As we inch a little closer to the big day, we’re sharing 17 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!
With all the decluttering and organizing that happens in January, I know it seems like Valentine’s Day can easily sneak up on all of us each year.
It’s definitely caught us off guard in year’s past too!
So, this year, I decided to make a conscious effort to be more intentional about celebrating Valentine’s Day.
This list of 17 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is a list that includes acts of service and gift ideas. It’s a celebration of love in action, which is the best kind of love.
These 17 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day are also budget friendly and perfect for all the people in your life you care about most.
Here’s a look at 17 Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day…
*This post was updated on February 4, 2020. Original post date January 30, 2017.
Take a Trip
Taking a trip with your Valentine can be as involved as you have time to plan. It can be a big deal like a romantic getaway for two or super low key like a surprise day trip to a city you haven’t had the chance to explore yet.
Create a Cutting or Herb Garden
I know a lot of people get roses at the office for Valentine’s Day. But how cool would it be to have a garden full of your favorite flowers or herbs all year long?
Before you think this may be too tough to pull off because you’re living in a small house or apartment consider the fact that herbs can grow in a sunny windowsill and some of your favorite flowers probably start in basic pots or containers gardens.
Give a Dinner Basket
Create 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 so they can enjoy a cozy night in.
Bake a Sweet Treat
As you guys know, I have a serious sweet tooth which makes Valentine’s Day treats right up my alley.
Try a new recipe or consider baking a variety of your signature desserts and place them in a festive tin to give to friends, neighbors, coworkers or teachers a delicious sweet treat.
Write a Love Note
Place a handwritten note on the bathroom mirror, lunch box, car seat, pillow, purse, computer keyboard, backpack or really any place your Valentine is sure to find your love note.
Writing what you like, love or appreciate about someone will always be a welcome way to celebrate the people in your life you care about.
Pack a Lunch or Make a Special Valentine’s Day Breakfast
Use heart shaped cookie cutters 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 so nice if while you were in the shower getting ready for work someone surprised you with the bed already made?
Bonus, think about how thrilled your little would be if they got to skip that chore for just one day. Best Mom Ever!
Buy a Vintage or Antique Gift
Some of my favorite gifts have come from the thrift store, old barns or an antique mall.
Give a gift of ironstone, milkglass, chippy scales, tarnished trophies, metal tool boxes, transferware, vintage china or heirloom jewelry pieces to the collector you love.
Make Your Valentine Something They Want or Need
There are so many things you can make your Valentine…pillow covers, signs, pantry storage drawers, farmers market tote bags, a piece of art, a lamp, furniture, pottery, scarves, blankets, laundry soap, or baskets.
You can make a tray like this one in 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. Consider inviting a friend, neighbor or family member to a paint class, photography class, cooking class or a dance class.
Support a Service Project Together
If you’re 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 right now. Find an issue you’re passionate about and help make a difference in the lives of those living in your own community.
Give Your Best Talents and Gifts
Everyone has a gift so maybe you’re a great cook or a fabulous baker, maybe you’re a web designer or even a photographer that could give a family photo session for free.
Everyone has something they’re good at so don’t be afraid to give your best gifts to those that are closest to you.
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 back yard, 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
Believe me, 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, robe and fluffy towels too.
BE FULLY PRESENT
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 a client or thinking about everything you have to do when you get home, it totally ruins the time you have together.
Put your phone down, stop multitaksing 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.
Let us know how you plan to celebrate this year.
Before you go, here are a few other Valentine’s Day posts you might enjoy:
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- 25 DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
- Vintage Valentine’s Day Tablescape and Blog Hop
- Valentine’s Day Dessert Buffet
- DIY Valentine’s Day Poppers
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