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Many of us think that Valentine’s Day is the day that we have to go all out, but a lot of times we don’t know how to. Even if you have been married for 20+ years it can still be difficult to find ways to surprise that special someone on the most romantic day of the year.
Between the candy and jewelry, whatever you choose to do it doesn’t have to be expensive as long as it is from the heart.
It can also be difficult for busy parents/families to set aside time to do something special on Valentine’s Day. If you are looking for little ways to make the day extra special for everyone in your life keep reading!
For many people, Valentine’s Day is the ultimate day for romance. For others, it is just another day and not a big deal.
However you choose to view the day, it is important that you share with one another how important Valentine’s Day is or isn’t to you. If you are not sure what it means to your spouse, ask them. Otherwise, your unspoken expectations can lead to huge disappointments.
As you talk about Valentine’s Day, share your attitudes, memories, expectations, and feelings about Valentine’s Day and what the holiday represents to both of you.
When you are married the sky is the limit literally to what you can do on Valentines Day. Traditional gifts such as roses and diamonds, but to add a unique twist why not do something that creates a memorable experience. This includes trips or maybe a couples massage or a trip to the theater.
One of my favorite gifts to give my husband is a Hallmark Signature Card that can be found at Walmart. These beautiful handcrafted cards are the perfect way to set the tone for the evening. I chose this one, since our very first date many years ago was at our local state fair. Our very first photo was also on top of the ferris wheel.
Although he and I don’t really have a chance to have a traditional Valentine’s Day date due to our hectic life, we often opt to take a day that week and just do something special in lieu of celebrating on V-Day (unless we can get a sitter!).
For busy couples here are a few ideas for date night ideas:
1. MAKING A MEAL TOGETHER
We all know that eating at home is always the cheapest and more often than not, healthiest option. Spend some time cooking your favorite meal together.
2. TAKING A DRIVE
Don’t have any place, in particular, you want to go? Not hungry? Hop in the car and just drive. Spend time talking to one another and listening to some tunes. And remember why you fell in love, to begin with.
3. GOING FOR A WALK IN THE PARK
Walks in the park are an amazing way to reconnect with one another without being in a loud and noisy space
4. PLAY VIDEO GAMES
If one or both of you are into video games, make a night of it and play your favorite.
5. CANDLELIT DINNER.
The dinner doesn’t have to be fancy. It just has to be edible. Light some candles and either sit on the floor or the kitchen table and stare into each other eyes lovingly.
6. CAMP OUT (AT HOME).
7. MOVIE MARATHON
Do you have a favorite movie series that you enjoy as a couple? Or do you want to test out some new ones? Set some time aside and make it a night (or entire day if prefer Lord of the Rings or Marvel marathons like we do).
8. TAKE A BUBBLE BATH
If you are in the early stages of dating it can be difficult to navigate what’s appropriate or what isn’t for your first Valentine’s Day. If you are casually dating, gifts that aren’t personal or intimate are typically the way to go.
Gift ideas may include items such as flowers, a new clothing candy, chocolates or another gift that isn’t overly expensive and wont cause uneasiness or feelings of obligation that might be premature.
Our children love getting special gifts for Valentine’s Day. However, their favorite part is making or buying gifts for one another as well. The Hallmark Signature Collection includes adorable cards that are perfect for kids and is a great way for siblings to show their love for one another.
Another cute idea is for parents to be their child’s secret Valentine. In the days leading up to In Valentine’s Day, do some little gifts of service for your son/daughter such as making his/her bed, cleaning up her room, hanging up her laundry, or doing some other chore for him. Then leave a little card with hearts on it on her pillow telling her that her Secret Valentine did the thing for her and that she is loved.
Make sure to check out the Hallmark Valentine’s Day hub for more inspiration and to find a store near you!
Give The Card Everyone Knows and Loves
If there is one thing that we all look forward to on Valentine’s Day, it’s getting a beautiful card from someone that you love. Finding everything you need to make this day special is as simple as heading to your local Walmart to create the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration.
Hallmark’s newest selection of Signature Cards can be found at Walmart. Also you can earn $1 back on any Hallmark Valentine’s Cards at Walmart priced $2.97 and above while supplies last from Ibotta, available 1/29 through 2/14. Look out for a coupon good for $2 off 3 Hallmark Valentine’s Day Cards in the card aisle at Walmart, too!
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.