“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think of romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon”
To be one hundred percent honest here, Andrei & I barley celebrate Valentine’s Day. Okay scratch that – we do not celebrate Valentine’s Day in any way shape or form, BUT I actually happen to totally love Valentine’s Day!! It brings the nostalgia factor in such a major way for me – anyone else remember writing out cards for classmates in elementary school?!?! Just the BEST! I choo-choo-choose you! *** said in Ralph Wiggum’s voice*** Okay sorry for the minor, & slightly annoying, deviation – ANYWHO, it’s honestly more of a laziness issue on both our parts that we forgo this particular “holiday” altogether, but for those of you that DO fully embrace this love-fest of a day – I’m sharing four totally unconventional gift ideas for Valentine’s Day… because who wants roses & chocolates – it’s basic AF!
Unconventional Gifts For Your Sweetheart!
It Is Written in the Stars
Did you know that you can have a freakin’ Star named after someone?! YES! I mean, how cool is that?! If someone wants to profess their undying love para moi via naming an actual celestial body after me I certainly wouldn’t be mad about it. This surprisingly affordable gift idea is so amazingly cheesy & romantic in the absolute best way possible I actually can’t even stand it. I love that this gift lasts for a literal eternity & it’s particularly special if your significant other just so happens to love all things involving astrology! Or is also just really into Star Wars. Upon naming the Star, you’ll receive a “Star Map” so that your loved one can track down their twinkling light in the sky – v cute.
Document Your Love Story
Okay so I have been “Instagram Friends” with @rootedstoryalbums for quite some time now, & I have seriously fallen in love with her work. She essentially turns your family memories, or memories with your loved ones into story-like, legacy novels. AKA. You can essentially have her work your “Love Story” into a full-blown 30,000 word novel. Eat your heart out Nicholas Sparks…
I think this is just the most creative, unique, & special way to commemorate your relationship… Surprise your beau on Valentine’s Day by letting them know you will be turning your Love Story, well, into a Love Story! Read more about her here!
Give a Little Love!
My family has always been really great at instilling the importance of giving back into both my brother & I. It has always been something that has been really important to me, however now that I am a little bit older & have been more exposed to the realities of just how tough this World can be, I have been more invested than ever in finding ways to invest in the future of our community.
The two of you already love each other immensely, so why not give someone ELSE a little bit of that love on Valentine’s Day?! I’ve recently been involved with the Haliburton based anti-bullying fundraiser, Mathew Madlyn @mathewmadlyn; created by Terri Mathews-Carl who lost a 14-year-old family friend to bullying. This initiative aims to beat bullying at its root through actively spreading kindness, starting hard but necessary conversations, & most importantly, standing up for the people who need it the most. I can’t think of a better time than Valentine’s Day to help spread kindness, love & stand up for others! Sales proceeds from purchasing garments sold through Mathew Madlyn – like the one I am wearing – are donated to local anti bullying initiatives, youth groups and associated foundations.
Literally wear your heart on your sleeve by purchasing these garments for Valentine’s Day!
I’ve spoken at length about the value of experience gifts! I one hundred & ten percent prefer experience gifts over material items for literally any & every occasion, & I highly recommend that you start gifting these to your loved ones. I recently wrote a blog on some of my favourite experience gifts, you can read my top ten HERE!
What are some of YOUR favourite Valentine’s Day gift ideas?!