Sweetest Day gifts that aren’t flowers or candy

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Jennifer Blair

Give your loved one something that they wouldn't buy themselves – just make sure it's something they actually want.

Sweetest Day may not be the well-known holiday that Valentine's Day is, but it captures a similar idea: spend a day showing the people in your life how much care. The twist with Sweetest Day, though, is that it's a day for celebrating anyone who sweetens your life, not just your significant other. That means you may want to find the perfect gift for your children, parents, siblings, or friends.

If you really want to wow the special people in your life, though, it's best to forget the same old chocolates and roses. Having trouble coming up with a more personal or creative gift? Here are our favorite Sweetest Day gift ideas that aren't flowers or candy.

Give a stylish watch.

Whether you're shopping for a man or a woman, a watch can make an ideal Sweetest Day gift. A basic dress watch is a good option for both work and casual situations, but a special man in your life may appreciate the classic elegance of a pocket watch. If you're shopping for a fitness buff, a fitness smartwatch is a fantastic option that tracks workouts and other physical activities right from the wrist.

Plan a scary movie marathon.

Sweetest Day is always the third Saturday in October, so it falls right around Halloween. Take advantage of the spooky atmosphere by planning a marathon of your sweetheart's favorite scary movies -- all those screamworthy moments provide the perfect excuse to cuddle on the couch. If your gift is for the special kids in your life who might be frightened by horror movies, screen some Halloween-themed children's movies or cartoons instead.

But don't just stop with the movies. Make the night special by preparing some movie theater treats like buttered popcorn, nachos, and soft pretzels. Don't forget your sweetheart's favorite candies, either.

Choose a comfy bathrobe.

Who doesn't like feeling cozy when they're hanging around the house? A comfortable bathrobe can make an ideal Sweetest Day gift for nearly anyone on your shopping list. And because robes are available in a wide variety of materials, colors, and patterns, it's easy to customize the gift to fit your special person to a tee.

For the cooler weather, a microfiber fleece robe can help keep your loved one nice and toasty. If you're looking for a good year-round option, an all-cotton robe could be your best bet.

Spend an afternoon apple picking.

If you want to celebrate Sweetest Day with a fall-themed activity, plan a date at your local apple orchard with your loved one. Apple picking is not only good fun, but it allows you to take in the beautiful autumn scenery and spend some quality time together.

Most apple picking orchards offer other fun fall activities like pumpkin picking, hayrides, and petting zoos, so an afternoon at your local orchard can make an ideal gift for anyone on your list. Many also serve apple-based food and beverages, so you can enjoy a hot cup of cider or a piece of pie as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the season.

Select a perfect perfume/cologne.

If you're buying a Sweetest Day gift for your significant other, you may wish to consider a classic gift other than flowers or candy, such as a fragrant bottle of perfume or cologne. This romantic gift will remind your loved one of how much you care every time she wears it. If you're not sure which scent to purchase, buy a replacement bottle of her signature fragrance. If you want something a little more original, find out the notes of her favorite fragrance and choose a scent that's similar.

Cook a special meal.

If you like to cook, consider showing your special friend how much you care with a home-cooked meal. You can prepare his favorite foods or plan a menu around a theme catered just to him, such as foods from his favorite movie or recipes from his hometown.

Not the greatest cook? Slow cooker recipes are easy to prepare because you simply toss the ingredients in the pot, turn it on, and leave it alone until the meal is finished cooking.

You can impress the loved ones in your life while avoiding cliche flowers and chocolates this Sweetest Day. All it takes is a little creativity and a personal touch to make sure your special people know exactly how much you care.


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