Uh-oh, did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? Well do not worry, you are not alone, and we are here to help! Whether you need to impress a new significant other, build goodwill with a long-term partner, or surprise a friend with a ‘pick-me-up’ – we have some inspiration for you. Of course, when it comes to gift-giving, we recommend thoughtful interactions and products for the recipients. You know your loved ones better than we do, but here are a few ideas you can still pull together.
Quick Yet Thoughtful Ideas –
This feels like a bit of an obvious one, but something about the life and vitality embodied in fresh flowers will significantly impact the tenor of the day.
Depending on where you live, you may even be able to gather some beautiful flowers yourself, making the gift even more heartfelt. (Maybe don’t pillage your neighbor’s flower beds though).
- A Home Cooked Meal
Yes, you probably have these most of the time, but how about dressing up separately and turning the living room into a romantic getaway! Break out a few candles, placemats, and turn on the perfect mood music. Want a suggestion? Leon Bridges won’t let you down.
Everyone loves candy, and everyone loves being surprised with candy! Hide pieces in their coat pockets, in the car, or get creative about where your valentine will find it.
- A Handmade Card
When I was in grade school, we always had a Valentine’s Day exchange where we’d randomly pick someone else in the class and make a Valentine’s Day card. Bring it to the next level by attaching a lot of candy to the card — that’s what set mine apart back then and I’m convinced it’ll do the trick now.
- Postpone valentine’s day until a post pandemic-time
If it’s ever going to work, this is the year to try it. Good luck!
Not sharing a household? Are you far away or still quarantined from your valentine this year? Well, you can still make it a special day!
- Many streaming services now provide an opportunity to watch a movie together while also watching each other watching the movie. If the creep factor doesn’t bother you, this is a great way for some digital intimacy.
- If you’re looking for something more active, try cooking dinner together over Zoom! Pick a recipe you will both enjoy and go through the steps together virtually, so you can share the same meal without being in the same place.
- A freezing cold walk in the snow. Depending on where you live, this may be much easier to pull off, and potentially not so cold. Around the northeast at least it looks like there will be snow on the ground, if not falling from the sky, so the scene is set for an idyllic stroll in the snow. Don’t forget the hot chocolate!
- Read TWBD posts together over the phone. A few posts are quite fun and something to share. Like this one, and this one. 🙂
And if you want to avoid intimacy altogether, stock up on more protective gear and keep your admirers at arm’s length! You can also send out informative information about Valentine’s Day’s ‘Dark Origins‘ — personally, I’ve always pushed back on the holiday finding it too commercialized, but these origins are much better information to share. We also will point you towards a Valentine’s Day post from our friends at Post-it, which provides other great suggestions to avoid the ‘holiday spirit’.
Whichever ways you choose to celebrate, or not, we wish you the best mid-pandemic Valentine’s Day possible.