Valentine’s Day–very few other holidays are so loved (and hated). Even when I was little, Valentine’s Day has often times been one of my favorite holidays. My parents would often times get me some candy, a card, and sometimes a little stuffed animal. They were always sure to include my sister and I in the festivities. Now that I’m married, it has a new meaning. It gives me an excuse to show my love towards my husband and we find little special things to do. And every year we do things a little different. In case you forgot or you wish that you had done things differently, here’s 5 Things You Should Have Done This Valentine’s Day.
1. Make a Gift
Making a gift for Valentine’s Day goes right along with my money saving posts (which you can read here and here). Within the last few years, doing-it-yourself has become very popular. As a result, there are countless sources for making your own gifts. Depending on your talents (and your wallet) you may want to try your hand at yarn crafts, wood working, or scrapbooking. Making your own cards is also a great way to save some money. And what’s better than getting to fill it with your own personal message?
In case you’re not very artistic or crafty, there’s plenty of companies that offer personalized gifts that are sure to please even the pickiest special someone. Try places like Shutterfly, or your sweetheart’s favorite store for inspiration.
2. Dinner at Home
While I know that many women would prefer to eat out on Valentine’s, I actually prefer making a special dinner at home. Why? Well, for instance, I get to pick what’s on the menu. Sometime’s I have a hard time picking a restaurant because I don’t want to eat anything they’re serving. Another great advantage is that your house will be so much quieter. It doesn’t get much better than sitting alone with your Valentine in the quietness of your own home. At then end of the day, I’m usually ready to relax and enjoy the alone time. The great thing about making your own dinner is the cost savings. And whatever you do spend is rolled in with your grocery expenses that week. If you do decide to eat at home, try cooking something new and adventurous. Thanks to Pinterest, there are countless amazing recipes free to everyone to make and enjoy. If you’re looking for a new recipe, you should really check out Seasons & Suppers. The Rustic Chicken with Garlic Gravy is by far one of the best things I have ever eaten. Oh, and did I mention that it’s super easy? (Hint: I also substituted the wine for white grape juice, because you can do that.) Trust me, this is one thing that you should have done for Valentine’s Day.
3. Strawberry Rice Krispy Treats
Yes, I said rice krispy treats. But I also said strawberry rice krispy treats, and that makes all the difference. They are so easy and so tasty. Oh, and if you happen to have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, you can make them super cute. Who wouldn’t love snacking on these tasty little cuties?
4. Take a Drive
Do you ever just take a drive to see what’s out there? You’ve driven past a particular road day after day and have always wondered what’s down there. What better time to go driving than Valentine’s Day? Pack a lunch and make a day out of it. When you explore new territory, you never know what you’ll find. Sometimes it’s a favorite restaurant, a quaint antique shop, or maybe just the perfect location to watch the sun set. Wherever you are, get your sweetheart and go for a drive.
5. Spend Downtime Together
With everything being so crazy these days, it’s hard for couples to take some time and just be together. Do you both have some hobbies that could easily be done together? Reading books, coloring, and knitting are some of the things that Tim and I enjoy doing together. It gets us away from the busyness and off the computer. Sometimes it is in the quiet moments that you can have the sweetest times. Make sure to spend some downtime together for Valentine’s Day. You’ll be glad you did.
So next Valentine’s Day, try something different and change your normal routine. Maybe you’ll find a new tradition. Or maybe you’ll decide to keep doing different things and enjoy the variety. But whatever you do next year, here’s 5 Things You Should Have Done This Valentine’s Day 😀