Valentine’s Day is that one holiday that no one can really escape from. Commercials tell us how, where, and why we should be overreacting to Valentine’s Day, and aisles of your local supermarket or drug store are drenched in pink hearts and roses. If you’re single, you might find yourself feeling unwillingly sorry for yourself, and if you have a significant other, you might be feeling ridiculous pressure to commemorate the Hallmark Holiday somehow.
Of course, Valentine’s Day is over as quickly as it arrives, and by morning on February 15th, you’ll probably have forgotten that you were ever stressed about finding that perfect, not too cheesy gift, just days before. If you’re still searching for gift ideas, let these lighthearted suggestions guide you:
Newly Dating: Artisanal chocolate, a cute card made from a local artist, or a cocktail recipe book (I love Tim Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist) all say, I like you, this is fun! Avoid the typical Valentine’s Day gifts if you want to impress your new sweetie.
Long-term Relationship: Something heartfelt like a cooking or painting class, a recreation of one of your favorite dates, or a homemade meal are great ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day by using it as just another excuse to enjoy each other’s company.
For your Single Friends: Nothing says, “I value our friendship” like a girls’ night out for cocktails, a handmade card, or a sweet, lighthearted present such as a funny coffee table book or a bottle of bubbles. I always love to go the handmade route, and you can use your crafty talents to do the same!
Alas, we cannot escape Valentine’s Day, but we can turn it on its head and interpret it in a way that is less played out. Besides, wintertime is a great time to tell a friend, your partner, or a coworker that they are important to you. We could all use a little kindness right about now to scare those winter blues away.