"A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver." ~Thomas a Kempis
Gift giving is a special talent that I can't profess to have mastered. One of the best Valentine's gifts I was given was from a friend and colleague who bundled up a romance novel and a few chocolates in a pretty Valentine's themed gift bag with a card that read "for a sweet weekend of romance." I loved it! My friend creativity brought together all the elements of the holiday to bring a smile to my face.
On Valentine's Day, it's really "the thought that counts" particularly as we age. For most of us, we have given or received the red roses at work and had the fancy dinner at that special restaurant with dessert being a "little something" from the jewelry store or Victoria Secrets. Now we crave the "thoughtful" gift, which means the other person has given some thought to our gift.
This year for Valentine's Day Marty and I are going to see the movie, A Winter's Tale. Your first thought might be, "you are only going to the movies?" The film is based on a book written by Mark Helprin and is a romantic story set in New York City. Marty loves New York and suggested I read A Winter's Tale shortly after I moved to New York as a way to share that love with me. The book has meaning to the both of us and now we are going to share the experience of seeing the film.
Gift giving isn't about dollars and cents but about the thought put into finding the "perfect" connection. As you shop for Valentine's Day or for any gift giving opportunity, remember it is about the thoughtfulness behind the gift. Honest it is. Enjoy the season of love.