As I sit down to write this, it’s already the 9th of February. There are only 5 days left before we dudes need to bestow gifts upon our sweethearts (4 days if you want to watch the Olympic mixed-doubles curling quarter-finals tomorrow). Sadly, it’s also the time of year when we guys must face certain financial realities, such as:
A) The credit card bills are in and once again we’ve over-spent for Christmas/Chanukah/Pagan Winter-Solstice Goat Roast.
B) We are not getting near the tax return we had anticipated this year, largely due to our not having really made any money in the first place.
C) Our sure-thing Super Bowl bet taking the “over” on how many times Peyton Manning would call “Omaha” didn’t work out so well.
Fear not, loyal readers – Romeo One Point is here to give you lots of ideas for inexpensive gift options. These gems will have your special lady feeling like a million bucks, without your having to lift any cash from her secret sock-drawer stash to subsidize them.
Poems : The ladies love poetry. The good news is that hard-core literary types assure me they don’t even have to rhyme. Romeo One Point Helpful Hint – Avoid poems with references to Nantucket, Dallas or Dundee, even if you and your special lady have some special connection to these locales.
Gift Card for Sensual Massage: – These are great! Put it on a piece of card-stock and try to make the printing legible. Romeo One Point Helpful Hint – Avoid using expiration dates – there’s a good chance she’ll lose the card or write a grocery list on the back of it before she’ll ever redeem it. Bonus Hint – Avoid the phrase “Nudity Required” – It sends the wrong message.
Homemade Cards: These worked great back in grade school. If you don’t have any lacy paper doilies laying around the house, a few coasters from the local diner will work great. Fold them in half, then cut them in sort of a comma shape. Unfold it and voila; a heart! Now do the same thing a little bigger with a piece of red construction paper. If you don’t have any red construction paper, try using the envelope from the last Netflix delivery. Glue the small heart onto the red one, making sure to cover the Netflix logo. For a special touch, use a crayon and worse spelling than usual to scribble your sentiments on it.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels (without a trip to the grocery store): Most of us have some chocolate laying around. I myself uncovered several Hershey’s Kisses in the cushions of the sofa just yesterday and most of them still had the outer foil intact. You’ll also need some pretzels. Pretzels are a little harder to come by in most male domains, but there may be a bag of those nasty “healthy” ones in the back of the cabinet. In an ironic twist, they were originally bought for you by none other than your valentine herself, back when she was trying to get you to go on that gluten-free diet. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler (whatever that is), then carefully dip each pretzel in until it’s covered. Arrange them on a clean plate and serve with plenty of beverages. Talk about your poetic justice!
Dedicating A Blog Post: This one is a slam dunk. Proclaiming your true loving feelings by dedicating a blog post is the modern equivalent to shouting it from the mountaintops, without all that difficult climbing. Romeo One Point Helpful Hint – If your blog posts are usually about video game strategies or debating the validity of whether a real pizza can have pineapple on it, you might want to consider a different topic for this one post. Your readers will understand, they’ll probably wish they had thought to write a cool blog post and dedicate it to their special someone (assuming they’re not a bunch of single losers who live in their parents’ basements and don’t have special someones).
Anonymous Salutation in the Rants and Raves Section of Craigslist: Let’s face it, not all guys are good enough writers to write their own written blogs writing, like I can write! No problem, fellas – Just go to Craigslist and tell the local region how great your lady is! Romeo One Point Helpful Hint – Be sure NOT to put your special gal’s name or picture in the post. I know you’re crazy about her and want to tell the world, but trust me on this one. Besides, by keeping it anonymous you can always take credit for a better salutation if the opportunity arises.
I hope I’ve given you guys some great ideas. I’ve got a bunch more, but I’m running out of time in the gift-creation department myself. After a pretty thorough scavenger hunt, I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t a single pretzel left in this damn house – I’ve looked everywhere.
I dedicate this blog post to my lovely, long suffering special lady. Without her unconditional love, support and guidance, I’d be lost in this world. Happy Valentine’s Day, Baby! You’re the greatest! (The homemade gift card is in the mail – No nudity required).