The Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ever!

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Let me tell you about a perfect Valentine’s gift of minimal cost and yet tons of value (and the best one I have ever received). Through my life, I never cared much for Valentine’s day, or the gifts typically associated with it, like flowers and chocolates and teddy bears and the rest overly pink whatnots. I am not one for jewelry either.

All that, was to – eventually – change when I received the perfect Valentine’s day gift. And it had lots of pink.

One February day, many years ago, I received a package from my – then – long distance boyfriend. It was a big cardboard box, that had traveled across the world and contained a large glass cookie jar. (By the way, the jar alone won my heart – thick sturdy stuff). It had a little ribbon around the lid, curling out at the edges and a hot pink heart was hanging from it, writing “I love you” in Greek. Cute, right? A little bit?

That was not all. The jar was filled with hearts. Paper hearts in pink, white and hot pink, a perfect three color gradient combination, in three different sizes. Each heart was hand cut and each had a special message hand-written on it. Some where in English and some in Greek (that he barely knew and had to look up).

There were a ton of hearts in that jar; 365 to be exact. One for each day we were “together”.

I melt. Really, I had to mop myself off the floor. Then like any self-respecting adult woman would do, I ran to my mom to show her what I considered the most amazing Valentine’s gift ever. Now, I must tell you, my mom? And that whole “internet boyfriend” thingy? Not good friends. Have you noticed how mothers have this stonewalling look when they dislike something? It’s enough to chill your blood.

I burst into explanations. “Mom he made this himself!”. “Isn’t it amazing?”. “Every single heart is hand-written and hand cut!”. “And look at his taste! 3-color gradient!”. “He spent days making it!”

(For the record, she remained unimpressed.)

There I was, a grown up woman, swooning over a jar of pink paper hearts. A gift that had a monetary value of maybe 5 – 10 bucks (and a fortune to ship it over but, I digress) but, a HUGE, priceless, sentimental value.

Yellow hearts Valentine's Day
There: yellow roses. Oh wait, who put the pink up there?

He had indeed spent days making it. For weeks he was working on something while we talked online. He wasn’t telling me what it was (very annoying that – I was so curious!).  He wanted it to be a surprise and he succeeded.

The fact he thought about it and put some much effort and personal time to make, made this gift so special. The time, effort and care, the love – if you like – that was put in it.

Several years onward, it still is the best Valentine’s day gift I ever got and I am still very much in love with the guy who made it. I don’t know if it worked out as well for him because, I married him*  – one does not let a guy like this get away.

*(and then we bought a house and we had a nursery to decorate and all sorts of fun home improvements to make and in general, got ourselves in all sorts of happy mess.)

 

Your turn: what was the best Valentine’s gift you ever received and why?

 

ps. I still don’t know how he did it but he had placed the hearts so perfectly in the jar, it looked professionally done. I never managed to do the same.

 

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12 thoughts on “The Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ever!

  • February 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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    You are a woman of great intuition, and that was one time when your good hunch about your sweetheart was something even logic could not compete with!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • February 11, 2016 at 10:36 am
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    That’s so super sweet! He’s definitely a keeper!

    Best Valentines gift I ever received? I can’t think of any. That sounds horrible, but our anniversary is a week after Valentines, so we usually just do something for that instead. He did propose to me on Valentines Day. I don’t know if that counts.
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    • February 11, 2016 at 11:56 pm
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      Of course it counts! Perfectly romantic planning and thought. 🙂

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  • February 11, 2016 at 8:46 am
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    What a keeper he is, and how lucky you are! That was probably the sweetest gift I’ve ever heard of! I know it took tons of time. We aren’t much for Valentines Day either but my favorite “gift” story is when I flew to Bosnia for my husbands birthday with a cake my mother baked him in my carry-on!
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    • February 11, 2016 at 11:52 pm
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      How thoughtful and personal and – literally – sweet! Can’t believe you made it all the way there with a cake in your carry-on. 😀

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  • February 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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    Awe he certainly is a keeper. I am sure your Mom has a different opinion now.

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  • February 10, 2016 at 12:09 am
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    Love it! Hand made items and things that have a lot of personal love and forethought put in them, are the best! Yep, he is a keeper! 🙂 Is your mom impressed with him now? lol Hey, you are happy with him and have a lovely daughter. 😀

    When I met my now husband, I told him to never get me jewelry, chocolate or flowers for Valentines or Mother’s Day. Nope. Just not my thing.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 8:58 pm
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    Amazing gift…especially for a guy!! Sentiment outweighs stuff every day of the week! Last year, I got a box of my favorite cookies and a bunch of grocery store tulips for my anniversary and it was the perfect gift. I get it.

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