Growing up Valentine’s day was never an important day for me. Partly because I was a late bloomer in the dating world and partly because once I started dating, my relationships didn’t seem to coincide with the holiday. Now that I have been with C (Clayton, my husband) for the better part of nine years (wow, almost a decade!) we have had our fair share of Valentine’s days together. During our first few years dating, I enjoyed getting pretty blooms from him, but never gave it much thought. After all, I was not used to celebrating this day anyways.
Then it happened. Days before Valentine’s day, we were walking through a grocery store overflowing with red chocolate boxes, balloons, and soft toys, when the words came out of his mouth: “I hate Valentine’s day.” I shook my head and looked at him. It was just so unexpected. Long story short, he completely dislikes how commercialized this day is.
I give my better half two thumbs up for his honesty, but it makes me wonder if most guys feel that way and never say it out loud. Or maybe they buy this stuff at the beginning of a relationship and then slowly try to get out of participating in this tradition. And what about girls? Do we all truly love this holiday? I go back and forth.
While I think about it, I’ll leave you with some Valentine’s day ideas that caught my eye. Each idea can be purchased ready made or you can do it as a DIY. You know, just in case you are trying to avoid the “commercial” feeling of the whole thing.
IDEA #1: Balloons
Fill in a room with these pretty heart shape balloons. They have them in three different colors. If you want to go for extra credits, make sure your significant other sees you arriving home, just like this.
This is an equally cute, but less expensive idea. The Flare Exchange sales these little heart balloons and have a DIY tutorial on how to customize them on their blog. You can fill up a big gift box or gift bag with these little guys instead of tissue paper to wrap your present. Or simply cover a whole area, like a small room, for a nice little surprise.
IDEA #2: Tea Bags
If you are short of time, these organic white tea bags come ready for gifting. They feature rose petals and chrysanthemum blossoms. Not sure how they taste, but it sure sounds lovely.
IDEA #3: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
One of my favorite local chocolatiers in Winter Park (FL) is teasing all of us with their Valentine’s Day ideas. I’m particularly loving these.
And if you feel like doing the ground work yourself, just pick some fresh berries, chocolate and sticks from the market and get to dipping. If this is your first time making strawberries dipped in chocolate, here is an easy recipe you can follow.
So there it is. I hope you found at least one of these ideas worth your time. As for me, I’ll keep pondering and will let you know as soon as I figure out the way I really feel about this holiday.