Valentine’s day is a day dedicated to love. However, some may argue why celebrate just for one day. Instead, expressing your love for someone should be shown in some form every day. Right? Yes, I agree, and I do.
But, when you’re in a relationship, it’s easy to become oblivious to our lovey-dovey affection (aka PDA) for each other, forgetting those who are alone, even more so during a pandemic. I can relate, having spent several ho-hum Valentine’s days alone.
As a result, I found myself watching Friends, Rachel, Phoebe, and Monica attempt a girls’ boyfriend bonfire — which Phoebe suggests as a “spiritual cleansing” — in a twist, the bonfire goes up in flames. Enter; hello, handsome firefighters!
In the meantime, no firefighters were coming over to put out my flames, sigh…
That said, I was damned if I would let a day dedicated to love to bring me down. If anything, it was an excellent excuse for some retail therapy, perhaps finding something pretty or sexy to wear. My new secret weapon? Hahaha…I was alone and deserved to indulge, if just a little. And why not? If it makes you happy, I say go for it!
However, Valentine’s day is not limited to couples, and I know many people who do not share in this strange day of love. Love is love. Honour yourself in some unique way.
But, with only a few weeks left before the big V day, I thought it would be fun to dream up a little his and hers gift guide. OR perhaps something decadent for yourself.
No funds for a big splurge?
Consider a nice bottle of wine and takeout from your favourite restaurant. Better yet, plan and make a fabulous gourmet dinner together. So fun!
Don’t forget the music…
this sets the tone 😉 With Spotify, Sonos and Apple at your fingertips, making a love songs playlist is easy!
Can you imagine a beautifully written letter on “how much I love you”? Honestly, it takes little effort, and I would be gushing for sure, if not full-out crying. But, the best part is, it’s free!
So you’re not ready yet to spill your heart into a love letter? A card works, too; include a rose or a sweet treat, and it’s perfect! I love flowers. You cannot go wrong with a small bouquet; buyer beware, ’tis the season for a hefty price tag. Choose wisely!
With something entirely new by planning an activity together. A few fun options might include; an afternoon of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, a cooking class, a yoga class, or dancing. Fun!
And, If you are heading for the mountains…
Besides you, how about a luxurious cashmere toque or scarf to keep your valentine smiling and warm?
OR, a gift of fragrance, in my opinion, is the gift that keeps on giving, “I love the scent of him on my sheets….”
How about a treat for the sweet tooth?
Chocolate is always a delicious idea, and you can never go wrong.
For the connoisseur…
a bottle of their favourite spirit; paired with crystal glasses for you both to enjoy.
Shopping for lingerie can be overwhelming; it’s a mysterious clothing genre, with barely anything garments made of delicate silk and lace. The prices range from inexpensive to breaking the bank, so yes, that tiny little camisole could cost you much more than a robe!
Ladies, this doesn’t need to be a gift for you. Instead, wrap up your favourite lingerie item for HIM to admire on you. BTW, this, too, is a gift that keeps on giving.
Silk boxers for him? Absolutely!
It’s easy and cheap! My top five (grab your kleenex box) go-to movies are;
- The Way We Were – Robert Redford & Barbara Streisand
- An Affair to Remember – Carry Grant & Deborah Kerr
- La La Land – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone
- Crazy Stupid Love – Steve Carell & Julianne Moore
- The Notebook – Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams
Don’t forget the popcorn!
Candles set the mood, and with so many options, Diptyque candles from Paris are worth every penny. They’re beautifully scented and perfect for any room.
Valentine’s day wouldn’t be complete without a few splurges…
Just for fun, I came across these vintage black and white photographs.
Most importantly, don’t stress; enjoy Valentines’s day with your person. Have fun with whatever you decide to do. Or simply say, I Love you.
Valentine’s day, that special day, the one with the candy hearts, fills my heart.