Orange County Register — North County News-Tribune; Date: Feb 13, 2020; Section: News; Page Number: A2
WHAT A DAY
Valentine’s Day gift selection isn’t as difficult as I thought
It’s February 13th. Do you have your Valentine’s Day plans?
Every time I mention Valentine’s Day, I feel the need to duck for cover. For all the people who embrace the holiday and celebrate, there is someone who vehemently denounces it as a money-grab for the greeting card companies, which is untrue.
It originated as a Christian feast day. I definitely approve of any holiday that celebrates food.
I’ll admit, over the years, commercialism has taken over the day. Women are told to expect diamonds, and couples are expected to have romantic dinners. Stores everywhere are packed with heart-shaped boxes. Restaurants advertise special menus.
Everything is decorated in red roses.
Dale and I usually have dinner and exchange cards, and I always get him a little box of chocolates. This year, I will be out of town, but I still planned to get him a treat. As I perused the aisle of the grocery store for ideas, it occurred to me—did he want chocolates this year?
Men are not the usual targets of Valentine’s Day advertising. Red velvet hearts and pink fluffy unicorns holding ring boxes are usually shown as “women’s gifts.” It’s also no secret that women like chocolate.
It’s one of our four food groups.
Last week, I did a little online searching to find an appropriately manly Valentine for my hubby. Boxer shorts seemed to be popular, from silk to novelty prints, and even crocheted. One seller was offering colorful socks in a heart-shaped box, because nothing says “I love you” like happy feet.
The best things I saw were meat—jerky and bacon, to be exact. For about $40, I could get a red heart box filled with different flavors of jerky. For another $20, I could get a wooden crate with bacon-flavored everything.
The crate comes with a crowbar to pry it open. I’m not a guy, and I don’t eat bacon, but even I want to pry open a crate.
As crazy as they sound, I thought they were a fabulous way to show the guy in your life how crazy you are about him. It also started me thinking of what else could be turned into a valentine for your loved one.
There are already places that make heart-shaped pizzas, but how about a heart-shaped case of his favorite beer? He’ll know how much you care every time he raises a glass.
Quite a few of our favorite foods could be molded to fit the holiday. Hamburgers, potato chips, quesadillas, crab cakes, to name a few. Okay, maybe the crab cakes are my favorite food.
Dale is fond of ribs and hot wings. If someone could make an oven-proof red velvet box filled with baby back ribs and buffalo wings, he would be one happy guy. Actually, I think the restaurant offering that for Valentine’s Day would make a lot of people smile.
I’d smile, because I wouldn’t have to cook.
After all my searching, I decided to just ask my husband what he wanted for Valentine’s Day. He looked at me with that expression he uses when he thinks I’m crazy. (He looks at me like that a lot.)
“I want chocolates,” he said.
I don’t know why I doubted myself. Of course, he wants chocolates. But maybe next year I’ll give him bacon.
Longtime Placentia resident Gayle Carline tracks those moments that shape her days as a wife, mom, computer whiz and horsewoman. E-mail her at [email protected].