Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Is it just me or did January feel like the longest month ever?! I don’t remember January going by so slowly before. Now that it is officially February 1st, Valentine’s Day is probably on your mind. I’ve always loved this time of year, I mean any excuse to eat heart-shaped chocolate and watch romcoms is a pretty good time. I wanted to put together a little gift guide with some ideas of how to #treatyoself, your friends, and boyfriend.
Gifts for yourself
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
– Lucille Ball
Who says you can’t be your own Valentine? Self-love is important, I’ll be blogging about it later this month so stay tuned for that. This February, treat yourself in the spirit of Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford.
Book a facial at a local spa. The first time I got a facial was with my grandmother last year. I have since gotten a few more because they are so relaxing and my skin glows afterwards. As a treat to myself, I booked a facial for Valentine’s weekend. If you don’t want to splurge on a facial, do an at-home face mask or pick up a new skincare product to try.
Pick up a new book you’ve been wanting to read. Reading for me is quality self-care time. I can let my problems and worries slip away and focus on what’s going on in the story. Usually, my mind doesn’t drift when reading a story because I want to focus on what I’m reading, whereas when watching TV I can find myself thinking about other things. If you are looking for a good book to read, join the #smorebooks book club or check-out my 2018 reading list.
Purchase a yoga studio membership. Gift yourself some zen through a yoga studio membership. I always flip-flop with doing yoga, I started in college and really enjoyed how relaxed and rejuvenated I felt during and after the class. I’m planning on starting yoga back up again to help me get out of the house in the dreary months and meet new people!
Gifts for your friends
“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
— Oprah Winfrey
Keeping with the Parks and Rec theme this post has taken, Galentine’s Day is on February 13th! Treat your friends with some of the ideas below.
Send a Greetabl. I first heard about Greetabl last year, they are little gift boxes that you mail to friends/family. You can customize the print of the box and pick out some fun goodies to send to a friend. They have a lot of cute options to choose from, and who doesn’t like receiving packages in the mail? It’s an unexpected surprise.
Bake cupcakes (or their favorite sweet treat). This option is so simple yet sweet because you put some effort into making the gift! Bonus points if you add some fun, festive decorations to the top of the cupcakes.
Share a Little Words Project bracelet. Little Words Project has such an awesome mission to empower women and promote kindness in the girl community. I have a few myself and they make for great gifts. They even have a section designated for Galentine’s Gifts on their website, so check it out!
Gifts for your boyfriend
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”
– Helen Keller
Shopping for men can be so difficult! I like to gift experiences and things to do together because most of the time guys already have everything they need. Here are some ideas you can gift your boyfriend.
Book a weekend getaway. Pick a new location or one that holds sentimental value and book a weekend getaway. If you don’t want to spend as much money for a weekend getaway, pick a location that’s within two hours from your house and do a day trip!
Attend a Broadway show or concert. You might not typically think of this present, but if your favorite artist is coming to town, book tickets for you and your SO to attend! Again, if you don’t want to spend as much money on this, there are usually smaller local shows that the two of you can attend for a lot less.
Recreate your first date. Take a walk down memory lane and recreate your first date! The butterflies might come back as you remember how excited/nervous you were the first time you hung out!
Remember that relationships don’t define you, so if you are single this Valentine’s Day have some fun splurging on yourself and your friends!