The Home Depot associates who answer your how-to questions on our online Forums are the mushiest romantics you’ll ever see in a tool belt. We asked them to come up with Valentine’s gift ideas and projects to help anyone in need of some Valentine’s Day inspiration.
Jen Scott (aka Grow2Girl on the Forums) offers up the tried-and-true as a gift idea: an orchid, which you can find in our online Garden Center, or in the Garden Center of your nearest Home Depot store.
“A dozen roses will last up to seven days, but a Phalaenopsis Orchid’s blooms can last up to three months or more if the owner has the perfect environment,” Jen writes. “Where can you get a beautiful flower for as little as $15 that will give you months of joy and the blooms can return over and over? You can’t say that about a bouquet.”
Jen has written a handy guide to the various types of orchids and how to care for them. But, as Jen says, you can’t go wrong with a Phalaenopsis.
Meanwhile, that hot romantic Kevin Dunn (PaintPro) says a fire pit is the way to generate some heat with your sweetheart.
He recommends the Pleasant Hearth Bradford Slate Fire Pit. This fire pit actually has three functions — it’s a fire pit, a grill, and it can be used as an outdoor occasional table. It looks nice, too, which basically means you can’t go wrong with this one.
Snuggle up with that special someone on a chilly night next to the fire … and that is what we call romance. As Kevin puts it, “With the stars above and a warm fire below (contained in a fire pit) — the rest is up to you.”
AboveAverageJoe (Joe Caylor in real life) also had in mind a romantic roaring fire, but with an unusual twist. He says you should consider a fireplace that doubles as an entertainment console. He’s talking about the Real Flame Fresno Media Console Electric Fireplace.
It’s an electric fireplace, but it not only warms up the room, it will also conjure up all the warm feelings we get sitting next to a fire. And you can play your favorite romantic music or watch The Notebook, The Bridges of Madison County or some other romantic flick while you enjoy the fire.
Showing their true colors as Home Depot associates, George Zezelj (SteelToes on the Forums) and Chris Haygood (ChristFixit) both had Valentine’s Day gift ideas especially appropriate for the DIYer in your life.
George actually has some terrific advice if you’re looking for gift ideas for a particularly hard group to buy for: “A real contractor or serious do-it-yourselfer can never have enough tools. Trust me; I’ve been ‘collecting’ for years. So let’s talk about tools. Figure out what he’s really interested in, at least when it comes to home improvement and construction. A small talk about what’s his next project or favorite brand of tools will get you started.”
He goes on to offer up the brands to look for, depending on the trade.
“If you want to know if you’ve got a ‘good’ plumber working in your house next time, look at his tool bag. It should be organized and have some RIDGID tools in there, I guarantee you will find at least one aluminum Ridgid pipe wrench in that tool bag.
“If your sweetheart’s a plumber, and you get him one of these, she will only love you more than that new shiny aluminum RIGID pipe wrench, I promise you that.
“Your Valentine is a carpenter? You will nail it with one of the genuine Eastwing Hammers.
“You’re not really sure what he or she does, but it has to do with heating and cooling? Get one of the Klein HVAC multi meters. This will get that heating and cooling maven on multi fronts.”
Chris, then has the ultimate gift idea for the tool mavens — the Husky 6 Drawer Chest and Cabinet. “It doesn’t matter if your sweetheart is new to DIY or a seasoned vet,” Chris says, “everyone needs a place to store their tools. With space in most garages at a premium, keeping your tools together and organized will save you a ton of time and frustration.” And this tool chest is sweet. “It has plenty of drawers for screwdrivers, wrenches and other tools as well as cabinet space for larger tools,” says Chris.
But when in doubt, Joe Caylor has the gift for the home owner that can’t go wrong — a Home Depot gift card. They’re easy to purchase. They come with special holiday and occasion images and gift card options. And you can hand a gift card to your sweetie in person, by mail or even email it.
Take a look at our online How-To Community Forums for more Valentine’s gift ideas from our associates. Plus, you’ll find a couple of terrific do-it-yourself Valentine gift projects, so you can make a gift for your sweetie.
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