Valentine’s Day…the tradition of showing those you love them by showering them with gifts, flowers and candy. Around this time of year, you notice more TV ads for expensive jewelry or “romantic” dinner specials at pricey restaurants. Don’t fall for the marketing! Just as we feel success is measured beyond material things, we also feel love can be expressed without having to tie a monetary value to it. If you want to show your loved ones you care and appreciate them in a thoughtful and intentional way without having to break your budget, here are some ideas to make this Valentine’s Day extra special:
Cook their favorite meal or better yet—cook together!
You can whip up your own favorite recipes or discover something new! Here’s a list of more than 30 recipes to choose from.
Give them a handmade card.
Whether it’s for your sweetie or a family-inclusive gesture with your children, a handmade card is a thoughtful way to show that you care! It also allows you to get creative and add that extra personal touch you can’t get from a store-bought card.
Slip them a sweet note.
Whether it’s heartfelt, funny or something that you know will make your loved one smile—write a note from the heart. Then slip it into a clothing pocket, a purse or their lunchbox for a surprise that will be sure to brighten their day.
Pick up their favorite food or beverage.
This could be as easy as picking up their favorite candy bar or bottle of wine. Getting something they love can be a great way to show them you are listening and aware of what they enjoy. Have kids? Have them pick out a special treat for their parent or sibling, too!
Do a household chore that’s on their ‘to-do’ list.
For some, their love language is “Acts of Service” —so coming home to a clean house or knocking a few chores off your partner’s list could be a great way to show them that you care! Here are 65 acts of service love language ideas.
Have a picnic and get outdoors.
Pack up your favorite snacks and head outdoors with the ones you love. This could be as simple as creating a comfy spot in your own backyard where the family can relax, or heading to the beach to catch the sunset. Here are some romantic picnic ideas.
Go out for dessert.
Grab some ice cream and take a stroll under the stars or stop by your favorite restaurant and only order dessert. It could be a nice change of pace if you don’t usually indulge in a sweet treat!
This Valentine’s Day, show the ones you love how much you care and enjoy the time spent together.