Feb 11, 2010 12:48 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.
Service Personnel The big Day o' Love happens to fall on a Sunday this year, so plenty of people are going to be working hard as Cupid's minions on a day they might've had off. Florists, delivery drivers, cashiers, waiters, hostesses, you name it, they're working. All so you can make doe eyes at your honey and not trouble yourself with the details. It's a busy day in the service industry, and (as always!) a little love goes a long way, so here's how to show some:
Dream Big- Truthfully, you don't need to do anything outrageous. A good tip (20% or more), patience, and a smile will be more than most harried patrons might offer. Just because you somehow forgot to make reservations or pick up flowers or buy a card doesn't mean you have any reason to be frustrated with a cashier or florist - they're working hard to help you, and believe us, you're not the only one doing this last minute, so a touch of graciousness will be appreciated.
Doable- If you'd like to take an extra step, something as simple as a silly valentine and small sweet will show that you actually thought about the person who's working hard for you. Imagine how thrilled a server would be to receive a Disney Princess Valentine ($10) and a piece of Dove Chocolate ($4) with their tip? (As an example...if you're not feeling the Ariel valentine, pick something else, but you get the idea.)
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