Plans and Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Juliana Best, Editor

Even though people have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day, everyone knows when the holiday is here. Stores are suddenly filled with chocolate and candy hearts, and red and pink decorations line the shelves. While this may happen way too close to New Years, it is very effective in letting us know that everyone’s favorite commercial holiday is approaching. Fortunately for us, Valentine’s Day has evolved to be more than just chocolate hearts and teddy bears, and now we have more options for activities and gifts. 

As far as Valentine’s gifts go, it’s hard to go wrong with flowers and chocolates. Sometimes a fun, simple gift is exactly what people want. If you want to give something a bit more original though, buy or make a gift that’s special to your partner. It could be a homemade gift or meal if that’s what you enjoy, or you could buy them something you know they’ve been wanting. Whether it’s a new book, clothes, or just random knick knacks, buying something from the heart is more creative than from the holiday section at the store.

A romantic dinner at a restaurant or at home is nice, but that’s what everyone does for Valentine’s Day, so why not do something special and unique for your relationship. Planning a date can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be a complicated event. If you and your partner love art, go to a museum. Or if you love to exercise, go for a romantic walk or hike together. Find an activity that you and your significant other love doing together, or something new that you want to try. 

For some people, trying something new for Valentine’s Day is the best way to go. If this includes you, go for it. Your date could be a concert, vacation, or taking a class to learn something new. If you prefer a more familiar idea for a date, that’s fine too. Go see a movie, visit some shops, or just relax at home. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be the same for everyone. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with a simple romantic dinner if that’s what makes you feel the Valentine’s Day spirit.