This entry was posted on January 23, 2019.
Valentine's Day is a full day dedicated to showing your love, affection, and appreciation for those around you. Besides just your significant others, it is a day to recognize people at your work, your friends, your family, your community, and even the strangers we pass in our everyday lives. It gives us a fun reason and excuse to do something special for these people. It doesn't have to be something huge, even the smallest gestures can bring a smile to another's face. This Valentine's Day, we challenge you to do something extra for someone in your life to show them how much they are appreciated. We have compiled a list of ideas to help you!
Have you ever been apart of a chain at a coffee shop or fast food line, where the person in front of you buys your coffee or drink? It's a small gesture that leaves the next person with an amazing surprise and a warm feeling inside. Doing this for someone anonymously is very humbling. Odds are, that the person will keep this going and surprise the next person after them with a coffee or drink. What a great surprise from a stranger! You can also surprise someone with a gift card to their favourite coffee place, for example Starbucks!
Prepare some home made treats for your colleagues with a sweet note. Everyone appreciates treats at the office, and it is a simple way to show them you appreciate them as colleagues and friends. Here are some ideas for recipes!
Show your appreciation this Valentine's Day towards your favourite couple. Maybe it's your parents, a couple that always takes you in as a third wheel, your grandparents, newly weds, or parent's to be. Relationships take a lot of work and they should be recognized for being great role models of what true love is. Surprise your favourite couple with matching coffee mugs, which you can design on your own here at GoCustomized!
Have a colleague or friend you have worked for that is looking for another job? Surprise them with a LinkedIn testimonial to show them how much you appreciate them. This is a appreciated Valentine's Day gesture and yet very useful!
This idea might seem boring, but surprise your roommates with a clean house to come home too. After working a long day, nothing is better than coming home to an unexpected clean home. This idea just requires your time and effort, and if you have multiple roommates then bonus for you! If you don't have time to do this on Valentine's Day, leave them a note letting them know it is coming this week.
Valentine's Day is a day to show your love through physical touch. Studies have shown that giving a longer hug, for example for 10 seconds, raises the level of oxytocin (the love hormone), which reduces your stress level, lowers your blood pressure and heart rate. Give the gift of love through more hugs, holding hands, and longer cuddles! Remind your loved ones of the importance of touch with a personalised pillow!
After the holidays, many organizations struggle finding sufficient volunteers. Volunteering your time is like giving the world a huge hug. Another idea would be donating blood. What better gift can you give than by helping to save a life. Don't know where to donate? Contact RedCross and they will be more than happy to help you!
Surprise your friends, family, or colleagues with an invitation to a game night. You can get as creative as you want with this one, whether you choose board games or even create a scavenger hunt around town. This will be a night you both will look forward to spending some fun and quality time together. A game night might take some extra planning, but will sure be one that is remembered!
Valentine's day can also often be known as "Galentine's Day". A day to show our besties how much we appreciate and love them. This year, surprise your favourite Galentine's with matching personalised phone cases. Whether it's your best friends, sister, Mom, or other special people in your life; they will cherish this thoughtful and fun gift every time they use their phone.
Let's be real, how many of your clothes have you not worn this year? I think it is safe to say we could all donate a few things to those in need of them more. A heavy jacket, pair of jeans, or warm socks could go a long way for someone else. Their are different donation points all over our communities and churches. This Valentine's Day you can warm someone's heart with some warm clothes. Not sure where to donate? Check out this list for ideas.
Our hope is that this Valentine's Day you take the time to do something small or big for someone special in your life. The little things go a long way. We hope you are also cherished and celebrated by the special people in your life.
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