Valentine's Day is dumb. I've always thought it was cheesy and lame regardless of my relationship status any given year. It's just silly. On one hand it makes anyone who's single feel like Bridget Jones singing "All By Myself" into a bottle of wine during the opening credits of "Bridget Jones's Diary."
And if you're in a relationship, Valentine's day can put all kinds of pressure on you and make you feel like you have to sprinkle hand-made heart-shaped confetti all over your boyfriend's house and make him heart-shaped pancakes with heart-shaped strawberries and play the "top 40 luv jamz of the 80s" over the stereo system while presenting him with one of those animatronic monkeys from CVS that sings Barry White. Because we all know guys LOVE that...
Oh they don't? Good. Me neither. It's so saccharine it makes my teeth hurt.
Instead of doing that, spend your time and money doing something that you'll both actually enjoy. I use Valentine's Day as an excuse to get dressed up for a romantic date night and buy each other fabulous presents that don't involve cupid or glitter. Except, who am I kidding? Glitter is always welcome.
Since it is now officially February, the month of candy hearts and Hallmark, I thought I'd address this gift-giving situation. So if you need help coming up with an appropriate gift for your boyfriend or husband or whoever you happen to be celebrating Valentine's day with, I've compiled a list of some great options that can hopefully steer you in a guy-friendly Valentine direction.
13. The Timothy Ferris Collection:
Happy February and happy gifting!
Love ya, mean it!