Countdown to Valentine’s Day

It’s now T-minus 4 days until the day of showing our love for those closest to us – Valentine’s Day.

To avoid that last-minute run to the store for flowers or candy, which is always evident, let us help you come up with some unique ideas to make your special someone smile.

  1. Painting. If you have a knack for art and even if you don’t, buy some canvas, paints, and brushes and make a masterpiece for the one you love. Maybe paint a self-portrait or a favorite memory. You could put trips you’ve taken or quotes you like in collage form. A little glue and photos can make a unique gift she/he will treasure.
  2. Bake. Nothing speaks to love more than homemade cookies, cakes, pies, or candy. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. The fact that you made it will warm the heart and fill the tummy! Try your hand at decorating a secret note on a cookie to romance the one you want to know how much you care.
  3. Picnic. Prepare a lunch or dinner with his or her favorite treats. Make it special with a blanket, plates, glasses, and even a flower. It is always more special if you make the meal yourself, but take-out is a great go-to if you do not feel confident in preparing the food.
  4. Photo Album. It is so easy to make a photo memory book with today’s technology. Many companies can put it together inexpensively from the photos on your phone. It could be special times throughout the years you have been together. It could be reminiscent of the year 2023. Maybe past years on Valentine’s Day.
  5. A Letter. There is nothing more touching than to express oneself in a letter. It is something the love of your life will treasure and keep reading over and over. If you have children or grandchildren, you can write a letter to them as well. What a keepsake!
  6. Chores. Take over your loved one’s chores for a week. You could clean out his or her car. Vacuum it and make it look as good as new! Maybe clean the kitchen or garage. Something you know he or she would like done but has not been able to do yet.
  7. Dance. Put on some music and ask your love to dance with you. Dim the lights. Light a few candles. Nothing speaks love more than a twirl around the dance floor or in this case your kitchen floor!
  8. Poetry. Write your special someone a poem. You don’t have to be Robert Frost or Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Just let your poetic heart flow. Put it in a frame and place it by his or her pillow.
  9. Spa. Give him or her a spa treatment. Massage the feet or hands. Maybe a neck or back massage. You don’t have to be an expert. Your special someone will love the effort.
  10. Movie. Prepare for a movie night. Popcorn, candy, drinks. Darken the room. Comfy chairs. And of course, make sure it is his or her favorite movie or one you have been wanting to watch together.

No matter what you decide to do for your special someone, always remember, it is the effort that counts.

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