Stress Less for Happy Valentine’s Day

Couple at Sunset

Friday the thirteenth, and the day before Valentine’s Day; yes, it sounds like trouble.  But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be scary or expensive.  In my opinion, for whatever that is worth, some of the best gifts I’ve ever received cost very little, or even nothing at all.

If you’re still looking for a way to show your love to your Valentine, here are a couple of thoughts:

  • Make a card. It doesn’t have to be super sappy and romantic. If funny is your wheelhouse, and that is where you’re comfortable, go with it. Just remember, some heart-felt sentiment will go a long way. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.
  • Did you get hammered with snow this winter? How about a snow removal gift certificate? You can make one up for a specified number of times or a month’s-worth of sidewalk clearing, window scraping, or shoveling out their car. Not able to do it yourself? You could hire someone and still be a hero.
  • Get in the kitchen! Cook your sweetheart’s favorite meal, bake them a treat, or make your own candy or truffles. There are some great (and easy!) recipes online; check out Pinterest and let your taste buds lead the way.
  • Is there a movie your loved one can’t get enough of or one that has special meaning to the two of you? Buy a copy and plan a romantic viewing party for two.
  • The best gift I’ve ever gotten? The hands-down winner is a card The Hub made me a few years ago. When you unfold it all the way, in the inside, he listed 101 things he loved about me. I still cry every time I read it. Total cost? Paper and toner. Points for The Hub? Incalculable.

Valentine’s Day only comes once a year.  It puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on people to do something big.  It shouldn’t be like that.  I’ve been accused on more than one occasion of being a Pollyanna.  Yep, I’ll own that.  But I don’t think love is about dozens of roses or huge boxes of chocolates, not that those are bad.  It is about the little stuff that you do for each other every day.  Things like warming up his car, making him a lunch, or just texting her during the day to say you’re thinking about her.  Those are ways to show true love—every single day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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