Why Perfume is My Favorite Valentine’s Day Gift

With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I got to thinking over the weekend what my favorite memory is from the holiday. Ryan and I are not ones to go all out on the day of love. We always exchange cards and maybe a few sweets, but otherwise we don’t need a specific day to be reminded of how much we love each other (so cliche, I know). But, I did remind myself of a small surprise and gesture that Ryan made a few years ago, which is why perfume is my favorite Valentine’s Day gift to this day.

Why Perfume is My Favorite Valentine's Day Gift
Back in February 2015, Ryan and I had just bought and moved into our house two months prior. Because of all our new home expenses and with Christmas just come and gone, we agreed to keep Valentine’s Day really low key. Of course, we would do our traditional card exchange but that was about it.

So, on Valentine’s Day morning, we were enjoying coffee in bed and snuggles with Finn. I pulled out my card for Ryan from my nightstand, along with a little bag of Ghiradelli chocolates. Okay, so I cheated – sweets don’t count as a gift, right? Anyways, after opening my card and thanking me, Ryan mirrored my same actions from minutes before. Except, not only did he hand me a card, he also placed a small wrapped box in my lap. When I unwrapped the package, I was excited to see that it was a perfume I wanted – Vintage by American Eagle. It was something that I probably had mentioned in passing and made him smell a few times in the store, but I never really “asked” for it. The gift was unexpected, and I honestly was overwhelmed at the thought and sentiment that Ryan put into it. It meant so much to me that he treated me to something that I probably would never buy for myself. Not to mention that he proved that guys do pay attention and can pick up subtle hints or cues when you like something. 😉

And, that’s why perfume is my favorite Valentine’s Day gift! Now, don’t kid yourself – Ryan definitely doesn’t make a habit of this. That’s perfectly okay by me because then it wouldn’t be as meaningful when he does. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t treat myself to a new perfume, right?

Etsy Bloom and Fleur Blend No. 209
I recently worked with Vanessa, the owner of Etsy shop Bloom and Fleur. YOU GUYS. Her perfume smells so. stinkin’. delicious. And, it’s affordable at only $29 a bottle. Vanessa sent me Blend No. 209, and it has quickly become my (and Ryan’s!) new favorite scent. The perfume is a blend of vanilla, white amber, musk and sandalwood. It’s a rich and warm scent perfect for this in between time of the seasons. And, how adorable is her packaging? Not only am I prepared to make a future order for myself, I also plan to gift a bottle of this perfume to all the women in my life. It’s that good.

If you’re a fan of new Etsy shops, be sure to check out Bloom and Fleur. Vanessa even is offering 25% off any perfume through the end of February exclusively to Miss in the Midwest readers! Simply use code MIDWEST at checkout.

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift to give or receive?

Disclaimer | I received a bottle of perfume in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are honest and 100% my own. And, seriously – this perfume is incredible.

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  1. 2.18.17

    Yes, you so should – I am obsessed with her perfume! Definitely a new favorite. 🙂

  2. 2.14.17

    Well that’s the most precious story. Love that- meaningful gifts are always the best! And that Etsy store sounds awesome! I love that you always give such honest reviews, so when you say you love it, I truly believe it! Makes me want to try it out!

    • 2.15.17

      That is the best compliment, thank you so much! I never share or promote anything that I don’t truly love or stand behind, so I’m glad you feel like you can trust me. 🙂 That perfume really is my new favorite. And, yes – meaningful surprise gifts always are the best!

  3. 2.13.17

    I love getting perfume for any holiday to be honest. My favorite are the Vera Wang collections. But I need to check this one out.

  4. 2.13.17
    Pamela said:

    That is such a sweet story! Love that Ryan picked up on your subtle hints and did something without you asking! He’s a keeper 🙂

  5. 2.13.17

    Such a sweet story! And that perfume looks amazing, even better is the pricetag <3

    Green Fashionista

  6. 2.13.17

    I am such a fan of perfume too! It’s become one of my favorite things to indulge in, and it’s the perfect gift for VDay too! I need to give it a try 🙂

  7. 2.13.17

    awww this is so sweet. i don’t celebrate v-day at all, but KC just really surprised me on my birthday with a sweet little note in a card – i love cards, he hates them, so it really meant a lot. it’s funny that little things can mean so much right?

  8. 2.13.17

    That’s so sweet that Ryan remembered what you had mentioned that you had wanted that perfume and bought it for you! We’re not the biggest celebrators of Valentine’s Day either, and usually just do cards and a nice dinner out, especially since Christmas was only a couple of months ago!

    • 2.15.17

      We are the same way! Plus, my birthday is in two weeks so Ryan usually gets off the hook because of that, too. 😉

  9. 2.13.17

    Such a great story and I may have to give that perfume a try!

    Southern Style

  10. 2.13.17

    Great Valentine’s Day gift and sweet story!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. 2.13.17
    Vanessa Viragzik said:

    Aw, what a sweet story, Karly! I’m so happy you love the perfume, and thank you for your kind words about it! P.S., I LOVE that top you’re wearing! <3

    • 2.15.17

      Thank YOU so much for introducing me to your shop, I seriously love your products. And, thank you! It’s from the LC Lauren Conrad line at Kohl’s.

  12. 2.13.17
    Christina Sotherden said:

    This is the sweetest story! I love that you didn’t even ask for it he just remembered!

  13. 2.13.17
    Jenn said:

    Thats a super cute story. Unexpected sweetness is the best 🙂

  14. 2.13.17

    Ahh so sweet! I love that you have this memory and can associate it with moving into your first home together making it even more special.

  15. 2.13.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    That is a sweet story, unexpected gifts are the best! You know how much I love perfume, so I will definitely be checking out Bloom and Fleur!

  16. 2.13.17
    Biana Perez said:

    That’s so sweet! The unexpected gift when you don’t even remember yourself mentioning it is the best! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  17. 2.13.17

    How sweet!!