This year The Hubs and I will be having our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. We’d always given pretty traditional Valentine’s Day gifts in the past, with flowers and chocolate and all that good stuff. (I’m talking about wine here.) This year, however, we are just coming out of our first round of Whole 30 (We officially finished yesterday! Woot, woot!) and so are trying to avoid falling back into bad food habits with our Valentine’s Day gifts.
Growing up, I remember my dad struggling find Valentine’s Day gifts for my mom. “I can’t get your mom chocolate. She’s on a diet,” He would say. Then the great expanse of gift picking stretched out before him and he came home with chocolate. Maybe you and your honey are in the same boat; fresh out of your New Year’s resolutions and not wanting to derail your progress with loads of sugar (or alcohol) on Valentine’s Day. Maybe your significant other is working on their health and you want to find a way to love on them without introducing any unnecessary temptation into their life.
Here are some tips creative gift ideas that go beyond the regular Valentine’s Day Gifts (no chocolate, roses, wine or jewelry here!).
Find Valentine’s Day Gifts that the two of you can enjoy together.
Tickets to a concert, show or museum they’ve been wanting to see – Concerts are sometimes tricky, since you can’t always predict when a band you like will be touring. However, things like plays and symphonies are frequently accessible. Think about art museums or science museums that might be fun for you to visit together. Heck, even the zoo, aquarium, or arboretum are fair game. A lot of places have good winter deals in February(Like the Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo!), so keep your eyes open. Last year The Hubs took me to the Dallas World Aquarium and it was the greatest thing ever! Be sure to make it a destination that is unique to your partner and their interests and sit back and watch them enjoy it.
Music/ Vinyl Record – Is music something that you andyour significant other bond over? Is it somehow connected to your story as a couple? I think this is a great idea for a gift. We have a record player and enjoy vinyl records because it feels a little bit more intimate. I recommend something like Lovers [2 LP] by Nels Cline. It’s a mellow instrumental album that sounds great in the background while you and your honey are mixing drinks(or your latest healthy recipe!).
Healthy Meal Subscription – Okay, I lied. This one is food. But it’s healthy food. The Hubs and I did Blue Apron for a (very) short time on gift cards from our wedding registry and we loved it! Unfortunately, it wasn’t something that was in the budget for every week, but it was a good way to bond and feel like we were having a special meal without binging on a ton of unhealthy food. On a lot of subscription services, you can start and stop based on need, so treat your honey to a week (or two) for the holiday.
Give a Valentine’s Day Gift that makes them feel special
Something you think they’d look great in – This is not, I repeat, not an invitation to be sleazy and buy your partner something that they would be uncomfortable in. You may go slightly outside of their comfort zone, and buy them something they’d never buythemselves, but don’t to it for your benefit. Maybe they’ve always wanted a certain look, but didn’t want to shell out the money to achieve it. This is your chance to help them out. Check your spouse’s Pinterest or Instagram and see what they like. Then go find it!
Time to relax- While scrolling through Facebook, I saw a comment made by a friend that read, “I have a six month old. All I want for Valentine’s Day is a bubble bath alone.” If your significant other sounds like this, give them some time to feel human again. If you see that your love has been running ragged, take it upon yourself to schedule a little “me time” for them. It may seem counter intuitive, so spend time apart for Valentine’s Day. However, keep in mind that your significant other is not going to be able to enjoy your relationship if they’re running on empty. Book a massage, or a manicure, or just some time alone at their favorite coffee shop and send them on their merry way. Bonus points if you send them with a promise to have dinner ready when they return!
Make your Valentine’s Day Gift something
Spa stuff to share – I’ve mentioned it before that I love a good couples bath. I think that bath bombs (melts, soaks, bubble baths, etc) make great Valentine’s Day gifts. Lush makes great bath bombs and melts. My favorite is The Butterball, but the Sex Bomb might be a fun choice for this holiday as well. Just watch out for the super glittery ones if your man isn’t into sharing a glitter bath with you. The bath melts are also really nice. They make your skin feel sooo so soft and sleek; great when you are your love are being a bit romantic.
Matching underwear- I’m a huge fan of this. The Hubs and I even wore matching undies on our wedding day (It was my something blue!). We get ours from Me Undies and they’re super comfy. They make your butt look great too! (and who doesn’t love that?) They are a little pricier than a normal pair of undies, but that’s why they’re great for a special occasion like this.
I hope you look at Valentine’s Day as a fun opportunity to celebrate your relationship with your sweetheart. Expectations and stress tend to make it a difficult holiday for a lot of people. It doesn’t have to be this way! Use this time to shower a little appreciation on your significant other. And if you’re single? Appreciate yourself!
I’d love to hear what you and your honey are doing to celebrate the holiday. Let me know in the comments!