It can be challenging to figure out what to give your crush as a gift for either a special occasion, such as Valentine's Day, or some random day when you wish to put yourself on that person's radar. You don't want to give your crush a gift that any old friend would give, but you don't want to go overboard with an extravagant gift that should come from a significant other. Find a balance somewhere in between. The right gift at the right time could make all the difference in the future of your relationship.
Sweets for Your Sweetie
Unless your crush has diabetes, you can't go wrong with indulgent, sugary treats, such as cupcakes, cookies and brownies. If you make them yourself -- and they're good -- you'll further impress your crush. However, if you're not much of a baker, you may want to pick up sweets from the bakery. If you are giving them to your crush for Valentine's Day, include a note on the box that says something like "be my valentine?" If it's not a holiday or your crush's birthday, you could write "just because" or "a sweet for someone sweet."
Just Between Us
Perhaps the two of you are friends and have shared a funny moment or have a common but weird interest that only the two of you seem to get. Give your crush a gift related to that moment. For example, if you and your crush have long conversations about the 1980s cartoons you grew up watching, make a gift of a collector's edition DVD of a show such as "Thundercats," "She -Ra" or "The Smurfs." If the two of you found yourselves bored to death at an outdoor symphony concert with a group of your friends, present that symphony's CD as a gag gift. The fact that the gift is personal can leave a lasting impression.
Crafty and Clever
Break out the scissors, glue and tape to create a handmade gift that shows your crush you care. For instance, paste a note onto each card in a deck giving one reason why you like the person. Put the cards back in the box and put a label on the box that says "52 Reasons You're Special." If your crush has a ton of apartment plants, paint a clay planter with a cool design and then visit the garden store for a plant your crush doesn't have. Find an old tin container and create a kit for a particular hobby your crush has. For example, if your crush is a major video game fan, you could create a kit for all-night video tournaments that includes an energy drink, trail mix, a spare controller and the latest gaming magazine.
Straight to the Point
A special occasion such as Valentine's Day might be the perfect time to just get it out and tell you crush how you feel. You really only want to take this approach if you're pretty sure that person likes you too. Go the classic route and compose a handwritten letter explaining your feelings. Go to the florist and hand-pick a dozen of the best red roses to include with the letter. You could make it fun by being a secret admirer for the day. Leave unsigned notes with clues to your identity in various places where you crush will find them throughout the day. The last note should provide information on where your crush should meet you to reveal yourself. Hopefully that special someone will go from a crush to your significant other.
Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.
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