20 Simple + Sweet Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Hello, February! Are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day? While I know some of us love it more than others, it’s fun to celebrate the holiday at least a little bit — even if it’s just for the candy and a good rom-com. Growing up, I enjoyed making Valentines for my classmates and celebrating at home with little treats and traditions. Now a few years older, I still think some of the best ways to celebrate holidays are by simple and sweet gestures. Here I came up with 20 inexpensive ideas that are festive, fun and nearly-free for Valentine’s Day:
• Bake or give a dessert (cupcakes or chocolate are always welcome!)
• Watch a romantic movie together.
• Make and share a playlist of favorite love songs.
• Get crafty and make your own valentine.
• Frame a sentimental photo (or post it to Facebook/Instagram!).
• Make a toast over a glass of wine or champagne.
• Treat a friend or co-worker to coffee.
• Write a list of “10 Things I Love About You” for someone special.
• Craft a festive Valentine’s Day cocktail.
• Write someone a love letter.
• Give a friendly compliment to a stranger.
• Enjoy a night together at home, sans-TV, cell phone or Internet.
• Fill a room with balloons (tealight candles and rose petals will do, too!).
• Cook a new recipe together for dinner.
• Give a phone call to someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile.
• Take a walk together through your neighborhood or park.
• Give a bouquet of flowers (there are often roses at Trader Joe’s for $5).
• Re-create your first date together.
• Prepare breakfast in bed.
• Visit a museum together (I always love the Art Institute in Chicago).

Do you have any additional ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear!

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