To give or not to give

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  I have often heard people say that holidays like Valentine’s and Mother’s day are holidays created by retailers to make you spend money.  While this may be true, do you really want to be the person who didn’t give your special someone anything on Valentine’s day?

Here are a few creative gift ideas that shouldn’t cost too much money but could speak volumes of love…

  1. Begin a tradition of always giving the same item to each other for Valentines day.  Like a mix tape or a book or a framed picture from that year.  My wedding anniversary is June 1.  For several years, my husband and went shopping together for bathing suits on our anniversary.
  2. Cook a special dinner together instead of going out to eat.
  3. Leave special notes with small gifts for your loved one to find throughout the day.  End the day with a thoughtful letter.
  4. Take some time to think about your loved one’s favorites and give them to him or her throughout the day.  You could do things like have their favorite song playing when they start their car and bring them their favorite Starbucks drink at work, then have their favorite dessert after dinner.

That’s all I got for now, but I would love to hear some from you in the comments today.  Do you have any Valentine’s traditions?  Also, if you would like a few more tips on how to give a great gift, check out this blog I wrote at Christmas time.