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Love on the ‘cheap’

india Updated: Feb 06, 2009 20:54 IST
Kirti Mehta

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and everybody is making a beeline to buy gifts for their loved ones. However, unless you live under a rock, you must be aware that the world is hit by an economic meltdown. After all, this is the Great Depression of our generation. So the search for a decent gift for your spouse or special friend can be an ordeal. But when HT City is here you needn’t fear, as we help you pick some great gifts on Valentine’s Day (well with so many sales on, the job is so much easier)! Follow this quick guideline.

For him
If your boyfriend is looking to introduce himself to any unusual leisure activity, gift him fishing lines and hooks. If he is also looking to combine some exercise with that, then a golf set or tennis racquets it is.
To make him look still smarter at work, there is nothing like the old faithfuls — the silk tie, the leather wallet, the silver cuff links. if he has a funky streak, then pep up these ideas with a twist — like a pattern of saxophones on the tie (a nod to his bent for Kenny G); or a bright piping to the sturdy leather wallet for a flash or dash; the red-and-blue diamond patterened socks to peep out under the sensible black trousers. The possibilities are endless.

For her
Your wife is called your ‘better half’ for a reason — she has better options when it comes to shopping. You can start small — really small, like lacy lingerie or a barely-there bikini (summer is coming, after all). Or get her a nifty little bath gift pack — and ask her to soap your back in the shower! What a return on your investment.

This being the ‘pink slip season’, you may want to keep back some money in the wallet — there’s a way to still impress the wife or the girlfriend. Pop into those shops that are holding lucky draws. Who knows, you might end up inside a Chevrolet Spark car, on a TVS bike or get domestic holiday vouchers from select hotels. Also going are Titan watch vouchers, Tupperware hampers and gift vouchers from Uni Style Image in the Delhi Shopping Carnival.

No money at all? Well, time is money, so gift her your time.