Valentine's Day can be a time of stress as we scramble to think of the ideal gift for the perfect way of telling the one we love that he or she is the best thing that has ever happened to us.
It's easy to be clichéd with flowers and chocolates. And, certainly, there's nothing wrong with candy and spa treatments if those are things your partner likes. The key is finding a personal connection with your sweetheart.
From Monday through Friday this week, we will offer some "experiential" gift ideas that might help you turn a normal Valentine's into something more lasting and memorable. (Monday's
featured a way to name a star after your loved one. Tuesday's
focused on wine. On Wednesday was the
of chocolate and spa.)
"O Sole Mio":
Since classical times, men have serenaded fair ladies with songs and poems. Princes, and men like Romeo and Cyrano de Bergerac, have called to their maidens on balconies throughout the course of romantic literature and history. Perhaps you, too, can be the next Giacomo Casanova.
If you never thought you had quite the talent as a songwriter, or the chops to belt out the right song but know how much your loved one would appreciate it, hiring a singer-songwriter might be the perfect move.
The song can be personal and written with the exact ideas you have in mind. You've thought about taking up guitar in the past, or even have written down words on ruled paper you believe truly say "I love you." It's just, maybe you need that creative glue to bring it all together.
There are plenty of accomplished songwriters who farm out their services to private clients. Like
, which offers a basic customization of pre-written songs. The company will send along studio-recorded MP3 and CD gift packs starting at $199. Choose a song, edit pre-written lyrics and have the pros put it to wax. This might be the way to go under time constraints.
If you really want the song to be your own, start from scratch, which will cost you a bit more, as you sit down and work directly with the professional to compose, write lyrics, record, mix and master the recording. This type of service costs from $1,000 to $5,000 with Tailored Music. Writer Dave Blackledge, at
, starts his services at around $200. Search around and find the best person out there who matches best with what you're looking for.
Nate Herpich is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and Sports Illustrated.com.