For me, Valentine’s Day is a “holiday” that should be celebrated throughout the year, not just on 2/14. Men and women alike, want to feel needed, loved, respected and maybe most of all, appreciated. Words are meaningful, but actions may be more powerful. How do you tell/show someone that they mean a lot to you? What if you are on a budget and can’t afford lavish dinners, gifts and/or vacations? Speaking from personal experiences, thoughtfulness is the way to my heart….not money.
I am going to throw a few ideas on the table; some I have had the pleasure of doing for my significant other, while others I have been on the receiving end of. Hopefully, you can take away an idea, or two, and do something with your partner that you can enjoy together!
1. Have a picnic….inside!
Depending on monetary accessibility, you can tailor the menu and items to fit your needs! Incorporate the basics: tablecloths/blankets, candles, drinks (maybe some wine….if you are of legal age!), finger foods and some music! You can even play games, dance and/or enjoy a movie. But, make sure to have your partner’s favorites if you can!
2. I love that song!
Make a CD of the person’s favorite songs. Not only will they love to listen to the sentiment, but they will think of you whenever they hear it!
3. Is something burning?
4. Take a hike!
Go for a walk and enjoy nature! But, only if it is something you both would find relaxing. Pack drinks, snacks and a camera to document the journey!
5. Writing notes….
I believe everyone needs to hear the words, “I love you”, “I appreciate you” and/or “You mean the world to me”. With our hectic lives – work, kids, etc. – it is hard to get lost in the shuffle and take every day for granted. Slow down and let your partner know how you feel. Leave a note on the mirror, in their purse/briefcase, on the table and/or write a random text, for example. Heck, you could even decorate a jar and enclose folded pieces of paper, each stating a particular reason why you love them so much.
You know your partner better than anyone else. Think about things they would like/enjoy and/or what you, as a couple, would find relaxing. There are tons of inexpensive ways to express your love/appreciation/admiration….it just takes some thought!
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