Ready to make their heart flutter? Whether you’re looking for romantic gift ideas or tips on how to sweep them off their feet, “Your Trusted Cupid” brings you top-notch advice from relationship experts. This Valentine’s Day, step outside the heart-shaped box and treat your loved one to 14 Valentine’s Day gifts for a holiday they’ll never forget.
Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t look forward to the prospect of a heartfelt love letter scribbled on a pink-and-red paper heart? Add to that pastel-colored candy, chocolate truffles, and flowers, and Feb. 14 might well be considered the most romantic day of the year.
But after nearly two years of social distancing, masks, and the daily onslaught of glum news, don’t you agree we need more than a single day to celebrate love? In fact, the time to rewrite the rules of this festive occasion has never been better. If Christmas can have 12 days, it stands to reason that Valentine’s Day can — and should — have 14 days of romance dedicated to its commemoration. But before we completely reinvent this holiday, let’s talk about why it’s necessary.
Love in the time of Covid
The pandemic has blurred the boundaries that once clearly defined our lives at home, work, and school. Relationship expert and TikTok influencer, Eros Miranda, stresses the importance of making connections during these unprecedented times. “How can we use this holiday to come closer together?” poses Miranda. He suggests learning more about our partner’s needs.
“Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to learn our love language,” says Miranda. “Maybe they want a partner who is closer to them more often. Maybe they want a partner that whenever they are feeling anxious, they can have a little extra help. This is a growth opportunity. Learn about each other’s love language, see how they want to love, and look at the holiday as an opportunity to see how you want to be loved.”
What better way to reignite the love in 2022 than with a new 14-day Valentine’s tradition.
14 days of romance
There are many ways to approach this novel idea, but what’s most important is to make it personal to your particular circumstances. Here are some ideas:
- Give a Valentine’s Day gift to your significant other every day from February 1st to the 14th. Is that not true love or what?
- Spread the love around and give one gift each to 14 special people in your life. Recipients might include a love interest in addition to those on your Allentine’s Day list, which include a parent, child, grandparent, best friend, work colleague, and so forth.
- Flying solo this year? That’s okay! Few loves are as important as the love of self — so go ahead and treat the Valentine that is you to 14 Valentine’s Day gifts of self-care during the month of February.
Most of all, embrace the idea that gift-giving is as important to your emotional wellbeing and happiness as it is to the recipients of your kindness and generosity. Here are 14 fabulous Valentine’s Day gift ideas to get you started on your new 14 days of romance tradition:
For the classic romantic, you can never go wrong with roses. Red roses are always welcome, but you’ll win bonus points if the bouquet is in your intended’s favorite color.
If your sweetheart loves chocolate, you’ll find no shortage of options during the month of February. Champagne truffles, chocolate with nuts and caramel, rich dark chocolate, or a signature chocolate collection in a heart-shaped box — don’t you just love the tastes of Valentine’s Day?
Gift your mate to a night of binge-watching their favorite romcoms — just make sure to bring the tissues and the popcorn.
Give your honey a bit of shine and sparkle that they will cherish for years to come. It need not be extravagant — it only must come from the heart.
A hug and 14 handwritten IOU coupons that they can exchange for special treats during February, including a dinner out, a foot rub, a DIY plant project you can do together, or a weekend getaway.