Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!
It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day has become one of the most commercialised days of the year. Between the barrage of advertisements and the pressure to spend money, it can be easy to forget what the holiday is really about: celebrating love!
But if you’re looking for alternative ways to celebrate on February 14th, try having a more minimalist Valentine’s Day this year.
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Whether you’ve been together for years or are newly dating, Valentine’s Day can be a great opportunity to enjoy each other’s company. It’s important that you don’t let the commercial aspect of this holiday get in the way of your relationship. This is not about spending money on gifts or extravagant meals, this is about doing something you love with someone you love.
While there are many ways to show your loved ones how much you care, sometimes the best way to spend time with them is by spending time together doing something you both enjoy – whether that may be cooking or watching Netflix at home together.
- 1. Make each other gifts
- 2. Do something you don't usually do for your partner
- 3. Take a bath together
- 4. Go on a hike together
- 5. Cook a romantic dinner together
- 6. Have a picnic in your back garden
- 7. Write each other love letters and leave them where they'll find them throughout the day
- 8. Watch a romantic film together and have some hot chocolate
- 9. Put the phone down
- Are you ready for a minimalist Valentine's Day?
Here are 9 ideas for how you can create a minimalist Valentine’s Day to remember
1. Make each other gifts
One of the best ways to show your loved ones how much you care is by making them a Valentine’s Day gift. Not only does this show that you took the time and effort to make something special for them, but it also eliminates the need to spend money on store-bought presents.
If you’re ready for a simple DIY project, try making your partner a gift from scratch. This could be anything from a scrapbook filled with memories to a handmade necklace or bracelet. If you’re feeling really creative, you could even try making your partner a cake or some cookies!
If you don’t feel like you’re very creative when it comes to making things, why not write them a poem or a song if you’re musical?
Bonus points if your gift is zero waste!
2. Do something you don’t usually do for your partner
Often the days roll into one another and they become more and more monotonous in the things we do.
To make this day truly special and to really show your loved ones how much you care, do something they won’t be expecting. Whether it’s bringing the rubbish out to the bins, if that’s something they normally do, or doing the laundry if you don’t tend to do this often.
The little things can often make the biggest difference in who we are as people and how well our relationships are going.
3. Take a bath together
Why not enjoy each other’s company and relax at the same time? Take a bath together, light some candles, drink tea or wine, eat strawberries-whatever you fancy!
This wouldn’t just be a romantic gesture, but also a great way to unwind and de-stress. What better way is there to spend your minimalist Valentine’s Day?
4. Go on a hike together
There are few things more rejuvenating than spending time outside in nature. Take your partner on a hike through the woods, around the streets of your town or even up a mountain if you’re feeling particularly adventurous!
If hiking is not really your thing, why not try something else like kayaking, swimming in the sea or building sandcastles on the beach?
Why not visit a local park? It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that if you don’t have many options nearby.
Getting out in nature with your loved one can be a wonderful way to make this holiday special and low-key at the same time.
5. Cook a romantic dinner together
Rather than spending a fortune on overpriced Valentine’s Day dinners at a restaurant, instead why don’t you cook each other dinner at home?
As well as being much cheaper than eating out in a restaurant, cooking together is an amazing way to bond with your partner. Enjoy spending time together in the kitchen making each other’s favourite meals – remembering that this is not about making extravagant feasts, but rather showing how much you care by spending time with your partner and doing something that you both enjoy.
This minimalist Valentine’s Day idea has an added bonus! After you’ve had fun making dinner together, you get to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal together as a couple.
6. Have a picnic in your back garden
Now that dinner’s made (see above) why not head to the back garden and enjoy your meal together.
Many people think of picnics as being rustic affairs that require long walks in the countryside or on the beach, but why not keep it simple by enjoying a picnic in your own back garden?
If you have a fire pit in your back garden you can even make smores for dessert!
And why not continue enjoying the outdoors all night by camping out under the stars if the weather permits.
7. Write each other love letters and leave them where they’ll find them throughout the day
Love letters are a great way of telling your partner how much they mean to you.
Yes, it might sound like something cheesy that’s done more often in the movies, but there’s nothing stopping you from doing this on Valentine’s Day or any day for that matter!
Take some time out to write some heartfelt words about how your partner makes you feel and leave it somewhere that’ll make your partner smile?
Put it underneath their pillow before they go to bed, or on their pillow if they’re an early riser. Stick it to the bathroom mirror so they’ll catch sight of it in the morning. Or even on their computer in the home office.
8. Watch a romantic film together and have some hot chocolate
It’s always nice to sit down and enjoy a film with your loved one on a cold winter night, so why not make it extra special by choosing something ‘romantic’.
Make some hot chocolate and snuggle up on the sofa together for the evening.
Not only will you be sure to enjoy spending some quality time with your partner, but it can be a great way to give yourself some downtime after a busy day.
Netflix and chill, anyone?
9. Put the phone down
This might sound like a very simple idea, but why not spend this Valentine’s Day completely unplugged.
Enjoy some quality time with your partner without sharing it on social media or checking phones every 5 minutes to see what else is going on in the world.
Opt out of the rat race for just one day and enjoy spending time together. You can always catch up on what you’ve missed tomorrow. Your partner will appreciate this gesture.
Are you ready for a minimalist Valentine’s Day?
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with that special someone, the whole family together or with the girls having ‘Galentines Day’ instead, there’s no need to go over the top and spend a fortune on overpriced gifts and meals when you can still have a great time without breaking the bank.
Remember that spending time together is always more important than buying each other extravagant gifts, so why not try one of these 9 ways to have a minimalist Valentine’s Day this year?
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What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? Does a minimalist Valentine’s Day sound appealing to you?