Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Sensual Valentine


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Guys are really hard to shop for when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts. A lot of girls don't know this, but most guys I know don't seem to like flowers or balloons or stuffed animals holding fuzzy hearts that say, "I Love You." On the flip side, you can't really get a guy beef jerky or boots for Valentine's Day, either. Well... you could, but somehow it just doesn't seem very romantic.

What's a girl to do? Well, this year I was inspired to explore the five senses: see, hear, touch, taste and smell. I decided to buy a gift that goes with each, but that my hubby would love (or at least laugh at). Here's what I came up with.

For the gifts:I bought cologne (my favorite scent), Jelly Bellies (his favorite flavor - juicy pear), a massage bug, an i-tunes gift card and yes, some slinky lingerie. Hey, I'm married, so it's okay.


You could adjust these to your particular man... maybe he likes Dairy Queen Blizzards (gift certificate) or seeing a movie (instead of undies). Or maybe he likes listening to a mix CD or the feel of a certain massage oil. Get creative.




Next, I found some empty tea boxes. This was easy for me because 1. I drink WAY too much tea. We're talking Mad Hatter craziness and 2. I hoard boxes, among other things. If you don't have tea boxes, again, get creative. You could buy gift bags or ready-made boxes or use some other food box, like cereal bars (which I also hoard).

Next step was to spray paint them. Otherwise, hubby might think I just stocked up on a tea for his V-day gift. The spray paint didn't completely cover the caution-yellow, so I went ahead and sponge-brushed a coat of matte acrylic black paint over it. I also decided to open the boxes and paint the yellow parts that weren't showing. Good thing, too, because apparently the boxes are not all the same, and I also already recycled these as Christmas gift boxes at some point, and there was Santa paper still inside.

Finally, I printed out each "sense" and pasted it to the back of each box. Then I stacked them up and tied them with hemp rope and a sweet handmade card. See? I get to be all creative and cutesy, and he gets some stuff he can actually use. Mostly. I hope he loves it as much as I love him!



UPDATE: People have asked if I could include a printable version of the heart-shaped labels. So, here goes! I hope it works.

Just click the picture you want (red or white). And then right click on it and choose "save picture as."
 

 *Another Update: The font is Showcard Gothic for anyone who wants to use it.

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43 comments:

  1. This was a GREAT idea! Thanks! Men are so difficult to buy for and my husband feels Valentine's is more lady appreciated than guys.....I showed him! ;p

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  2. Awesome idea! Might try this out next Valentine's Day <3

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  3. Fantastic and thoughtful. Think I'll try it out for our wedding anniversary. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I can't do this with my bf since we are courting, but this will be awesome to do after we get married! Great Idea and awesome blog

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  5. This is our 1st Valentine's Day together and married. I'm sooooo gonna do this! Thanks for the fantastic idea!

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  6. || Send Valentine's Gift to Philippines ||

    This is such a unique gift idea. Perfect gift idea for married couples!

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  7. Great idea. I will definitely will use this idea. Thanks.

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  8. Where did you find the massage bug?

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    1. I think at Walmart, but that was a year ago.

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  9. Husband here..thanks for the idea! My wife loves to craft! She would love just the boxes painted like that and so it will be a nice surprise to find items inside..thanks again

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  10. Its so hard to shop for guys..so glad I found this !! thank you :D

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  11. This is an amazing idea! Thank you so much for sharing it! I was completely lost as to what to do and this is my first Valentine's day since we have been married! Would you be able to share a printable version of the labels? I am not as crafty when it comes to stuff like that! Thank you :)

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  12. This. Is. Amazing. Thank you for this!

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  13. You wrote this a year ago and it's still relevant and helpful! Thanks!

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  14. Great idea! Def using this, thanks for your shared creativity.

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    1. http://shhjustbreathe.blogspot.com Check it out i used your idea thanks!

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  15. Can't believe how popular this post has become! Thanks everyone! And have a happy Valentine's Day!

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  16. Does anyone have any other ideas for "smell" besides cologne? My boyfriend has a ton!

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  17. another smell one might be candles to set the mood

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  18. any one have another hear idea we dont use itunes

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  19. i need another idea for hear too. he doesn't buy his music on iTunes

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  20. you can go to amazon.com / digital music and gift a song or 2 or how many ever you choose and email to him, from there he can download to his computer and whatever device he chooses.

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  21. necesito ideas de cada una. porfa ayudarme no se me ocurren :(

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing such a creative idea! I found this a few months back and the time has finally come to make it. This weekend will be my husband and I's first Valentine's Day ever and I am beyond excited! I am making the contents a little sexier and also including a bonus gift for him. For those who need more options/ideas, here's what I'll put in my boxes:

    See: Blindfold
    Hear: Romantic playlist playing through Jambox Mini by Jawbone (a.k.a the bonus gift)
    Smell: Mini scented candles to set the mood
    Touch: Massage Oil
    Taste: Homemade Red Velvet brownies

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    1. Ooooo I love the brownie idea! I was having a hard time for that one and this is great. Thanks :)

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  24. what is the name of the font used for labels?

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  27. Love this!! I didnt do the boxes, but wrapped each gift individually in plain wrapping tissue and stuck on the printable heart labels you have here for us, and arranged them in a basket.. Im poor this month i couldnt afford some of the things (like sexy lingerie) so here is my list...

    See - A framed photo of us both
    Hear - Headphones (as he is always stealing mine when listening to music at night)
    Smell - Lemsip (a cold and flu lemon drink, as he always insists he has man flu)
    Touch - Massage oils
    Taste - His favourite chocolate

    i also added a scratch card in the basket with 'Get Lucky ;)'

    Thanks again for the great idea.. why cant men just want some flowers and a card like me ;) ha

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  28. Anyone know the font used for the card and hearts please? Running out of time here... ;) Thanks!

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  29. Found it - the font used is: Showcard Gothic! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I really needed the font!!!

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  30. I swear I love this idea thank you soooo much again

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  31. Id this appropriate for birthday present? And what should I buy for "see" and "touch"

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  34. I think this is one of the best ideas I've come across on Pinterest. It gets very challenging after 17yrs, and relying on "traditional" gifts gets so boring. Thanks for sharing your idea.

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