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How to Choose a Creative Romantic Gift

Updated on June 19, 2013
How to choose a creative romantic gift just requires a little bit of thinking outside the box.
How to choose a creative romantic gift just requires a little bit of thinking outside the box. | Source

Romantic Romance ~

The art of romance is alive and well or certainly should be! Romantic gifts that are creative show the receiver a bit of thought has gone into the choice of gift.

It can get so boring thinking of the usual and common romantic gifts that everyone knows and gives. Creative thinking for gift ideas is fun; more personalized, and can incorporate many things that definitely scream romance.

For Valentine’s Day, tradition since the 15th Century has dictated the giving of red roses, or a bunch of flowers, box of chocolates, and the much anticipated Valentine’s cards as the gifts of choice.

These “usual suspects” have expensive price tags attached for this one occasion which are often outlandish.

Love is in The Air

enjoying the simple things together is what romance is all about in relationships.
enjoying the simple things together is what romance is all about in relationships. | Source

Creative and Romantic ~

I’m a strong believer in romance, the art of romance and a real sucker for the simple displays of meaningful thought.

What I don’t conform with is thinking romantic gestures or gifts, no matter how small are important for the one day of the year, February 14th.

Relationships need romance and it’s all too often kicked to the curb as everyday life takes over. Choosing the right gift with the person in mind is important and knowing their interests, hobbies, pet hates or dislikes makes it much easier when it comes to a thoughtful, romantic present.

Putting on my creative thinking cap to find unique romantic gifts, here are some of my own thoughts or ideas I found that I would like to pass on.

DIY Beauty Gifts

making a pampering beauty products set is easy at home. Suitable for men and women this is sure to go down well.
making a pampering beauty products set is easy at home. Suitable for men and women this is sure to go down well. | Source

Homemade Beauty ~

Making your own romantic gift is so thoughtful and original. A single product or a basket of beauty products for him or her is easy, quick and inexpensive to make in your own kitchen.

Pick a fragrance you know your other half loves, for example Lavender.

Why not rustle up a Lavender Salt Shower Gel and a jar of Bath Salts for starters?

Lavender oil is a gorgeous accompanying beauty product with many uses as is a Body Butter skin moisturizer.

You could easily dry out home-grown lavender and add it sprinkled over the basket or make some potpourri to include as a gift.

Sprigs of lavender may be attached on the inside of your Valentine's Day cards and to the packaging for a fragrant addition they are sure to remember.

Paper Flowers

making flowers out of paper is easy and is an ideal romantic gift that will last longer than  fresh flowers.
making flowers out of paper is easy and is an ideal romantic gift that will last longer than fresh flowers. | Source

Homemade Flowers ~

Making your own flowers out of crepe paper is a funky gift that lasts rather than a dozen red roses which whilst lovely to receive and smell gorgeous, unfortunately do not last very long.

Jamie Brock has easy to follow tutorials on making paper roses and for making paper carnations which are very doable creative projects and ideal gifts for him or for the lady in your life.

Be creative with colors if your other half loves a particular color rather than sticking to tradition and take into consideration what your other half likes or dislikes. For example there are certain flowers I really don't like and if my partner is aware of this then he knows to avoid buying them.

Roses all carry significant meanings so you may prefer to pick another shade that still conveys a romantic message.

Romantic Roses

fresh roses may be dipped in 24 ct gold .
fresh roses may be dipped in 24 ct gold . | Source

Dipped Roses ~

How about the idea of having real roses dipped in 24ct gold, platinum or even glazed with acrylic?

Funky, unusual and these messages of love will last.

I found a place that does this plus other cool ideas for giving roses such as giant paper roses (4 ft), roses made of seashells and crystallized roses so check them out for originality. If this type of creative gift sparks the romance then go to RomanceHer and see their comprehensive catalogue of unique gifts.

Aphrodisiac Foods

chocolate and strawberries are both aphrodisiacs which will turn up the romance naturally.
chocolate and strawberries are both aphrodisiacs which will turn up the romance naturally. | Source

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries ~

Even if you are not the most gifted cook, melting some chocolate to dip some strawberries into, is easily achievable not requiring any special creativity.

