The first point I want to make clear here is that my husband gives great gifts.  He usually knows exactly what I would like and the gift is always very thoughtful.

But, being the control freak that I am, I’m not into surprises.  I mean, if you’re going to get a gift it should be something you really, really, want.  So, when it comes to those “romantic” gift giving times like Valentine’s Day and anniversaries, I want to be sure I know what’s going to be in the box.  Vague references to jewelry, a romantic dinner or a weekend getaway could mean very different things to my darling hubby than what I had in mind.   This can especially be the case when he’s “pressure shopping,” an affliction most men seem to have. Why is it they wait for the last minute to go shopping and then grab whatever they can because they’re running out of time?  I mean, it’s not like they don’t realize Valentine’s Day or our birthday is coming up.

So, last week, when I started to begin planning my trip to the mall to find the gift I wanted for Valentine’s Day, a gift fell into my lap.  I received an e-mail from my friends at my favorite organizing company, Buttoned Up   asking me if I’d be interested in checking out the gifting site Red Envelope .  I’ll admit, I had never heard about Red Envelope up until this point but a friend  of mine had said she had received a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a vase from her husband through them a while back and loved it.  So, given that Red Envelope was willing to give me a coupon to try the site out for free and order myself a Valentine’s Day gift, I figured I had nothing to lose and I was able to check a “to-do” item of my list at the same time (always the multi-tasking queen!)

Red Envelope literally has something for everyone and I like how it’s organized in a variety of ways, from Gifts For Him, Gifts For Her to Categories such as Jewelry and even Home & Garden.  There were some gourmet items on there such as Valentine’s Cake Pops that I know my kids would love but, sorry, this was about Mommy – I was going shopping on the jewelry page!  I know this sounds a bit crazy but even though I was picking it out I had every intention of giving it to my husband to wrap so that I could open it on Valentine’s Day. 

I chose this beautiful necklace which definitely is me.  When it arrived – only 2 days later – it was in a beautiful box (hubby wasn’t even going to have to wrap!) and it was exactly what I thought it would be.  So ladies, show this blog to your husbands, point them to Red Envelope and make their life easy this Valentine’s Day while getting something that you really want.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift certificate from Red Envelop to purchase this item but, as always, the thoughts and words are my own.

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