9th Annual Contest. What do you think Corey should buy Beth for less than $250?

Red Valentines Heart made of petals

UPDATE: Thanks for the more than 110 entries that were submitted.  It was difficult to pick only two winners of $250, but we had to.  Congratulations to Lindsay of Ankeny with a suggestion of a pedicure, manicure and massage after walking a three day golf tournament with Corbin this summer.  Congratulations to Sally of Ottumwa with a suggestion of a full spa day including champagne. And the runner-ups Rita Wolfe and Darvin Smith will win $100!   


Corey and Beth recently celebrated 21 years of marriage. Valentine's Day is quickly approaching on February 14th and Corey needs your help again this year. 

Post a comment below with a gift idea under $250 by no later than Monday, February 10, 2020.  The people who submit the two best gift ideas will also receive $250.  There will also be 2 runner-ups who will receive $100 each.  

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29 Comments
Henlo. You should buy the gemstone of the birthday!
by Takaysha Johnson February 10, 2020 at 12:34 PM
Something you made for her or a coat with her favorite activity her kids have been in or a special place you both have been too. It's the little things that mean a lot .
by Cathy Major February 9, 2020 at 06:50 PM
I would like to see you donate your gift together to “The Friends of Rock Creek State Park” group that are raising money to build a new playground in the camp ground. They are a non profit hard working group of volunteers who donate their time for many projects at the park like clean up days, building a shelter for handicapped access and planting trees as well as many other activities. Last year Rock Creek had over 11,000 camping days and visitors from all over the world. The camp ground is open to the public, not just campers. It would be wonderful to to think how you helped achieve the goal when you see the children playing and having fun in the near future. If I would win the contest, I would donate my winnings to the fundraiser also. It’s a win, win situation.
by Sue Springer February 9, 2020 at 03:42 PM
I would make a scrapbook date book for a year which includes a different date day each month with something you both like to do. Leave a spot on the page to take a pic of your date so you can look back on your fun dates. Some ideas may include ice skating with dinner, going to a hockey game, bowling, going to watch your favorite sports team, couple massage etc. Some dates will be minimum $ & some a bit more. This is a nice gift that will have something Beth can look forward to for the next year☺️
by Tina Lansing February 9, 2020 at 09:35 AM
I think a gift certificate for a spa package for her hair and nails and then a Romantic Champagne dinner at a nice restaurant in Des Moines and a Show at the Civic Center.
by Darvin Smith February 7, 2020 at 08:10 PM
Corey helped my husband of nearly 12 years 14 years ago after he had a bad break in his ankle from a work-related incident. He had lost everything - his apartment, his girlfriend before me, his pets, and his job. Corey helped him win his worker's compensation case. I entered this contest back then and won! It blessed us so much in our hard financial time, back then. We're in a hard financial time again as I am a cancer patient, and my husband lost his job before Christmas because our medical insurance was too expensive. Here's what we've learned in the time since regarding gifts & Valentines (or any holiday), given our tough seasons. Time spent together is THE MOST important thing in a relationship! A gift doesn't even have to cost much, let alone $250. It can cost that much, or more, but in the end, the things that matter the most will not be the things at all. It will be the people you spent time with. We would imagine that Corey and Beth are very, very busy most of the time with their families and their very involved jobs, so their Valentine's could be a fantastic retreat from the ordinary busyness. We lived in Newton for years, and we served on the Centre for the Arts and Artists' board (Andrew's an artist, and I'm a grant writer). We would suggest they start by enjoying the art around the town of Newton. From there, they could either make a picnic and eat within Maytag park if the weather permits, or they could go to PJ's deli and have a sandwich and the chips and dip (we loved that before I had to be gluten-free/dairy-free because of my illnesses)! Then, we would suggest a walk around the antique shop on the square. We always used to do this and play "I spy" and make it a game to see if the other one could spy things that meant a lot to them; things like art that Andrew would like or old books that I would like (I've always been a writer). That's a way to speak to each other's love language, and you don't even have to buy anything! Lastly, we would suggest going to one of the Amazing coffee shops to sit in a corner and talk about the 22 years that have passed. We often do this, even when we don't have more than a few bucks to our name. We've always done this since the beginning, back in Newton when we lived in a tiny apartment, before cancer, before the miracle daughter, before finishing college. And even as I write this, I'm brought to tears of how my marriage has been full of blessings, because we've been together! So Beth and Corey, take a tour around the town and take some time to slow down, even if only for a day, and remember how your lives have been blessed because of your marriage. And because of your contributions, how other marriages have been blessed, too. I know we can't be the only ones! Lastly, whatever money you didn't spend in your $250, you could donate to a great cause like a scholarship fund or even to the Centere for Arts and Artists. Happy anniversary you two! Enjoy. :)
