I do not enjoy buying gifts for people, particularly adults. Finding the perfect gift stresses me out. I know that sounds like a terrible thing to say but it's not that I don't enjoy giving gifts. The problem is that I put pressure on myself to find a really thoughtful gift that says, "I know you so well and I found the perfect gift for you." Some people are really good at that. I am not that person.
Tim and I started dating when I was only 15 years old. We have celebrated many, many birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, etc. over the years. I find it really hard (and stressful) to come up with creative gifts over and over again. So before any gift giving occasion, I tell Tim, "I won't get anything for you if you don't get anything for me." That way, if I come up with something - GREAT!, and if not, Tim wasn't expecting anything anyway.
For Valentine's Day, Tim and I agreed that we wouldn't buy gifts for each other and instead we'd order take outs for dinner (which is kind of a present for me because it gets me out of cooking!). But then I found a fun idea on Pinterest. I actually combined this Pin and this Pin on Pinterest. Here's what I came up with for Tim's gift.
I found the heart frame on clearance at Michael's for $10. Then I just traced the glass from the frame on a large piece of red card stock and bought sticker letters to write out "I love you because...". All you need is a dry erase pen to write messages! I re-used an old ribbon so we can hang it up in the house (we're not sure where to hang it yet - I'm TERRIBLE when it comes to interior decoration decisions). Here's the finished product:
I love you Tim! Happy Valentine's Day!