Flowers and candy are an amazing gift every single day of the year… except Valentine’s Day when they are sadly a cliché. This year, instead of sweets for your sweet, why not set yourself apart and romance your cutie pie with a present that shows your creative side? Here are nine ways to ask your love to be your Valentine, all of which are thoughtful, unique, and available via Thumbtack.
Give the gift of relaxation. A couples massage is the ultimate way to unwind while still spending time together, especially if the massage therapists come to you and no one has to drive. You can both enjoy the same type of massage, or she can opt for a hot stone massage while he has someone work on relieving sore muscles. Either way, it’s a great gift to give because not only will your partner love it, it’s also a present for you. (Don’t worry; we won’t tell.)
Going out to eat on Valentine’s Day can be a bummer. It’s hard to get reservations, all of the restaurants have prix fixe menus, and your server will be working as hard as he can to turn the table. Instead of dealing with that insanity, hire a personal chef to come to your home for an evening and prepare a romantic, and delicious, meal for two. Best of all? Your personal chef will handle all of the shopping, prep, and clean up. All you have to do is enjoy yourself. Cheers.
Private Yoga Lessons
If the person in your life is at all into yoga, considering gifting him or her with a few private yoga lessons. It’s a great way for her to zero in on her goals, deepen her practice, work on postures where she may need special attention, and develop confidence. You can ask the instructor to come to your home or find a space and can even specify which type of yoga and how long you’d like the sessions to be.
Even the most avid golfer can benefit from a few lessons. Whether it’s to improve her driving skills or work on his putting, working with a golf instructor is a great way to start mastering the game since a qualified professional gives one-on-one attention and is trained to spot and help eliminate bad habits. Ask the person you hire if you can have the lesson video taped as well as your partner may learn a lot from watching his swing and having it dissected.
It seems like these days the only people who take dance lessons are engaged couples who want to make sure no one screws up the first dance at their wedding. But dance lessons are a great way for couples to go on regular dates, bond, build confidence, and burn calories while they’re at it. Plus, it’s not like the only option out there is ballroom dance. You can learn swing dancing, hip hop, salsa, and so much more. Just think about how much fun you’ll have showing off your new skills at the next wedding you attend.
Photography Lessons… Or Lessons for Whatever Your Partner Loves to Do
Photography, woodworking, flower arranging, knitting, painting, pottery, singing… Take that one thing your partner loves to do and maybe laments he or she doesn’t have more time for and buy a package of lessons. Not only will it show that you’re listening and that you care, it’s a life-changing experience your loved one will remember and appreciate for years to come.
Handyman for a Day
Everyone has a to-do list of things that need to be done around the house. And no one looks forward to getting started. Give the gift of time by hiring a handyman for a day to come in and do all of that stuff no one wants to do, like cleaning the gutters, hanging pictures, power washing the deck, cleaning the dryer vent, and repairing anything that needs fixing. It may not sound exciting, but once the house is in tip-top shape, it’ll sure feel great.
Everyone wants to be more organized, but whether it’s getting rid of day-to-day clutter, cleaning out the garage, or getting family memorabilia and photos sorted, it can be a very daunting text. The good news is there are professionals who will come in and not only help you get organized, but give you the tools to stay that way. If the person you love most is stressed out by mess and chaos, this is a gift she will truly value, especially because it’s not likely one she’d give herself.
Valentine’s Day is all about love and there’s no one we love more than our pets. Find a photographer to take pictures of the furry friend in your significant other’s life. You can do family photos, studio photos, or outdoor photos. Not only will they be some of the best pictures ever captured of your furry friend, they’ll be a gift that’s treasured forever. Don’t have pet? A boudoir or portrait photo session can be just a fun.