I love The Idea Store, because while they have a great selection of items that you know you can find there (school supplies, sewing and craft items, jewelry, and much more) but there's also a surprise around every corner. When I did a browse through this week, I had Valentine's Day on the mind. What if you decided to think outside the box a bit in buying a gift for your sweetheart? Here are some ideas for gifts that make a statement. What kind of statement? That may be up to you (or the recipient) to determine.
1. An opportunity to snazz up their wardrobe.
Image: A blue and pink box sits on the floor. It says "Bedazzler" in yellow letters. There are two girls on the front of the box, as well as a photo of the purple bedazzling tool. Photo by Julie McClure.
2. A friendly jester to stare at you while you sleep.
Image: A jester doll sits in a clear container. It has a costume in shades of purple and gold, with a ribbons coming out of two of the points of the jester hat. Photo by Julie McClure.
3. A new hobby
Image: A box sits on a metal shelf. It has green stripes and a photo of a pillow that has been latch hooked with a flowery heart and pink background. It says "Latch Hook Kit" at the top of the box. Photo by Julie McClure.
4. Be practical: These could hold lots of little treasures from the Wall of Intrigue, and also be used for some science-type things.
Image: A large plastic bin of small plastic vials with blue lids. Photo by Julie McClure.
Image: A black pegboard that extend for the length of a wall. There are small plastic resealable bags with various tiny items in them. Photo by Melinda Miller.
5. A photo of this nice young lady to stare at you while you sleep.
Image: A large black and white portrait of a young girl with dark hair. She is wearing a light colored shirt with a white peter pan collar. Photo by Julie McClure.
6. A well-deserved 1st place bowling trophy from the eighties.
Image: A trophy sits on a shelf. It has a white base with a gold metal plate on the front. A woman bowler is at the top of the trophy, and the main part of the trophy is flanked by decorations that say "87" and "88." Photo by Julie McClure.
7. A dragon?
Image: A ceramic brownish-gray dragon. It appears to be hollow, and has a lid that can be lifted off by grabbing the dragon's wing. Photo by Julie McClure.
8. I...don't know what to say about this one.
Image: A plastic tub filled with various doll parts. Photo by Julie McClure.
In all seriousness, as you can see from the photo at the top, in addition to some of this weird and wild stuff you will also find some great totally normal items to help with your Valentine's Day gift giving, whether is gift bags, decorations, or cute heart and flower type things. They also have a great jewelry counter. Go find some cool stuff for cheap.
Top image: A light brown table covered with various Valentine's Day related items: flowers, gift bags, decorative boxes, heart decorations, etc. Photo by Julie McClure.