Posts Tagged ‘valentines’

10 Things I Love About You

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so it is the PERFECT time to tell someone which things you love most about them. Here are 10 gift ideas that you can give to someone you love this year that express your feelings and appreciation. Let our gift experts help you to personalize your choice to make the sentiment exactly right.

I love waking up to your smile.

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I love your late night texts.

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I love your smiling eyes.

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I love how you love our children.

Sweat is SEXY

I love how you cheer loudly.
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I love how you like to party!

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I love how hard you work.Carpe Diem I love your sexy laugh.Sweat is SEXY
I love your BIG dreams.Believe In Miracles I love how you love me.There is still time

 

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5 At Home Date Night Ideas for Moms & Dads

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Remember that time, when you were young and starry-eyed with new love, and Valentine’s Day was a time to fully express your affections with a dazzling evening out and big gestures of romance? Those special moments may have helped lead you to a deeper love, which might have turned into an elaborate proposal and finally a beautiful wedding. And if that sequence of events ALSO lead you to having children join your life together, then you KNOW that all of that romantic “stuff” has probably gone out the window (along with all of your free time and discretionary spending budget!)

Yeah, I have been there. I am coming out the other side though, with my kids growing up very quickly, and two out of 3 pretty much launched into adulthood. So I can tell you for sure, you do get your time back. BUT, don’t wait until then to keep connecting as a couple, whether it be Valentine’s Day, your anniversary or a weekly date night.

Since time and money can be an obstacle to keeping the flames burning, here are some ideas for romantic “dates” that you can enjoy at home. All it takes is some planning, some creativity, and an attitude of acceptance; accepting where you are right now in your family life cycle, accepting that you and your partner still need to look after your romance, and being creative about how to do just that during a busy time in your life.

The biggest obstacle to your plans will be the kids themselves. Sorta hard to get all lovey when they are clamoring for your attention. Finding a babysitter is not always possible or easy. If the kids are older, either send them off to a friends for a sleepover or to a family member if they are available. OR just this once, let them watch some TV in their room on a laptop or tablet, with the deal that they don’t disturb your date (kiss each other A LOT. Believe me, once they see THAT gross business, they will only come out to talk to you if the house is on fire or something). Let them ‘break the rules’ a bit so this can be THEIR special night activity. You will get more cooperation and buy in if they get a special relaxing of the rules and routine.

If they are still very little, plan to put them to bed a bit early. It may mess with their schedule temporarily, but this is an important evening and the trade off is worth it once in a while.

5 At Home Date Night Ideas That Don’t Require a Babysitter:
  1. Dining with Class – With a little team work, you can create the atmosphere of a romantic restaurant, complete with candle light and a special dinner that you don’t make as often now that chicken nuggets are a prominent item on your daily menu.  Use your best dishes, your prettiest tablecloths and play some romantic mood music. Alternative ideas meal, depending on the time of year, include: backyard picnics (complete with a blanket and basket), finger foods/appetizers and desserts only, or breakfast in bed. Breakfast can be date night as well – why not? It’s your date!
  2. Game Night – Jenja, Backgammon, Scrabble, Chess, Boggle – lots of fun two player games are available and you can have a friendly competition. Make some bets and offer up some “romantic” stakes. You will BOTH win that way (nudge, wink, wink). Pull out your favourite snacks, put on some upbeat tunes and get ready to play.
  3. Movie night – Create a marathon night. I recommend Star Wars 4-6 (not 1-3. Never 1-3!), Lord of the Rings, or maybe do an evening of movie classics. Can’t agree on the films? Each pick one movie and agree to gladly watch both movies (even if you hate rom coms or anime). Cuddle up on the sofa with snacks, dole out the foot rubs and enjoy some great films.
  4. Get Silly Night – Have a nerf gun fight, do some karoke, play “would you rather” or “truth, dare, double dare” (okay, that one could get interesting ha!). Be a kid and make a fort out of blankets and eat junk food. If your kids are home during this date, you might be hard pressed to keep them away from the action. This one is best if you managed to get someone to let them sleepover (‘Hello, Grandma?”). Capture some of the silly fun you had in your early dating days with this date night idea.
  5. Cooking Class – learn a new cooking skill together. Here are three I want to learn: homemade donuts, Dim Sum (I even bought some steamers to make these foods in), and any one of the over 10 MILLION ideas I have pinned on my pinterest food boards (there are a lot of them).

As a BIG idea for once a month, combine a bunch of these ideas and go all out cultural – choose a country to explore from home. Italy? China? India? Plan your menu, music, movies and games around which ever place you dream of visiting and explore. Take photos and share your “trip” when you get home. No “trip” is complete without some photos to go along with it. Better yet, start a photo album for ALL of your trips. Travel to a different “country” every month and you will have a wonderful keepsake at the end of your year of dates.

So you see, even if time and budgets are a bit tight since children came into your life, you can STILL have a ton of fun and romance together, with a bit of creativeness and a positive attitude.

Trust me, someday thee children will be all grown up, moved out and on with their lives. You guys are still there, together. Stay connected until then, so you can easily make the transition to REAL date nights and REAL trips around the world (at least, that is my intention).

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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Gifts for Girlfriends and Boyfriends

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My day: It always starts with thoughts of you.”

Our gift selection is most commonly known for things like weddings (both for the couple and for the wedding party), baby gifts, work gifts and special occasions like Christmas or Mother’s/Father’s Day. But did you know, that we ALSO get a lot of orders for romantic gifts, for girlfriends and boyfriends.

We can be VERY romantic! And this recent order from our website inspired us to talk about it!

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We asked one of our regular customers about why she likes to give Things Engraved gifts to her boyfriend. She told us that she loves to give gifts that can actually be used AND be very special.

I like to buy gifts that I KNOW the person receiving it will actually use. The gifts I purchase from Things Engraved make giving even MORE special because of the engraving. Whenever he uses his gift, he can think me, or the memory of when I gave it to him. For example, I got him a nice flask and shot glass for his birthday last year and paired it with a bottle of his favourite whiskey. For our one year anniversary, I bought him a crystal optic heart with our names engraved, along with the date we started dating. We look at it every year on our anniversary and it sits on a shelf above his desk.” – Janelle

Guys can be tough to buy gifts for and this customer came up with a few great ideas that are both romantic and personal. We have lots of great gifts for both guys and girls, that can be made into a romantic gesture for a special occasion or just because you want to show your love.

Here are a few romantic gifts we have shared on our Instagram feed over the last few months.

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Military Style Dog Tags

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Heart and Roses Trinket Box

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Forever Hearts 5×7 Frame

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Large Chrome Compass & Paperweight

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Everlasting Heart Trinket Box

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Stainless Steel Bone Pet Tag

Sometimes I can’t see myself when I’m with you. I can only just see you.” Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily

Be sure to think about personalizing a gift for the love in YOUR life for your next special occasion (which just might be ANY time you spend together.)

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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Of course, any gift can be made into a romantic gift with the right wording and sentiment. If you want something with a heart to REALLY make your point, click on the photo to find our gifts with “heart”.

To purchase, visit our website or find it in a store near you.

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