Love Flowers

By Jo Phillips

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s going to look different this year for most people. While you may have spent previous years looking for unique gifts or unforgettable experiences, most of us have had all of the unforgettable things we can handle over the past year. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, your Valentine’s Day ideas may have to be adjusted. You may not be able to go to a restaurant, movie theater, or another crowded area. So, you might think you have to be more creative than ever with your ideas. 

But, think about just how much uncertainty this year has provided. While having fun and doing something unique certainly has its place, why not consider something more comforting this year? 

Whether you’re thinking about gifts for guys or girls, it never hurts to go the traditional route, especially when you want to provide something certain in a year that has been anything but. 

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Food Always Wins

The great thing about food and drink as Valentine’s Day gifts is that you know they’ll get used. Consider buying your partner their favorite bottle of wine to share over dinner. Or, you can never go wrong with a box of chocolates. 

Some chocolate assortments aren’t great, but that can actually be half the fun. Play a game together where you guess what each piece contains, before taking a bite. Food gifts never go out of style, and they’ll often get “used” right away. 

Staying Fresh With Flowers

It doesn’t get more old school than valentine’s day roses. Buying a bouquet of flowers for your partner is a great way to show them you’re thinking about them, especially when you give it to them first thing in the morning. 

Or, make your flowers the first step to a killer date night. If you’ve been in a relationship for quite some time, you might not give (or receive) flowers as much as you once did. This holiday is a great excuse to bring that tradition back. 

Stay in Together

Because of the pandemic, one of the best things you can do with your partner is stay in. Thankfully, there are plenty of traditional activities you can do together to ignite your spark. One of the best things is to cook a romantic dinner together. Cooking is a great way to be close to one another, and you’ll both get to reap the rewards of whatever you make. 

Use the opportunity of staying in to add a little extra romance to your evening. Slow dance in your living room, or share stories about your favorite moments in your relationship. Because there are no extra distractions from the outside world, you can use this time to reconnect with your partner, and really strengthen your relationship from the inside out. 

So, while unique is good and interesting gifts won’t be forgotten, don’t be afraid to stick with something more traditional this year. Think about what your partner might truly enjoy, from a stuffed animal to a bottle of perfume or cologne, and recognize that sometimes, simple is better.