/ Valentine's day gift....for the non soppy

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Kemics - on 12 Feb 2013
So I have intel the girlfriend has made me a valentine day gift clearly violating my intended boycott. However, I won't be beaten .... But totally out of ideas. Any suggestion for non traditional presents as she's more of a tree climbing/"ooh I found a interesting pebble" type than roses and pink things
Blizzard - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

Get yourself down to Morrisons. Thorntons Choc box 5 down from 10
In reply to Kemics: Give her an interesting pebble.
AdrianC - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics: I believe that cordless electric drills are very popular.
Trangia - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

Stone polisher
freerangecat - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

As a similar sort of female I'd like something useful but nice (torch, penknife, flask, camping mug?).
confusicating on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

A vibrator may go down nicely.
The Lemming - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

Buy her a rabbit?
hnmisty - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:
My uncle gave my aunt a heart shaped potato he found.
Pursued by a bear - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics: Get her a really small Swiss army knife. My other half takes it everywhere and despite it being known as the Swiss army manicure set it gets used for all sorts of stuff besides.

It's also all the knife you really need when backpacking too. Costs about ten quid.

T.
rocky57 - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to confusicating:
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> A vibrator may go down nicely.

I'm not sure a vibrator can go down, you might be confused.
Cameron94 on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to rocky57: Stole my reply rocky57
Jim C - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to freerangecat:
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> As a similar sort of female I'd like something useful but nice (torch, penknife, flask, camping mug?).

Where were all the enlightened women like you back in the 70's when I was 'courting'.

If I tried a gift like that, my wife would stab me with the knife, bludgeon me with the flask, or the torch, and pour boiling water on me with the mug. She does have a penchant for gold, but that is far too expensive now. So just for safety's sake, I buy her nothing.
Moondancer - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

Does she like to cook? Maybe a herb garden set?http://www.greenfingers.com/superstore/product.asp?dept_id=200427&pf_id=LS9072D&co=fr&gc...


Or, as long as it's not raining, take her to the park/forest, go for a walk, bring lots of warm clothes, take a couple of flask sof tea/hot chocolate/mulled wine and have a picnic.
freerangecat - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Jim C:

To me something thoughtful that I would use regularly, and think of the person who bought it/the occasion when using it, is much nicer than standard soppy gifts. I like earrings and necklaces, but prefer ones I would be happy to wear every day than really expensive ones. I'm possibly odd though...
The Lemming - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to freerangecat:

There we go, love beads.
syv_k - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

One of the guys at work picked up the local paper and started mocking a local skip hire company for mentioning Valentine's day in their advert. "Do they expect me to woo a romantic partner with the promise of a skip on her driveway?" He was even more puzzled when all the women in earshot said "Ooh actually I'd love a skip.. Would be so useful.. yeah..."

My workplace may be atypical, I don't know.
In reply to confusicating:
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> A vibrator may go down nicely.

Or up.
Solar - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:
Do her a cd of songs you both love, or that make you think of her. Make a cover for it with pictures of places you've been to this year.

mrchewy - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Solar: That just made me want to throw up.
Solar - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to mrchewy:
You must have at least one romantic bone in your body?
Gordon Stainforth - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Submit to Gravity:

... and a little bit sideways, or you're going to want your money back ...
Tall Clare - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to mrchewy:

One of my favourite songs at the moment is 'The Other Shoe' by a Canadian punk band called F*cked Up, and it includes the refrain 'I'm dying on the inside'... I think I'd be a bit troubled if Mr TC put it on a 'special' CD for me.

Mind you, we were in the car with Mr TC's kids the other day and they announced that Cat Power's cover of 'I found a reason', which is one of my all time favourites, made them feel car sick. The philistines.

