Ten Gifts Your Sweetheart Will Love and Keep
Who would not love and keep a gift that fits one or more of the following descriptions?
- One of a kind, produced especially for you;
- Practical and lasting;
- Creation powered by affection.
Most of these gifts can be made by the giver, but will be no less thoughtful if made by someone skilled in the specific craft.
These exceptional gifts celebrate the recipients—their personalities, their interests, their favorite things and what they mean to the giver. They are also expressions of deep love.
Select the most appropriate of the following ten gift ideas which are listed in alphabetical order. Plan it carefully, and make it beautifully so your sweetheart will love it enough to keep it.
(1) Autograph Book
The giver writes the first autograph on the first page, stating an unselfish desire to have other people register their love for one who is so deserving. The last autograph is also from the giver concluding that his or her love is greater than the sum total of all the other love expressed.
Ask selected friends from any association to which the special person belongs, to register their accolades in writing. Friends separate when they change jobs, schools or addresses; but their words of affection, encouragement or even humor can have lifetime influence. Your sweetheart will love to read this over and over, and you will always receive credit for being insightful and thoughtful.
(2) Embossed Initials
You cannot go wrong with personalized gifts, especially if the gifts are functional. Your sweetheart will want to keep lose jewelry, a bath towel set, a Bible or some other favorite book with embossed initials. Consider purses for women and wallets for men. These gifts will be used with precious memories accompanying them.
(3) Fashion Layout
With cameras so readily available on cell phones and other media devices, it is easy to take pictures of the loved one (over a period of time) when you’re hanging out together. No one has to know that you're working on a project.
Compile the pictures on any digital storage device with a fashion theme on something the individual likes to wear—hats, shorts, shades, scarves, jackets, for example.
If that proves too difficult, just click at miscellaneous poses whenever it is convenient. Present the fashion layout on device or in print when the time is right for a surprise gift.
(4) Favorite Music
The music can also be compiled on a digital storage device. Select songs your sweetheart likes to sing, or to which he likes to listen. Include your own renditions if you often receive compliments on your singing voice; or record a romantic message somewhere. This will make your tape different from any other he might have. Label it something like “Favorite Songs of My Beloved.”
(5) "Favorite Spot" Painting
Where do you and your sweetheart like to hang out together? Is there a special garden plot in the park that he likes? Or, does she already have a photograph of a scenery she really likes? It would be great to have a painting of that favorite scene. Try painting it yourself or have it done by a professional and placed in an exquisite frame. Even if your image is not on the painting (but it could be) your loved one will imagine you there. Both the favorite scene and the favorite person will be on the list of precious treasures.
(6) Glamour Shot
The glamour shot we’re thinking of is based on the idea put forward by Glamour Shots® (not the erotic portraits which requires the loved one to pose naked for the photographer): “Celebrate your unique beauty and style with a portrait photography session that puts you center stage. Glamour Shots® designs a photography experience that brings out the best in you. . . so you get exactly what you always imagined: You. Being fabulous.”
The fabulous looking image with professional hairstyle and make up, and an attitude inside exuding beauty outside will present the model in a setting of grandeur. Sure the amateur photographs are beautiful too, but the immaculate view inspires the kind of pride which makes the recipient mount his sweetheart’s picture within view for everyone to behold. Give him the satisfaction of showing off the object of his love.
Some Qualities I Love In You
Yours Forever, Bryan
(7) Name Acrostic
Here are two examples. To the right, is Brenda's name acrostic done for her by Bryan, and below is Bryan's made for him by Brenda.
They're so personal, respectful and heartwarming. It's like using the letters of their name to spell love.
They also would be attractive, printed on paper with a decorative design (like that suggested for the personalized blessing below).
(8) Personalized Blessing Plaque
The blessing can be custom made by a plaque manufacturer; or it can be inscribed on fancy paper, and beautifully framed. It will be more meaningful if the words are the giver’s own composition.
The words could express a wish or a prayer for a successful future; or if the sweetheart is an older retired person, a wish or a prayer for peaceful relaxation and a well deserved retirement. It may also be a prayer for gratitude that the two lives touched, and a request for God to shower His divine favor on the recipient.
(9) Personal Reference Guide
Most people know that there is some information they need to keep handy, but they are too busy to organize it. It may be some recipes for the cook, some quotes for the speaker, or some statistics for the writer’s favorite niche. What a pleasant surprise to receive the starting phase of this reference guide which you, the giver, can continue to help build! Can you guess how many times your sweetheart will say “God bless you”? Sometimes, it may simply be, "You mean so much to me."
Which of these gifts would be your favorite one to give?
(10) Special Memories Journal
There are many special events for lovers to remember: the first walk together, the first fine dining experience, the first glorious make up after the first silly fight. These can be chronicled with pictures as well as with words for feel good moments later in the relationship.
Love letters may be outdated, but love messages sent by email can also be printed and bound to revive the sparks occasionally. The journal can be dated to include memories within a special period of the relationship; or the memories can be placed within an adjustable binding, so more memories can be added.
Memories last forever. Let the journal be the gift that keeps on giving, adding new memories as they are made. The quality of love will also increase.
© 2016 Dora Weithers