Sure, chocolates and roses are nice, but by the time you’ve gotten married, chances are your husband’s bought you your fair share of sweets and flowers.
It’s high time he get a little more creative. Here are some gifts that wives really want on Valentine’s Day in addition to those beautiful blooms.
A surprise cleaning service.
We know this sounds really lame, but imagine this: After a long day of work (and a long commute), you want nothing more than to put your feet up and watch some Bravo, but you can't get the images of dirty dishes and unwashed laundry out of your head.
You put your key in the lock, open the door and -- bam!-- your home is spotless. Everything is organized, glistening, and you can get to that whole “putting your feet up” thing even sooner.
A home chef.
Combine this with the above gift, and you have the world’s best Valentine’s Day.
Lots of professional chefs offer in-home services where you pay a fee (usually around $100), plus the cost of food and they’ll plan your favorite menu with you, shop, cook, serve, and clean up. Sorry, but that beats a loud, crowded restaurant any day, and you never run the risk of ordering the wrong thing. Perfection.
A night away.
Let’s face it: married couples can get into some serious day-to-day ruts: often following a daily routine, with few to zero surprises. But if there’s anything that can take you and your spouse out of said rut, it’s a night at a hotel (bonus points for a really nice hotel).
You can sleep in a big, comfy bed, take a warm bath, order in room service, and relish the fact that you don’t have to make any beds or clean anything up. Even one night away at a near-home hotel feels like a mini vacation.
A couple’s massage.
We defy you to find someone who couldn’t benefit from an hour-long massage, and the whole couple’s thing gives it that Valentine’s Day sexiness you crave. Plus, it’s a gift for him too, which means he won’t be too disappointed with your last-minute drug-store-bought Russell Stover chocolates and Hallmark card.
Sex toy shopping spree.
Okay, not going to beat around the bush here. Things in the boudoir can get a little... well... repetitive when you’ve been married for a while.The perfect cure: A sex toy shopping spree. You can buy something you’ll actually enjoy (and use), and get in the mood while you peruse the goodies. This is a win-win.
We’re sorry, but lingerie is really overrated (men just want them off, and on a cold February evening, they’re just a little too skimpy for our taste). Your husband already knows you’re no Victoria’s Secret model, who walks around the house in a teddy and stilletos, so why not embrace all that is cozy?
Take a cooking class.
There are three reasons this is a good idea. First, cooking together is surprisingly romantic and even, dare we say sensual (in that playing house kind-of-of-way). Secondly, your husband will actually learn to cook (which means you can split future kitchen duties!), and thirdly, cooking classes include a meal, so you can avoid the dreaded Valentine’s Day restaurant prix-fixes.
A great bottle of bubbly.
Going out on Valentine’s Day is expensive, and you have to deal with tons of other couples that are trying too hard to be romantic (can you tell we prefer to stay in on the 14th?). It’s so much more festive to pop open a great bottle of Champagne and celebrate your love alone, in the comfort of your own home. Plus, if the bubbly does its thing and you can’t keep your hands off each other, you’re only a few inches from your bedroom.
A customized board game.
We could see how some people might find these cheesy (um, because they are), but any husband who puts the thought, time and effort into transforming your memories into a Monopoly or Scrabble game is a good husband indeed. Do you hear that, honey? Blatteropoly would be much appreciated.