by Chantel Boyd February 7, 2020 at 10:39 AM
The best/most memorable gifts that I have received are the ones that my husband made/did himself. You can make a valentine, write a poem, rewrite a song, etc. Leaving a chalk drawing or message on the driveway is great. Leave a message on the bathroom mirror that shows up when she showers. Leave post-it-note messages and or pictures created with them on a frig, or a car, etc. One that my husband did was a love message that he taped to the bottom of the garage door so it was there in front of me when I came home and opened the door. You can also do a love coupon book—with coupons “made to order”/things she likes—foot rub? back rub? seeing a “chick flick” or something else that she likes but you may not be fond of, etc. Or if you don’t plan “getaways”, do so—a night in a special/new place where you can do something that you know she enjoys. You can do this! Have a wonderful Valentines Day.
by Marian Poulson February 6, 2020 at 11:26 PM
A weekend getaway to the McNeill Mansion B&B in Oskaloosa would be memorable, romantic and relaxing.💕
by Amanda Lorenzen February 6, 2020 at 10:19 PM
Based on celebrating 21 years of marriage together and 21 Valentines Days having come before this one: Write down a short description of the 21 most romantic or memorable times you’ve spent together and why each one is meaningful to you. You can frame it and have it outlined in a heart to always remind her of all the wonderful times spent together. And after she reads it tell her to pick her favorite of the 21 memories and you will recreate it for this Valentine’s Day along with maybe a few new fun twists.
by Kassie Jordan February 6, 2020 at 05:19 PM
Des Moines playhouse is playing the Great Gatsby, and it’s just across the street from the Cheese Bar. Walk around downtown playing Valentine Bingo. Find a couple who is over dressed, someone under dressed for the weather, a gang of rowdy singles, etc.
by Jess Alexander February 6, 2020 at 07:48 AM
A trip to the Peace Tree Brewing Company and a couples massage.
by Cathy Elkins February 6, 2020 at 03:45 AM
Beth deserves a champagne spa day. The works!
by Sally Dow February 5, 2020 at 07:36 PM
I'm sure she would appreciate anything....but....a Pedicure, manicure and spa day would be great! She will appreciate it after walking a three day golf tournament with Corbin this summer!
by Lindsay Johnson February 5, 2020 at 07:15 PM
A personalized funny/romantic song, written and performed by me!
by Mike alexander February 5, 2020 at 02:56 PM
Couples cooking class! Cooking With Alessandra! http://cookingwithalessandra.com/
by Heather Russell February 5, 2020 at 10:12 AM
I believe you should start with breakfast in bed, a dozen roses delivered to her at work with a note attached to be ready by 6:30pm for dinner date. Take her out to dinner and then a little dancing the night away. Throughout the day send her messages of how much she means to you and how much you love her.
by LuAnne Ginger February 3, 2020 at 10:28 PM
Valentines flowers and chocolates with Dinner and dance at Van Wijk Winery.
by Jodi Nelson February 3, 2020 at 08:28 PM
I think Corey should give Beth a gift certificate for a night in one my hometown Pella’s little quaint bed and breakfasts, which are around 100 a night - then with the remaining 150 , take Beth shopping in uptown , or out to the vineyard tassel ridge to purchase some wines , and it doesn’t have to be pella, it can be any smaller , pretty town that has a lot of great atmosphere and at least one little bed and breakfast to stay out! :). It would be romantic ❤️
by Ruth Van Heukelom.com February 3, 2020 at 07:17 PM
Take her to a nice quiet restraunt, maybe playing some soft music. Have some nice roses on the table; possibly a violin player. Keep it soft, quiet; maybe even a close slow dance. Want it to be romantic.
by Richard Pint February 3, 2020 at 01:49 PM
I think Corey should take Beth on a nice evening out. Dinner and a movie or an outing that Beth really enjoys. The gift of time together is always the best.
by Rita Wolfe February 2, 2020 at 08:46 PM
Take Beth to the Ox Yoke Inn, Amana Iowa for their Feb. 15 Valentine Wine & Dine special meal (need asap Reservation!) and then stay at the Zuber Inn there (select the Amana theme room) or another motel there in the Amanas!!! Great food and drink and relaxing stay!!! shop the stores open!
by Karen Vink February 1, 2020 at 09:46 PM
Spa day followed by an Iowa winery tour.
by LeAnn Bruckman February 1, 2020 at 11:57 AM
Corey should buy Beth a 2-ring necklace with both kids' names on it in rose gold.
by Lori Havran January 31, 2020 at 05:22 PM
A Pearl bracelet
by Martin Quiring January 31, 2020 at 04:59 PM
For Valentine's Day I suggest 4 roses, 2 in red for Corey, 1 white for son and 1 pink for daughter mixed with babys breath, a meal with Corey, and $100 cash in a red envelope that says "spend how you would like" along with some heart kisses....
by sandy richardson January 30, 2020 at 03:24 PM
A day of pampering... massage, manicure, and pedicure.
by Denna Large January 29, 2020 at 11:50 PM
Mother’s Ring
by Pat Pirc January 29, 2020 at 10:25 PM
A spa day
by Amy Townsend Pickering January 29, 2020 at 06:17 PM
Nice bracelet - maybe one with kids birthstones
by Amy Townsend Pickering January 29, 2020 at 06:17 PM
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