Valentine’s Day is about reminding people we love them and that doesn’t have to cost anything, here are 10 Outside the box Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones.
Good morning friends, today I am joining two friends, Kim from Northern California Style and Juliet of Make Mine a Spritzer for the first post in our new series, Saturday Meanderings. Both Kim and Juliet live in California and share their adventures, homes, style and more on their blogs. If you are not already familiar with them make sure to check out their “Saturday Meanderings” I promise that you will come to enjoy their blogs as much as I do.
Kim at Northern California Style
Juliet at Make Mine a Spritzer
It’s Saturday, you have the whole day ahead, what are your plans? Will you take time this weekend to rest and recuperate from a long week? Or tackling a list of chores to do? Maybe you will be out in the snow building a snowman with the kids or in the kitchen making a pot of hearty chili and planning a baking session for Valentine’s Day? Perhaps you will be glued to the Olympics or your new favorite show?
I don’t have any plans on my schedule, as I type this post I am sitting in bed with a cup of hot chocolate on the bedside table and three pups keeping me company. This is where you will find me most Saturday mornings, it is my time to relax, and rejuvenate. I read a few chapters of my book on my Kindle, catch up with my favorite blogs and then I am ready to start the day.
I am currently researching deer resistant plants, I know that deer will try anything but my hope is that the things I plant are their least favorite. We received approval for Phase 1 of our landscaping project and the front beds are up first. Jennifer our designer has the plants picked out but I wanted to add some plants in my post to compliment her design, the only problem is the deer. In the front beds I asked for a cottage garden but I live surrounded by pine trees and the soil is very sandy so I will not get exactly that but I will have hints of my dream with peonies and catnip. Speaking of peonies, have you read this book? I ordered it based upon its reviews, it looks beautiful.
What are you plans for Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day is 9 days away, so if you are planning a Valentines party or a nice dinner at home there is still time to plan your get together. My suggestion is to make it easy on yourself and make a few of the things you are serving and buy the rest from your favorite store, then you will have time to enjoy the celebration instead of worrying about all of the preparations. 11 Magnolia Lane has some great ideas for celebrating with the girls as does Juliet.
We are staying in for Valentine’s Day and I will be making dinner and dessert, I am not sure about the savory part of dinner yet because I am all about the dessert which will be German Chocolate cake. I have not made one in years so if you have a recipes that you love please leave a link in the comments.
I shared a few traditional Valentine’s Day ideas this week, just in case you missed it, and today I am going to share 10 outside the box Valentine’s Day ideas with you.
10 Outside the Box Valentines Day Gifts
1.Homemade treats for your Valentines Day
A heart shaped box of candy is always nice but something homemade is so much better because it has a very special ingredient, it is made with love. If you don’t like to bake or don’t know how why not try a no-bake treat instead? Here are a few recipes that are easy and delicious.
Last but not least, a Valentine’s Day Cookie and Candy Board.
2. Become a “Local Tourist”
Spend the day exploring museums, local landmarks and parks.
3. No Phone or Social Media for 24 Hours
In this day and age it is hard to detach ourselves from our phones and other devices, this year why not give your Valentine 24 hours of your undivided attention.
4. Write a Love Letter
A card is nice but a hand written love letter is so much more romantic and touching. Did you know that you could have one hand Calligraphed, that would be a beautiful and treasured gift.
5. Go on a Picnic
If the weather is nice and this option is feasible pack your favorite fixings and head out to a nearby park or beach. If you live in the “frozen tundra” have a picnic inside in front of the fire.
6. Flowering Plant or Bulbs
A bouquet of flowers is nice but a plant, tree or bulbs is even better. Head over to the nearest home store with the kids, pick up some bulbs and make a spring flower arrangement to make it even more special plant the bulbs in vintage tea cups! A small fruit tree, azalea or ivy topiary is a great idea too.
7. An Entire Day to His/Herself
This is the perfect gift especially after the last 2 years of on and off home schooling and working from home. Let’s face it, even though we love togetherness a little time alone is nice too.
8. Custom Painting of Something Special
A painting of a special pet, kids, a place you love, the two of you. My friend Patricia of PVE Designs may be able to create exactly what you are looking for.
9. A Night By the Fire pit
There is nothing cozier than a cold night around a fire pit. Grab some blankets, a thermos or two a hot chocolate, add a touch of Bailey’s for the adults, get some marshmallows and enjoy snuggling with your significant other or entire family out under the stars. If you live where it is warm at this time of the year you could have movies under the stars.
10. Post it Note Love Notes
Get yourself a pack of notes and a pen and start writing, let your partner and family know all of the things that you love about them, then stick them in all of the places they will go in the house, ex. on the coffee machine, mirror, on the back of the door, in the closet, by their car keys, purse, backpack, etc. I love the idea of “lunch box love notes.”
Remember, Valentine’s Day is about reminding people we love them and what could be better than a gift from the heart and the gift of your time.
If you want to give a more traditional gift as well, you can find all sorts of suggestions below.
Have a great weekend, thank you for stopping by and spending part of your day with me.
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