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I know I might sound unromantic, but something in me rebels against commercialized holidays (like Valentine’s Day). My husband feels the same way, so we don’t do a lot to mark the day. Every year hubby and I still plan to stay in for our usual at-home date night, but sometimes I cave (just a little bit) and buy him a gift for fun.
You won’t find me buying heart-shaped boxes of candy or flowers that will die in a couple of days, but I do have a few other ideas that have been a hit in the past or I’m thinking of trying this year…
I love days that are reminders to tell my husband and kids how much I love and appreciate them. But this particular holiday has become a tribute to candy and store-bought goods that lose their value after a couple of days.
We all feel the need to spend a lot of money on expensive dates and gifts because a marketing team has decided that Valentine’s Day is a great time for flower and candy sales.
If you are going to spend $160 on Valentine’s Day (the average according to Business Insider… does anyone actually do that?!) I have some gift ideas that will bring lasting health and happiness, not just a temporary sugar rush!
My husband and I actually stopped giving expensive gifts when we got married, partially for financial reasons and partially to give ourselves a reason to be more creative and thoughtful with our gifts. As a result, I have a file with hand-written letters and mementos from creative dates we’ve had over the years that mean so much more than a box of chocolates ever could.
The best gifts of all, in my opinion, are quality time or shared experiences. This is what I’ll be giving my family this year, and I would encourage you to consider it as well! Here’s a list of all of my favorite experiences to give as gifts, but I have some Valentine’s-specific ideas too!
If you want to give an actual gift this year, these are some of my favorite ideas that your recipient will love, and you can feel great about giving!
We often choose to purchase one higher-quality gift we both can enjoy rather than giving separate gifts. This way, we can get a slightly pricier item and both enjoy it for months or years to come. Some of our favorites are:
Rather make a gift? Try these easy homemade gifts:
If your kids want to join in, here are some easy Valentine’s Day crafts.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do any of these ideas sound like something you’ll try? Share below!
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Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a wife and mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.
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What is the appropriate dosage of maca for a postmenopausal woman?
What is the difference between Macca and DE?
Maca is an herb (from a root) that is good for fertility, DE is made of ground up fossilized diomes and is mainly silica which is good for hair, skin and nails
How do you take your maca? I have some, but it tastes awful. I can barely choke it down, even in a huge glass of chocolate milk.
In tea with coconut cream and vanilla
I put it in my coffee with MCT oil and cinnamon.
Made the lotion bars last night for my son but used some for valentines for friends and they are perfect! Thanks so much! Everyone has loved them <3
My husband and I started our own business last year making pure organic beeswax candles as well as all natural soy candles once we learned how harmful the paraffin wax candles are to our health. I’m glad to see beeswax mentioned here. It’s not talked about much but it really is health promoting and not just “not bad” for you.
Thanks for the suggestions! I just have one concern…
While beeswax candles are healthier for people, they are NOT usually a sustainable or eco-friendly option. Bee populations are in great danger worldwide, which is a much bigger deal than dying polar bears or sea turtles because these awesome insects are responsible for pollinating a dizzying array of crops the human race relies on to survive.
When buying beeswax (or honey, for that matter), it’s important to know your source. Harvesting beeswax requires the destruction of beehives, as it is the substance that creates the hives themselves. Naturally- or wild-harvested beeswax is bad for the planet because it decimates bees’ homes and larvae. The only surefire route to getting it in an eco-friendly way is to know your local, organic bee farmer, and learn whether her practices are sustainable.
I know the ethic of this blog is family health, not planet health, but in my opinion the two go hand-in-hand.
Wow, thank you so much for your comment, cls.
I feel so much more informed now that I have read that article that you put a link to. I think the death of bees would ultimately lead to the death of humanity. Sure, it would take a long time, but bees are vital to our survival.
I am guessing that the price of a sustainable-bees wax candle is more than I can afford, and to be honest I would sooner by the honey than the wax, but who really needs candles these days anyway when we are all struggling just to get grassfed meat.
Thanks for the post, Wellness Mama, and thanks for your comment again, cls!
Bees in the endangered list are only if a certain of hundreds of varieties. We raise bees (really fun! ) and they aren’t doing quite as poorly as people are led to believe.
Thank you for these!! I’m not sure what we are doing yet (it’s both of our first Valentine’s Days with someone and we are newlyweds!…and on a TIGHT budget), but it will be fun. Thank you for these ideas! Even if we can’t afford them yet, I can file them away for future gift ideas. 🙂
My husband and I are going to spend the day with our best friend married couple. We are going to start the day with breakfast together with homamade waffles prepared on a 100+ year old waffle iron and then spend the day together, traveling to another town and poking around in the shops and having dinner together. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Love the idea of homemade chocolate!
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