Perhaps wooing one's loved one with music *isn't* a great idea.
Muel - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

I've always thought that effort counts more than anything else. Miss Muel knows how much of a struggle hand writing is for me, (I have to use both hands to steady the pen to make it legible), so I tend to just get a card and write a fairly long passage apologising for being such a tit for the last year.
Wiley Coyote - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

If you want a non-romantic present you can't beat an ironing board I always say. But for Gawd's sake NOT, under any circumstances, an iron. They really hurt
Kemics - on 13 Feb 2013
Some solid ideas..... And some less so :P

Okay, I've decided to go with an activity instead of a gift. Random question: what do you call those .... Things.... You make out of paper (back in school) by folding it and place your fingers and thumbs underneath and then ask people to pick a number/colour and then open a flap. Does anyone know what I mean, that's a terrible description but I'm struggling to do better
freerangecat - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

I know what you mean. Google suggests it could be called a 'decision maker'
Little Brew - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics: Worried i know this, the in name for them is a Cootie Catcher.

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Cootie-Catcher-%28Origami-Fortune-Teller%29
Helen R on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:

We used to call them fortune tellers.
A typical "fortune" was You Smell.
Wainers44 - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics: You think you have problems. Pretty much the first time ever I actually sorted this early (yesterday), which is totally different from my normal Tesco dash at 2100 on 13th (place is always full of blokes then?).

So all sorted, including some nice choccys!!

This morning my 15 yr old daughter asked me what I had given up for lent as she and my missus have given up chocolate!!!! Bl**dy women :(
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PeterM - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Submit to Gravity:
> (In reply to Kemics) Give her an interesting pebble.

or give her an interesting paddle..?

PeterM - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Solar:
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> You must have at least one romantic bone in your body?

that's what makes us men... :-)
PeterM - on 13 Feb 2013

To be serious for a moment, an excellent non-soppy gift for any occasion, not just Valentine's day, would be ratchet spanners. They absolutley rock.
freerangecat - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to PeterM:
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> To be serious for a moment, an excellent non-soppy gift for any occasion, not just Valentine's day, would be ratchet spanners. They absolutley rock.

I think that would be pushing it even for me!
Little Brew - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics: totally non romantic here, I got him a slab crate of Mountain Dew, he loves it but only the American version, oh and I will be taking 1 can out of it to make him Mountain Dew Cupcakes!!!
Blue Straggler - on 13 Feb 2013
Jamming Dodger on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to freerangecat:
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Dont mock. I dream of the day someone buys me a torque wrench. Seriously.
Jamming Dodger on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Solar:
> (In reply to mrchewy)
> You must have at least one romantic bone in your body?

Harking back to a conversation earlier this week... PMSL!!
It does however (to me anyway) beg the question of the individual meaning of romance or love, which are man-made definitions of emotion rather than raw human instincts.
What one person may consider a romantic gesture (like soppy music on a CD) would mortify another (id be in the latter category). So it really depends on what their opinion is of a very commercialised day. If that person happens to like fluffy teddy bears holding red hearts with nauseating words embroidered on them, then who am I to argue?
Personally I cant see why you need to focus on one day to show someone that you appreciate having them in your life.
And I dont really like chocolate much anyway and cant drink alcohol (allegedly) so itd be a bit wasted on me.
Philip on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:
> So I have intel the girlfriend has made me a valentine day gift clearly violating my intended boycott. However, I won't be beaten ....

You have been beaten. She didn't require a forum of strangers to suggest a present.

Stop being lame, sit down think about what she likes and then go out a buy it.
Kemics - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Philip:

I'm crowd sourcing :P

I've worked it out.. i think, the plan is to make something rather than buy it. I'm going to (for those inclined, now would be a good time to ready your sick bag) make one of those cootie catcher origami things. But instead of a fortune under each flap there will be an activity we can do together "like Go see a stand up comic, go wild swimming, have a mid-night picnic" etc. Then we can do a different one each week. AND i dont technically need to buy anything till it comes up. So I don't need to go to the shop.

ERH - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Kemics:
> So I have intel the girlfriend has made me a valentine day gift clearly violating my intended boycott...

Are you sure she hasn't just planted this intel? I have this image of you taking her somewhere nice, and then saying "oh, I thought we were boycotting valentines day..."

you heard it here first...
PeterM - on 13 Feb 2013
In reply to Philip:
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> She didn't require a forum of strangers to suggest a present.
Just how do you know she wasn't on girlie-wirlie.com looking for ideas?


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