It’s that special time of year when you get to tell that special someone exactly how much you love him or her. Telling your friends, boyfriends and family members how much you care is easy. All you need is a bit of creativity – not a lot of money.
The Giant Card
If you’ve an artistic bone in your body, buy a large piece of white poster board and a set of colored permanent markers. Use the markers to create a beautiful, huge card. Write a special message inside and draw a picture that is meaningful or touching on the cover. You can be silly or serious, but the time and effort you put into a project like this will send your message loud and clear.
Bake a Cake
Pedro had it right when he decided to bake a cake for someone he thought was special. There are few people who don’t like cake, so baking a cake tells the person that she or he is special enough to devote hours of time to. You’ll also be able to write a short message in icing right there on the top of the cake. And with any luck, that special someone will invite you to sit down and share that beautifully customized cake at lunch together.
Set Up a Scavenger Hunt
When you don’t have a lot of money to spend, time can be a very meaningful replacement. Write a special letter or buy a single beautiful flower and hide it. Then, work backwards leaving a series of clever clues so that the recipient of your affection has to go through many steps to find exactly what she means to you. This is an especially nice idea to use with your mother on Mother’s Day. For something like that, you might leave a single rose with each clue so that your mom has a chance to gather a handful by the time she finds your moving letter.
Compose a Song
Only once has someone composed a song in my honor. And I can tell you that I was really touched. It had words that were pure poetry and the tune was an original composition designed just for me. Not only did my boyfriend of the time write the song, he came by on a beautiful spring afternoon, sat me down on the porch and sang me my song. As someone who doesn’t sing solos in front of others, that was a very big deal to me and a romantic gesture I’ll never forget.
Create a Keepsake
The best presents, especially those about love, are keepsakes that you can display or store away for ever. If you want to give your best friend something truly special use your handy skills to create an embroidered pillow case or paint a picture of the two of you and frame it. This way, every time your friend lies down at night or sees your painting on the wall, she can smile knowing that you care about her.