It's that time of year again. I've never loved this holiday, single or coupled. Valentine's Day as a single gal feels like everyone is rubbing their love in your face, and not the good kind of rubbing. As a coupled person, Valentine's Day feels like a giant ruler for measuring your love for one another. For all the hate I have in my V-day Grinch heart, sometimes I catch the love bug. Sometimes I forget to say 'I love you' and this day gives me the perfect excuse. I have compiled a gift guide below.
Low on funds? Try one of these basically free gifts.
Post-it Note Heart
You know you have a stack of post-it notes in your desk drawer you haven't used in forever. Arrange them in a heart shape to surprise your Valentine. You can write little notes on some of them.
52 Reasons I Love You
There's no way you have a Pinterest account and haven't seen this before. Get a stack of cards and a binder clip from the craft store. Compile 52 reasons you love that person and put one reason on each card. Clip them together and BOOM, almost free gift. I made a stack a few years ago.
Things That Cost Money
Photo Book from Blurb.com
On our 3rd Valentine's Day, I made Andy a photo book using blurb.com. The book included pictures of us throughout our relationship and was aptly titled "The Story of Us." I know.
Newlyweds (or even if you're not): Calligraphy Wedding Vows
So much thought is put into creating your wedding vows. Have them written by a calligrapher and framed for your loved one.
Dinner for Two at Home
Because crowds suck, have dinner for two at home. I do all that I can to avoid leaving the house for a Valentine's Day dinner. Andy and I have a little tradition of making homemade sushi. On my way home from work, I stopped by the local fish market and the sushi chef pre cut fresh fish for me. All we had to do was assemble the sushi at home. If making sushi seems a bit ambitious, one of my best friends and her husband get take out from all of their favorite restaurants (an appetizer from one, main course from another, dessert somewhere else) and eat them all at home together. Outback Steakhouse cheese fries, here I come.
Heart Shaped Cupcakes because...cute.
You'd be surprised how easy it is to make them into a heart shape. The trick is to use a marble. Read a tutorial on how to make these amazing cupcakes on Amanda's Cookin'.
Shit, bitch. You is Fine.
And last, but not least, for your bestie--this stuffed bear. Trust me, she wants this.