Woah guys, it’s almost Valentine’s Day!
Are you one of those people who falls on the, “I don’t need a special day to tell my significant other how much I love them,” camp? Or do you lean more on the, “Any excuse to celebrate my love is more than fine by me!” side? I feel like most people definitely have strong feelings one way or the other.
In my house, Valentine’s Day is even sweeter because it’s also my husband’s birthday! Steven and I like to celebrate one day for his birthday and another day for Valentine’s Day (clearly you can tell which side of the V-day fence I fall on). Usually we celebrate one occasion the weekend before, and the other occasion the weekend of/after the 14th. It’s a delicate balance.
Now if Steven told me he really didn’t want to go big for Valentine’s Day and would rather focus on his birthday I’d be 100% okay with that. But I am a firm believer in any excuse to celebrate something should be taken advantage of! So, we do both.
Having a birthday fall on a holiday can be tricky. I know a lot of friends who have birthdays around other holidays and it’s hard because sometimes it can feel like people lump the two days into one. They feel jiped — and I don’t blame them! Birthdays are a big deal and should be celebrated independently of any other holiday…in my humble opinion.
Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one though. I’ve got a few fun ideas for you to make it an extra special day of celebrating love!
Low-key day of love.
If you’re not looking for anything over the top, but still want to make your significant other feel a little extra loved, here are a few ideas.
- Cook a yummy dinner at home. This may seem cliché, but I don’t know a man or a woman who wouldn’t enjoy an extra special homemade dinner. You can make a date out of it by picking out a recipe together and hitting up the grocery store to shop. Give each other assignments, one of you take the main dish and the other one tackle the sides. And don’t forget dessert (totally okay to go with pre-made from the grocery store bakery)! Check out these recipes for Balsamic Glazed Salmon, Creamy Garlic Spinach Chicken Pasta, and Scampi-Style Steak and Scallops for some inspiration!
- Write a heartfelt note or card. If you’re not great with pouring your heart out, here are some cute ideas to help get your emotions down on paper:
- 10 of your favorite things about him/her
- 5 silly things you would do on Valentine’s Day with him/her if you had $1 million dollars
- Your favorite memories that you’ve made together since Valentine’s Day last year
- Find a few sweet quotes online that express how you feel about him/her (bonus points if you can find sweet quotes from your significant other’s favorite movies!)
- Give them something that’s their favorite. Does your significant other have a favorite candy bar? Type of flower? Favorite smelling candle? Favorite sweet treat from a bakery? It can really be anything that shows you took a little extra time to do something you know they’d love.
Budget-friendly but still lovely.
Totally random side note but something I think you should know about me is that I adore the word “lovely.” I really wish it was more widely used in America. Option number 2 above would definitely fall under a budget-friendly Valentine’s Day option. Here are a few more.
- Have a movie night. My husband is a huge movie buff and nothing would make him happier on Valentine’s Day than if I told him I would watch any movie he wanted. He would undoubtedly make me watch something I’ve never heard of and nothing that was released within the last 20 years. But still, he would love it. Throw some popcorn into the mix and we’d be set. Let your significant other pick out a movie, or pick one together, and cuddle up on the couch for a free V-day!
- Go on a hike and take a Valentine’s picnic. If the weather is nice, pack up a little lunch and go for a walk or a hike at a park nearby. Don’t forget to take the dogs!
- Check out some live music near you. More bonus points if you can go somewhere neither of you have been before, because it’s always more fun to explore somewhere new. But even if it’s your favorite neighborhood café, spending a few hours on Valentine’s Day listening to live music is a perfect budget-friendly option!
Everyone loves surprises. Go above-and-beyond with some of these babies.
- Surprise your significant other with an afternoon lunch at work. Swing by the office and go on a lunch date together when you’re significant other isn’t expecting it.
- Write love notes throughout the house for your significant other to find in the morning, during the day, and after work. You can write on bathroom mirrors with dry erase markers (also a great tip to help you remember things or keep a to-do list). Put a little folded up note in the front seat of the car for your significant other when they leave for work. Pack a note in their briefcase or lunch bag. Send a sweet email or text message in the afternoon. Put a sticky note on the front or garage door to welcome them home at night. Anywhere you can think of, leave a sweet note.
- Surprise them with a stay-cation. Check out Airbnb for some local places around you and plan a romantic weekend getaway. If you’ve never used Airbnb I’ve posted some tips here. You really can’t go wrong with a romantic overnight stay!
So, what’s it going to be?
Whether you’re going low-key, budget-friendly, or lovey dovey with your Valentine’s Day plans, I hope you feel extra loved by those around you. Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!