- For a spouse: Try and remember the first days you met. What drew you to him or her? What was it that made you fall in love? Now write it down and dig up a few pictures from that era to look through with your partner. For your kids: Write down all the good qualities you see in them and how pleased you are with who they are becoming.
- No need for an expensive dinner out. Go out for a sweet dessert instead. It’s all of the ambiance at half the price and you can still dress up if you want to. No one needs to know that you didn’t just come from a fancy night out.
- Why get roses? How about something that lasts a little longer. If your sweetie has a favorite plant or flower, get one that they can actually put into the ground and can last awhile. Every time they see it they’ll think of you.
- Catch a free concert and hold hands all the way through. Check with local coffee shops or colleges to see if any live music is playing.
- Is your life pretty stressful? Than set aside some time to relax.Chris and I are gluttons for old book stores.We both love to read and dig through the bargain books for hidden treasures.An afternoon in a quiet bookstore for us means hours of bliss, quiet and calm.We always walk out relaxed and with smiles on our faces.
- Offer a day off! Cash in on a personal day at your job and do something relaxing. Take over for a tired mom. Watch the kids, do all the cooking, catch up on the laundry and send your spouse out for a pedicure.
- Relive those private rituals. Remember those cute things early in your relationship that have become private memories? Remind each other of them. Recreate them. Reminisce.
The most memorable Valentine’s gift is one that takes a step out of the ordinary, that requires effort and remembrance, not necessarily a lot of cash. So this year try a little more heart and a little less flash and I believe your sweetheart will thank you for it.