I love any reason that encourages us to cherish the person we love. Even if it's a holiday created by big corporations to rake in big bucks in chocolate, flowers, jewelry and card sales. What I love about it isn't the gifts from the store, but the gifts that take some thought and creative energy. Even more, I love the gifts that are free!
Here are some ideas of free 'gifts' to make your Valentine's Day special:
♥ Make dinner and pack it up in to-go containers. Have a picnic somewhere pretty. If the weather's bad, go somewhere with a view (we love watching waves crash during wind storms!).
♥ Go for a walk together. If you're lucky to live somewhere with lots of parks and trails - make use of them! If it's cold - even more reason to go and keep each other warm! When you get home you can curl up with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.
♥ Role-change. If one of you tends to cook dinner, have the other one do it for you. Or, if your partner has been meaning to get something done but has been putting it off because it's a task he or she doesn't enjoy - do it for him or her! And vice versa!
♥ If you have the supplies for it, bake a dessert together. It'll taste even sweeter in the end, and you'll have spent time together in the process.
♥ Have a candle lit dinner at home, complete with music and mood lighting! This is a super easy option. Just have dinner like you would any other night and light some candles, put on some music and enjoy.
Whatever you do, enjoy it and make it meaningful to you! Happy Valentine's Day!