Love > Gift ideas
Flowers: Anniversary bouquet re-visited
Recreate the bouquet your wife carried at your wedding by giving her one flower for each month you have been together. Choose flowers and colours from the original bouquet.
Event: Deja vu
A truly thoughtful gift is a recreation of the moment you first met your sweetheart, your first date or any other day that is special and meaningful to you as a couple. Depending on what you did that day, think about a movie or song that reminds you of the occasion and use it a prop for your gift. Add a note "Remember how it all began? Thanks for being in my life!"
Food: Lovers fortune
A box of delightful chocolate cookies, along with a note saying "You are my fortune - I love you!" are all it takes to make this romantic gift special.
Journal: Love story
A pretty journal is a great gift if you add a personal touch: Write down your feelings of what your partner means to you, the reasons for your love and your fondest memories of shared moments and experiences. You can even start a tradition and pass the book back and forth (on important dates or whenever you feel like it), so over time both of you write down your personal love story.
Flowers: One and only
A single red flower in a pretty vase with a short note saying "You are my one and only" is a simple yet romantic gift.
Chocolate: Lovers dessert
Instead of buying a box of chocolates, bring all the ingredients for making your favorite desert together. Be prepared for a very sensual experience!
Music lover: Love song(s)
Record your love's favorite love songs and pop the CD into her CD player. Alternatively, purchase the songs online and load them onto his or her mp3-player. Choose either songs that have a special meaning to the two of you as a couple, or go for some of the classics like I Just Called to Say I Love You, Love Me Tender, or Dedicated to the One I Love.
Plant: "Growing Old Together"
A plant or bonsai tree, with a note to say "Grow old with me, the best is yet to be" makes a long-lasting and personal gift for many occasions.
It can also be a great gift for a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary, wishing them a long and happy life together.
Tickets: Special Event
Buy a couple of tickets to your favorite show, concert or movie and add a personalized message for your loved one, saying "To the leading lady in my life" / "To the leading man in my life".
Animal Lover: Adopt An Animal
A great gift for all animal lovers: organizations like the WWF (www.worldwildlife.org) offer the chance to 'adopt' an animal. You usually get a certificate, a photograph and a plush toy as part of the adoption. Prices vary, depending on the type of animal you choose to adopt. Alternatively, check with your local zoo.
This gift will be extra special if you add a personal message that relates the recipient to an attribute of the animal you have chosen: "I know you are having a hard time right now, but keep going - you are strong as a bear!". If you have a special nickname for the recipient your message could also be something like "For my little monkey / tiger / etc.".
Scrapbook: Book of Honor
Mark a special occasion or milestone by creating a personal scrapbook for the recipient. Get the whole family or a group of friends to participate and ask each of them to fill a couple of pages with their best wishes and personal memories, including photographs and other small items, to create a truly unique gift.
Electronics: MP3 Player
Make this gift more meaningful by including a few special songs when you purchase your choice of mp3-player.
Choose songs that relate to the recipient and yourself (songs from a joint vacation, a night out together, etc.) or which have a 'theme' (songs of encouragement, love songs, happy tunes). Explain the meaning behind your choice of songs in a personal message to make your gift perfect!