OK, OK, I know I’m stretching it, but none of the regular readers of my blog should be so unprepared for their long term heartmates, right?
Tickets to your heartmate’s favorite band, play, movie or sporting event are always a good choice. While not all venues offer PDF downloadable tickets, many do (eg. Ticketmaster.com). Order the tickets, print them, and put them is a card with meaningful words*. Event tickets are all about making a memory and should also reflect your understanding of your significant other. The beauty of this gift is that you will be able to embellish the actual evening at a later date. Plan on taking your heartmate to a new or favorite restaurant the day of the event or plan some other way of making the event special. The tickets are just the lead in.
A less obvious choice is a gift certificate for Kiva.org . Kiva’s mission is “to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.” This microfinancing portal is changing the world one life at a time. Many other charities also have printable options, but the cool thing about Kiva is that your gift is a true loan. If the third world entrepreneur pays back the loan (and the vast majority do), the money comes back into the “investor’s” account. Your heartmate will be able to re-invest that gift over and over again, each time thinking of you. Or, if they have a different favorite charity (including their own “hard knocks” fund), the money can actually be withdrawn. I’ve actually tried it to see if this was legit, and it truly is.
In both situations above, deliver the gift with confidence. If you outright say apologetically, “I totally forgot about you and didn’t know what to get you, so here you go…” the impact will be lost. Your gift needs to be a heartfelt gesture, not a consolation prize.
So there are a couple of ideas. Anyone have any more?
* A quick note on your card. If your heartmate’s love language is “Affirmative Words,” the card will likely be as important, if not more important than the gift. I speak from experience. Affirmative Words is my number one love language and I still hold dear cards I’ve received in the past.