During the gift giving season many of us give each other material gifts to show love. Sometimes we give gifts in an attempt to make up for the time we don’t spend with the people who are important to us.
Most of us have everything we need, and anything we want, we are able to go to the shops and buy ourselves. As a result, finding a gift that our loved ones don’t already have becomes harder.
We also spend a lot of time feeling lost about what to get people because we don’t know them well enough or we haven’t had the time to listen to them. How can you give them something that won’t just end up as clutter? Something that they will truly appreciate receiving? I have a few suggestions to help you with this predicament. Plus, there are things you can do even if you are far away from each other.
Support their dreams
A gift where you support someone’s dream is a great present. Not only are you giving them something that they will find useful but you also show them that you care about them enough to support them.
Do they want to try having a capsule wardrobe, learn a language, learn how to draw, or start a blog? Maybe you can show them how, and if you don’t know it yourself you can consider getting them an online course or a book. Nothing is more romantic than a partner who supports their partner's dreams.
Pool your money together
People can spend a lot on presents for each other, and it can sometimes feel like you are just transferring money back and forth. Instead pool the money and take yourselves on a romantic getaway to the snow or the beach for a few days. You can enjoy the great outdoors as well as the company of your loved one.
Gifts that keep on giving
There are gifts that can keep on adding value to your lives. Get them a membership to an organic food co-op for a year, or a gardening lesson so the two of you can learn to plant and care for a cute little veggie patch or herb garden. Maybe you can even get their favourite fruit tree and help plant it for them.
Make/Send a care package
People often forget to take care of themselves. Maybe they excel at looking after other people but they run out of time to rest themselves. So why not help them in that area by giving them what they need? You can give them a collection of spa and massage gift vouchers, or you can book them for all their necessary health checkups, do the housework so they can relax. Another idea is to give them a basket of sea salts, massage oils, Epsom salts, body scrubs and baking soda so they can have a nice spa experience at home.
Take care of yourself
Don't forget to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day. Whether you are coupled up or not, you don’t have to miss out. You can take care of yourself just as you would someone else. Take advantage of the time you have as well as the ease of being able to do exactly what you want. If you want to do something for someone else, you could try out this next idea.
Practice random acts of kindness
You can top up someone’s parking meter, pay for the person behind you at your coffee shop, plant a tree. You can compliment your elderly neighbours gardening. Practice giving without expecting anything back, and give just because you can. You’ll see how good it feels.
How do you spend your Valentine's Day and how does that differ from how you would like to celebrate it? Let me know below in the comments section.
With love and simplicity,