Here comes another ‘special day’ that all too often, creates expectations for expensive gifts and on this occasion particularly, going out for dinner. I’d like to make the case for having a good time in your perfect home without doing either!
I find the gifts I’ve treasured most over the years are presents that involve my loved one’s taking time to spend with me and the times they’ve offered to do something for me that entails a break from my chores. A pampered day at home fits beautifully as one of the best gifts I can receive.
So, here’s an idea – don’t lets feel we have to splurge on a gift to spoil our loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Let’s adopt a new norm for Valentine’s – home sweet home! After all, home is where the heart is! Here are some fun ideas;
• Create an indoor picnic
• Make a framed group of photos and surprise everyone with a new display
• Burn a CD of your loved one’s favourite music to play all day
• Create a favorite drink together. Try all kinds of ingredients. Enjoy taste-testing. Be sure to record the ingredients, so you can make the “your” drink again on Valentine’s Day year after year.
• Create an at-home spa day for your mate. Deliver the gift in a basket filled with inexpensive candles, bubble bath, rose petals, facial mask and scrub. Then give your mate time to enjoy it. Heat up towels in the dryer for drying off.
• Make the entire day full of his/her favorites: the breakfast of their dreams, the dinner of their dreams, TV that is their favorite, their music, etc. Don’t say anything about it, surprise them all day long.
• Choose specialty foods, such as wine, cheese, fresh bread/dessert from a favorite bakery. Enjoy in front of your warm, toasty fireplace.
• Pick a few household chores your Valentine usually does and surprise them by doing it before they get a chance, i.e., walking the dog, making the bed.
• Make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries: 1) Melt a package of chocolate chips in a double boiler and add a small amount of oil; 2) Remove from heat and quickly dip the strawberries into the chocolate; 3) Place on wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until chocolate is firm.
I actually love the idea that Valentines is a day we can make to appreciate everyone. So I’m just going to focus on bringing an extra smile or laughter to my happy clients and all the people I come in contact with on February 14.