Valentine’s Day is a challenging holiday. Up until the age of 12, it’s pretty straightforward – hearts, candy, handmade Valentine’s cards for all your relatives. Then love strikes, and it’s never the same again. From then on, Valentine’s Day gifts fall into two categories: the Grand Romantic Gesture (a solitaire diamond in a heart-shaped box; Super Bowl tickets; dinner in Paris; a Ferrari), or the Small but Meaningful Gift.
The Small but Meaningful Gift is especially useful if you’ve just started dating someone, are hoping to start dating someone, want to communicate with your teenager, or made a New Year’s resolution with your spouse to save for a new refrigerator.
Since this is a blog about a thrift shop, we assume our readers are looking for ideas for Small but Meaningful gifts:
– DVDs! EVERYBODY has a favorite movie. (Particularly good for someone-you-are-hoping-to-date, because it would be really inconsiderate of the recipient not to invite you over to watch the movie.)
– BOOKS! Everybody also has a favorite author, or at least a favorite genre. Just don’t buy a cookbook for someone who’s dieting, or, because we obviously sell used books, a book that’s inscribed on the title page, “To Andrea – Happy Valentine’s Day 2003.”
– CUDDLY PETS! No, not a REAL pet, because this present is a surprise, and in spite of all those stories where the little girl or boy opens up a birthday box to find a puppy inside, a real pet should never, never, never be a surprise. But cuddly stuffed animals are perfect. They’re huggable, kissable, can go anywhere, and make people happy when they look at them.
– HOBBY AND CRAFT SUPPLIES! These can be anything from cooking gadgets to scrapbooking materials to sports equipment. Your Valentine will be thrilled, even if you are privately thinking that no one needs 15 different cheese graters.
And remember to check out our special hand-made Valentine cards, created by our own members in our Thursday night “Crafters” group. One of these unique cards would go perfectly with your Small but Meaningful gift.