Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (less than a week away) and although it might be one of those overly commercialized holidays that everybody dreads/loves, there is also no one on the planet that wouldn’t enjoy a little something special from a loved on that day. Yes, Valentine’s is all about celebrating love, romance, and the person you are with. But so many of these ideas, gifts and DIY’s that we have sourced from the internet would be just as appreciated if given to a family member, friend, or someone else dear in your life. So – skip that bouquet of red roses and heart box of chocolates and instead here are a few of our favorites (done by other bloggers or crafters), all of which can be pulled together very last minute.
EATS & TREATS:
They say that the key to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and while we love a good date night out to the most romantic restaurant in town, there is something special, meaningful, and romantic about a homemade meal that you enjoy together. Whether that be breakfast in bed, a picnic for the park, a romantic rooftop dinner (on your own roof), or just a sweet treat for them to take to work in the morning here are some of our favorite ideas rounded up together.
Heart Shaped Waffles
No one hates waffles, especially when they are heart shaped and red…
There is no better way to pull at someone’s heartstrings than by giving them something that actually means something and feels heartfelt. All the bouquets of flowers, pink shaped pancakes, bubbly rosé, and monetary gifts won’t matter or feel as special as something that is sentimental and personal to the person that you are giving it to. So here are a few of our favorites that speak directly to the heart – and not by way of food, gifts, or cards. These are the ones that they will remember for many years to come and remind them why you care.
Polaroid City Tour
If you haven’t already explored your city together then there is no better time then on V-Day or that weekend. Wrap up a polaroid camera, a pen, and a simple notebook and enjoy spending the day together taking pictures everywhere and then recording them into a this book.
This one can be done so many ways but the concept is – pre plan 12 dates (1 per month) for the year and let them know that you are taking care of everything from scheduling, to planning where and how they are all accomplished. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive dates but the thought behind it shows them how much you care. Often times we get so busy with life that we forget to take time for a “date night” so something like this would be perfect to make sure they don’t get left off the calendar.
We’ve seen this done before and it is just about the sweetest thing ever. It can err a little cheesy but if you take some time and really take it seriously then it will be a special gift. Basically you hand write as many love notes to them as you want, seal them up, and then give them to them. Then they can read them when they need them for things like – “open when you are mad at me”, “open when you are overwhelmed”, “open when you miss me”…
Grab yourself a deck of cards, then on each write, print or use stickers to let your lover know 1 way you love them – 52 in total. You’d be surprised how creative you have to get once you get into the higher numbers. Make it playful and fun.
There is nothing like a walk down digital memory lane. This one is similar to the last one although with this one you would screenshot and then print 52 funny, sentimental, sweet, crazy, loving things you have said to each other.
It’s not valentine’s without a little va-va-voooooom. And while we don’t need to go into deep detail of ALL the many romantic things you can do for “your person” (at this point hopefully you know them well enough to know what cranks there engine) here are a few simple but romantic ideas that might score you a few brownie points.
Recreate Your first date
If you have been together for a while then plan out the night to recreate your very first date like Joy and Bob did from OhJoy. There is no doubt you’ll create some new memories and it will be fun to take a trip down memory lane.
Cuddles are always appreciated during V-Day especially when they are accompanied by a yummy glass of wine, some buttered popcorn and one of your favorite movies to watch together in your backyard. If you don’t have a projector then you can easily watch it on your laptop as well.
Skip the reservation and instead set up a little al fresco dining on your rooftop for you and your special someone. It’s much more intimate and can be a fun departure from the typical “night out to dinner”.
Brady did this with his BF last year and said that he had so much fun going to a cooking class even if he didn’t know what he was doing. These classes take all the stress out of it and you get to enjoy the dinner afterward together.
Everyone loves a good massage, and if you aren’t the “massage giver” type person then log into this app to book you and your person a couples massage. They handle everything and just let you relax in the comfort of your own home.
You don’t need to go crazy with this one, but a romantic bath with some candles, essential oils/bathsalts, their favorite beverage and some flower petals in the water is something no valentine will ever turn down. Bonus points if there is room for both of you in there.
If you are feeling crafty then this roundup is for you. Not all are particularly quick or easy, but they are all special, festive, and fun for that special someone.
hidden love note
Plan out something special for them this V-Day by getting a blank puzzle, putting it together, and then writing what you are doing for the date. Then tell them the date isn’t happening until they put it all together. They will slowly figure out what the date consists of as they piece it together and giving it to them a week before will get them excited for the upcoming night.
This easy and playful DIY is a fun one to play over and over. Grab yourself a Tumbling Block game, write reasons you love them on half and then dares on the other half. Whoever pulls out the dare has to do it ? Get creative with your dares to make the night even more fun.