"Bottle up" your feelings:
Adrift in the sea of love? Why not send her a personalized message
in a bottle? Check Message
in a Bottle for a gift that will show her you know how to pour
out your feelings.
Other "woman-approved" sites for Valentine's gifts
Check out Red Envelope's "gifts under $50" for lots of reasonably
priced jewelry and other options. At Uncommon Goods, consider
the small heart canvas ($60) or the heart-shaped coffee scoop,
a bargain at just $20.
If you're able to spend more, here are some higher-priced gifts
sure to please your Valentine:
Be her handyman for a day:
Has your gal hinted about wanting something a tad romantic around
the house or garden, such as her own porch swing, a rose-covered
archway or a soothing garden fountain? If so, create a gift certificate
for the "romantic home improvement of her choice."
Remember, many women are particular about home and
garden accessories, so offer to spend an afternoon helping her
pick the swing or fountain online (try sites like Smith
& Hawken or Jackson
& Perkins) or at your local garden center. Keep in mind
that this gift might be a little more costly than others. Your
labor might be free, but unless you're good with tools you may
still need to spring for the swing, arbor or fountain.
Give a gift that keeps on giving:
"One year, my husband made a donation in my name to the Nature Conservancy
because he knows I'm passionate about preserving wild lands in the
American West," says Leslie Petrovski of Denver. By donating to
a cause she particularly cared about, Petrovski's husband followed
gift expert Spizman's top tip: showing that he was paying attention
to his wife's values.
If you're not sure which nonprofit group to support, Alternative
Gifts International offers a wide selection of charitable
gifts to global causes you can buy in a loved one's name.