I know most people love the whole romantic gestures of Valentine’s Day. And sure, I love romantic gestures too. But I’ve always been very practical. When I see a huge bouquet of fresh flowers, my immediate thought is that I would rather have a garden to enjoy for months than those poor blooms that will wilt in a week. (Looking for alternative to fresh flowers? Check out my Pinterest board “Real Flowers Just Wilt“).
And why do people often give chocolate when so many moms start diets in January??!! Unless of course, you are making some of the yummy Trim Healthy Mama sweets I’ve been trying!! I actually have a delicious looking fudge recipe that I’m trying this weekend!
I’ve collected a few ideas of what I, as a busy mom, would love for Valentine’s Day:
Craftsy Classes!! I can’t say enough about these. I’ve taken several and absolutely love them. I especially love the fact that the classes never expire so I can go back and watch them over and over again. (Want a taste of what’s available? Right now this ebook on Lingerie Sewing Tutorials is available for a free download. And regardless of what I said before about chocolates, it is very fun (and tastes better) when you make your own. Craftsy offers a Homemade Chocolate Candy: Truffles, Bonbons & More (w/Jen King and Liz Gutman)
class. Which means you could make your own (how romantic to make chocolates together?!!) or even sell to make some extra cash. (Did you know I started making homemade chocolates when I was only thirteen years old? I would take orders for all of the holidays and made enough in two years to buy my own first car.)
Personally, I love bath stuff – bubble bath, shower gels, bath fizzies. If you want to make a gift basket, how about putting all that in a basket along with a candle, good book or a CD of light jazz music and a coupon for a foot rub or back massage?
And I’m a sucker for experiences rather than gifts. How about a membership to a museum? Movie tickets? It would also be great fun to go to one of those painting studios together or a pottery place. Does mom have a Bucket List? Is there anything you can do to help her check off something?
Make a date night box together. Share a prayer journal. If she didn’t already have a bucket list, make one together.
With a computer and printer, there are tons of ideas for a coupon book you can design and print out yourself. Need some ideas for the coupons?
- Go to a restaurant
- Family member to cook the meal at home
- Extra chore
- An uninterrupted hour
- Bubble bath
- Two hours of free babysitting
- Agree to let her choose a movie to watch (yes, endure a chick flick for her LOL)
Depending on what season of life you are in, you can get creative with the coupons! And it’s extra special because you actually had to put some thought into it.
Write a poem. I know my mom had a handwritten poem that my dad had written for her tucked away in her drawer for years. It was so sweet.
I’m also a sucker for planners. But I’m picky. A great idea though would be to give a nice pen, some post-its, washi tape, and gift card for a office supply store that I could redeem for color printing and binding. Unless of course, you purchased the Pro-Click!
Still, one of the best gifts you can give, is a cleaned house, undivided attention, quality time and love.