The usual gifts come to mind when I think of men going
out to shop for us, special people, in your lives. I
also have a few of the standard gifts (on standby) that
‘worked’ with some of my exes. I remember favorites of
my Dad and definitely, a brother or two liked. So, after
reading this post, you may be better informed and aware
of something with a little more interest, or you can
‘blame me’ if your gift falls flat on its face, or gets
thrown out the window…
1. Dove’s Chocolates (come in different chocolate
flavors) and have sweet messages on their hearts.
2. Better quality chocolate, Ghiardelli, Malley’s
See’s Candy’s, Whitman’s, Russell Stover’s or a
local candy making shop could just ‘hit the spot!’
3. Beau Ties from Vermont. There is an attractive
hearts and flower subdued pattern (looks like a
white or cream paisley print) that could be an
excellent gift if your man wears bow ties, like
our Past President of Ohio State University,
4. Em’s Baby Gems Headband. This is made by a
Clevelander, (you can find Emily Marquard on
etsy.com) and there were several adorable patterns
for grandbabies or children. (Girls)
5. Pierre’s Ice Cream has a way to get online and
order messages printed on pints of their yummy ice
cream. I like this idea of special messages, since
they can be personalized. (Dove’s has a whole wide
range of generic love messages.)
There are some cute messages:
a. “I’ll share my heart, but not my ice cream!”
b. “Here’s your own pint to eat.” (those 2 could go
c. “Being in love means never having to say,
‘I’m out of ice cream!'”
d. “Have you heard the latest scoop? I love you!”
e. “Will you marry me? Please enjoy ice cream anyway.”
6. Tim Horton’s/ Cold Stone Creamery products:
a. Chocolate dipped strawberry turned into ice cream
b. I Heart You donut.
c. Ice Cream Cakes such as these three:
“A Cheesecake Named Desire,” “Midnight Delight,” and one
that is shaped like a heart and has red velvet cake with
chocolate ice cream and a chocolate ganache frosting.
When I looked it up on their website, I could not locate
the name. (I saw it at our Delaware, Ohio store, but
did not memorize its name. It is rather pricey, $29.99.
There is a $3 coupon in the newspaper. You may find out
the name, also!
7. WINK stands for products “When In Need of Kindness”
and purchases help a family receive a package of
toiletries at Ronald McDonald House, while their
young one is in surgery. Columbus Children’s
Hospital has a Ronald McDonald House. My youngest
daughter and I visited there. The WINK products
have a wide variety of cosmetics, jewelry and other
toiletries, scented soap, for example.
The Next Portion of this Post has a little history
and some Natural products that may “enhance” your
1. Douse yourself in saffron. Cleopatra used this
natural ingredient to produce passion with her lovers.
2. Increase your libido with a salad that includes the
natural greens of Arugula. (This comes from ancient
times’ Pliny the Elder.)
3. Chocolate comes from the Aztecs, but this is a weird
twist of nature that was found to be written about this
native tribe. The Aztecs locked up their virgins during
avocado harvest times. The reason is men are very visual
and the testicle like appearance of an avocado! There are
records of increased lust among the farmers/harvesters.
(Now I will never look at those bumpy, dark green things
in the same way!)
Use of the following natural foods and spices can also be
used for your meal and may have a ‘double duty’ or ‘dual
purpose’ to the end of your evening! Hey, there was a
time when I would have tried ANY thing to get my past ]
husband to be more attracted to me…
3. Garlic. (NOT in my romantic world, unless both parties
agree beforehand! Smile!)
4. Jasmine scent.
6. Fennel seeds.
10. Cucumber (see Avocado reference, phallic symbol.)
12. Cinnamon makes blood flow to special parts of
13. Ginger has been used as an aphrodisiac, since
thousands of years ago. Both the Chinese and Indian
cultures have included this spice. In Italy, at the
Medical School of Salermo, they use this quotation
“Eat ginger and you will love and be loved, as in
your youth.” (Does this make it watered by the
Fountain of Youth?)
Last but not least, the stand by’s:
Roses or flowers of any kind. Possibly you may
get the right one, that your loved one enjoys.
Make sure no allergies!
Jewelry, depending on how serious you are.
(Again, make sure no allergies, some jewelry
is hypo-allergenic, which is best if you don’t
have a clue!)
Earrings and bracelets don’t mean you are in
a permanent ‘bind.’ They usually bring smiles.
Watches for either sex are definitely classy
I would choose neck ties, for my teaching
brother and father. I would choose sweaters
or nice, artistic shirts for my other brother.
I chose to buy nice clothing for an ex or two.
What worked best for you in the past? Go with
For me: Hint, hint! I enjoy a delicious meal out
at a nicer restaurant, where I am willing to put
a dress or skirt and blouse on, wear hose and
be relaxed. No dishes or cooking! Always works
There may be a whole other post out there in
the blogging world that gives you suggestions
for romantic, seductive music!
Let us know and tell us about the ones that don’t