Valentine’s day is upon us piney friends!! I have a slew of date night dinners, heart shaped, chocolatey goodies, and DIY decorations coming your way. But first, a gift guide. I don’t know why Valentine’s Day can be so controversial. It seems like every year around this time half of my news feed is all rosy “yayy valentines day <insert smiley face with heart eyes> check out my flowers and presents” messages and the other half takes a more jaded (sometimes angry) “hallmark holiday” approach.
Guess what. I don’t care. I like Valentine’s day because it gives us a reason to celebrate. And well, it helps me get through the grueling, freezing, dreery month of February. I like to decorate the night before Valentines Day so the babes come down to a family room that looked like Cupid puked everywhere. I’m talking streamers, balloons, red pancakes, I do it all. Don’t get me wrong, I celebrate life and love every single day. On Valentine’s Day, I just do it in red and pink.
I’m not a girl that needs things. I don’t care too much about roses and jewels. I’m more about meaning and effort. The fact that someone went out and did something, bought something, made something, or thought about me is enough. I’ve compiled a gift guide of four incredibly beautiful and meaningful gifts that anyone can do for their love.
1. Get a map of the world and use a push pin to mark all the wonderful places you have traveled together. Flag the date and if there’s a story behind each place: met here, first date here, got married here, baby born here. Even if you’re not a big traveler, get a map of the the U.S. or the state you guys live in. There’re tons of beautiful memories and I love the idea of marking them this way. Plus, maps are cool.
2. Get your rings engraved!! Yes, this costs some money, but it’s really meaningful and maybe wasn’t something you thought to do on your wedding day. I love the engraving on the inside of the ring because it is something only the two of you know about. This ring says “All My Love” but “Lindsay Forever” has a nice ring to it 😉
3. Get a block of wood and carve something into it. I’m planning on doing this but carving in a quote. There’s something really whimsical and romantic about carving your name in a tree. Find a tutorial to carve your wood here. You can get all the supplies at Michael’s or a craft store. I got my supplies on Amazon.
4. Frame your vows! Whether you had traditional vows, or wrote your own, I love the idea of each person writing their vows in their own handwriting and framing them. If you don’t love your handwriting, you can get someone to write them beautifully in a script. It’s such a beautiful way to memorialize the promises you made to each other.
Let me know in the comments below what you think about these ideas and how you are celebrating Valentine’s Day! Do you have any other ideas for meaningful or DIY gifts? xo