I love love. Who doesn't? Well I know there are some people who don't but I LOVE it! I love telling the people that matter to me that I truly love them. I also like the idea of doing/giving something more personal than just your standard dozen red roses. I don't think Valentine's day gifts shouldn't break the bank, rather they should be thoughtful gestures that show someone you think they are really special and your life wouldn't be the same with out them. So here's a little roundup for everyone on your love list this year.
For the woman in your life - Jewelry from her favorite store. Because every girl loves a little trinket or two from her favorite store and if it is jewelry chances are she will wear it several days a week and remember how thoughtful you were every time she does.
For that special someone you've been loving from a distance - Receiving flowers is really nice, but receiving gourmet ice-cream?! Even better! Pick out your loved one's favorite flavors or just go crazy and try something new. Send an assortment of ice-cream to that special someone and have it delivered right on Valentine's day to their front door. I had a client send me this ice-cream while we were still living in Hawaii and it arrived packed in dry ice still frozen solid! I was blown away and still rave to anyone who will listen about how great the ice cream was!
For your boyfriend or girlfriend - Sign your other half up for a year long subscription to their favorite magazine. Not sure what they'd like? Bon Appetit never fails to amaze me. The design is impeccable, the photography is amazing and the recipes are always inventive and delicious. Every month when they receive their magazine in the mail they will remember that you love them!
For your sister or best friend - Give her a book. A good book goes a long way! For book club this month (yeah I'm in a book club and I LOVE it!) we read The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbough. It was a quick easy read about a girl who learns to communicate using the Victorian language of flowers. She also learns how to love and be loved which is always a happy ending. Give the accompanying flower dictionary so your friend or sister can be an expert in the language of flowers as well.
For your kids - You can't forget those crazy rug rats that make you want to claw your eyeballs out with a garden rake when they start squawking at 5:30 in the morning now can you!? Yes, I'm still a little sleep deprived... but that Henry of mine - oh boy! He makes my world go round. He is my reason for breathing - I've just got to tell him how I feel on Valentine's day and I plan on decorating his room and giving him a few sweet treats. I'm pretty sure the room decor will go mostly unnoticed but the sweet treat will get the message across loud and clear! That boy will do just about anything for a donut or a cookie!
For your sweet mom! - She gave you life and then she loved you every day since. You've got to send her a little something to tell her she is special! Why not some letterpress coasters from Fox and Anchor Paper? (Shameless plug?) But seriously, a little something with a note that says, "I love ya Ma!" is all it takes to make her feel like all your shenanigans were worth it!
For your lover - Heart theme breakfast in bed? Yes! Do I need to say more about this?