In the spirit of finding alternate ways of commemorating Valentine’s Day, and to follow up on Sandy’s blog post last week about treat ideas that don't mean consuming tons of candy, I would like to share some alternative gift ideas. Think outside of the box.....of chocolates! You don't have to turn to sugar to shower those you love with sweet treats in honor of the month of love! Kind gestures/gifts can be equally as nice, or even better!
As candy and chocolate last only a moment, these gifts can last forever…your loved one will be able to remember your thoughtfulness, generosity, as well as the time and effort you spent to make their day that much more special. Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration:
- Homemade card with construction paper and a personal note: think how much Grandma, Mom, or Dad would love to see your creativity and skill!
- Framing one of your favorite photos: what a great way to “capture the moment” and remember a special memory you shared with your loved one.
- Painting something at a pottery painting venue (like a bowl, or a picture frame!...something that would get used or displayed and remind the person of your effort and creativity)
- Make flowers or decorative items for home/desk with art supplies:
- Decorate cover of a journal or notebook to give it that customized/special touch…don’t forget to commemorate it to your loved one!
- Design and create homemade note cards- you can draw or paint your favorite subject!
- Homemade jewelry: anything from beads to bent wire creations always make a great conversation piece and show how much you care. Arts and crafts supply stores like Michaels or Joanne’s can provide both supplies and inspiration!!Not only are the above ideas more unusual, special and personalized, it makes for a very fun activity! Making these things can be done individually or with another loved one—your grandparents, parents, friends or siblings. Invite them over and make it a group event!
Emily Feurring, Director Client Services