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Author: Chapman208 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 164720  
Subject: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/12/2003 5:57 PM
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This isn't humorous, but true. Some of you gents who are considering giving the significant other the usual candy and flowers might consider another option.

You may remember that I had foot surgery almost three weeks ago. As a result, I had to stay off my feet as much as possible for the next week or so. As a result, my wife Barbara had to serve me meals in bed, bring me ice packs to reduce the swelling, and she even rubbed hand lotion into the skin after the cast came off, to reduce the dryness. In short, she was an angel and I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated it.

I decided that she needed a little pampering in her life. (Barbara is a self-employed carpenter who spends many long days alone in her shop, getting splinters in her hands and generally getting beat up from the wood and tools.)

So I went to Wal-Mart last night with a mission. I was going to buy whatever I could think of to make her feel relaxed and pampered. So I started with bubble bath, bath oil beads and sea salt body soak--all with various pleasant scents. Then I found a nice scented lotion to use after the bath. Then I picked up some scented candles, a small box of chocolates, and a nice card. Finally I located a wicker basket large enough to hold everything, and some colored moss to pad the basket with, and arranged everything nicely. The total cost was less than $50--less than a dozen roses, a box of chocolates and a card would have cost. (I wasn't trying to be cheap, but that's all it came out to--it doesn't have to be expensive.) It was my own version of Aromatherapy. I could have included a CD of classical music or ambient sounds (waterfalls, crickets, birds, waves crashing, etc.) to complete the sensory package, but I knew that we already had a number of them at home, so it was unnecessary.

Originally, I was going to hide the basket of goodies until Valentine's Day, but I realized on the way home that there was no way I could effectively hide the aroma the basket was exuding, so I decided to present my wife with it when I got home.

I had her close her eyes (I could see her sniffing already!) and handed her the basket. When she opened her eyes I could see the puzzlement. I explained that I wanted to express my appreciation for everything she had done for me since the surgery and indeed for as long as I had known her. I wanted her to feel as pampered as I had the last few weeks. The bath ingredients were so that she could soak peacefully in the tub to relax her tired muscles and soften her work-roughened skin. The scented candles were to mask the usual household smells and open her sinuses so she could breathe deeply and relieve her tension. The small box of chocolates (small so that she couldn't complain that she was going to get fat!) was to nibble on while she was soaking--the height of luxury. The scented lotion was to moisturize her skin and leave her with a pleasant reminder of of her brief absence from the "real world". Then I told her I loved her.

By the time I was done, there were tears in her eyes. After dinner, Barbara had a long soak bath, with lighted candles. When she emerged, she had a relaxed smile on her face and looked much more at peace with the world than she had before the bath.

Guys, we tend not to express our appreciation for our wives and girlfriends as often as we should. A small gesture like this one goes a long way to making them feel wanted, loved and appreciated. It's up to you. You can take the easy route, and buy the old standby candy and flowers, or you can take an hour (or less) out of your day and pick up a few inexpensive items that will show that you cared enough to go to the effort.

Plus, unlike flowers, this gift will last for weeks, if not months, and she'll think of you fondly each time she uses one of the products. It's the gift that keeps on giving (and receiving, as I found out later in the evening! <g>). Think about it, but don't wait too long--Valentine's Day is upon us.

Mark.
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Author: jfruhbauer Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30035 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/12/2003 7:46 PM
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Plus, unlike flowers, this gift will last for weeks, if not months, and she'll think of you fondly each time she uses one of the products. It's the gift that keeps on giving (and receiving, as I found out later in the evening! <g>). Think about it, but don't wait too long--Valentine's Day is upon us.

Mark, you are so sweet and thoughtful!

Jennifer

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Author: LuluB Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30055 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/13/2003 9:06 AM
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Great idea. I got sanded/refinished hardwood floors for Valentine's Day. Something I can see every single day.

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Author: crobinso Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30056 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/13/2003 9:41 AM
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Great idea. I got sanded/refinished hardwood floors for Valentine's Day. Something I can see every single day.

Glad to see you like them, LuluB. I told my DW that this year, I'm paying the mortgage on time. That way, she'll be able to look at her (3 year-old) dream home all day on Valentines Day and think of me.

HarHarHar HarHarHar D'OH!

(DW Cracks open crobinso's head with a skillet)
Charles


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Author: crobinso Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30057 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/13/2003 9:43 AM
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Congrats, Mark! My rec (#16) just sent you into today's Best Of list!

Charles


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Author: Chapman208 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30070 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/13/2003 1:02 PM
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>>>>I got sanded/refinished hardwood floors for Valentine's Day. Something I can see every single day.

Lulu: Congratulations! Just curious, but who gets to sweep/mop those hardwood floors?

Mark.

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Author: crobinso Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30071 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/13/2003 1:07 PM
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Lulu: Congratulations! Just curious, but who gets to sweep/mop those hardwood floors?

Mark


Oh you had to go there, didn't you?

Charles


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Author: Chapman208 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30073 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/13/2003 1:28 PM
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Charles: Thanks! It has moved up to a tie for 7th place on the list with 27 recs. I don't think I'm going to catch #1, though (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18579981). It currently has 68 recs.

That's OK. I didn't post it for recs. I figured most men could probably use a good idea for a Valentine's Day gift, and most women would probably appreciate receiving it from "their man". So either way, both sides end up happy. (She gets the nice gift, and he doesn't have to sleep in the dog house for yet another lousy gift....) <g>

By the way, when I said it took me about an hour to find everything, most of that hour was sniffing everything to come up with the scents I thought my wife would enjoy the most. It probably would have taken less than 20 minutes has I just grabbed one of everything without smelling it first.

Another suggestion, if a guy wants to do something similar but doesn't have the time to buy all that stuff, is to get a gift certificate from a beuty salon for a pedicure, manicure, facial and hair styling, or from a health spa for a getaway day or weekend (including a massage along with everything else). I'm sure both would be appreciated, although they don't have the same personal touch.

Mark.

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Author: BobSch Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30079 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/13/2003 2:48 PM
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I got sanded/refinished hardwood floors for Valentine's Day.

Who gets to do the "splinter check"?

Bob

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Author: hugebabyboy Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30081 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/13/2003 3:00 PM
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It was my own version of Aromatherapy.

I had her close her eyes (I could see her sniffing already!) and handed her the basket. When she opened her eyes I could see the puzzlement.

Your sphincter just couldn't hold back any longer huh?

When she emerged, she had a relaxed smile on her face and looked much more at peace with the world than she had before the bath.

No bubbling noise when she was in the tub?

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Author: foolme1111 Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30124 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/14/2003 9:17 AM
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This isn't humorous, but true. Some of you gents who are considering giving the significant other the usual candy and flowers might consider another option.
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Candy is fattening, and I don't like to give it to my wife while she is trying to lose weight (most of the time), and flowers wither and die in a week. I bought my wife a pair of candlesticks from the Zanger Company, http://www.polishstoneware.com/index.html . She likes their pottery, and the distribution warehouse is near here, so I don't pay retail. She was most pleased with my choice.


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Author: karenlj Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30125 of 164720
Subject: Re: Valentine's Day gift suggestion Date: 2/14/2003 9:30 AM
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Candy is fattening, and I don't like to give it to my wife while she is trying to lose weight (most of the time), and flowers wither and die in a week. I bought my wife a pair of candlesticks from the Zanger Company, http://www.polishstoneware.com/index.html . She likes their pottery, and the distribution warehouse is near here, so I don't pay retail. She was most pleased with my choice.


Thus demonstrating the most important principle of gift-giving: give her something she will actually like.

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