Valentine’s Day will be here in just two weeks! It’s a day for love, a day for happiness, and a day for being yourself.
Just because the idea of Valentine’s Day brings about the notion of flowers, candy, and expensive meals, that does not mean that you must incorporate these things into your day — unless, of course, you want to. Valentine’s day is about sharing love — whether with the love of your life, a new date, a friend, a family member, or that little animal of yours — and it’s about doing so in a way that feels right to you.
To get some ideas flowing for how you’ll spend yours this year, Jana and I have come up with 4 unique ways to do it. We’ve included where to go, what to wear, and what to give as a gift!
Remember when we were kids, and one of our main goals was to somehow, always find an excuse to build a fort? Well, flash forward a few years, and now you have one. Gather all of the sheets and blankets you can find, make a cozy space for 2, and spend hours reading books, telling secrets and enjoying the intimate time you have with one another.
What: Build a fort. In your bedroom, in your kitchen, in the basement… wherever you want to create your own little secret hideaway for you and your love.
Give: A letter… or a poem. You can put it in whatever form you want, but give words… kind, meaningful, and true words that let him or her know they are special, and read it out loud by candlelight in the fort.
How about going on a Valentine’s Day adventure? If you and your boo are feeling a little badass, grab a camera, go find an old abandoned building, and spend the afternoon exploring every little crevice. There’s nothing that strengthens a bond quite like the slight possibility of danger — it’ll be quite the thrilling way to share your love.
What: An abandoned adventure. Go to an abandoned spot — a broken-down building, a vacant town… somewhere that’s bursting with mystery.
Give: A vintage (but working) 35 mm camera and 2 rolls of film. Preload the camera with one roll of film and take a few surprise photos on it before giving it away. :)
Painting by yourself is relaxing, but painting with someone is fun and surprising. Why not try an art collaboration? Find a canvas and gather your mediums. Paint, watercolors, pastels, charcoal… anything! Start with just a mark, and paint away until you create a collaborative masterpiece. (I took the above photos after I did this one summer with a very special boy. It’s so fun to see what you end up with! xo Jana :) )
What: An art collaboration. Work your separate creative minds to create one special piece you can share.
Wear: Something casual.
Give: Hand painted paintbrushes. Find some plain wooden paintbrushes, and give them a personalized touch by drawing, painting or wood burning onto the handles. Bundle them up with some twine and you have a perfectly hand touched gift.
Take the traditional dinner date to the next level — or the next few levels, ha! Enjoy a 5-course meal, but split each course up so you two end up at 5 different restaurants in total. This is a fun way to try out all those places you’ve been dying to try. And the best part is… if one of them isn’t as great as you’d expected, it’s off to the next spot!
What: A 5-course meal… at five different restaurants — one for every course!
Give: Something to commemorate the night. Take one picture of your date — and have him/her take one of you — at each restaurant, making a face that represents how you each felt about that particular meal. Take every photo at the exact same angle and make sure to get the food in the shot! At the end of the night, get the photos printed and put them all together in a mini scrapbook.