I took an informal survey the other day at Disney Theme Park Merchandise. My question, “Do you exchange Valentine’s Day gifts? If so, what do you give?” Overwhelmingly, the response I received was that people love to give (and receive) personalized gifts. I’d have to agree – a personalized gift goes a long way. It means that you actually took time to think about the gift. So, I asked myself what I would give to someone special this year. Feel free to use these ideas (I won’t tell).
There are many ways to say “I love you.” A different take to a traditional Valentine’s Day card is to use a blank 9-inch Vinylmation figure as a canvas painted with love. Since I’m in Florida, I could easily walk around World Showcase at Epcot and have International Program cast members write “I love you.” For the photograph above, I strolled around Disney Theme Park Merchandise and had cast members fluent in other languages write greetings.
One of my favorite ideas was creating a coupon book full of Disney experiences. I found some Disney stationery and created the four coupons pictured above (I would give a few more, of course). Once assembled, it becomes something you can share together. And who wouldn’t want a Dole Whip from Adventureland? I could use a whole coupon book for that one delicious treat.
I enjoy photography and take lots of pictures. The perfect item for me would be an empty photo album. In this case, I selected two different albums from 2011 as examples. Present your Valentine with an empty album and explain that you will fill it together with photographs of your favorite Disney places, attractions, characters or restaurants. You could also fill it with ephemera you may collect while visiting Disney Parks (in my case, lots of napkins from the Dole Whip station).
My last idea – a movie marathon! Pick three movies each and spend a day watching them together. For the photo above I selected animated features I like; and, for the person who I would want to spend time with on a deserted island, one of my favorite television shows (that one would probably require more than just one day). Oh how I wish “TRON: Legacy” was available on Blu-ray!
Please feel free to share your unique gift ideas in the comment section below. Happy Valentine’s Day.