Some friends or family members like to give joint gifts to a couple for their birthdays. This allows the pair to enjoy the gift together, while at the same time usually allowing for one larger gift rather than two smaller gifts. As you shop for the couple, consider their interests and hobbies to help generate ideas.
The stress of daily life can be taxing on a couple. Between work, the kids and life in general, finding time to relax together can prove to be a challenge. If the pair is always on the go, help them relax by giving them a certificate for a couple's massage. If there is not a massage parlor or spa in your area, then check with high-end hotels that often offer a couples massage service. Select a specific type of massage such as shiatsu, Swedish, hot stone or deep tissue, or allow the couple to choose themselves. When purchasing the gift card for the massage, add extra money for tax and tip so the couple does not have to spend anything.
Bed and Breakfast Weekend
If the couple loves to travel and take weekend excursions, purchase a gift certificate to a bed and breakfast in a quaint town. Some locations offer reservations for specific rooms. Browse their website and select a room based on how much you want to spend and the amenities the room offers. Remember that many bed and breakfasts are converted houses, and items such as a fireplace or private bathroom may cost extra. Also note any rises in room rates. This usually occurs around holidays and summer months. You may have to add a little extra to the gift certificate if they wish to use the voucher during one of these times. Finally, because of limited capacity, some bed and breakfasts require a two-night stay. Inquire about their policy before purchasing a gift certificate.
If you are searching for a small-scale gift, consider purchasing a picnic basket. You can opt for a traditional woven basket, or a canvas style backpack with insulation to keep food hot or cold. Picnic baskets can also come with dish, utensil and glassware sets already inside. You can dress up the gift by also including non-perishable food and wine. Consider personalizing the basket with monograms. For a woven basket, this can be done on cloth napkins placed inside, while canvas bags can sport these initials on the outside.
Foodies or couples who simply love to dine out will enjoy a dinner cruise gift certificate. Some dinner cruises have themes such as murder mystery or magic night, offering entertainment while cruising across the water. Before you buy, consider the prices of each menu. Be sure to give a gift certificate that will cover the entire evening, including tip. (Wine and alcohol service may not be included if you choose a certificate to a prix fixe event.) Also, make sure neither party is prone to motion sickness prior to making this type of purchase.
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