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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Day Ideas - 5 Alternative Approaches To Love and Romance

Can't seem to come up with any new Valentine's Day ideas? Is your partner tired of the same old flowers and candy? Are you at a place in your relationship where it's just not practical for the traditional Valentine's Day gift ideas? Well we're here to help.

Kids, and work, and just everyday life has a way of making Valentine's Day seem like a Lady Ga Ga track of Bad Romance. If this is the point in life that you are at right now we have 5 alternative approaches to love and romance that'll have you looking pretty sweet by Valentine's Day.

1. Mark It On Your Calendar.

Let's start by remembering the date. Valentine's Day is on February 14th. Not just this year but every year. Not only should you mark it on your calendar this year (go ahead I'll wait...) but while you're at it mark it on your calendar for next year also. See that's what we call a two-fer. I know for a fact the ladies love this, because it's one less thing they have to remind the men about.

2. Think Outside The Box. 

You might be surprised how many men and women alike would prefer a practical gift over the standard Valentine's Day ideas, including poems and cards. Instead of spending all week trying to come up with some catchy romantic poem and the end all to Valentine's gifts, why don't you just buy a card and write:

"Roses are red, Violets are blue, I got you this quilt, just for you"
"Roses are red, Violets are blue, I cleaned your car, just for you"
"Roses are red, Violets are blue, I taped your favorite show, just for you"
"Roses are red, Violets are blue, I'll run your bath, just for you"

You get the drift and many things are free ideas. Practical and free. Think outside the chocolate box, be thoughtful, and finally practical. I know some men would give up yet another tie or pair of socks this year to have their favorite meal cooked.

3. Remember The Meaning Of The Holiday. 

"Since the 19th century, handwritten Valentine's have given way to..." Oh, no not the meaning in the dictionary. The meaning in our hearts, our traditions. It is LOVE. Love is celebrated on February 14th. Don't let it feel like a chore to you, one more thing to get done at the end of the day. Plan it, look forward to it and celebrate it. The brownie points you'll get from idea #3 alone will set you up for a good month. Kinda like paying it forward.

4. Alternative Valentine's Day Ideas 

We've covered some good points to get you out of the Bad Romance scene and thinking more like Shania Twain, From This Moment On. Now we need to cover some actual alternative Valentine's Day gift ideas.

We've worked in the flooring business since 1977. The majority of our customers are women. Women talk.  They have told us what they like and what they want. The women prefer things done around the house, fixing things, cleaning up projects and messes, taking over the chores of raising kids. When someone does something for their home, it's like they are getting a gift to themselves. Simple, functional, a bargain-doesn't translate to cheap, modern, and installed correctly and in a timely manner.

Now, when the men come to the store to pick up what their wives purchased we hear all about what they would have preferred she get and in turn what they want. Simple, practical, inexpensive, and easy to install.

So with that in mind, here is a list of items we come up with for Valentine's Day Ideas.

Women want their homes to be functional so finalize projects that are left undone before Valentine's day, then take her out for a quick dinner. Don't forget your fancy love poem and card.

Men want the day to not drag on. So simplify it, make their favorite food, have plenty of his favorite beverage on ice, excuse him from any duties for the day. Let him watch sports all day or go fishing or whatever he wants to.

A good book.  Nachos.  An extra pair of reading glasses to go with it.  A nice throw for the home.  A Betta Fish.  Gift cards for i-phones.  Hot Wings.  Family photos updated.  T-shirt. Lawn Chair.  Cookies.  Lotion.  Clean up your inbox.  Auto floor mats.  Time alone. Watch a movie together.~

5. Let Someone Know You Love Them. 

Valentine's Day is about Love at the end of the day. Make sure you let those you care about know they are loved. Either show it in a thoughtful and well thought out gift like we mentioned above, call them, email them, or better yet tell them yourself by spending time with them. Good luck and be sure to come back and post in comments and let us know how you spent your day, Feb. 14th, Valentine's Day.

McCall's Floormart would like to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day! This year give love to your loved ones and your floor by purchasing a brand new area rug! There are many styles available from transitional to children's rugs!

Did you know?
   The first Valentine’s Day card was sent in 1415.
   This year, people will send more than 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards.
   Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards
   Hearts, cupids, roses and birds are international symbols of love

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Christine Speno said...

I love the statistics about Valentine's Day! Also the alternative ideas are great. Practicality and relaxation rolled into one. Who wouldn't want to curl up with a good book or movie wrapped in a comfy throw and munching on a cookie - homemade preferably!
Thanks for all the info and ideas here!

McCall's Home - a division of McCall'sFloormart said...

Your welcome Christine. Thank you for visiting.The day is drawing near. Monday to be exact. Hope everyone is making their plans now.

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