Admittedly, I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day fan. Not for any particular reason – it’s just never been my thing, really. I guess back in grade school I liked it because we got candy and chocolate, but as I’ve aged, I’ve also kind of gotten over it.
It doesn’t hurt that Tom’s not a big V-Day guy either. We’re just not the type of people who get each other chocolate and flowers to express our love. We’re pretty content snuggling up on the couch with a good movie or, let’s be real, podcast.
What we do like, however, is doing stuff together. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what it is, just as long as we are experiencing it together. Which is why I’m sharing five fun and totally free ideas you and your partner can try this Valentine’s Day! That’s right – a gift, and at zero cost to either person!
WRITE A LOVE LETTER
Sure, it may sound like a sappy and somewhat awkward idea, but try expressing your love in written form. Handwritten letters are so intimate and personal, and can convey thoughts and ideas much more deeply. Maybe even try your hand at a home-made card! Honestly, it could be written on toilet paper and chances are your partner will be so touched by your words he or she won’t even notice 😉
TRY SOMETHING NEW
It’s a proven fact that shared experiences make us feel bonded and bring us closer together. So why not try experiencing something new with your valentine? It can be something as simple as trying a new walking route, or visiting a new museum exhibit. Anything that the two of you are experiencing together for the first time.
MAKE A MEAL TOGETHER
I’ve talked before about how much I dislike cooking, but there is something to be said for making a meal together. The simple act of chopping carrots or peeling potatoes can cultivate connection when done as a couple. And whenever Tom and I do cook together I take such pride in the meals we create for ourselves. We really like listening to podcasts while cooking and pausing frequently to discuss. Before I know it, dinner is served!
TAKE A QUIZ
My friend Jess told me about this article and I was immediately intrigued. I love the idea of asking your partner questions, maybe while taking a leisurely stroll over over that dinner you just cooked! I admit, Tom and I have made it through only half, so we’ll have to tackle the remaining questions one of these days!
GIVE YOUR TIME
The thing we can always give freely of is our time. Give your partner three hours of your time, to be used however he or she wants. Maybe they want you to give them a backrub. Maybe they want you to go see a movie together. Maybe they want an act of service, like fixing your leaky faucet. Whatever it is, your partner will appreciate your undivided attention. Get really creative by wrapping up a tiny bouquet of thyme 😉
Any other fun and free Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Share them in the comments below! And happy Friday friends!!