Monday, February 13, 2012

Last Minute Valentine's Ideas

Tomorrow is the annual day of love.  Yes, it is happening again this year, despite my husband's surprise. (We were in Wal-Mart about a week ago and he saw all the red and pink lovey-dovey items, turned to me and said, "Oh I guess it's happening again?  Didn't we just do Valentine's?"  So romantic;)  

I think Valentine's Day is aimed at couples who are either just starting out or, who are in trouble and one person needs to redeem themselves.  I like to acknowledge the day with a little somethin' somethin' but have long ago stopped going all out.  The recycling being returned, coming down to a cleaned kitchen or having one less diaper to change;  these all say 'I Love You' to me way more than a cheap box of chocolates.  

That being said, it's fun to celebrate love in a simple way.  If you are looking for some last minute, cheap and easy ways to show affection to your Valentine, here are some ideas I have: 

Coupons:  Now, this can go one of two ways.  One, go with the love theme and use your imagination;)  Or two, make a coupon book to do nice things for your partner, like a free pass to get out of doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, walking the dog etc.  

First Date:  Most first dates are low key and simple, so why no re-create the first time you went out?  Make sure to spend the night reminiscing about the start of your relationship, how nervous you were etc.  It's so fun to look back and see how far the two of you have come. 

CD/Playlist:  I love a good playlist on my iPod so why not sneak into your love's account and make a playlist of songs that when you hear them, you think of her.  Or songs that define different experiences throughout your time together.  My husband still has the pages I gave him early in our relationship that correspond with a cd I made.  I listed each song and then wrote out a funny story or memory to go with each. 

Picture:  So many people love taking photos but hardly ever get them developed.  This is super easy and very inexpensive.  Choose a nice frame or if you are crafty, make one.  

I hope these ideas help if you are scrambling for tomorrow.  Whatever you decide to do, make sure to take a little time to tell your love how much they mean to you. 

If you are single and dreading tomorrow, get together with your friends and go for drinks or to the movies or for dinner and just celebrate your friendships.  Who says Valentine's Day is only for people in relationships?  

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