You could then transfer them to clear cellophane and tie them up with a nice bow, some curling ribbon and voila, you have been creative!

Alternatively put them into a nice jar or box. Experiment with other fruits your loved one enjoys just to be different!

Taking it up a notch, you could make your own chocolates, fudge or any sweetie favorite and bag them up.

Art With Meaning

draw a sketch of something that has meaning. Did you have your first kiss at the leaning tower of pizza?
draw a sketch of something that has meaning. Did you have your first kiss at the leaning tower of pizza? | Source

Photos Made into Art ~

If you are artistic this is a wonderful idea as a gift. You could paint in any medium you enjoy, be it oils, watercolors, acrylic or even a pencil sketch.

Choosing a photo that has a particular significance is obviously best.

My mum did this a number of times for different members of the family, including myself and created the most amazing art work that was totally personal to each of us.

If you like the idea as a romantic gift but do not paint, the company my DaVinci should be checked out. Cost will depend on the type of medium you want it painted in but it is a gift that will last a lifetime and beyond.

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Utilize Your Skills ~

We all have skills or talents whether or not we think we do. You don’t have to be arty or craft minded to be creative, just think a little outside the box.

You could have a great talent for poetry or creative writing.

Candle making or cookery may be your passion so think of ways to incorporate these into a special personalized gift for the love of your life.

If you need some more ideas check out my article Creative Gift Ideas which goes into more detail on creating gifts from your talents.

Romantic Meals Out

you never know . . . your partner may pop the question on a romantic picnic!
you never know . . . your partner may pop the question on a romantic picnic! | Source

Eating Out ~

Eating out does not have to mean table for two in an overpriced restaurant.

Why not put together a lovely picnic and bring your other half on a magical mystery tour by not telling them where you are going or what you will be doing.

Bear in mind the climate and make sure they are dressed appropriately.

You will probably have a number of choices for venues so think of somewhere that may have beautiful views, landscapes or activities. Somewhere that is special to you both is ideal.

For an example my brother did this and brought his girlfriend to the sports grounds of their old school for a picnic to pop the question of marriage! Maybe not the most romantic of settings but it was somewhere unique that's for sure.

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Yves 7 months ago

      As sappy as it sounds, I've discovered that men love homemade cookies. Why? I don't know. Maybe I attract Cookie Monsters. But seriously, I think the appreciate the effort it takes to make something from scratch.

      I like your chocolate covered strawberry idea. You are so right in saying that romance does not have to be relegated to February 14th, and that it can happen every day. Good reminder.

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      Pooja Khodke 2 years ago

      Nice Ideas, I have Ever heard, thanks for sharing with us!!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      These are great ideas for creative romantic gifts!

      Hope you are doing okay, and that the first week of the year is going well for you. Take care!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Amanda,

      Cheers for taking the interest here, it is nice to think of something a little different for the "other half" sometimes!

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      Amanda Jones 4 years ago

      Love this hub. Has a lot of great ideas. Thanks for taking the time to share them.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Glad you enjoyed these suggestions. It's nice to think of a few different ideas from the norm! Whether romantic or not I gave my other half a voucher to get his ear pierced one year as part of Valentine's Day as he had said it was something he always fancied doing but never did. He also never wore jewellery so it was kind of different!! Thanks so much for your constant support and input it is always so highly regarded and appreciated by me!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin,

      A Valentine's birthday is a great reason to up the ante and make it a really romantic occasion for the two of you! You are very creative my friend and have written some great hubs showcasing this so originality will be no problem! Have fun and enjoy!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Chocolate makes everything so much more romantic! Love your roses dipped in gold as well. Very nice suggestions for Valentine's day.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I'm afraid I am not a great romantic and my husband's birthday is right around Valentine's Day so we combine the two. Maybe I should make it more special.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      Great to see you and delighted you enjoyed this and really appreciate your complimentary comments. Thanks so much for the votes and shares.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Just in time for Valentine's next month. Very creative and unique gift ideas, and so nicely displayed! Voting up and sharing.