5 Tips to Make Valentine's Day Extra Special

A wooden table, atop sits two wine glasses filled with red wine and two place settings

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so here are 5 tips to make it extra special for everyone in your life.

1. Don’t Try To Do Everything

Sometimes there is a lot of pressure to go all out on Valentine’s Day, especially when it comes to gifts, not to mention dinner at a high end restaurant. That is just too much! If you focus on doing one thing well and making your sweetheart feel loved, it will mean so much more than trying to do a little bit of everything.

2. Make it a Family Affair

Valentine’s Day can be expensive. And if you have kids, trying to find the time to get away and hire a baby sitter can feel impossible. Instead, make Valentine’s Day an event the whole family can enjoy. Have a movie night in, where you can curl up on the couch with popcorn and your favorite candy. Or cook a nice dinner as a family and get everyone involved. You can make Valentine’s Day special without it being a couples only event.

3. Start Traditions

I think that all holidays, no matter how big or small, should have traditions. Typically when we go out to dinner, my husband and I always eye the appetizers on the menu, knowing we don’t need them with the other food we’re getting. But one year, we decided that Valentine’s Day would be the day to order the appetizers we resisted the rest of the year. Once we had kids, it was a fun way to celebrate with them as well. Now we look forward to it each year.

4. Take the Day Off

If your job allows it, give yourself the entirety of Valentine’s Day to spend with your significant other. Take the time you don’t normally have to do all of your favorite activities: Do you love movies? Rent a movie and stay in. Do you like the outdoors? Find a nearby trail and go on a walk together. It doesn’t matter what you do, just enjoy the extra quality time you are spending together.

5. Make a Heartfelt (Not Grand) Gesture

Huge displays of affection are great, but they’re not required to show the people you love that they are important to you. Oftentimes it’s the smaller gestures that really count. Give someone a really heartfelt card, or make their favorite meal to show you care. I am not great at finding the perfect gift for my husband, but I know his favorite dessert. So I like to make that for him on Valentine’s Day.