No chocolate hearts this Valentine’s!

No chocolate hearts this Valentine’s!

by Ashley Tan 12 Feb 2018

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which usually spells the cliché combination of chocolates, hearts, and flowers. But if you’ve been with your partner for a long while, then turning to these stereotypical gifts would likely elicit reactions including pursed lips and deepening frowns. So, on this special day, why not do something unique for your loved one that is both meaningful and personal? 


1. DIY Gifts

This seems like the go-to option when attempting to come up with out-of-the-box gifts. However, homemade presents really do go a long way, because they are the products of the effort that you’ve put into conceptualising, designing and making the gift. The best DIY gifts usually incorporate references or symbols that mean something to your partner. Handwritten notes are also a good way to express your affection and appreciation for your significant other.


2. Dinner in bed

Feasting on food made with love is one of the best gifts anyone can receive. Instead of the usual breakfast in bed, why not do the opposite this year and prepare a personal dinner banquet in bed instead? Besides, most people don’t feel hungry immediately after they’ve woken up, which means that the pancakes and avocado toast that you spent so long preparing may go to waste. Doing dinner also presents with a wider variety of dishes to choose from, so it’ll be the perfect opportunity to showcase your culinary creativity!


3. Go for the unconventional

The greatest gifts aren’t always the most expensive ones. Unique experiences have their way of creating a lasting impression, so using them to cement your V-day festivities isn’t such a bad idea! Things like hang-gliding or scuba diving appeal to adventure seekers, while museum and art gallery crawls are popular amongst the more reserved crowd. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box; kiddie activities like a few rounds of laser tag and ball pits spell great fun for couples too!


4. Engage in a volunteering experience

Valentine’s Day is a day that is meant to be full of love, but this isn’t limited to the romantic sphere! You could very well use this day as an opportunity to give back to your community, by facilitating activities or assisting in an event that supports charitable initiatives. In fact, spending your time with others who may be less privileged could also provide a bonding experience for both yourself and your partner because of the empathy that is cultivated.


5. Throw a V-Day bash

There’s a quote from the movie Love Actually which goes, “If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.” Love can really be found everywhere, and it’s not only found in a romantic partner. There’s no rule against inviting a couple of friends to spend this special day with you – it could even be a triple date! This plan works if you’re single too, since having a blast with all the friends you have in your life is never a bad idea. You don’t need to be attached to enjoy Valentine’s! 


Valentine’s Day is all about spreading the love and appreciating the ones that are special to you, so how you choose to spend it is really up to you! Instead of going the commercial route, take some time to think about the best way to express your affections towards your significant other, or people whom you are grateful to have in your life. To love and be loved – that’s perhaps the greatest thing we can ask for in life!