OK, people, so Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. You can love it or hate it, but you can’t get around it. Some say it’s a day promoted by the folks at Hallmark and Whitman Candies and they ignore it altogether. For those of you who still believe, however, here are a few, no-cost, last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas to show your love:
1. Last Minute Valentine’s Gift Idea: Clean Their Car
I am embarrassed to say that I practically live in my car and yet I never really take the time to clean it. It’s a bad habit or a dirty little secret (literally), because I am a relatively clean and organized person. I think there are a lot of us out there like this. So, if this sounds like the person you love, how about hauling the vacuum cleaner out to the garage? Bring the Windex and some paper towels (hell, if it’s warm enough you can even get out the hose) . Give their car a scrub and give them a true gift; all it will cost you is a little elbow grease and your love is bound to adore you for it.
2. How About Making Them a Playlist
It seems like everyone belongs to one music streaming service or another these days (Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, iHeart Radio). If you don’t have a service, that’s ok too. Because you can download songs from YouTube for free. Think about your loved one and pull together a few songs that you can play for them on Valentine’s Day. You are sure to make them smile.
3. Last Minute Valentine’s Gift Idea: Take a Hike…Or a Walk… with Your Love
Weather permitting, why not get outside and take a walk or a hike with your love. It’s free. It’s fresh air, even if it’s cold. And a walk outside is a great time for conversation and a little hand-holding. It’s a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
4. How About Making Them Breakfast In Bed
OK, so you’ve got to eat, and what better day than Valentine’s Day to make your sweetheart breakfast in bed? It doesn’t have to be Eggs Benedict or Espresso Waffles, simple yogurt and fresh fruit will do. It’s the act of fixing it for the other person and bringing it to them that is the real gift. Start with coffee or tea or their favorite beverage (champagne, anyone?). Bring them a magazine or their iPad to lounge over whilst you prepare your masterpiece. Add a fresh flower in a vase and they will remember this Valentine’s Day for a long time.
5. Last Minute Valentine’s Gift Idea: Write Them a Love Letter
If you are ever going the wear your heart on your sleeve, Valentine’s is the day. Get out an old fashioned piece of paper and that funny little thing called a pen. Write a few lines, or an epic poem if you’re up for that, to your Valentine. Tell them what you love about them. Let them know why you’re proud of them or the way they make you feel. You know what they say, that no one, on their deathbed, ever wishes for more time at the office.
My Dad, when he was leaving us, asked me, “Baby Girl, did I tell her enough? Do you think I told her enough?” He meant my Mom, and he had, he more than had. In that, he was one of the lucky ones, but more so, my Mom was. Tell them. Write it down. Don’t be scared or embarrassed. It’s the right day for it, because on Valentine’s… it’s love, love, love.
For more on Valentine’s Day, check out: 4 Cute Ideas For Decorating Your Home For Valentine’s Day.