Post written by Sherri Kruger. Follow me on Twitter.
Valentine’s Day is only a week away (you’re welcome! :) ). Maybe you’ve noticed by now the TV, radio, and fliers are filled with jewelry store ads aimed at men to “make her feel special”… diamonds are a girl’s best friend and so on.
I can’t speak for all women but I have a feeling I speak for most when I say yeah jewelry is nice but it doesn’t compare to the little things men do to make us feel special.
I wanted to share with you, men and women alike, some Valentine’s day ideas that won’t break your budget but they will certainly make your Valentine feel extra special.
1. Dinner for two. My all time favorite valentine’s day happened a few years ago. My husband and I bought all the ingredients for a really fancy and decedent dinner and made it at home. Since we both love to cook this was fun for both of us. We made an afternoon/evening out of it taking our time to prepare everything down to the rolled napkins and candles on the dinner table. It was fantastic to stay in, drink wine, do something we both love, and then eat this fabulous home cooked meal, for far less than we would have paid had we gone out for a similar dinner.
2. Movie night. Maybe cooking an elaborate dinner isn’t your thing. Maybe this is the one night a year where you both don’t want to cook. Order in your favorite food (pizza, Chinese, Thai etc. ) or pick it up on your way home from work, along with a bottle of wine. Set the mood with a few blankets and cushions on the floor. Fire up the TV or computer and watch your favorite movie or one you both haven’t seen before.
3. Massage. Break out the body oils and lotions, scented candles and soft music and give each other a gentle, relaxing massage. There are few things that feel as good as a back massage when we are tense from a day in front of the computer or a foot massage if you’re on your feet all day.
4. Write a love letter or poem. Who doesn’t like receiving a heart felt letter all about what makes them so great and special? If you don’t know where to start here is some inspiration for you:
- think about what attracted you to them in the first place.
- acknowledge the little things they do each day that may, seemingly, go unappreciated.
- go head to toe describing what you love about each of their features.
- tell them about the goodness that they bring out in you.
- take a minute to dream about the future and their role in that life with you.
5. A day of surprises. If your Valentine likes surprises why not make a day of it? Start with their favorite coffee or tea brought to them in bed. Tuck short notes in places you know they’ll search throughout the day. Show up at work and take them for lunch (bonus points for showing up with flowers). Finish the day with number 1, 2, or 3 above and you’ve got a day’s worth of surprises.
6. Do an activity you both love. My husband and I both love photography. One year I made a list of objects to photograph and we set out in the city to capture as many of the items as we could. The distance between items gave us time to talk and it was just so nice walking and taking pictures just the two of us. What common interest do you both share? Do you like the theater? the symphony? pottery? Whatever it is think of a way to incorporate that into your evening.
7. Spa day. Creating a fabulous spa experience at home after a long day at work is my idea of a great night. Light a few candle, draw a warm bubble bath, have soft music playing, a bit of bubbly and a good book … heavenly! When you’re special person is done with the bath, top it off with a massage and maybe even some fresh fruit dipped in chocolate. Yum!
8. Sweets. You don’t have to go all out and get the best, most expensive, largest box of chocolates that you can find. What’s their favorite? It can be as simple as a bar of dark chocolate. Or is it cookies that are more up their alley? Baking a special treat from scratch can really be the way to a person’s heart. Bake their favorite treat, slip it in their lunch bag and pair it with a short note of what you’re plans are for the evening. Anticipation and sugar. Love it!
9. De-stress. If you’ve both been a bit stressed out lately or are under fire from the constant chatter of your darling toddlers, head out to somewhere quiet. I love wandering through book stores and flipping through books and magazines. Choose one with a coffee shop inside and chill over a warm cup of coffee or tea. If you already have a book that’s been gathering dust on your bedside table for months, take it with you to a library and read in silence for a few hours. Love it!
10. Your turn. We all have our own ways of celebrating (or not celebrating) Valentine’s Day.
I would love it if you could share your favorite ways to make someone feel special on Valentine’s day without having to spend a lot of money.