Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and while many people dislike the holiday, I secretly love it. For me, you don’t need a designated day to tell the people in your life that you love them dearly, but it’s a lovely reminder to take the time to tell loved ones just how much they mean to you.
Below are seven thoughtful Valentine’s Day ideas that aren’t gifts that can implement this year to show someone you care!
Make Breakfast in Bed
Whether it’s for your significant other, your mother, your children, or someone else, serving breakfast in bed is an easy and thoughtful way to surprise a loved one in the morning and make their day. For those that don’t wish to serve food in the bedroom, set up a mini brunch in the kitchen or formal dining room complete with heart shaped pancakes, yogurt dipped strawberries, and this delicious raspberry-stuffed French toast that my husband adores!
Mail Handwritten “Love Notes”
I don’t know about you, but I love receiving cards in the mail, or just about anything that isn’t bills or junk. Writing a quick little note and mailing it out is a simple yet thoughtful way of reminding your loved ones that you are thinking of them, and is sure to put a smile on their face! Get creative and either make the cards yourself, or download these free templates and hand write loved ones a nice note.
Try Making Homemade Treats
If you love being creative and you love a challenge, try your hand at these gorgeous DIY Conversation Heart Macarons from Sugar and Cloth. I can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous they are! Whether it’s these, heart-shaped sugar cookies, or meringues, package a couple up in clear cellophane and tie with a pretty pink or white satin ribbon. Attach a little gift tag, and hand these out to your friends, family, or coworkers! If baking isn’t your thing, perhaps you could cook dinner for either a signifiant other, for friends, or treat yourself to a nice meal.
Be Present for the People You Love
If you live close to family or friends, that you don’t get to see often, make it a point to stop in and see them on Valentine’s Day and remind them just how much they mean to you. If you live with loved ones, make sure you take time to be present with them. Put away all electronic devices, and really enjoy the moment with them. Cook dinner together, play board games, or host friends for dinner; the opportunities are endless. Making time for the people you love and providing your undivided attention does not go unnoticed, and really shows them that you care.
Give Back to Your Community
When searching for an applicable photograph for this blog post, I stumbled upon this photo from Unsplash, and it instantly tugged at my heartstrings. Out of the hundreds of thousands of random photos I could have chosen, this one just happened to be taken by Matt Collamer, a friend of my husband’s from college. Underneath the photo, Matt included a little blurb about how the picture came to be, and I knew I needed to share it with you: “I met Michael in a Boston subway station. I told him I liked his sign. ‘What matters is what it means to you,’ he told me. I asked what it meant to him. ‘Doing a deed or expressing kindness to another person without expecting anything in return,’ Michael said. I love approaching strangers wherever I go. Listening and talking to them teaches you about people and how similar we all are to one another. Just like Michael, we’re all seeking human kindness.” I love the message behind Michael’s story, and am thankful to Matt for sharing it and his wonderful photography skills! If you wish to check more of his work out, you can find him here.
Your loved ones aren’t the only people who need reminders this Valentine’s Day. In a world that can be dark and sometimes unforgiving, be the light. Spend at least one hour and volunteer at a soup kitchen, a senior home, or a charity near your city where you can give back to your community and remind them that there are people out there that love and care about them. For more information and volunteer opportunities, check out volunteermatch.org
Give a Back Massage
Life can get stressful, and all of that stress has a way of building up as tension in your neck, back, and shoulders. For those of you in a relationship (or even besties!), check out this guide on how to give an easy, relaxing massage at home. If you’re not in a relationship, never fear: you can give yourself a massage at home without a partner with these easy to follow steps! If that’s not your thing, try taking a hot bath. I like to pour in lavender bath salts to help relax me, light a few candles, and either close my eyes or read a book. But leave your phone outside! This is a time to unwind and de-stress, so keep all electronic distractions away from you while you pamper yourself.
Simply Say “I Love You”
And finally we come to number seven on this list. Valentine’s Day isn’t all about the gifts, the flowers, the chocolates, or whether or not you’re in a relationship; it’s a day to take time to remind those in your life that you love them. Too often, we find ourselves caught up in our day to day lives. We don’t usually get to check in with every person that means something to us every day. Valentine’s Day to me serves as a gentle reminder to simply pick up the phone, send an email, a card, a text, or show up in person, and say “I love you” and “I appreciate you being a part of my life.”
Thank you for reading, and keep these tips in mind as we get closer to Valentine’s Day!