Valentine’s Day is associated with giving a symbol of love to your partner, but many people have a difficult time deciding what to give that special someone. We are all bombarded with ads for everything from chocolates and roses to concerts and clothing as being appropriate gifts for the day. And we have heard of gifting gone wrong… the woman who gave all kinds of hints for a watch who instead received a skillet (yes, I know her). Or the man who flat out said he wanted a nice picture of his wife and kids to carry in his wallet and phone, but who instead received mud flaps for his truck. So how do you know what to get? You have to watch and listen and be creative!
All year long our partners tell, without realizing it, the things that would make nice gifts for them. If you are stuck and have no idea what to give this year, sit back, relax, and think about what your Valentine does, likes, and talks about. Here are some tips to help you not be “that guy” who gives the wrong thing.
- Think about what your loved one likes to do in their spare time. Does he like action movies? Maybe movie tickets and a good home-cooked dinner are a perfect gift.
- Listen to what they talk about. Does she comment on tulips in the Spring? They are already out on the shelves. Does he always tell you what happened on Game of Thrones? Get him a boxed set or a subscription to Netflix.
- Does she take care of everyone but not herself? Pamper her with a gift package of a gift certificates for a spa facial, massage, and manicure. Is she already a patient at a medical spa? Call them and let them customize a package of the services and products she loves.
- Think about what first attracted you to them. Was it her eyes? Give her an eye care product and a note that you love her green eyes. Was it his aftershave that he hasn’t worn in years? Give him a bottle of it and tell him how it makes you feel.
- Talk to your sweetheart’s friends to get ideas for simple, sentimental gifts. Often, friends will know exactly what you need to do!
Whether you wait til the last day, or you want to shop ahead… let us give you some ideas to save you some time. Be it male or female gift, I’m sure you can find something in this week’s Loafer that will make your beloved say “WOW”.
Chocolate Grenade / Cornacopia / Ad on page 14.
Pottery Pigs / $20 / Brixey Studios / Ad on page 6.
It Doesn’t Have to be Flowers / Enchanted Florist / Ad on page 9.
Decorative Handmade Pillows / $22 / Cherie’s Boutique / Ad on page 9.
Jewelry / 20% Off / Décor Exchange / Ad on page 6.
Tree Necklace Locally Made / $45 / 14% Off Red Items / Cindy Saadeh Gallery / Ad on page 14.
Let Her Choose / Hair or Body / Results Salon & Spa / Ad on page 6.
Lash Extensions / Just Flirtin’ Set / $195 / Sher Extensions / Ad on page 9.
No lady will be upset when you hand her glo minerals / $30 and up / Changes Med Spa / Ad on page 2.
VIP Card / Includes 5 Field Passes & 5% Off all Paint Purchases and more! / Only $50 / The Alternative Sport / Ad on page 13.
Make a B-Line with your Valentine and enjoy some things together…
Austin Springs Spa / Do it together with a couples massage / $110 – Ad on page 26
Kiln Time / Do something together at Kil’n Time Ceramic Studio / Starting at $20 – Ad on page 7
Take him/her for a romantic night away at General Morgan Inn / Rooms starting at $145 – Ad on page 2 / or Holiday Inn Bristol / Rooms starting at $89.00 – Ad on page 14
Mr. K’s Used Books / Curl up and read a good book together / Find one at Mr.K’s Used Books & More – Ad on page 13
Barter Theatre / Go see an awesome play before or after dinner. Ummmm Yes Please! – Ad on page 19
St. Anne’s BINGO9 / Scream B-I-N-G-O together. Surely to be a great time of fun and laughter – Ad on page 9
Where to Dine on Valentine’s?
Bone Fire / Go for a little drive to Abingdon and checkout the winner of Best BBQ in SW VA – Ad on page 12
Brooklyn Grill / Whether your taste be Steak, Seafood or Pasta, you can find a plate that delights – Ad on page 15
Phil’s Dream Pit / Nothing says “I Love You” Like the best plate of BBQ – Ad on page 20
Valentino’s / Is giving Two Meals and Drinks for under $20 – Ad on page 15 / Valentino’s near King College
Dolly’s Diner / Offering 2 sirloins, 2 potatoes, 2 salads and 2 desserts for $17.99 – Ad on page 6 / Take it Home, Pick up a movie and make it an evening
Mid City Grill / This is a perfect stop for the fresh made desserts for that special someone – Ad on page 20
She’ll be on Cloud Nine with these ideas on Valentine’s
About Face Aesthetics / Bank her some Botox. She will love you forever. Ad on page 9.
ETSU Med Spa / Grab him/her a gift certificate and let em choose for themselves from various services. Ad on page 21.
Simply Nails / Take her for a mani or pedi. Ad on page 15.
Wanna go the Healthy Route? / What about a Gift Card to Natural Foods Market. Ad on page 12.
Wanna Wine on Valentine? Or maybe just a cocktail or beer…maybe even a little dancing? Patronize Country Club Bar & Grill in Bristol, Woodstone Deli in Kingsport or Holston River Brewing Co off the Bristol Highway. All are great places to end your evening.
Surprise her, send flowers to her office / Pen’s Floral / Ad on page 6.