On this episode of On the Couch, Catie gets some innovative gift ideas from her therapists, including the most unsual gift of all: canned goods. More Juicy Content From YourTango:
Are we getting more and more cynical about love every year that passes, or is it just about Valentine's Day? As other countries begin to latch on to V-Day traditions that Americans (or American greeting card companies?) created, we seem to be rationalizing it as just a silly excuse for a holiday.
I received a post valentine's greeting, which I couldn't resist sharing. Apparently this puppy was born last May in Japan with a large, clear, love-heart-shaped pattern in his coat. The Chihuahua was born as one of a litter to a breeder. Owner Emiko Sakurada said it was the first time a puppy with the marks had been born out of a thousand she had bred. She had no plans to sell the puppy, which has been named 'Heart-kun'.Ok, I will admit my fiance and I are a little skeptical...if we can create artwork dying our own hair, it seems plausible that Heart-kun's owner might have just perfected doggy dyes. Faux fur or not, ya gotta admit, this little guy is adorable.
Is Valentine’s Day just another ploy for Hallmark to stack dollars? Apparently not, since they haven’t covered all bases when it comes to that perfect card. Some of us here at Tango took it upon ourselves to come up with a few V-Day greeting card concepts that we think would sell big. Feel free to toss out that cutesy “Dog with a heart that says ‘I Woof You’” card and use one of ours…
Contrary to popular (guy) belief, Valentine's Day is not entirely invented by Hallmark. Was it made popular by them and other retailers? Probably. But there was a real St. Valentine but his day may be holdover from a Roman fertility festival. Well, the next time you're in the British Isle, you can check out Valentine's bones (possibly) in Dublin and the first Valentine in London.
Not everyone needs a Valentine. In fact, in a lot of ways you're better off without one. Did you know that single women: do less housework, earn more money, gain less weight, and orgasm more often from masturbating than their married friends? On top of that, they don't have to pretend to like gifts and can find Mr. Right any time they want...
Remember the lore behind green M&Ms? (They made you horny.) Well, the company has picked up and ran with the theory, introducing the all-green package and marketing it as the “new color of love.” In fact, they’ve developed a mini web site devoted to the greenies just in time for V-Day, which includes the history of the color’s sensual side and the ability to post your own reasoning why green is the new red. Marketing ploy, yes, but pretty cute, too.
It’s the thought that counts, right? But what were you thinking when you gave that gift—and what does it say about the bigger picture of your relationship? Whether getting a gift for a guy or purchasing a present for girl, a gift can symbolize a feeling or express a value, but they carry a lot of weight, financially and emotionally. Martha Baer cites some examples in this essay about the connotations of giving gifts. She writes, "in one study of more than 100 gift recipients, only 42 percent reported 'positive emotional experiences,' while 58 percent reported the opposite. Plenty of gifts simply confirm an already detectable distance. Givers reveal their ignorance and thoughtlessness all the time; every item of clothing you never even hung up is proof of that. And how many times has a present you didn’t anticipate left you feeling burdened?"