When I met my now husband of almost 40 years, he was an amazing gift giver! He wooed me -- not just with the usual flowers and candy, but with love poems he penned and fun things like sending me on a hunt with notes to discover little gifts "just because." He even had his friends write notes (his wording) in their own handwriting on postcards to tell me "be watching," "something is coming," "you have a secret admirer," and more. He was a very creative guy in the romance department -- and a hunk, too!
After we got married, things changed. Life happened. During our third year of marriage, my husband started down a path of higher education as a perpetual student (over eleven years of higher education and now two masters and a doctorate). Of course, that meant I was the "support person" -- and more so because we had six boys to raise.
. . .Until the year I realized I had become so wrapped up in my own expectations, I was the one setting myself up for hurt! That year, I decided I would not leave hints for Valentine's Day or watch with expectation for what I hoped to get. Instead, I decided I would think of ways I could show my own love not just for my husband, but my sons as well. I decided I would not just celebrate Valentine's Day in a special way, but I would celebrate the "14 Days of Valentines -- starting with February 1st!"
I discovered something amazing in the process of celebrating my love that year -- that it truly is more blessed to give than to receive! I am celebrating the 14 Days of Valentines again this year. My husband and I have been in a very difficult financial place -- and it could be a holiday of feeling down -- if I let it. Instead, I have been looking at things I can make and do to make this a very special time of year -- ways to celebrate my love in spite of the circumstances.
My challenge to you is to look for someone who needs love and get creative in ways to show them you care -- it could be your spouse, a significant other, a son or daughter -- or even a co-worker or neighbor. Celebrate the 14 Days of Valentines with me -- starting today, February 1st!
If you want some ideas of things to give, I found some terrific items in BBest shops to get your creative juices flowing.
Attackofthevintage has lots in her shop!
Sprinkle a few of these delightful confetti heart shapes by circleinthesand around the place settings at breakfast or on a co-worker's desk before they arrive at work!
Tuck a tiny bouquet of flowers or some favorite candy into this fun little stoneware tumbler with hearts by fehustoneware. It would be a fun gift with the pens shown, too!
Bring a cup of coffee in to waken that someone special with this adorable Valentine Mug Rug by blazingneedles to rest it on!
This little set of "raining hearts" silhouette cards by MisterPenQuin will provide you with several days worth of notes to share your love!
These "Scottish Love" sweet pinbacks by JoonBeam would be a great addition to your little love note message, giving you a way to tack them up in a special spot!
Lovingly wrap this "Broken Hearts" hand knit scarf by bytheby around your honey's neck as he leaves, telling him to stay warm and keep safe and come back home soon!
When your sweetheart comes home, share some wine along with chocolate covered strawberries using these lovely hand painted wine goblets by GlitznGlass!
Hang this Sweet Heart Dream Catcher by jstinson above the bed to whisper your love.
Last -- but not least, light this Hearts A Glow Tealight by CBBasement on the nightstand to speak softly of your love through the flicker of candlelight.
I hope these ideas get the creative juices flowing -- and that you too will enjoy celebrating your love by giving it away this year!