Tis the season for love & affection. And what better way to show that love & affection with a gift from the heart. Gift giving, during any time of year can be stressful & lots of expectations can be placed on ourselves by society to gift in a certain way. But you don’t need to be breaking the bank to show someone you care. Whether you are gifting to a love interest, family member or friend – I’m here to let you in on some intentional gifts you can give this year.
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The Gift of Time
Spending quality time with the people you care about is such a priceless gift. At the end of the day, I think a lot of us can attest to only wanting to share more memories with that special someone. Even just a phone call or Face Time, if you are miles away, can make all the difference in showing your appreciation to someone. I know the pandemic has really caused me to appreciate the simple moments of being with family or friends in person. It’s something I took for granted before. And so now, I make it a priority.
Show Off Creativity with a DIY Greeting Card
Granted, you may be spending some money on supplies – I think a handmade card makes it far more special than any Hallmark one you’d find at the store. You are free to customize it however you please & personalize it with your own handwriting. Other ideas you could consider include a hand written letter [ like the old days ] or even a poem if you want to get super creative & romantic. My fiance actually wrote me a poem on our first Christmas together when we were dating. It’s now framed in our bedroom & I’ve cherished it ever since.
A Photo Jar or Album
Another idea is to showcase memories together with photos. Either creative a scrapbook or albm with cool captions & stickers. Or you can even roll up printed paper of each photo [ message in a bottle style ] & store them in a jar. My fiance did this for me & included a tag that read “the best gifts are the memories we share together.” I also love the idea of displaying polaroids throughout the person’s room or home & surprise them with a memory scavenger hunt. It’s a great way to reminise on the time spent together.
Give The Gift of Adventure
I always believe experiences are the best type of gift. You may be spending some money, but you are also gaining a new memory. You can choose something you both have never done before like sky diving! Or you can explore a town you have yet to visit. The great part of this option is there are so many directions you can take with this idea. It could be as simple as a picnic at the beach or park or even watching a movie you’ve both wanted to see.
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Help Them Out With Something
Is there something they’ve needed help with? Or is there something that could make their life easier? Like the last idea, this can also go in many different directions. For example – you could help fix something that is broken in the home [ or at least call someone to do it to get the ball rolling ]. Even if it’s doing a specific chore for the other person or cooking them a meal. These acts of kindness show you care.
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Regardless if Valentines is coming up or not – I believe thinking more intentionally with gift giving is a better mindset to practice. I also believe these acts of appreciation can be done any day of the year. It’s always nice to show someone you love & care about them. I hope this list of intentional gifts sparks inspiration for you. In the comments – let me know how you’ll be spending Valentines Day & what gifts you are considering to give. Also, what’s the best Valentines gift you’ve received?