Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Whether you are single or in a relationship, we can all join in this celebration of love. Valentine’s Day can be way more than a commercial holiday if you choose to see it as a time to express gratitude and love in a more simplistic way. Since it falls on a Tuesday this year, it may be a bit more difficult to plan an entire weekend dedicated to the holiday. So here are 3 simple, inexpensive, and thoughtful ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones:
1. Make a Card
This might seem self-explanatory, but I think that a lot of people underestimate the power of a hand made card. Get creative! For instance, I have been trying to learn calligraphy and used it to make cards for my family, friends, and boyfriend. You could also use whatever materials you have in your house, try painting the front of it, or making the card out of colorful paper! It doesn’t have to be the typical Valentine. Maybe you create a beautiful mountain scene, or make a photo collage of special moments on the front. This thoughtful act will mean so much more to the people in your life than any card that can be bought at a store.
2. Play a Game
It seems like we spend so much time staring at screens these days, so instead of watching a movie, one of my favorite things to do is to play board games. For instance, my boyfriend and I played chess this past weekend. It was refreshing to do something competitive and entertaining indoors that didn’t rely on technology. Some of my favorite board games are Scattegories, Code Name, and Settlers of Catan. If you don’t have any games handy, it’s always possible to break out a deck of cards, where you will have almost limitless options!
3. Cook or Bake
One of my favorite bonding activities with the people I love is to cook or bake with them. There is something so special in being able to cook a meal or treat as a team and then enjoy the finished product together. An example would be making a nice candlelit dinner at home and homemade chocolate strawberries for dessert, or baking brownies with your friends!
Put on some music and get moving! This activity can really be tailored to the situation. You can play romantic music and slow dance with your significant other, sing along to fast paced songs with your friends, or maybe play a favorite tune of a relative. Music is a great way to bring people together, and these days it is so accessible. All you need is your phone, computer, radio, stereo, etc. and some moves!
I realize that all four of these activities are super simple, but that was the goal. I know that I can sometimes get swept away in the glamour of a holiday, but when it comes down to it, spending time with the people I love is what matters the most. If you happen to be alone this year, one of those people can be yourself! Go ahead and cook, bake, or dance, they are all mood boosters and acts of self love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
note: featured image from Olivine Atelier ‘You Are Loved’ box set, which can be found at Anthropologie here.