the fogue abode: Our Valentine Gift Guide

Monday, February 12, 2018

Our Valentine Gift Guide

Here we are, Valentine's week.  I'm attempting to break out of my V-Day Scrooginess and brighten your day with some Valentine fun facts (since I can't share a conversation heart with you,) and what I will be giving on Valentine's day.  Think of this as my mini Valentine's Day Gift Guide full of cheesy goodness. 

  • The grandest gift of love, The Taj Mahal. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife. 
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."
  • More than one-third of men would prefer not receiving a gift. Less than 20% of women feel the same way. (count me as one of the 20%)
  • More at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than in any other month. (oops!)
Ok, ok...let's get to what I will be gifting those I love on Wednesday.  Nothing sappy here folks, just fun and practical gift ideas for the kids, school and even a little something for the husband.  Check out my ideas below. 

For the baby

Have I mentioned we like to give practical gifts, oh I have?  Well, this gift was much needed, but the card is just so stinkin cute.  It knocks my socks off.  Wes is a super drooly baby.  We are either changing shirts multiple times a day or changing bibs.  One of my favorite baby shops, Copper Pearl, makes these amazing bib bandanas.  They are double layered with a super soft back.  Even the drooliest of drool doesn’t get through these.  Plus, they are super cute for those little boys.  I've even provided a freebie valentines card here.

For School

Yall, this mom is busy.  And if that means I can't always create something fun and cute on my own, then so be it.  I did take advantage of one of my talented blogging buddies and recreated these adorable Valentines for Aspen's school buddies using her favorite "lips" as she calls EOS chapstick.  Seriously guys, go check out Amy and her blog The Idea Room She takes all the credit for this fun idea.  And it was so easy, she provides the printables free so all you need is the EOS chap stick.

For the husband

You know I love some good cheese, and gift giving is like one of my 5 love languages.  But let's just say gift receiving is not one of my husbands talents.  If I ever come up with something fun or new to surprise him with, it usually ends up in a pile in his closet never to see the light of day again.  So I've had to tone things down and become crafty in my way of gift giving.  While my ideas aren't clever or something he doesn't always purchase himself, it's the fun of giving him something that I know he will us and a little "hey, I was thinking about you."  So Nikkala, who blogs over at Crafting Chickshad these fun printables for Redbox promo codes.  A box of his favorite candy and a couple of movies are just the ticket for the mister's Valentine.  (Maybe this will prompt him for a fun date night in.)

Have you gotten your crew's Valentine's gifts together?  Time is running out.  Yeah, this is why I love a good free printable.  I hope our families gift guide provides you with a few fun ideas.  Have a wonderful Valentine's Day lovelies!


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