by Kris Pitcher
Consumerism grips you as you aimlessly look for the perfect gift. Does your loved one need a two foot red plush heart with outstretched hands that says, "I Love You"? Or boxer shorts with lips on them? This is one of those times I am relieved to be in a "no gift exchange" agreement. I realize it's not customary, but it works for us.
But how will you celebrate and spend time together that isn't focused around the candy and the overpriced just OK dinner out? Are there gifts you can give which aren't centered around the giant box of candy? It's something to at least consider. Thinking ahead will help you create a plan you can stick to...while sticking to your plan.
Whether you create a memorable evening at home and prepare a delicious dinner, or cozy up for an afternoon movie uninterrupted, plan some time together. Take a walk, go skiing, or have a picnic on the living room floor in front of the fire. Unplug, quit texting and tune in. Consider celebrating romance in new ways...leave those chocolate covered gummy things for someone else. With love, you don't need all that.