Cliché gifts and commercialized products take the personal touch out of saying "I love you," especially around Valentine’s Day. Plus, florists jack up the price of roses and chocolate.
Sometimes the best way to show you care is in simple and small ways. Here are a few:
We send emails and IM each other incessantly. We carry on 14 conversations with people in 14 different states instantaneously. The buzz gets old. So take the time to write an encouraging note on a postcard, piece of paper or napkin, spend the 34 cents (or whatever the ever-growing rate) and send it via the U.S. Postal Service. Even if you live in the same town, or same house, something deep within us all longs to open the mailbox and see something other than credit card offers and bills.
Each of us has something we hate to do that our loved one likes. My wife likes baked things. I hate to bake. But every now and then, I’ll pull out all the stops and bake a "goodie" for her. Think about what your loved one likes that you really don’t enjoy, and then roll up your sleeves and do it, even if you can’t write a poem, paint a picture, bake a cake or hate playing cards. If you do it lovingly, I guarantee you’ll get an "A" for effort!
Don’t spend $30 bucks just to eat fancy. Takeout Chinese and eat it at a drive-in theatre. Cook cheap steak and eat it on the patio with a makeshift canopy of white Christmas lights. Invite a zillion friends over for a surprise party, and tell them all to bring a bag of chips and a cheap dollar store gift for your loved one that says, "We ALL love you."
Send your loved one on a scavenger hunt all over town to places of significance to you both. Place a clue at each location to get them to the next place. The last clue would send them to your favorite coffee shop or pizza place where you sit anxiously awaiting.
Those are a few of our ideas. Post your best suggestions below.