1.Write a Love Note
Trust me when I say that it is the words that YOU write that are so much more meaningful than any fluffy puff-speak that could ever be written by a card designer. Take the time to think through all the reasons you love someone and simply write them out. Even if your handwriting is atrocious, your loved one will appreciate the time spent knowing the words came from your heart and not just plucked off the shelf.
2.Make Dinner Together
5-star restaurants are not the only place you can find fancy meals anymore in this age of the internet where just about every recipe under the sun (or at least a million great ones) now can be found with a quick search. Plus, setting aside the time to make dinner together gives you both the ability to connect and enjoy the fruits of your labors, turning the evening into your own private experience.
3. Spread the Love
Romantic dinners for 2 not your thing? Try adopting your single friends for the evening and making it a special night for them, too! You and yours can put a smile on the faces of those who might not have found their true love yet by simply inviting them to celebrate your friendship. No matter what you choose to do, I'm sure everyone will have a great time and love you for the gesture.
4. Date Night In
Why go out when your cable box probably already has plenty of movies you haven’t seen yet and the popcorn doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Better yet, set aside the powered devices and play a game! Use the holiday as a great excuse to power down and reconnect. Healthy competition can also be a lot of fun too as you don’t take it too seriously, so perhaps avoid the urge to play monopoly!
5. Experience Something New
Look in your local newspaper and you’ll see that seemingly everyone with a business is having some sort of Valentine’s Day event. And just because you may be avoiding expensive meals or pricey flowers doesn’t mean you can’t spend a little money to explore something you’ve never done before. Planetariums, museums, arts and crafts, nature walks, even amusement parks can all make for an exciting and unforgettable day; it’s just a matter of looking for the hidden gems in your community.
6. Get the Kids involved
Instead of dropping the kids off at the sitter's house, share the love and get them involved. Everything on this list so far is also kid friendly, so there’s no need to ditch the kids (unless you could really use the break). Getting them involved with making cards, helping with dinner, unplugging the tech, and having some family fun can all be great ways to teach them young that the holiday is not about the money or the traditions - it's about LOVE.