Classic gifts don't have to be cliché if you use them to surprise your better half when she least expects it. Show up with chocolates, champagne and roses on any given night during the workweek to add some romance. If you want to personalize the gift, buy some chocolates from a specialty chocolate shop and include a heartfelt note in the box.
Message in a Bottle
Select a unique bottle at your local antiques store, or visit your local home-accessories store to find one that fits your home decor. Using card stock or specialty paper, write a message that will have meaning for your loved one. You might recall a special moment in your relationship, use the message to invite him to a night on the town or use it to surprise her with a gift certificate for a spa day.
Personalized Jewelry Box
A personalized jewelry box can come in many forms. You can find a jewelry box with a picture frame on the lid at most gift stores; insert a picture of you and your loved one, and you have an instant personalized gift. Other options include ordering one online, or finding your own wooden or silver trinket box and taking it to an engraver to have a special message placed on it.
A Surprise Evening of Relaxation
Send an invitation to her inviting her for an evening of relaxation. Start the evening by having a candlelit bath drawn with relaxing Epsom salts waiting for her when she arrives home. Leave a gift box with a satin or thick terry robe waiting for her as she steps out. Set the scene by lighting candles and spreading flower petals on the bed, creating a bed of roses where you can give the gift of relaxation and massage. A selection of scented massage oils will help create a truly relaxing and enjoyable evening.
Spoil your loved one by ordering a personalized cookie bouquet from your local bakery or an online delivery service. Select his favorite cookies or have them personalized with special messages. Have them delivered to him at work to brighten his day and show him that you are thinking of him.
24-Karat Gold-Dipped Rose
Most women love roses, but they are a gift that withers and wilts quickly. Purchase a 24-karat gold-dipped rose, and she will have a keepsake to look back on for years to come. Put the rose in a charming gift box.
Romantic Gift Baskets
Visit your local basket maker to create a basket full of his favorite treats. Most stores will allow you to customize baskets with personalized messages or items that will make the basket truly romantic for your partner. Some standard options include favorite chocolates, wine or champagne and desserts.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So fill a scrapbook with them. Select favorite pictures of your life together so far, leaving a few empty pages near the end for your future together. Perhaps give one scrapbook that is complete and a second to fill. Alternatively, you can purchase a digital picture frame that you have filled with special moments and places the two of you have visited.
Engraved Locket or Pocket Watch
For those who have classic romantic tastes, select a gift with character, such as an engraved locket or pocket watch. Choose a small picture of the two of you to place in the frame and have the piece engraved with a special message or date. This is a gift that can be enjoyed for years to come and can even be passed down through generations.
Mixed CD/Flash Drive
Some clichés endure for a good reason. The romance of the mixed tape has grown up and can now be found on a mixed compact disk or flash drive. Whatever medium you choose, the message is the same: "I have taken the time to select songs that are special for you and us." If you feel you need to do a little more, purchase a personal music player and fill it with MP3s that he loves.