Valentine’s Day is on the way. Do you celebrate with your significant other–or your kids? I love it when parents include the kids. Although we generally see Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday, I prefer to see it as a holiday that promotes love in general.
Let’s get the basics out of the way first.
Flowers: I love flowers. I really do! But flowers are such ethereal gifts. Although there are ways to extend the life of flowers, it hardly seems worth the money.
If your honey loves flowers, why not a plant s/he can have for years to come? Rosemary and lavender are fragrant and perennial. For the serious plant lover, how about a bonsai? Or maybe a potted miniature rose.
Chocolate: A traditional standby. If chocolate is on your list, buy the best you can. I strongly urge you to find a local chocolatier, but if that’s not available, you can settle for Godiva or Ghirardelli in a pinch. Good chocolate is not cheap, but you don’t have to buy a giant box to say I love you. A little box is fine if it’s the best.
Jewelry: I’m not a jewelry lover. Greg has given me some beautiful things over the years, but he knows now I don’t go gaga for the shiny stuff. If your honey loves jewelry, stick to simple unless you have a fat wallet. I hate to see people blow all their money on baubles.
If you’re going to spend that kind of money, take him/her on a trip. Experiences are going to be much more memorable than a trinket.
Other novel gift ideas
• Rent a romantic movie (or one your significant other really loves), and splurge on the good popcorn.
• Learn to make the perfect cocktail. Surprise your sweetie with a cocktail, or wine and chocolates.
• If you’re not the usual cook at your house, cook a meal.
• Do chores. Nothing is sweeter to me than when Greg says, ‘stay inside, I’ll feed the animals’.
• Go out for lunch instead of dinner.
• Have appetizers and drinks instead of a full dinner.
• Instead of chocolates, how about gourmet jelly beans? My favorites are the citrus flavored.
• Some people don’t like chocolate or can’t eat it. Weird, but true! Consider alternatives like nuts or fruit baskets.
• Do a photo on a mug. Tiny Prints has a whole range of items to personalize.
• Leave secret messages. I used to do this long ago. Leave little love notes for your honey in his lunch, on his bathroom mirror, or in his wallet.
• Make Valentine themed cupcakes.
• Drop those little Sweetheart candies (the ones with the messages stamped on them) in your kid’s lunch bag or in a pocket.
When all is said and done, the best part of Valentine’s Day is to be together. Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What do you like to do?