17 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

We’re sharing 17 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

With all the decluttering, organizing and birthday celebrations that happen in January, I sometimes find myself scrambling for quick and easy Valentine ideas.

So, this year, I’m making a concerted effort to be intentional about celebrating this special day.

This list of 17 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day includes everything from acts of service to gift ideas.

In addition, these ideas are relatively budget-friendly and perfect for the people in your life you care about and want to spoil!

Here’s a look at 17 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day…

*This post was updated in February 2024.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Taking a Trip

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by surprising your loved one with an impromptu trip!

It can be anything from a romantic getaway to a low-key day trip exploring a new city to booking a babysitter and a night at a luxurious hotel.

Create a Cutting or Herb Garden

I know a lot of people get roses for Valentine’s Day.

But how cool would it be to have a cutting garden full of your favorite flowers or herbs all year long?

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Giving a Dinner Basket

Another simple way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by giving a dinner basket that has heart-shaped pasta, marinara sauce, cheese, herbs, oil, a healthy salad, a crusty loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, dessert, and the recipient’s favorite book, magazine, or movie.

That way they can enjoy a cozy night in!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Baking a Sweet Treat Together

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by baking together!

You can take a class, try a new recipe at home, or gather a variety of desserts and place them in festive tins.

Write a Love Note

Place handwritten notes on the bathroom mirror, in a lunch box, car seat, pillow, purse, computer keyboard, backpack, or any place your Valentine is sure to discover your special message.

Writing what you like, love, or appreciate about someone is always a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Packing a Themed Lunch or Making a Special Breakfast

You can use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create festive sandwiches or pack a lunch filled with food items that are only red or pink.

If your kids or loved ones don’t take a lunch, consider waking up early to surprise them with a special Valentine’s Day breakfast like red velvet pancakes.

Make the Bed

I know a lot of you are like me and make the bed every morning.

Wouldn’t it be nice if while you were in the shower getting ready for work someone surprised you by making the bed?

Bonus, think about how thrilled your little one would be if they got to skip that chore for the day!

Buy a Vintage or Antique Gift

Some of my favorite gifts have come from the thrift store, old barns, or antique events.

Give a gift of ironstone, milk glass, chippy scales, tarnished trophies, metal toolboxes, transferware, vintage china, or heirloom jewelry pieces to the collector in your life.

Make Your Valentine Something They Want or Need

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by making your loved one something they want or need.

You can make a tray like this one injust a few easy steps!

Give the Gift of Your Time

This gift may not seem like very much but the impact is huge.

Help a friend rake leaves, babysit your sister’s kids, make a chicken pot pie for a neighbor, paint a piece of furniture for someone who’s working on a room makeover or take your mom to the beach for the afternoon.

The gift of your time will always be a priceless gift.

Take a Class Together

You don’t have to be a couple to take a class together.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by inviting a friend, neighbor, or family member to a painting class, photography class, cooking, or dance class.

Support a Service Project Together

If your family and friends are into community service projects why not volunteer on a project together?

There are a lot of community organizations looking for volunteers.

Find an issue you’re passionate about and help make a difference in the lives of those living in your community.

Give Your Best Talents and Gifts

Everyone has something they’re good so don’t be afraid to use your best talents and gifts to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Honestly, this is one of the easiest and most heartfelt ways to show someone you care.

Give a Gift that Celebrates Nature

Give a gift that celebrates nature such as flowers from your rose garden, fruit from the fruit trees in your backyard, rocks from your special hiking spot, sea glass you’ve found on the beach, or bird feathers you’ve collected from your favorite trails.

Take Over the Chore List

I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve dreaded coming home from a long weekend or trip because I had so many chores to catch up on.

Several times in the past few years, my bestie S has surprised me with the gift of a clean house.

And each time, it never fails, I’m so excited I could do cartwheels all the way down the driveway.

Draw Your Valentine a Bath

Drawing someone a bath filled with bubbles, bath bombs, or oils will feel like a luxury.

Make sure they have something to drink, a magazine, candles, a robe, and fluffy towels too.


This is probably the most important gift on our 17 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day list. 

When you’re taking the time to be with someone you care about, be fully present.

If you’re worried about work or thinking about your to-do list, it can easily ruin the time you have together.

So, put your phone down, stop multitasking and just enjoy each other’s company.

We hope these 17 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day have helped!

Always remember Valentine’s Day comes once a year.

But you have the ability to show love in action every single day.

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. What great ideas, CoCo thanks for the help.

    1. You are so welcome, Sarah, glad you like them! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Hey CoCo – we love this fabulous list. We don’t go all-out-pink-red-hearts-everywhere for Valentine’s Day either, but your list is a fabulous way for us to celebrate. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. I appreciate it ladies, thanks so much! Hugs, CoCo

  3. My favorite one on this list is “be fully present.” I was shopping the other day and there were way too many people on the phones!

    1. YES! I can completely relate to this Bonnie. It doesn’t matter if your in the grocery store or at Sunday Supper just hang up already 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  4. I absolutely adored all of your thoughtful and loving gift ideas. Spending quality time with our loved ones really is the very best way to celebrate any occasion!

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, Heidi! Sending you lots of hugs as you celebrate with the people you love most, CoCo

  5. Thanks for sharing so many great gift ideas! I love that many of them have to do with service rather than buying a present! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

    1. Thank you, Donna! Doing service projects together was something we started years ago because 7 of us have winter birthdays some of which are weeks from Christmas and New Years and it was hard to keep coming up with present ideas. While I can’t always remember what people got me from year to year, I almost always remember the experiences we shared together and it feels like the best gift! Hugs, CoCo

  6. I love these ideas, CoCo! They’re fresh, creative, and thoughtful. Thank you! And a big Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

    1. Thank you so much, LeAnne! I hope you and your sweetie have a fabulous celebration as well. It’s going to be such a fun week! Hugs, CoCo

  7. These are beautiful ideas! I struggle in this area, so Thank You! I will be using some of these!

    1. You are so welcome, Susan! It’s always fun to come up with ideas that actually feel doable. Especially, this year when the week is packed with festivities from the Super Bowl to Lent season. Hope your celebration is a special one, CoCo

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