Gift Ideas For The Romantics Among You

story people prints brian andreas

1. A Brian Andreas StoryPeople print ($15-$30 depending on the size). I have a few of these at home. One that I don’t have, but took to several years ago, is called Almost Beyond. “She laid on my chest & her breathing filled me to almost beyond what I could hold.” Another one I started liking – years ago, again – is called Mr. Right.

sticks boxinside of sticks box with the pretty heart inside of it

2. A Sticks Box ($385). Yes, it’s a little on the pricy side. However, if you have the money and enjoy art and love and hearts or trees or birds or heartfelt sayings, then a Sticks box (or mirror or table or door topper, which I recently bought) may be for you. Or rather the very much loved person you are shopping for. Being someone who adores hearts, I would get the above-pictured box for my treasures and love letters, as the box suggests. But there are plenty of other designs available too. Enjoy browsing.

ray carver what we talk about when we talk about love

3. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Ray Carver ($14 or less). Oh, how I adore short stories by Ray Carver. But caution: these stories are not for just any romantic. They are for the type of romantic who enjoys basking in somewhat complicated stories of love, lust, romance, marriage and divorce. This is not a collection of happy endings or princes and princesses. This is love in its raw, fading, mysterious forms. If your partner or crush is into that, as I am, then this may indeed be a nice choice for you to consider.

4. A Picasa photo collage (prices vary but relatively inexpensive). Use Google’s Picasa to create a collage of you and your partner and all of the wonderful things you have done together: vacations, flowers sent or received, dogs or cats adopted, blankets crocheted, drunken nights not to be forgotten, dinner parties thrown, whatever the case. Have fun with it! Then either print it out and frame it or save it as an image, upload to Kodak Gallery and have it printed out at your local CVS or have it mailed to you.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at