So it’s V minus three, and you’re still thinking “what should I do for the special day?” We feel your pain. So we kicked the idea around the Toolmonger offices and came up with a few ideas.
Here’s what we came up with:
1. Make Something
Regardless of which side of the gender gap on which you reside, there’s nothing sexier than receiving something made especially for you. The fact that you spent hours with your hands on the item while crafting it to perfection — plus the incredible opportunity such intense customization brings for expressing your intimate knowledge of the intended recipient — make the selection of item itself almost irrelevant. Take your pick and get to work.
2. Fix Something
That leaky faucet, squeaky stair, car stereo that’s really a car mono since it only plays out the left speaker? Target the items from the bottom of the gonna-make-us-live-in-the-rain-and-snow list but at the top of the makes-us-happy list — the ones you normally wouldn’t get to until well into spring. And don’t make a big deal out of it. Just take care of it.
3. Don’t Forget The Tools
No matter what the TV may tell you, Valentine wasn’t the patron saint of lingerie and sex toys. Tools are what separate us from (most) animals, and they make great gifts for any occasion — even when your SO isn’t a tool nut (like us). If yours does happen to believe in the tool arts, your choice is easy: Look for the dog-eared catalog pages or bookmarked manufacturer sites. But if he or she doesn’t think about tools much, don’t despair. Just look for a tool that’ll make life easier.
And most important of all: Enjoy the day.
Do you have great specific ideas you’re willing to share? Or a killer story about something you made, fixed, upgraded, or gave for the big day in years past? Share with us in comments!