Love Notes

Regardless of the status of your love life (or lack thereof) it is important to grow and build strong relationships with the people we truly care about, whether it be romantic, familial or platonic. I like to think about Valentine's day as a day to showcase the love we have for everyone who is important in our lives. In order to let these special individuals know we love them, however, we have to love ourselves first. But today's post is not about self-care. Quite frankly, I'm still in the process of trying to figure out what self-care looks like for myself, as I do tend to become all work and no play sometimes. But what I'm really here for today is to give you some general ideas about various acts and gifts of love you can give your loved one(s) for Valentine's day this year.

One of my dear friends (and galentine) and me at a school event!

One of my dear friends (and galentine) and me at a school event!

I'm sure you can find thousands of holiday guides elsewhere on the Internet, but if you're reading this particular guide written by me, then you are already my Valentine. I hope that you can also utilize this guide as a reference for any future holidays or random acts of kindness you wish to show to someone else, as these gifts can apply to any time of the year. I also tried to make this guide as inclusive as possible. You can give these gifts to your family, your friends, your boo, or yourself. I also included some items that were more on the expensive side for those of you who are ballin'. But for the rest of you who are still ballin,' but ballin' on a budget, then fear not. In other words, I got you! 

1. Arm Candy

This is my attempt at a cuter way of saying jewelry, aka, rings, watches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. You can show out and give your girl some diamonds, or if you're crafty, make your own accessories and give one to your friend so you can match and be reminded of each other even when apart. I love the idea of jewelry as a gift because it's simple but also means a lot to both parties. 

2. Make it a Combo

Two is definitely better than one in the case of gifts. Items such as cards and flowers or balloons and a box of chocolates pair so well together that you can't go wrong with combining the two. Whether you hand make a card, buy a card, or a purchase a gift card, it's always nice to add some sweet treats into the mix as well as a bouquet. The idea of a combo is quick, easy and adds variety to your gift overall. 

3. Just DIY

If your bank account is not looking right during this time, or if you just want to be more hands-on with your gift, sometimes you just gotta do it yourself. If you can carry a tune, why not record a song and send it to someone you care about filled with lyrics of love? Another idea for those of you who have a way with words, is to try writing a poem or two while roses are red and violets are blue. Another option that truly enables you to DIY is by creating tickets or tokens that your loved one can 'cash in' in exchange for a specific act. For example, two tokens/tickets = a homemade meal, 5 tokens/tickets = a hug and a trip to the movies. You can get super creative with this one, and whoever receives this gift will have an indefinite smile on their face. 

4. February Favorites

If you're struggling to figure out what to do or buy for that special someone, put yourself in their shoes. Think about what they love, or even something they hate, and figure out how you can fill their heart with happiness. If you notice that your sibling is running low on his/her favorite perfume, or your significant other has been talking about a pair of shoes they want for months, or if your friend is craving this one of a kind dessert that is only served at a local restaurant or even if you yourself want to treat yourself to a spa day, then now is the time! We call something our favorite for a reason, and there's nothing wrong with having more of what you have a preference for. It's the little things that make all the difference. 

At the end of the day, it really is the thought that counts. You never know what you have until it's gone so I cannot stress enough the importance of reminding the people in your life who you love that you love them. Whether it's an act of love or a gift of love, whatever you do for your friend, family, significant other or yourself this year should definitely be made with love.

Valentine's day is only stressful if you allow it to be. With the right intentions in mind for the other person or for yourself, there's really no right or wrong way to go about this time of year. I think the key to conquering these commercialized holidays is to not give into the idea that you must physically give anyone anything. What does love look like to you? How do you manifest that love with yourself or with someone else? Only you can answer these questions, but once you do, I guarantee you are good to go.  

At the risk of this short guide turning into a novel, I'll end it here. I hope you enjoyed this dose of prose and that you found it helpful or at least somewhat entertaining. As always, thanks for rockin' with me. I'm sending my love to each and every one of you. <3

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Leave a comment and let me know!