I don’t know about you but I have the worst time picking out gifts for my husband. Sometimes, I am even at a loss for what to get my family members. Are you nodding your head in agreement? Hopefully, you are so I don’t feel so bad. It’s just tough! Either that person seems to have everything they need or want, or they don’t give you ANY hints as to what they’d really like this year. I feel like Valentine’s Day can be even more difficult because you can’t buy someone a flashlight. So, here are some tips I’ve collected on how to choose a thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift when you don’t know where to start.
*This post is in sponsorship with UncommonGoods. Keepin’ the lights on. 😉
5 Tips to Choose a Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift
1.) Plan Ahead
Keep a notepad of every time your husband/roommate/mom mention “Oh, I’d like to buy that” or “that would be useful” throughout the year. Revisit it shortly before Christmas, their birthday or Valentine’s Day. Brainstorm what they may need or want but haven’t mentioned before. What do they like to do? What are they out of? What would complement something they already own?
2.) Ask Around
When I am stumped what to buy for gifts I will ask my friends what they get their husbands or sisters to see if something sparks creativity. Even if I don’t think of a specific gift, an idea they give me might jump start my creative juices and remind me of something else my husband or mom may like.
3.) Make a DIY!
Nothing is more thoughtful than spending time making something for somebody else.
One year I made my husband a bouquet of roses from bacon. Yes, bacon. And it was pretty simple! It was also a huge hit.
Another year I made a “Man bouquet.” This was also a big hit and you can fill it with so many clever or creative gifts that you can turn into “roses.” Not sure what to turn into roses? Check out Uncommon Goods site for small gift ideas that you can “secure” to stems to make the flowers.
Lastly, try making them a very special homemade card. One year I made this piece of cake postcard for everyone in my family and they couldn’t believe it wasn’t real. I’ve also been dying to make these Valentine’s Day cookie postcards. Maybe next year when I am not pregnant!
4.). Search Uncommon Goods
First, if you haven’t heard of Uncommon Goods yet it is one of my favorite places to find unique gifts.
Seriously, just look around! By looking around I found dinosaurs that hold tacos. Guys, my niece LOVES dinosaurs…and tacos I assume. So this is exactly what I got her this year for her birthday. That’s the thing about this shop – it is literally full of uncommon – get it – goods you wouldn’t think to gift people yourself but once you see it you know it’s the perfect gift. They even divide their gifts into categories such as fun, home, kitchen + bar, art, jewelry, women, men, and kids. Once you choose a topic it lets you narrow it down even more. Yes, it divides it into gifts for everyone from your husband to your brother.
If you’d like some direction to get started this page has a general page full of unique Valentine’s Day gifts – with everything from unicorn mugs to a make your own truffles kit.
Need a gift idea for your husband specifically? This page is full of manly gift ideas. We’re talking everything from a portable grill to a grooming kit.
And don’t worry if you’re single and looking for a Galentine Gift for your best friends. Uncommon Goods offers these cute gift ideas for all women. Personally, I’ve been eyeing those flower bathing petals FOREVER and now have my eye on the avocado tree starter kit, too.
If you are STILL stuck then…
5.) Try Uncommon Good’s Sunny – their new expert gift finder
In their own words, this is how Sunny can help you:
Sunny lets you search for your recipient’s interests all at once, giving you a personalized collection of gift ideas.
Let’s say you’re shopping for your mom, who loves animals and gardening. (That’s my mom!) Sunny will show you items that fit these interests.
But Sunny’s magic doesn’t stop there – star your favorite suggestions, and sunny will add more gift ideas to the list, based on what you prefer. The more items you star, the more personalized your suggestions get. Sunny does the hard work; all you need to do is scroll, star, and be wowed. Oh, and Sunny is a cute elephant so there’s that…
Personally, I also like supporting Uncommon Goods because of the way it does business. For their workers they try to create a positive work environment. (Who else could use more of that?) They also specialize in handmade, recycled and organic products. This crunchy blogger loves that. Lastly, they try to reduce the number of magazines they mail out, and when they do, it is on recycled paper.
So this Valentine’s Day, or next holiday or birthday, take the stress out of shopping for someone by implementing these tips and also giving Sunny a try. And hey, maybe this year YOU are the special person you are buying for. (I’m totally getting myself those bath flowers.)