Alright, I know he leaves the toilet seat up; brushes his hair with the last three fingers on his left hand; wears the ugly Hawaiian shirt he bought on a cruise in 1993 whenever you tell him to “dress up”; and he emits the most noxious odors from various parts of his body at the most inappropriate times. But you love him, it’s Valentine’s Day, and you want him to know how much every inch of pudge layered over his six pack abs means to you.
But have you seen your budget? If it costs more than a Happy Meal, chances are, you can’t afford it. But that’s okay! I’m here to help you figure out what to do for that wonderful man of yours on Valentine’s Day!
You know that chunk of your grocery budget dedicated to healthy snacks on Sunday while he watches sports? Use it to buy some sports fan food – nachos, chicken wings, chips and dip. It’s only once a year, and he will be tickled to see the snack tray that is usually filled with rabbit food and rice cakes is loaded with his football food favorites!
Do you live with a Mr. Fixit? Check out your local hardware stores for some great free classes that your tinkering honey might enjoy – and they come with the added bonus that you might actually get some of those items off of your honey-do list! Ask at customer service at your area Home Depot or Lowes to see what upcoming classes they have, and choose one that might be of interest to your handy man. Make sure when he comes home, armed with his new found knowledge and a brand new area of expertise, you’ve got a cold drink and a hot kiss waiting for him!
Is your guy the stereotypical bookworm? Chances are in his busy life, he doesn’t get much quiet time to read and enjoy the latest Stephen King novel. Your local gourmet store probably has sample sizes of some exotic coffee or tea – many samples being only a dollar or two. Grab his biggest coffee mug, put in the coffee sample, a couple of cookies stolen out of the kids’ cookie jar, maybe a good cigar if he smokes them, and then stop by the library to pick up a book or two he might enjoy reading. Don’t forget to give him a night off to enjoy the solitude while he sips his coffee and enjoys his book!
How many times have you said to your cuddly computer geek, “If you don’t get off of that computer now, I’m going to cancel your subscription to World of Warcraft; burn your Asheron’s Call t-shirt; toss your Civilization cheat guide in the trash; and tell all of your friends your 9 year old had to show you where to plug in your iPhone charger!” Oh, is that just me?
Well just in case it isn’t, just like the avid reader, the avid gamer probably gets a lot of flack for taking time for himself on the computer. This Valentine’s Day, let him have it. No, don’t punch his lights out – let him have some computer time, uninterrupted, your gift to him for being the sweetheart that he is! Let him eat dinner at his desk, bring him a couple of Red Bulls so he can stay up all night if he wants, and let him be. He will really appreciate the night to himself – so much, that it might reflect well when your anniversary rolls around!
You don’t have to think too far outside the box to come up with an inexpensive Valentine gift for your sweetie. Give him what you can’t really afford to give him on a daily basis – his own space to do his own thing. He’ll appreciate that much more than another pair of silk boxers with Valentine hearts on them!