Five last minute ways to love someone today

by Lesley on February 14, 2013 · 6 comments

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I know Valentine’s Day can be a seen as a cheesy, commercialized holiday where Americans buy too many red carnations, boxes of cheap chocolate and oversized stuffed animals.  Sure, at it’s worst Valentine’s Day is all of those things. I am, however, from a different camp.

I’m not sure if it’s because my birthday is a few days before Valentine’s Day, but I have always loved February 14.

I love an excuse to wear pink and red, eat lots of chocolate, give people cards and gifts that show my affection, and eat by candlelight (even if it’s a heart shaped pizza, not a lobster or filet mignon.) 

While some people love to decorate their homes for Halloween, or fill Pottery Barn baskets with expensive presents at Easter, I tend to make Valentine’s Day the holiday I go a little overboard.

If you’re one of those people who hate Valentine’s Day, or think it’s just for couples, or simply can’t get your act together…here are five last minute ideas for making today special:

For your significant other: send him/her a Spotify playlist of either your favorite songs, or new music they haven’t before heard. I love when Jonathan picks out music for me to listen to, and this idea is both fast and cheap! Also, for guys who need to buy their ladies a gift, Etsy has adorable virtual Valentine’s Day gift cards.

For your child: we bought Anna this book (it’d be cute for anyone, not just kids!), we’ll make heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and take a pink bubble bath.

For a stranger: try a day of Radical Generosity.

For a friend: stop by their work or home with Starbucks and a pink cake pop.

For yourself:  Pick up a fancy frothy drink, a bouquet of flowers, a frozen yogurt or a magazine. Hop in the bath, sprawl out on the couch, or go for a walk. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s not something you’d normally treat yourself to on an average day. Make today worth celebrating! 

photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography via photopin cc

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amen. I'm all about making it fun and celebrating it- next year Anderson will care more about the treats I'm sure and hopefully not have the stomach bug!

Erica
Erica

Love all these ideas- thanks for sharing!

Lesley
Lesley

Claire---I'm all about treating myself on Valentine's Day. Even though Jonathan is always sweet and gets me my favorite chocolates, I still do something fun for me. Ha. Tim--After meeting Liz, this does not surprise me. She seems perfectly practical in all the best ways. Loved your post for her though! I think you did more than ok. Amy---My mom always did cute things for us on Valentine's Day like all red food or heart shaped sandwiches. I loved it. I'm glad you're doing that for your kiddos. They will remember it!

Amy
Amy

I am really loving Valentine's Day this year. I think it's because it's become a perfect excuse for a commercial celebration with the kids. It's not super deep, but it sure is a yummy, fun, creative holiday. Pure bliss. I like it.

Tim
Tim

I like your list, Lesley, but Liz made me promise not to get her a present, not even a card. She didn't say anything about not doing a blog post though. So I wrote her a valentine at my place today. From the reaction she gave after reading it this morning, I think I did ok.

Claire
Claire

I love that you added "for yourself" I need to do something!