Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day may be known as the holiday for lovers, but I think everyone could use a little extra love and kindness in their lives! At some point in time, we’ve all heard people complaining that Valentine’s Day is unnecessary and more of a commercialized holiday than anything – but, really, what is wrong with a day dedicated to telling those who are most important to you that you care for them? There are plenty of kind gestures and DIY ideas that you can try - and that don’t require very much money, if any at all!
I love focusing on family and friends on Valentine's Day so in addition to celebrating a Valentine's date night on February 13th, the night before the crowds...Here are 5 of my favorite things to do on Valentine’s Day to let the people in my life know they are appreciated!
1 – Little Messages
I love post-its and always have at least one stack of them laying around my office. Each year, I like to write out inspirational quotes, positive, affirmative words, and compliments on a pack of post-its. (I like to use brightly colored paper and a metallic-colored pen for an added decorative touch, but you can use whatever you have on hand – it doesn’t even have to be a post-it!) Then I stick my notes in places for people to find them. For example, I put notes on each of my employee’s desks in the morning before they arrive (or while they are out on their lunch breaks). Sometimes, I’ll put notes/quotes directly on the mirror in the bathroom with lipstick, eyeliner, or washable marker, or I'll put post-its or magnets on common places, like the refrigerator. Whether I leave these little notes for family, friends, employees, or complete strangers, they undoubtedly brighten each person’s day and leave them feeling great!
2 – Cook Something Special
What says “I love you” more than a home-cooked meal? I love eating and cooking delicious food. Some of my earliest memories are of being in the kitchen with my family and having great conversations and many laughs as we prepare and enjoy family meals. Unfortunately, my schedule does not afford me much time to create the decadent and delicious family dishes of my childhood...But, when I do have a little extra time, especially during the holidays, I like to stay home and cook with my family. For Valentine’s Day, my family and I like to create healthier versions of some of our favorite desserts! A tasty treat and great company is the perfect complement to any day.
3 – Galentine’s Day Brunch
It’s safe to say that by now everyone has heard of Galentine’s Day, and if you haven’t you’re missing out. Galentine’s Day is Valentine’s Day, but instead of focusing on a significant other – it is for all of the special ladies in your life! No significant other? No problem! Each year, a group of my close girlfriends and I will get together for brunch and celebrate our friendship! I like to bring each friend a yellow rose, which signifies friendship, and is gorgeous! You can set up your Galentine’s Day any way you’d like! If you’re looking to save money, try hosting a pot luck meal and exchange handmade cards!
4 – Date Night Jar
A few years ago, I was struggling to come up with good ideas for date nights with my husband. It is easy to settle into a routine and to do the same things over and over. In my hunt for the perfect date night idea, I came across the Date Night Jar. Each year, I now give my husband a jar full of date night ideas on separate slips of paper – we call them “Date Night Coupons.” Throughout the year, I’ll write down different ideas that come to mind and then store them away in the jar until Valentine’s Day. I like to include a wide variety of ideas from dinner at a new restaurant we’ve been eyeing, to something more adventurous like zip lining, to date-nights in! I try to include at least 12, so that we have one set, fun date planned for each month, but you can do as many coupons as you’d like! This is the perfect gift if you have trouble deciding what to do on your date nights!
5 – Scavenger Hunt
I love scavenger hunts and will often set one up for my daughter or husband on Valentine’s Day. There are so many different ways you can customize and switch this activity up, which makes it perfect for a Valentine’s Day tradition! Typically, I’ll create little riddles and notes that will lead to the next clue and hide them around the house. (The weather can be challenging in New York this time of year, so it is difficult to plan one for outdoors). I usually create a package or basket full of personalized items as the end-prize. For my daughter, I like to include a new book or two that goes along with the spirit of the holiday. Not only is a scavenger hunt fun for the recipient, but it is just as fun to organize and to watch them trying to figure everything out!
What are your favorite things to do on Valentine’s Day?