Considering something different this Valentine’s Day?
Tired of giving the same old thing?
Here are some ideas on how to show your love, devotion and creativity this February…


For Your Best Friend

  1. New gloves. If you live where it is cold, a nice pair of gloves is welcomed. You can include a note, “Thank for always ‘giving me a hand’ when I need it.”
  2. Who can resist hand-dipped chocolate covered pretzels? They are easy to make, just dip in chocolate and add heart shaped pink and red sprinkles. Wrap in a plastic bag with a red ribbon and you have a wonderful gift. Don’t have time to make your own, most grocery stores now offer similar treats.
  3. If you have a friend that collects things, buy something to add to her collection. My friend collects old dishes. You can often find amazing dishes at a yard sale or thrift store, I add some candy or handmade soap to the dish and tie with a 2016-01-20 19.01.17 by Robinfabric ribbon.
  4. Purchase some Chap Stick (my favorite is Burt’s Bees brand in pink grapefruit flavor) tie it with a ribbon and a note
    saying, “I’ll always “stick” by you!”
  5. Put a mini Hershey Bar, two graham-cracker sticks and a marshmallow in a little bag, tie with a ribbon and a note to the top that says, “I need S’more People Like You”.
  6. Find a picture of the two of you over the years and have it enlarged and framed. (I personally love this type of gift.)


For Your Kids

  1. Plan a game afternoon or night, prizes for the games involve chocolate or other valentine candy. You could also use Hershey Kisses or Miniatures as the game pieces.
  2. Spend time together creating a Valentine craft. Instructions for all kinds of fun decorations and skill levels can be found on Pinterest.
  3. Volunteer your time together at a local animal shelter or other community organization that could use some extra help. Most kids love animals and giving of themselves is a great way to give back and learn about love.
  4. How about treating the kids to an experience they have been wanting to participate in. Maybe bowling, roller skating, snowboarding, skiing, or other physical activity. Maybe it is going to the ballet, a movie, concert, or a play.   Experiences make memories and we all want to give our children great memories.
  5. Speaking of experiences, how about giving them their own “Tea Party” complete with homemade heart shaped cookies and hot tea. They can invite a friend or two or just include family and the stuffed animals.
  6. Teenagers love gift cards to their favorite store or how about a new set of ear phones or other tech device. Maybe a new app for their phone.


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For  Your True Love

  1. Diamond stud earrings (In case my husband is reading this article….)
  2. A subscription to audiobooks, Netflix or Spotify.
  3. A handwritten letter with the reasons you love him or love being married to him.
  4. Create a work of art for his desk. You can find lots of ideas on Pinterest.
  5. Tickets to his favorite event, sporting match, or game. Whatever he loves, get tickets and go with him and enjoy.
  6. Make a home-cooked meal. Spend time making the food he enjoys and set the table for the event. Make it a special occasion.
  7. Make his favorite snack. Whether it is chocolate chip cookies or homemade fudge, make a batch just for him.
  8. Cover his mirror with red post it notes with reasons why you love him.
  9. Plan a special weekend. Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday. If your budget allows include a hotel. If it doesn’t, no big deal just plan events throughout the weekend the two of you can do together.  But you make all the plans and reservations.   It could include doing something you both love, visiting a place you both have been talking about, eating out, laughing, and just enjoying each other’s company for a whole weekend.


Valentine’s Day is a time to show the people you love a little extra attention.   It doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  Just be sure you take the time to celebrate the “day of love” with them.

*Photo credit to Robin O’Neal Smith

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