Valentine's day is not a couples holiday. Forget what twitter, Facebook, instagram, and magazines are telling you: Valentine's day is about love. Love your mom, best friend, or boyfriend. So, here are a few gift ideas for everyone. Spread the love.
For Mom: Make her a card. A small, gesture, yes; but I'm sure she'll appreciate the extra detail you put in to make a handwritten card. Invite her to coffee. The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to spend quality time with my mom. Invite her somewhere, ask her about her day, tell her what's going on in your life. Quality time is the best gift. Get her literally anything and decorate it. Getting crafty will remind her of the child in you, plus it'll be super sweet seeing that you painted/decorated it. If you can, buy her that necklace she's been wanting. Or those shoes she wants but won't tell anyone.
What's something your dad specifically likes? Get it for him. If it's Snickers, get him four. If it's a specific meal he likes, make it for him. Show him you notice what he likes and appreciate him. Buy him a watch. No, not a five hundred dollar watch (although if you can and you feel like he'd like it, why not?) Go to a vintage store or a thrift store and look for things he might like. Wherever you go, keep your eye out for something that seems like him. I feel like sometimes Dads think that all they do is provide. If you're blessed enough to have a Dad in your life, tell him you appreciate him and all that he does.
Super easy. Food- whether that's chocolate, fruits, chips, or a cake, almost everyone loves food. If you wanna go a step further for your sister, go to her favorite store and pick out something that's her style. It'll show you care. If you have a brother, gift cards (works on most guys)! Find out what he likes and get him a gift card.
For the guy:
Don't over think it. I repeat, don't over think it. What are the things that he likes? What has he mentioned lately? For example, my boyfriend is a personal trainer and bodybuilder- so food is most definitely an option. Plus, last week he mentioned how he doesn't have after-shave, so I made a mental note that he wants it.
A good idea for guys in general is either his favorite candy/chocolate, his favorite meal, and his favorite ice cream. Make a little care package and have the dinner all set up and ready- and look super good. A love letter. Oh yes, let's get a bit cheesy. Make a handwritten card and write about him and how you feel. It's honestly priceless. And of course, if you can and you've been in a long term relationship (or he's your hubby), get him something nice- like really nice. If he's been talking about a certain video game, restaurant, watch, or sunglasses, see if you're able to get it.
For friends: Think of anything they've wanted recently; from small gifts to random cravings (oh yes, chocolate). Spoil your friends with things a possible significant other would get if they're feeling a bit sad about the whole "couple's holiday" ordeal. Get them a teddy bear or heart-shaped anything.
Valentine's day is about love. So, share the love! Even if you can't get anything, spread the love through your actions and attitude. And if you're still stuck on gift-giving, just remember: make people fell appreciated. Find something that shows them you love and care about them. Start from there, and I'm sure you'll find the perfect present. AND DON'T FORGET TO GET YOURSELF SOMETHING.