For most of us, Valentine’s Day is full of good intentions. We want to show the ones we love that they are special to us, but taking a moment to prepare the perfect present often gets lost in the everyday hustle and bustle of life.
So, what do you do if you want to show you care but you’re out of time and don’t want to break the bank? Here are a few ideas to treat the person you love on Valentine’s Day without spending a ton of money or loads of time.
Put pen to paper. Often it is those we love the most who we take the most for granted. Merely telling the most important person in your life how you feel can be the best gift of all. Sit down and write a letter telling your partner how much he means to you and how grateful you are to have him in your life. If one long letter seems daunting, hide several little love notes for him to discover throughout the day.
Pamper your partner. Treat your significant other to a home manicure or back rub. If a cluttered kitchen or unfolded laundry stresses your partner out, take a moment to tackle the chores that leave her feeling overwhelmed. Even better, write up several coupons for future pampering or chores. If you need some inspiration, there are plenty of ideas on Pinterest.
When in doubt, feed them! Food is the universal language of love. Wake up early and surprise your partner with breakfast in bed or heart-shaped pancakes. Pack a homemade lunch and meet your significant other at work for a midday treat. Or go all out and cook a special dinner and decadent dessert for a special candlelight dinner.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t let the commercial nature of Valentine’s Day keep your from sharing a little love this year.
Sarah Stewart Holland is a wife, mother, writer, and eighth generation Kentuckian. She blogs about parenting, politics, and her small town life at bluegrass redhead and is the co-founder of Salt & Nectar, a cross-country lifestyle blog.
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