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Ah, the moment is finally here! The one day a year it is socially acceptable to be overly affectionate, give mushy presents and sneak a little private time with that special someone on Valentine’s Day. We’re all college students, and we know that sometimes money can be a little tight. Luckily, I have a few helpful hints for finding that perfect last minute gift for your lucky loved one.
Though many people on the Springfield College campus are considered athletes, we have a surprisingly diverse population of students here. Picking out presents, especially last minute, can be hard when you don’t know what to get for your cutie.
If your boy toy is a total jock, grab him a jersey from his all-time favorite team and wrap it up, with two tickets to a local sports game on top. People tend to overlook this idea because they think guys won’t want to see teams they don’t follow regularly. So he loves baseball and you get him hockey tickets. Chances are that he’ll still be super stoked to see some action (hopefully on and off the court), and it’ll be even better because he gets to share the experience with you!
If your boy is more on the artistic side, take a quick run to Michaels, and grab a set of paints, pastels or colored pencils, along with a huge artist’s pad. Wrap these together, and make sure to create a homemade card with something sappy written on the inside. For this present, make sure to spend a little extra time creating instead of shopping, because it is what you create that will most likely be special to this person. Spend the night doodling on the artist’s pad, and who knows where those oil pastels will take you. I hear the only way to clean off the ink is a steaming hot shower with a little help scrubbing..
Now, in turn fellas, the ladies are almost always on top (of the gift giving game!), so if you’ve fallen behind this lover day season, here are a couple of ways you can save the day before it’s too late. If your lady friend is super girly, spend an hour in her favorite store (or ask her girl friends for help) and buy her an outfit. I know this seems extremely scary, especially if you end up getting lost in Forever 21, but chances are you know your girl’s style pretty well. With the help of her friends, you should be able to pick up a cute, yet inexpensive outfit.
After the outfit, buy one long-stemmed rose (they cost $2 in the grocery store, don’t be cheap), and make reservations at a nearby restaurant (which will probably be having Valentine’s Day specials). Talk to her roommate ahead of time, and have her help you set up the outfit and rose on the bed while your date is out of the room. Write a date card (handwritten only if you don’t have chicken scratch syndrome) and place it under the rose and above the outfit. The surprise of the present matched with the thought of planning the entire evening is guaranteed that she will have a great time at dinner, and you will have a great time afterwards.
But if you’re reading this, and you feel like your girl would absolutely cringe at the sight of your choice of outfit, there is another way to go. If she’s more musical or down to Earth, find some local concert tickets and make a night out of it. The romantic setting, dim lights and great music create something special when paired together. Even a short stemmed rose goes a long way. With concert tickets and a memorable evening, you two will be singing all the way back to your room.
If these ideas don’t immediately catch your eye, there are still many back-up plans waiting to be used. Make sure you are creative and personal, even if the person you are celebrating with is fairly new to your life. It’s the personal touches that make the evening romantic. Anyone can go out and buy a box of chocolates and a card, but do you really want to get your lover the same present they get from their grandmother? Probably not. If you can create a great moment together, you can truly have an amazing Valentine’s Day.
Jokes aside, this day is about showing people you care about them. The gifts can be special, but it’s much more about the person you spend it with. To me, Valentine’s Day is about the moment you look away from your partner, to look back and see that they never looked away. It’s about the extra kisses, and the longer hand holds. It’s about the never fading smile you put on their face, and the romance you create with the person you care about. Hope you all have a safe and sexy Valentine’s Day! We all know I plan to! Until next time, my sexy readers.