If you had asked me few years ago what’s the best romantic gift for my wife, I would have inadvertently said ‘Lingerie’. But in my 8 years of married life I have learned to go beyond those stuff. A walk on the beach on a full moon night is by far more romantic than a lingerie, which anyway you’d see on her for a few minutes before those come off.
In my childhood, I had known a teddy bear as most romantic gift around. Today as I sat down to write this article I can think of many ideas that can be romantic and frugal for every spouse.
Some people think that it takes a good bit of cash to get a romantic gift for their significant other. Sure it’s nice to shower your spouse with lavish gifts and expensive niceties, but sometimes it’s the little simple things that can be the most romantic.
This isn’t just because of the recent economic turmoil that the global economy is in either, in fact most people forget that good old saying “it’s the thought that counts”. And it really is true, when giving a gift to your significant other it should be more about thinking about what they want and not getting the most audacious and impressive present you can think of (unless that is what he or she truly desires).
There is no need to spend mountains of cash to get a romantic gift for your spouse, all it takes is thought preparation and proper execution and even the simplest gift can become a true treasure that can be cherished for a lifetime.
Small things, the act of remembering and caring are some of the most romantic things you can do for your spouse. All it takes is a bit of thought, creativity, and good planning and you can give your spouse what he or she wants in the most romantic way possible.
One thing to always remember is presentation, the presentation of a gift will always have a bearing on how effective, thoughtful or romantic a gift is. Selecting the proper time, place, and method can make or break romantic gift giving. A common misconception most people believe is that the most romantic gifts are given during special occasions, birthdays, holidays, and valentines.
This is simply untrue, there does not need to be a special day for a gift to be given in a romantic way. In fact, gifts given on a run of the mill day, just because you thought of them while you were shopping or taking a stroll can be some of the best gifts.
Not all romantic gifts have to be practical, but they have to have an emotional charge to them; they must evoke a kindled fire within the heart of the receiver that they can relate to in their memory.Giving a romantic gift involves truly knowing your spouse, because there is no magic gift that every spouse would love. It all depends on what they want, but a good way of getting the best romantic gift for your better half is by reading others ideas that may spur better plans for yourself. Below is a list of 25 frugal gifts ideas for your spouse to help you get an idea for a good gift.
- A day at the spa
- 9 holes of golf
- A good box of chocolates
- A copy of their favorite movie
- Their favorite CD or a CD of their favorite artist’s new work
- A hat from their favorite sports team
- A bottle of champagne when they get an award or recognition
- Write them a Poem/song
- Read them a story while she/he’s still on bed
- Make a coupon book with romantic things that you can do for them such as hugs, kisses and other forms of affection.
- Freshly picked flowers from the garden
- Make them a Mix CD or playlist of their favorite songs
- Surprise them by detailing their car
- Get some pictures of theirs developed or printed
- Print some pictures of yourself
- Personalized Keychain
- Make them a video montage or side-show
- A homemade candlelight dinner
- A surprise picnic on a week-end day
- Breakfast in bed
- Sometimes letting your husband watch games the whole evnning while you do other stuff goes a ong way, oh yes! It’s romantic afterwards.
- Schedule a movie night of their favorite movies
- A DIY project both of you would enjoy
- Finish their chores for the day before they wake up
- Cook them a new dish
The above suggestions may or may not be ideal for your spouse, it is for you to decide. Remember it’s the thought that counts; also remember some thoughts are best not said out loud. A few ground rules when coming up with ideas for frugal romantic gifts include not getting anything that pertains to their work or clothing.
Giving a gift that is associated with their work has the connotation of you wanting them to stay at work or do better at work. Which, in my opinion, is not exactly a romantic idea. About clothing apart from that lingerie thing, I don’t think they are romantic.
One of the main points when thinking up gift ideas is not to select gifts that are replica to more expensive items. This degrades the effect of the romanticism of the gift, find things that are truly priceless to them if you want to get them a truly good gift. In other words, don’t go buy a counterfeit of a bag your wife has been longing for, that just seems cheap and without taste.
The way you present the present to them also affects their reaction to it. Just like any gift good wrapping keeps things mysterious, when presenting the gift don’t hesitate to make the act of gift giving as romantic as possible. Surprising them with a gift is a good way of making a frugal gift more romantic, and just like warfare it is always best when it is least expected. There doesn’t need to be any special occasion, it’s just a good way of letting them know that you’re always thinking of them.
Remember it’s the simple things that count, and if you can’t think of what to get your significant other chances are you’re thinking too hard. They have probably left some subtle clues as to what they really want, you just need to pay attention and keep it in mind. Romance is a mix of good planning and spontaneity, by planning ahead and making it seem spontaneous can make what may otherwise be a bland olive drab gift into something they will cherish for the rest of their life.
Readers, one assignment, think of all the gifts you have given to your spouse and you have received from your spouse. Now, te us which were romantic and how they were accepted.