Right now the web is bursting with Valentine’s Day offerings, from recipes for Valentine-themed food if you have the time to cook to presents you can buy if you can get to a store or flower shop in the next few hours. But what if you have barely any time to cook and no way to buy or send a present to whomever you want to celebrate this Valentine’s Day?
All hope is not lost. I’ve taken a non-scientific poll and determined what you already knew deep down in the recesses of your gift-giving soul – it’s not what you give, it’s what you mean when you give it and how you make your Valentine feel special.
I’m not going to get mushy here, I’ll let you do that (if you choose to do so) in the gesture you choose to make. And I’m not just talking about romantic partners. As far as I’m concerned, a Valentine can be a parent, child, friend (or more than one) or even yourself. Or better yet, how about multiple Valentines? I’ve never met a person who was generous with their love and ran out when they wanted to give more.
For those who need a little help, I’ve simply compiled a short list of ways to say “I love you”:
- Write a note – for goodness sakes, don’t simply sign a card.
- Provide a personalized, handwritten gift certificate for something your loved one would really like, whether it is a night out, a manicure, or simply an agreement that you will do the dishes for a week without complaining that it’s not your turn.
- Make that person’s life nicer in some small way. Whether it’s fixing something for her or him that you’ve been meaning to put right for months, or ordering a replacement for a worn-out household item that she or he uses constantly, or something less practical, it’s all about showing that you’ve noticed what she or he could use or would enjoy.
- Give an online gift to a charity that you wouldn’t give to ordinarily, but that is one your Valentine cares about.
- Make a simple dinner, and serve it with elegance. A nicely laid-out table and a candle or two (anchored on plates if you don’t have candlesticks), will get you big points.
A few other ideas from past posts that are easy to find or make:
- Simple items made into Valentine’s Day gifts
- Chocolate mousse (OK, the post called it chocolate pudding, but elegance is the name of the game today), in an easy and healthy version
- Valentine’s Day Raspberry “Poke Cake” cupcakes (you can even buy cupcakes and poke them with the simple, 4-ingredient sauce)
- Homemade marshmallows that you can cut into fun letters or shapes (hearts anyone?)
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and everyone you love. By the way, the beautiful plate pictured at the top of this post was made by Lanie Cecula, a much beloved friend.