The Anti V-Day Gift List

It’s just around the corner, and you can’t avoid it – V-Day. Traditionally, it’s the day you profess and prove your love for your sweetheart. Homes and offices are bombarded with floral, balloon and sugar coated deliveries. If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s Day can usher in a sense of resentment. If you aren’t showing me you love me the other 364 days of the year, then I’m certainly not interested to hear about it on February 14th. However, unless your significant other (S/O) has vehemently confessed their dislike of the lover’s holiday, you’re going to need to present a present. Trust me; you’re not going to want to show up empty handed. While flowers, balloons, and chocolate tend to be a bit predictable, here are a few, not so predictable options:

A night away (without you)

As a mom, having a night to recharge, enjoy a fabulous meal, take an uninterrupted shower and sleep in sounds like heaven. Nothing says “I love you” like, “Here, you need some time away from us.”

A massage

Again, peace and quiet and just a little time to relax can soothe a busy soul. This gift is great unless your S/O is weirded out by massages. Know your audience.

A gift card to Target/Starbucks/Sephora

I named these 3 because there aren’t many women who will be sad to have a moment in any of these establishments. Actually, keep this on the back burner for any occasion.

A photoshoot

Recently, Kia and I did a photoshoot for this blog. I had no idea how much I would love it! Essentially, we found a fun location and played dress-up. But, the best part was to see myself in the eyes of someone else. It was transforming (dramatic much?). But, it’s a beautiful gift that they can look back on and always remember how they felt.

A good book

If you love a reader, I would suggest getting a list of books they would love to read. As a reader, I know that books are personal. They can transport you to so many different places. Books can evoke emotions and feelings that will last a lifetime. Tuck a little note in there, and you have yourself a ‘forever’ gift.

Volunteer to help people who need love

This is my favorite gift idea! Not only are you spending time together, but you are giving your time unselfishly to someone that needs it. There’s really no greater expression of love. Coordinate schedules with your local SPCA or an organization that’s near and dear to your S/O’s heart.

Create your own personalized wine tasting

I will preface this by advising to do this on any other day than Valentine’s Day. Restaurants are typically crowded and that could take away from the experience all together. In Virginia Beach, we have a lovely local gem called FireBrew. Here, there is Self-Service Wine Station that houses 24 different wines. Along with their incredible menu, you can taste as many wines as you like for a nominal fee. How much fun would it be to discover a new wine that you both love together? They also have seasonal wine pairing events which are wonderful. Look at you prepping for the future!

Take a class together (cooking, dance, art, etc)

The couple that plays together stays together. Is that true??? Well, there’s only one way to find out! Discovering a new or hidden talent is a wonderful way to connect. A fun cooking class or salsa dance lessons encourages you to step out of your comfort zone. Take a chance and you may find a new way to connect with your partner.

Go to the gun range

No, this isn’t conventional, but it could be fun. If your love has ever mentioned wanting to go to the gun range or shown even a remote interest in shooting, this could be a way to show them that you were listening.

A handwritten note

Even to a cynic, nothing says “I Love You” like being told why you’re loved. A handwritten note is such a rarity in this day and age. Give them something to remember and hold on to for years to come.

Although I side-eye Valentine’s Day, I do believe in the magic of love. However, saving that for one day a year is selfish. Spread the love! If Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express your love, then every day is Valentine’s Day!

~ Kelly

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