basket puzzle was the one that would be harder to pull off. I didn’t want to add anything overtly… erm… carnal… but I wanted to hint at the passion and sensuality in our relationship. I trolled the aisles until I came to the feminine care aisle.
This seemed like the perfect thing! The K-Y® Love pleasure gel comes in two varieties, Sensuality and Passion. EXACTLY what I wanted/needed! They are exclusive to Target for Valentine’s Day, and you can get 10% off from 2/1-2/14 using the Cartwheel app. What better thing to add to my gift basket? It clearly shows what’s on my mind without me having to come right out and say it.
The final touch to my gift is a Love-themed card. I wrote a lovely little letter to my husband inside the card to try and put him in the same mind space as me – namely nostalgic, yet looking toward the future. A future with more US time as husband and wife instead of just mommy and daddy.
I then played around trying to fit everything nicely into the basket. Presentation is everything, don’t ya know!
Now that it’s all put together, I’ve had to hide it in my closet so that he doesn’t see it! Hopefully he’ll get a nice surprise when I give it to him, and our special evening will result in us being closer than ever before. I can’t wait to see how it goes!
What special thing are you doing for your partner this year? Or, if you’re not in a relationship, what special thing are you doing for yourself?