It’s hard to believe we’re already in February and Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Time flies and we are all busy with school, work, or friends, so we don’t blame you if Valentine’s Day has slipped your mind.
Lucky for you, here’s a guide that will help you save time, money, and a lot of headaches avoiding crowded restaurants and trite, expensive gifts.
Buying something for your significant other or your friends can be a struggle, especially when you feel like there isn’t a whole lot out there that isn’t insanely expensive. Fortunately, sites like Pinterest offer a variety of simple but thoughtful ideas for Valentine’s Day, such as DYI crafts or themed gifts that keep on giving. Here are some of the most unique gift ideas that you can make at home:
- A book of IOU’s to hand over ready to be cashed in at any time to movie nights, brunch outings, Netflix binges, breakfast in bed, massages, etc. is a good way to show you’re willing to be flexible for someone.
- You can show someone how they make an impression on all five your senses by gifting five mini-presents labeled and themed with the five senses.
- Write letters for different moods and different occasions and seal each one in envelopes labeled with instructions of when they’re allowed to be opened.
These don’t necessarily have to replace flowers and chocolate but they would definitely add a very personal touch.
And for our currently dateless valentines, remember: Valentine’s is also about friendship! This doesn’t have to be Single’s Awareness Day (SAD.)
There are plenty of local events to participate in, which are great options for those looking to celebrate with friends. Since this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, a lot of places will be hosting events on the weekend, though you’ll still find plenty of parties on Valentine’s Day itself.
For our night-owls, these are some of the most buzzed-about events this week:
- Wynwood Bar Crawl: F**K Valentine’s Edition– SHOTS Miami. Feb. 10th. $5-$10
- Stupid Cupid Crawl– El Patio, Wynwood. Feb. 10th. $30-$50
- Art Walk at Wynwood– Feb. 10th. FREE.
- #LivingSingle Social– MiaBea House, Miami Beach. Feb. 14th. FREE
- Valentine’s Day Comedy Show-The Craftsman, South Miami. Feb. 14th. $20-$30
- Downtown Hollywood Art Walk– Feb. 17th. FREE.
If you’re looking for a more unconventional—but highly memorable—way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, consider participating in this year’s Random Acts of Kindness Week, which runs from Feb. 11th to Feb. 17th. #RAKWeek2018 is an annual event that seeks to promote kindness and love to everyone around us, not just family and friends. Participating is simple: you just have to choose and perform random acts of kindness for others throughout the day. It’s a perfect way to spread love on the day when we celebrate it, and it can be done with friends, family, or just by yourself. Your list could get as creative and as thoughtful as you let it. Here are a couple of ideas to help get you started. Some might require a little spending, while others just require good intentions and follow through:
- Take a pack of post-its, find the nearest parking garage leave positive, uplifting messages on the windshields of as many cars as you can.
- Cover the tab of the next car in line at the drive-thru—you might even start a chain.
- Hand a dozen roses out to a dozen strangers that you notice need a little cheer in their day.
- Tape $2 to a vending machine for the next person who could use a snack.
- Buy a cup of coffee for a security guard in the middle of a long hospital shift.
- Write and send a thoughtful message thanking someone for an impact they made in your life.
Regardless of how you choose to spend Valentine’s Day, the most important thing is to remember that we all have love in our lives. So even if you decide to spend the day on the couch watching The Notebook by yourself, remember that just as you love and care for people in your life, there are also lots of people who love and care about you, as well!