Feb 4, 2010 12:57 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 Shy Girl: Hollywood expectations notwithstanding, sometimes a shy girl really is a shy girl. She's not just sitting there waiting for the right moment to start telling dirty jokes or dancing on the table, and she's really, truly not waiting for you to buy her a lap dance. She's gentle, thoughtful, and a lady at heart, and you love her for it. For her:
Dream Big: - You can spend most of the time sitting quietly and still have a terrific night out. Proof: the eclectic and usually fantastic productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Sign the two of you up for memberships, starting at $60 per person, and you'll receive a 40% discount on tickets in the spring and winter. (The big-ticketness of this isn't so much the membership or ticket fees as it is getting to, and staying in, Ashland.)
Doable: - Indulge her love of cuddly things with some super-soft n-a-p items from Brookstone - you know, the ones she looks at every time you're in the mall, but won't buy for herself. We'd start with a blanket ($40) and add a bear ($10) and maybe a pair of slippers ($20).