Confession: I’m not obsessed with Valentine’s Day. Frankly, it’s not really on my radar at all.
I guess I’ve just never been a candy-and-flowers kind of girl. Early in our relationship, I shared with my then boyfriend (now husband) that I’m mildly allergic to chocolate and inevitably kill all living foliage. This remains true to this day! Therefore, Valentine’s Day for me has always been about spending time together, doing something we love – or maybe trying something new – and remembering that our hearts belong to one another, with or without a fancy greeting card.
Hence, I make it my mission to counteract the commercial-ness of Valentine’s Day with thoughtful gifts and gestures. Some cost money, some don’t cost a thing – (I’m sensing a JLo song in here) – but here are my suggestions for making Valentine’s Day priceless.
1. Time, not things. It’s been a growing trend among my sons’ classmates to attach candy, school supplies and/or removable tattoos with their store-bought Valentines. It’s a fun little treat and I don’t begrudge the goodies for a second. However, this year I encouraged the boys to create “coupons” to attach to their Valentines. These coupons offer their time and expertise, customized to their classmates and how they normally interact with them.
For example, Reid is somewhat of a Beyblade champion, so he has offered a coupon for Beyblade lessons during recess to those friends he thinks would enjoy learning from the “master”. Ryder, who has a vast knowledge of Pokémon, has offered to share trading techniques and intel to those who are interested. The coupons are an out-of-the-box way to show love and kindness on Valentine’s Day, and I hope to make it a tradition!
2. Priceless Experiences. Make Valentine’s Day one for the books with a Priceless Cities experience. Priceless Cities is a program available exclusively to Mastercard cardholders and provides access to unforgettable experiences in the cities where you live and travel.
Whether you enjoy a glass of prosecco and a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour at the hottest restaurant near you, or attend a knife skills workshop and enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine (can you tell I have a passion for food?), make meaningful time with your loved ones your ultimate priority.
(Honey, are you reading this? Did you know that you can access reserved tickets to see the Toronto Maple Leafs this February at Scotiabank Arena? *HINT*)
3. It’s okay to be ordinary. One of my favourite things to do with my husband is eat takeout pizza while binging Netflix. And you know what? This would also sum up my perfect Valentine’s Day! Don’t feel pressured to do something extraordinary. Connecting with your loved one while doing what you enjoy most is a fail-safe recipe for the perfect evening. (Throw in a pint of cookie dough ice cream and he’ll have my heart forever.)
What does your perfect Valentine’s Day look like? Leave a comment and let me know so we can revel in the lovefest! Happy Valentine’s Day, all!
This post is sponsored by Mastercard. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.