5 Typical Gifts Get a V-Day Makeover, Courtesy of AtmosFX’s Steve Hansen!
It’s so easy to fall into the typical gifts for Valentine’s Day. Honestly, it’s all you see on TV: jewelry, candy, cocktails, and fragrance. Candy isn’t always a gift that’s wanted unless it’s a super-special treat. Jewelry and fragrance gifts can “bite back” if they aren’t reflective of the recipient’s taste. What’s important is doing something a little more original. Take the basic gift and do something different. Steve Hansen from AtmosFX is here with a great guest blog. He talks about 5 gifts that can be tweaked to make a really great, unique and drool-worthy gift!
Five Winning Valentine’s Day Gift Makeovers
By: Steve Hansen, of AtmosFX
With Valentine’s Day approaching, it can be easy to settle into the same old habits, year after year. Instead, pump some life back into your holiday with a few makeovers that will sure to be a romantic tradition for years to come.
Here are 5 great ways to show and share your love and affection.
1. The Valentine’s Card Goes Digital
Never visit the drug store greeting card aisle again. The clever folks at AtmosFX.com have re-imagined the Valentine’s card, creating an animated display that can be projected onto a window, wall or any other surface. (Your TV, too.) Tastefully loaded with candy hearts, roses, Cupid and more, the ‘My Valentine’ digital decoration is an e-card on steroids. And when your sweetie arrives home to see this dynamic display covering the entire front window, you’ll know you’ve won Valentine’s Day. (It is a competition, right?)
Get it here: atmosfx.com
2. The Bouquet Gets Personal
A beautiful bouquet of flowers speaks volumes any time of year, not just on Valentine’s Day. However, if you really want to deliver an additional message with your bouquet, we like what Erica has put together at Honestly Yum. By using metal marquee letters and wet floral foam, you can spell out words using fresh-cut flowers. That might be “Love” or “XO” as we see here – but if you want to spell “Happy Saint Valentine’s Day” you’ll want to get to work, um, like yesterday.
Learn more here: http://honestlyyum.com/8713/diy-floral-letters
3. The Candy Sampler is Better as Bento
Everyone loves a box of chocolates. But most of us are also guilty of leaving behind a few half-eaten leftovers when the interior goo isn’t even remotely delicious. The custom candy bento boxes at Sugarfina don’t leave anything to chance. This seriously sophisticated take on the standard candy sampler – like champagne gummy bears or maple bourbon caramels. The exquisite flavors are curated for the adult palate – just pick the size of your bento box and let your cravings be your guide.
Get it here: www.sugarfina.com
4. The Jewelry Gets Sustainable
For the many people who yearn for conflict-free jewelry, etsy artist SkateBetty offers a colorful – and certainly more playful – take on the season’s ultimate gift. SkateBetty offers rings, earrings, bracelets and other accessories crafted from recycled skateboards. The grains of the layered-woods alone are are a sight to behold, and a marvelously original way to accessorize your sweetie. Plus, the only potential conflict are the skinned knees this casually cool bling might have caused in its earlier life as a skateboard.
Get it here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SkateBetty
5. The Wine Gets Craftier
Wine, quite simply, is required on Valentine’s Day. What you choose – well, that’s up to you. Instead of finding a bottle at the supermarket that might be hit-or-miss, improve your chances with a wine club. The folks at Plonk Wine Club work from a curated list of smaller, craft wineries that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. They also provide a grape variety club subscription – so if you prefer Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc, you can select exactly that.
Get it here: www.plonkwineclub.com
Steve Hansen Bio:
Steve Hansen is a writer for AtmosFX (https://atmosfx.com), the Seattle-based digital home decorating company. Steve is also a ten-year member of PLU’s University Communications creative team as publications manager and editor. Before PLU, he served as managing editor of the in-flight magazine and, prior, as an editor and art director for a community newspaper publisher.
Thanks to Steve Hansen and AtmosFX for this great story. We appreciate it.
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