Cue the music. Dim the lights. Eat the dinner. Give the gift.
That’s Valentine’s Day.
The traditional chocolate and flowers at the beginning and end of the meal is the typical gift exchanged between two lovebirds. But gift giving can take a new energy around this time of year.
Gifts may not be as weird as the Lonely Island’s “Saturday Night Live” skit instructing men to present their genitalia in a box to their girlfriends, but some gifts are not the norm.
Faith Parkhurst is giving the traditional flowers to one of her friends, but in a different way because she will not be there when her friend receives them.
“I am having flowers delivered to her class,” Parkhurst (freshman-criminology and psychology) said.
Parkhurst said that the flowers would be sent to a biology class in a large lecture hall. Parkhurst hadn’t yet placed the order, but she thought it might be the Forum Building.
The recipient will be surprised and embarrassed, Parkhurst said, which was partly Parkhurst’s goal.
As stores drag out the racks of chocolate and flowers, other people will treat themselves to their own holiday gifts, but not necessarily store bought.
Briana White said her single friends are all going out to dinner together.
“Me and all my ‘forever alones’ are going to Olive Garden,” White (freshman-psychology) said.
Scott Paterno, the son of late Joe Paterno, tweeted out to his followers his idea of a Valentine’s Day gift.
The tweet read “Wife & I agreed that our Valentine’s gifts to each other will be a check to #THON13. Last longer than flowers, and I don’t need candy.”
But as for Alex Kreszl, he wants to go the more traditional route.
Although he admits he doesn’t have the details hammered out yet, he plans to get flowers and chocolate for his significant other.
When asked what flowers he would get, he responded adamantly.
“Roses,” Kreszl said “Definitely.”