Let's cut to the chase, the longer you've been in a relationship, the harder it is to come up with personalized gifts for him... or her. You've retired all the "first gift" ideas & you're stumped. Same here. This close to Christmas, I'm fresh out of ideas, but I want to do something special. Something he's least expecting, something personal. Any ideas? I've got one. Let's start from the beginning...
5 years. That may sound like an eternity to some, and a blink of an eye to others. I met Dane my freshman year of college, we were both 19 and our biggest worry was which station at the union we were going to eat from that night. When I started college, a serious relationship wasn't on my radar, and later I learned, it wasn't on his either. I knew he was from the rival town about 30 minutes away from where I grew up & he seemed WAY more outgoing than I was. He was cute, and we'd say hi in passing, but I was busy with school, my sorority & adjusting to college life.
He was a member of a fraternity my sorority commonly held socials with, and my girlfriends talked me into joining them at a mixer being held later that evening. Reluctantly I went, and low and behold was paired with Dane during one of the mixer activities.
Fast forward 5 years as I type this, and I can't imagine what my life would have looked like if I hadn't gone. Yes, just like every other relationship, we've had our ups, our downs, and our in betweens (you know, that point of your relationship where you're just genuinely happy & perfectly content with where you're at). A big component of our relationship has always been discussing our "love languages", "how do you feel loved", and what can I do or say to make you feel loved?".
Over the course of 5 years, it's only natural that our love languages have changed, developed & blossomed. How you feel loved could be the exact opposite of how you show love. For Dane, he shows love through gift giving. He is a surprise junky & loves giving gifts to others, me or family. However, when it comes to how he feels loved, gift giving isn't at the top of the list (yes, you may have a few strong love languages). His top love language has always been, words of affirmation, appreciation being said vocally or written, makes him feel the most loved.
5 years. 5 years of birthdays, Christmases, anniversaries and Valentines day's. 5 years of opportunities for me to write a few (or both sides of a card worth) of affirming words on various cards, that have now started quite a collection in our bottom dresser drawer. (Yes, he keeps every single one).
I'll be the first to tell you, gifts get harder as you progress in your relationship. Pretty soon you may consider getting each other a blender, because in reality you both need absolutely nothing & your old blender just broke. So, as I realized we were getting closer and closer to Valentine's day I began racking my brain for a perfect gift. With Dane's love language in the back of my mind I knew I wanted something personal. Something that he could always have with him, with words of affirmation to remember how loved he is. My brain was stumped. What do you get the guy who has everything?
For anyone who know's Dane, they know he is quite the watch connoisseur. (His watch collection is incredibly similar to my shoe collection). He wears a watch every day, no matter what he's doing. So naturally I began looking at various watch sites, "that looks like the one he bought a couple of years ago, that one's really similar to the one he got last Christmas", they all looked the same. So I did what any other desperate for a gift girlfriend would do and I used my right hand man, Google. I quickly typed "Personalized gifts for him, watches", and up popped Authentic Wood Watches by JORD, Now with Custom Engraving. "Click".
Unlike the fifteen other sites I had just looked at, JORD offered a wide variety of custom made watches, sleek in design but with a rugged look. Amongst Dane's broad collection, I knew he didn't have a wooden watch, & the excitement grew. I added a few to my cart, to narrow the selections, ultimately deciding on this unique piece.
Okay, on to the most important part, personalization. Not only could I personalize the back of his watch, but I could write a message on the watch box it came in! Words of affirmation quickly filled the page, knowing I had created a personalized gift for him that would remind him how much he was loved, even when I wasn't there. Confirm order!
Two days later his personalized watch came in the mail (gotta love quick shipping). It had been a long time since I was this excited about a gift for him! (Nowadays he usually know's whats coming). The watch was uniquely perfect, it was made for him & it was a gift I knew he would never forget.
Valentine's day, birthday's, anniversaries etc. are meant to be fun & exciting. Don't get wrapped up in the un-needed stress of finding the perfect gift, whether you've been dating a month or married for 10 years. Give them a gift made uniquely for them, personalized by you, so that your words are always close.
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