The best Valentine’s Day gift I’ve ever given a guy is Wayne’s World, a classic love story.
The worst Valentine’s Day gift I’ve ever given a guy is Tropical Starbursts. I was not a child. It was definitely inappropriate.
As bad as that idea was, though, I stand by my intentions. He really liked Tropical Starbursts, and if we were going to fall for the Hallmark holiday, I at least didn’t want my gift to scream Hallmark store. Instead, it screamed bodega, which I now realize was much worse.
Thankfully, there are a lot of non-Hallmarky valentines out there—especially important to me now since, as you may have read in my last post, my husband and I have a non-traditional relationship in many ways—that aren’t Starbursts. Here are some of my favorites:
“Pug on Bike” Tattly: Tattlys are temporary tattoos created by some of the best designers in the business. This one by Gemma Correll is beyond perfect.
They Might Be Giants paper monster truck hearse: If the pug is too girly for your man, then you can build him this paper airplane on steroids—it doesn’t have any hearts on it, but it is pink. Paul Sahre and his team conceived this idea for TMBG’s latest album.
A heart made of 51 books on love: This print by Paul Octavious is just what it sounds like. Awesome.
“You give me that funny feeling”: Erik Marinovich posted this sweet hand-brushed message the day after Valentine’s Day last year, aptly naming it “Never Too Late.” I’m not sure if he’s selling copies, but he should be.
LOVE stamp: Lastly, even if you’re sending a valentine that’s more traditional, you can make it exceptional with one of these stamps, illustrated by Jessica Hische, recently named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list.
(Via https://www.jessicahische.is/lettering/astamp; available for purchase from USPS)
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Rasika writes about being married and how that makes you act weird. Oh, wait, maybe that’s just her. Follow her on Twitter @rwelankiwar.
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