Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you are single, in love or are dating around, this day doesn’t have to be a source of panic or despair. You don’t have to bury yourself in a pint of chunky monkey ice cream while watching Sixteen Candles or try to pull a Liz Lemon and avoid the entire thing by going to the dentist, declaring it to be Anna Howard Shaw Day, only to end up hallucinating that all your exes are Jamaican women lusting after Don Cheadle. As always, Fiestah has got you covered. But, if you are hallucinating about Jamaican women and Don Cheadle, you are completely on your own.

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For Couples–You are the lucky ones. This holiday is made for and marketed at you. All you need to worry about is finding the right gift. Maybe you haven’t said those three words everyone yearns to hear (Of course we are talking about the three words: “I love Fiestah”) or maybe you’ve been together for decades, here are some ideas that will enhance the romance of any relationship.

  • Cater or cook a romantic dinner. Having a personally catered dinner shows thoughtfulness. Unlike going to a restaurant, this way you can enjoy each other’s favorite meals the way you like it prepared. And, if your cooking skills involve more than a microwave and ramen, show your partner how much you care through the ultimate expression of love: home-cooked food.
  • Sexy dessert delivery. Nothing says romance more than being scantily dressed holding a plate of chocolate dipped strawberries with a side of whip cream.
  • Massage. People who do not enjoy a good massage raise your hand. As you can see, no one is raising their hand. Why? Because no one in their right mind hates getting massages. There are two ways to do this: at home or at a spa. The difference between the two is that in the former you are giving the massage, increasing the chance of a post-massage treat, and in the latter you are both getting pampered by professionals. No matter what you choose, it is a win-win.

For Friends–They were there for you when you thought harem pants were a good idea and they will continue to have your back. Valentine’s Day is a good day to show your appreciation for all the mishaps and drama your friends have helped you through.

  • Cupcake delivery (via Fiestah). Minus the sexy, unless you are friends with benefits, which is another blog post for another time.
  • Stuffed animals. Like people who say that they don’t like massages, people who say they hate stuffed animals are lying. Now, there are so many choices. You can go all out and build-a-bear that completely personifies your friend or you can be creepy and get them this.
  • Ice cream or chocolate. Do we need to say more?

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For Family–Who says Valentine’s Day is only for romantic love? Familial love is just as strong and is often stronger than romance, so why not celebrate that bond through thoughtful gifts.

  • Flowers. Design a personalized bouquet of all their favorites. If they’re allergic, get some fancy plastic flowers. And, if the men in your family are too “manly” for flowers, get them a testosterone-filled cactus. Nothing says macho like a plant that’s perpetually stuck in the high-five position.
  • Handwritten note. Because all communication is done electronically, a handwritten note says I took the time to carefully craft a loving message while making it look neat without the convenience of Backspace. If you’re artistic, spice it up with some hand-drawn illustrations. Only do stick figures if the note is for your mom. Mothers are the only ones who appreciate stick figures.
  • Portraits. A picture is worth a thousand words. When done well, they will live forever, an everlasting snapshot of your familial bond.

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For the Single–Maybe you’re going through a friend and romance drought and you’re not that close with your family. Stop trying to book that dentist appointment! In the words of Tom and Donna from Parks and Recreation, “Treat yo’ self.” Use Valentine’s Day to splurge a little and remind yourself why you are oh so special. Just don’t send yourself flowers at work to make that cutie in the next cubicle jealous. As every sitcom has taught us, that never works out and you just look desperate and crazy.

  • Fancy Dinner. You don’t need company or a date to check out that hot new restaurant. Treat yo’ self!
  • Massage. Especially beneficial for people who experience minimal human interaction.
  • Retail Therapy. You always splurge for others, so why not do the same for yourself?

Are there any good gift ideas we missed? Let us know in the comments. Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day!

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