Valentine’s Day is almost here! When Eben was younger, I always surprised him with his Valentine’s book scavenger hunt! Now, that he is older, I am looking for simple, fun ways to show him how much I care on Valentine’s Day. This is especially great since Valentine’s Day really crept up on me this year! If you are like me and need a handful of last-minute, simple Valentine’s Day surprise ideas that are eco-friendly too – read on and relax we still have a few days. Ha!
#1: Add a Little Organic Love to Lunch
I am a little obsessed with heart shapes in food – especially for Valentine’s Day. For starters, these heart and heart apples are perfect for Valentine’s Day lunchbox – even teenagers will enjoy!
#2: DIY Mixed CD Valentine
Whether you are looking for a quick gift for your spouse or your teen – I adore this mixed CD valentine from Dandee Designs – so old school. I remember receiving a mixed tape from a boyfriend in junior high – it was full of love songs from Boyz II Men and Tony! Toni! Tone! – how funny is that?
#3: Give a Recycled Heart Attack
When Eben was little, I surprised him by plastering his bedroom in recycled cut out hearts. On each heart, I wrote something about him that I love. You could do something like this on a smaller scale too, such as in a lunch box or school locker. Just don’t make it too mushy if you are doing it at school. You could even mail a box of hearts to someone far away!
#4: Keep It Simple
I know that I can put a lot of pressure on myself to think of a fun and creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Eben and the mister. However, I have learned over the years that it doesn’t matter what I plan, the simple act of spending the entire day celebrating my love for them is all they want. Whether it is sweet notes in their lunchboxes, a heart-shaped breakfast, or a “fancy” dinner – it’s the quality time together that really counts.
#5: Plan a Getaway
Several years ago, I wanted to celebrate with an experience so the mister and I surprised Eben with a long weekend of winter camping. We picked him up early from school on a Friday and headed to the beach for a few days of camping. If you want to surprise your family with a getaway, think easy – mini-day trips or even visiting somewhere new close to home.
What surprises do you have planned for your family this Valentine’s Day?