questionsbest sentimental valentines day gift for my…

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Historically, Valentine's Day is for lovers and spouses, not for parents/children. I'm glad your wife has sweet memories of her growing-up years with Daddy, but the entire concept is a little creepy to me.

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@magic cave: I kind of see where you're coming from.... in a twisted sort of way. I think in the strictest definition of V-day you are probably correct, V-day is for lovers not for the one's you love. But I venture to guess that the majority of people include their 'loved ones' in V-day and don't simply limit it to their lovers. I mean think about grade school when you passed out valentines to your class mates...

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@jimmyd103: I hadn't thought about grade school kids, which is a good point. Reflecting on that, the kid/kid thing is cute, but the daddy/little girl thing just squicks me. Perhaps it's just me.

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@magic cave: You're entitled to your opinion. Guess I would agree with you if I bought my daughter massage oil or something intimate in nature....

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My favorite Valentine's gift from my dad was an etched glass music jewelry box. He gave it to me when I was about 8 - it's still on my dresser.

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She's 2 years old. Anything you buy her at this age, will not last 20 years. She's going to want to play with it and we all know what happens to a small child's playthings--unless you decide to put your gift away, out of her reach. And what fun is that?

Buy her something fun to play with, and watch her giggle. You have plenty of time to buy her something that she can treasure, later, when she is a little older.

Edit: Buy her a Valentine's Day card and write her a special message, maybe about something that happened this past year? If you do this each year for her, she will definitely have something to treasure.

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What @barnabee wrote, almost word for word, is what I started to write earlier this morning (but then the phone rang and I'm only getting back to it now).

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It wasn't for Valentine's Day, but one of the best items I ever got from my dad was a postcard. I was three or so at the time, and it was when The Jungle Book movie came out. He had to go out of town, and he sent me this awesome holographic, thick-plastic postcard with a scene from the movie. He had a short "miss and love you" kind of message on the back. I had that displayed in my room until I got married and moved out. Simplicity at its best.

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You could give her a stuffed toy w/hearts on it, something like this. Do note the warning for ages 3 & above. A nice heart collection to start that could be added to each year.

My favorite would be a heart locket - that should wait until she's old enough to wear it, though. <3

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I was thinking maybe a little locket. Something she can wear on special occasions but, I guess she's a little too young for that right now. I was also thinking about a figurine collection, like Precious Moments, that I could add to every year.
I've written her a special message in a card the past two years and will continue to do so. We then keep them in a memory box with others from her grandparents, cousins....

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Start a charm bracelet for her. Get her the chain, and add a charm that signifies something special that happened during her second year. Do the same for third year, fourth, etc. They make a charm for anything you can imagine, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding things for every year (maybe a little schoolbook for the year she starts school, a car for the year she gets her driver's license...). When she's older, you can look back through the charms with her and recall the events that the charms signify.

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Start a collection of something for her. Bears, bees, guitars, unicorns, little glass things whatever. That way you can give her something appropriate now-stuffed bear or whatever, and when she is older you can get her a necklace with a teddy bear or something like that.
Or-start her a memory. Get a journal and write in it the cool stuff that you do together and include pictures that you take and she makes you. Write down what your dreams are for her. Then give it to her when she graduates high school. Or has her own child.

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Start a tradition that you can repeat in variations over the years. Maybe take her to a special ice cream place, or mini golf or bowling. Something the two of you can do together no matter her age. Look for a Father-Daughter dance to attend. And don't forget the note or letter. That is the physical part she will keep. Maybe an album you can put them in as she grows. I've seen those for annual anniversary notes or Christmas books.

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All thanks for the comments. Lots of great ideas for me to consider....

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@magic cave: Are you serious? Do you even know who St. Valentine was and how it got started? It was not merely about the lovers. Good Grief. We here do V-Day between the children and parents. Anyone who would think that is creepy has some major issues. Go see Freud!

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@audy5000g: Listen up, newbie. You're answering a thread that's more than a year old. Learn to read for comprehension before you start slinging your juvenile attempts at insults.

P.S. Freud is dead, and most of his bizarre ideas are no longer accepted.