Feb 5, 2010 1:15 PM
Valentine's Day: it strikes fear into the hearts of kids with crushes and married-fifty-years types alike. Why? It's just a day... Okay, a day fraught with overblown expectations and way too many stereotypes. That's why, this year, we're presenting gift ideas that will really mean something to the recipient and show them that you appreciate them for them. Over the next few weeks, we'll be suggesting gifts for the special someone in your life, whether they're the hunkamunk coworker you lust over from afar, your bestest bud, your new sweetie pie, or the sweet schmuck you've lived with for three years.
The Hipster/DIY Girl.... She won your heart with her unique style and low-maintenance vibe. She's the girl wearing Chuck Taylors with her jeans and obscure band tee at the bar while the other ladies are in heels and shoulder-baring tops. She listens to great bands that few people have heard of and would rather spend an afternoon at her craft table than at the mall.
Dream Big: Your girl appreciates some good tunes, and nothing compares to the rich sound from a record. The Crosley Traveler CR89 Turntable ($157) is an excellent choice with its vintage styling, built in speakers, and stack-o-matic technology. Pick up a few of her favorite albums and let her know you're happy to devote a night to turning off the t.v., putting on some music, and relaxing with a bottle of wine (or two).
Doable: Depending on her craft of choice, there are a lot of great books filled with inspiring projects. It'll mean a lot to her that you took the time to find something unique to the activity she likes to do instead of the cop-out candy/flowers/jewelry. Here's a quick selection of some good books for popular crafts, or you can always head to your local craft store and ask for a recommendation. - Sewing: Amy Butler's In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects ($17) - Knitting/Crochet: One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet ($14) - Painting: Acrylic Revolution: New Tricks and Techniques for Working with the World's Most Versatile Medium ($19) - General Craftiness: AlternaCrafts: 20+ Hi-Style Lo-Budget Projects to Make