Chocolates are good, but they end up directly on the thighs.
Lingerie might not be appropriate, stuffed animals are too cutesy, and a card?
Come on, use some imagination. Instead, get your Valentine something that lasts and looks great on a shelf: a book that says "I love you."
Valentine's Day and poetry simply go hand in hand, and "When Angels Speak of Love" by bell hooks (Atria, $16.95 / $19.99 Canada) is a great place to start. Read these free-flowing poems aloud in front of a roaring fireplace, add chocolate-covered strawberries and see what happens next.
So let's say you're planning on giving the Ultimate Valentine's Gift: a diamond ring. First, be prepared by reading "The Guy's Guide to Dating, Getting Hitched, and Surviving the First Year of Marriage" by Michael Crider (DaCapo Press Lifelong, $12.95/ $15.50 Canada). Get ideas, get pointers, get how-to's, get prepared... and most of all, get a woman's point of view on romance and marriage.
Then again... you see all those happy couples walking around and you think there's a place for romance in the world after all.
But does Mr. Right exist? Author Brenda Della Casa will help you find out in "Cinderella Was a Liar" (McGraw Hill, $21.95 US). Find out why you gotta kiss a lot of frogs before you find a real prince.
Ask your local librarian or bookseller for more great Valentines and books you'll love.
Happy (romantic) Reading.