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!