Most people think of Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday. But it’s also a holiday that’s sometimes perceived as sort of made up to sell more cards. Where couples just exchange small gifts with each other, like chocolates and red roses.
Forget about all of that commercialized stuff. You can do better than just picking up a card or a box of chocolates.
Instead of buying your loved ones a random gift, how about putting down your smartphone and spending some real quality time with them.
Here are a few ideas on how you can spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one
Go out for Brunch. There’s something to be said about having a nice breakfast made and served to you, without having to worry about the dishes or cleaning up the kitchen afterward. If you do this instead of going to a fancy dinner, you’ll have the rest of the day to do more fun activities.
Spa Day. How does a Couples’ Spa Day sound? As I’m writing this, I feel like having a spa day sounds amazing! Plan a spa day for you and your loved one. Go together. Get a couple’s massage. Let other people do the work while you relax and enjoy the pampering.
Travel. Take a romantic trip somewhere. It doesn’t have to be a week-long vacation, but maybe you can do an overnight trip to a bed and breakfast or a long weekend in a nearby city. Quick travel trips are a great way to escape and spend some quality time together without life’s daily distractions.
Go to the Museum. Have you taken the kids to the museums a lot this year? How much time did you really have to soak it all in? Try it with just you and your significant other, and you’ll be amazed by how different it feels with just the two of you.
Attend a Sporting Event. Grab some tickets and surprise your man with the chance to watch his (and hopefully your) favorite team. This time of year, there is always a basketball or hockey game going on. And if you’re both sports fans, but don’t go often, this is a good reason to go.
Don’t wait until Valentines to show them you care
Showing someone that they’re your Valentine can be much more than a once a year thing that happens in February. In other words, you should try to show your loved ones that you love them more frequently.
You should try to do something periodically that reminds your significant other that they’re always your Valentine.
For example, my husband shows me love by starting a fresh pot of coffee in the mornings for me when I am running late getting ready for work. He knows I never walk out the door without my Yeti filled with some liquid gold. This is a huge time saver, and it’s just a small gesture that lets me know he’s thinking of me.
I, in return, try to do things as well. My husband often fills his weekends with work, or his side work, or projects around the house. On a Saturday or Sunday that I know he’s going to be pretty busy, I’ll cook us a delicious breakfast.
Sometimes I am so tired and grumpy, all I want to do is sleep in, but I know this is something that helps him get through it all. It provides a nice change of pace before the weekend of odd jobs. It also lets him know he is appreciated.
These are just some examples from our lives, but you should try to do things like this for your loved one. Don’t get stuck in the routine of taking care of the kids, going to work, taking care of the kids, rut. Relationships can go cold if you’re not periodically reminding each other of why you got together in the first place.
Forget the commercial hype
So, whether you decide to do something special for Valentines, or lots of smaller special things over the year, you can do better than the Hallmark version. If you really want to make someone feel like your Valentine, then don’t just buy them a card. Spending time and having different experiences is what memories are made of, not the material things. Do something special with your loved one this Valentines.
But, if you do happen to get a gift in the form of something nice, I definitely wouldn’t return it.
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Candace is a working mom. She’s learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work. Sometimes the hard way. Both she and her husband work full time while raising a relatively normal, if not rambunctious boy. She’s a Working Mom. It’s tough, but she gets it done. She started this blog to help herself, and other moms. In it, you’ll find money saving tips, organizing, time management, and even parenting advice. She hopes you find information here that is useful to you. It may be cliché, but it takes a Village. Welcome, you’re now part of the WorkingMomX village.
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