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“Sense” It’s Valentine’s Day…

Before parenthood, special occasions are full of spontaneity with last-minute trips and impulse buys and spur-of-the-moment adventures.

Nowadays, spontaneity only exists in the form of my child waking up at random hours in the night — and you better believe we have Very Important Discussions before buying any big ticket items as “surprises.”

Not to mention, browsing for gifts isn’t nearly as fun when you have a smaller human asking “can I have candy?” every five minutes until you break down and resort to bribery (which, let’s be honest, we’ve all been there).

Last year, before my husband’s birthday, I found this super cute “Five Senses” gift idea, and it was the game-changer as far as shopping for my husband goes. Because, I don’t know about you ladies, but it is nearly impossible to shop for my husband. I love this “Five Senses” gift idea because it gives a clear guideline of what to look for, and my son had a great time picking out gifts for daddy. It’s pretty much as straightforward as it can get, one gift for each sense: sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, here are some suggestions for each sense, with some variations (functional/fun/family-friendly) depending on what you’re going for:

Sight – a movie/video game (functional), lingerie for you to model for him (fun), or a photo collage (family-friendly).
Sound – headphones (functional), romantic music (fun), or a recording from your child (family-friendly).
Scent – cologne (functional), massage oils (fun), or scented markers/bubbles (family-friendly).
Taste – food/drinks (functional), edible lotion (fun), or Harry Potter Bertie Botts Jelly Beans (family-friendly).
Touch – clothes (functional), full-body massage (fun), or a board/card game (family-friendly).

Here is what we ended up with for my husband’s birthday:

(in retrospect, I realize that I should have gone with “scent” because it sounds fancier than “smell,” but oh well…)

Sight – a disco lightbulb for dance parties.
Sound – a bluetooth microphone for aforementioned dance parties.
Scent – deodorant. ?
Taste – coffee-flavored wafers.
Touch – flannel pajama pants.

Wrap them up with a cute message like “being with you makes perfect sense” or “I love you with all of my senses” or my favorite, the very punny “sense it’s your birthday/Valentine’s Day…” and ta-da, mission accomplished!


About Angela Francis

Angela Francis
Angela's original life plan was to have five cats and no kids. After catching the baby fever, she now has one cat and one kid – a compromise her and her husband are quite happy with. Some of her favorite things are: coffee, cats, conversations, cookies, and cardio boot camps. She is also a big fan of alliterations.

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