by Sheri E Ragland
Valentine’s Day and the hype around it can be fun for some and daunting for others depending on the nature of the relationship. It should just be another fun day to celebrate your relationship. According to Statistic Brain (2015), consumers spend $13 billion on Valentine’s Day yearly. Common gifts are candy, cards, flowers and dinner. However, I love to think a bit outside of the box and add to those common gifts by doing something special for and with my spouse. Here are a few ideas that I love to use throughout the year.
A handwritten love note with a latte or cappuccino for the morning rush – When you take the time to write a note, it is a personal touch that can become a keepsake to remember by your partner or spouse. A latte or cappuccino on the side just makes your morning that much more enjoyable.
Breakfast in bed for your partner – This sweet idea never becomes old. To wake up to a breakfast in bed, is sheer delight to the one being served, especially when it is a surprise. The breakfast can be as simple as coffee, orange juice and a slice of toast with a fresh flower in a vase. You will be remembered for this kind gesture.
Late night movie at home with snacks/popcorn – I never get tire of late night movies, especially classics, with my love until the wee hours of the morning accompanied by snacks and popcorn. Pick your movie and settle in for fun and relaxation with no time constraints.
Spontaneous stop at a pastry shop for a daring dessert and espresso – On a cold chilly Valentine’s Day, a little hot dessert and a latte or tea will warm you up inside. It’s a great way to end the day.
Engage in some cool Jazz at a quaint spot for two – I love Jazz. New York City is full of Jazz spots, especially on the weekend. Find a wonderful spot like Measures on Fifth Avenue at Langham Place Hotel and relax to the sweet sounds. Also, enjoy the tasty appetizers for two. They also have an amazing wine list and great service.
Cook dinner together – Plan a tasty dinner and cook it together. It is nothing like sharing some time together, while cooking. It has become a favorite pastime for couples looking to enhance their time together in a productive way.
Quiet time together any way you like – Most couples have busy schedules; and it is often difficult to find some quiet time together. Even if it is for an hour or two, find a spot and take the time to talk and or just listen to each other’s heartbeat. It will help keep you close, warm and happy.
Sacrificing your time for other things in life can stress your relationship. Therefore, it is important to spend uninterrupted time together as often as possible. Your time together should be fun, lighthearted and or intimate. Valentine’s Day should not be one of the only days that you celebrate love. In fact, it should be another day to add to your many other romantic days throughout the year.
Statistic Brain. (2015). Valentine’s Day Statistics. Statistic Brain_Valentine’s Day Statistics. https://www.statisticbrain.com/.