Valentine’s Day: Your Top 10 Alternative Gift Guide

If you follow the roses and chocolate with a complementary teddy bear Valentine’s Day script, you might find your partner scoffing down that heart-shaped box of chocolates you bought — either to compensate for the emotional trauma, or because a sugar rush might be the most exhilarating thing they’ve experienced all day. So in the spirit of not being stabbed with the long-stemmed rose from sheer boredom, we’ve decided to help a brother out with our alternative gift guide. Satisfaction for both partners guaranteed.

1. Roses that Last

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Some people love flowers. But let’s get this straight. It’s in no way romantic to make your beloved watch the supposed symbol of your undying love decay and die over a week. And then you have to clean the mess, like those guys in the white hazmat suits after they’ve cleared a crime scene. So rather forgo the mission, and expense, that comes with roses, and buy a little rose bush. Not only will it last more than a week, but it’s a constant reminder when in bloom. Now that’s a symbol of love we can deal with.

2. Don’t Frame it, Bind it

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We all know that our best photos are on Instagram. Our feeds are meticulously curated, filters carefully chosen, and there’s not one bad hair day to be seen. So why not make the ultimate coffee table book of the best of your beloved’s Instagram feed? You’re guaranteed that said partner will love every image, it will be extremely thoughtful and personal, and you essentially have a visual history of your relationship. It’s romance with a hard cover.

3. Get Intimate with Chocolate

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Give your partner a box of chocolates and they’ll eat for a day. Have your partner versed in the methods of chocolate making and prepare to go jogging for the rest of your life. There are multiple chocolate making classes to pick from, and it’s an experience you can actually share. You’ll still get your chocolate, but there’ll be chocolate covered, spatula spanking memories to last a lifetime.

4. Go Old School

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Valentine’s Day cards are …. not great. They’re either super emotional, with a plethora of hearts and puppies, or they are slightly more humorous and a little naughty for the less traditional crowd. And, … no wait, that’s it. Those are your choices. And that’s why you should just do away with the whole thing and get a pen and paper ready. We promise, whatever generic card says, you can say it a million times better. Rather save that money for that chocolate making class and write some old school love letters, secured in twine, and be ready for your partners garments to perform a vanishing act.

5. A Date with Adventure

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As much as we love eating chocolate and getting all kinds of curvaceous on the couch, it’s great to get outdoors, especially if you’re the sporty kind of couple. Go skydiving, scuba diving, surfing, try something new, or something you haven’t done in a long time. There’s nothing like adrenaline to strengthen a bond between lovers.

6. Tell Your Story

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This requires some effort and a dash of skill. But if you’ve got it, flaunt it. Grab an empty journal and delve into your relationship’s history. How you met, the fights, the passion, the drama, the love! If you’ve got some drawing skills, you can even illustrate it. It could be a yearly tradition that you add the last year’s events in until the book is full and you can start another. Be warned, this one’s a definite tear jerker.

7. Adding to the Love Nest

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If you’re trying to build a home with your partner, why not give a gift that keeps on giving and have a DIY day. It doesn’t sound particularly romantic, but there’s nothing like working together to make the best of what you have. And we’re talking about fun stuff here, not building a shed. Like this in-house swing from Parks & Cube. Who knew it would be that easy?

8. Take Me Back to the Beach

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Skip the restaurant and take a day trip. It doesn’t have to be planned with little hearts in secret locations. We’re talking about exploration, getting into the car and discovering everything there is in the place that you live. You might be surprised what gems are just a few hours away from you, and it’ll be a new thing to experience together. The key here is spontaneity.

9. Share the Love

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Don’t make the mistake of buying your significant other a pet unless they’ve specifically told you it’s okay. We think animal shelters have enough haphazard “gifts” to worry about. But you know what doesn’t require you to do anything? Sponsoring an animal that really needs the support. Not only do you look like an absolute saint, but you’ll feel good about contributing. Spread that love and find out what shelters or rescue centers are near your area.

10. Movie Night

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We’re hoping that the one you love was a wise choice in terms of you both wanting to go see Deadpool this weekend. What’s more romantic than sharing your love for something other than each other? “But what if they don’t like Deadpool,” you ask? Then we suggest you go single and have yourself a lovely anti-Valentine’s Day indeed. At least there will be less cliche Valentine’s Day gifts used as weapons.

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