|Readers reminisce: My most romantic
|By Erin Peterson
Romance is much like beauty -- it exists in the human
What makes a romantic gift? Whatever pushes the romance
button in the mind of the recipient. To bestow a gift truly romantic
on any one person requires knowledge and understanding -- an intellectual
and spiritual connection.
Some consider red roses and a candlelight dinner the
height of romance, others think the idea is a cliché.
The truth of all this was underlined when Bankrate
asked readers to tell us what they considered the most romantic
gift they had ever received. Here's a sampling of the responses:
Lullabies of love
My husband wrote a song for me. He writes and performs R&B and
hip-hop music. He wrote a song for me called "Mainsqueeze."
He also wrote me a song called "True Love."
-- Jaime Wills
Gem of an idea
The most romantic gift I ever received wasn't a Valentine's Day
gift; it was a wedding gift from my then-fiancé, Keith, given
in advance of our Dec. 9, 2005 wedding.
On Thanksgiving Day we had Keith's mother and my parents
to dinner in our home. Keith's 6-year-old daughter, Chloe, was also
with us for visitation. Keith knew I'd taken a shine to a beautiful
sapphire and diamond necklace at the store where we'd purchased
our wedding rings. I'd returned to the store a short time later
saddened to learn the necklace had been sold. Unbeknownst to me,
he'd bought me the necklace as a wedding gift and chose Thanksgiving
Day to present it to me, in front of our families.
After dinner, Keith had Chloe hand me a beautiful
silver gift bag tied with a silver ribbon. Inside was a lovely box
that held the necklace I'd admired so many months before. He said
he chose Thanksgiving Day to present it because he was thankful
for my presence in his life.
I was so pleased to wear this lovely necklace on our
wedding day, but Keith is the greatest gift.
-- Lori Lamb
My boyfriend was a soldier in the U.S. Air Force and had been sent
to Saudi Arabia. He ended up being gone about 7 months. He wired
flowers to me. This was an extreme surprise as it was expensive
and he was in danger but still thinking about me.
-- Maria Foster
Pass the guacamole
It really wasn't a gift, but the first time I met my husband, we
were at mutual friend's home and the guys went out for snacks. My
husband brought back every kind of chip and dip there was, to make
sure that I had what I wanted, and that by far was the sweetest
Needless to say we've been married for over 15 years.
I was a waitress in a truck stop. He was a truck driver.
He was 56, and I was 48. He came in a lot and drank
more coffee than any man I ever met.