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February 7, 2004 9:36 AM   Subscribe

Valentine's gift for someone who doesn't like chocolate?
posted by gimonca to Shopping (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A new Mercedes will always work. It'd help if you mentioned your budget.
posted by riffola at 9:53 AM on February 7, 2004

Flowers, always flowers. For girls, anyway.
posted by ascullion at 9:57 AM on February 7, 2004

Give them a card saying that chocolate has been donated to a worthy Konolia in their name.


How about a nice dinner? If you don't want to face the restaurant lines, do the home-cooked thing.
posted by konolia at 10:05 AM on February 7, 2004

In my experience, the ladies go crazy for homemade comic-books.

As long as the homemade comics are about them.
posted by interrobang at 10:07 AM on February 7, 2004

Music, poetry, a romantic walk along a senic area...

...or perhaps a handmade bouquet of oragami flowers.
posted by Smart Dalek at 10:21 AM on February 7, 2004

Gimonica... I think you'll get better responses if you gave us a little more information. Is this person a man? a woman? What are they in to? Is this a committed relationship? What did you give them last year... and how did it go over?

Details, details, details!
posted by silusGROK at 10:22 AM on February 7, 2004

You just can't go wrong with hardcore pornography.
posted by Katemonkey at 11:25 AM on February 7, 2004

this boy appreciates flowers. the few times a woman has bought me flowers i've thought it really cool (not carnations, obviously).
posted by andrew cooke at 11:30 AM on February 7, 2004

You just can't go wrong with hardcore pornography.

With the vast array of disturbing and illegal sexual acts in the world, I'm sure you could. Though I think "Valentine's gift for someone who doesn't like chocolate..." implies an unwritten "or goats".

If the person in question is a bonafide geek, a decent Flash drive would be great. Especially if you've pre-loaded it with alluring pictures of yourself. Depending on their personality, maybe something more poignant and less sexy would be appropriate. Perhaps create them a special compilation album of songs you've shared in MP3 or AAC format. (Love means never having to say "I'm sorry about the DRM.")

I'm not sure where they came from (FTD?), but a friend sent me this basket of flowers as a thank-you late last year and I thought they were beautiful without tarnishing my masculine Web Designer patina.
posted by Danelope at 12:11 PM on February 7, 2004

That should be "...songs you've shared, in..." Love also means never having to say "Honey, why is there an RIAA van parked outside my apartment?"
posted by Danelope at 12:13 PM on February 7, 2004

IOUs for footrubs or noxious household tasks, one day "vacations" to the local fun place that is just out of your usual price range, inscribed books by favorite authors, great smelling bath stuff, a replacement X or Y for the worn out X or Y they haven't gotten rid of yet, a long letter telling them just how much they mean to you [sent through the mail to indicate actual forethought], fresh fruit from someplace where it's in season, breakfast in bed, anything home made is usually a winner. In general, something that shows you were thinking fondly of them specifically and not just fulfilling the gift obligation is usually appreciated. On my planet it's nice to get a surprise, pretty much no matter what the actual gift is.
posted by jessamyn at 1:22 PM on February 7, 2004

I made my geeky boy a Simpsons Valentine. (Apologies for the self-link).
posted by web-goddess at 2:39 PM on February 7, 2004

a pearl necklace.
posted by crunchland at 5:15 PM on February 7, 2004

I bought a chocolaphobe a heart-shaped box of Valentine Jelly Bellies that were all either pink, white or red in yummy flavors ; cherry, toasted marshmallow, lemonade, bubble gum, etc.
posted by Lynsey at 6:43 PM on February 7, 2004

Girls don't want that stuff... Girls want RAM!
posted by dmt at 7:13 PM on February 7, 2004

How about anything that's not as cliched as chocolate and flowers?
posted by agregoli at 8:44 AM on February 9, 2004

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