A nap. Five minutes in the bathroom uninterrupted. The ability to sleep in on a Saturday. A hot meal you don’t have to share with anyone. A phone call without yelling at the kids. I’m sure these are all things we moms daydream about on occasion. Could someone wrap these things up for us on Valentine’s Day? Perhaps these are the best gifts!
Valentine’s Day is a controversial issue among my friends and acquaintances. I love it, but many women don’t, as it turns out. Some couples choose not to do anything for Valentine’s Day and I say if that works for you, great! More chocolate and conversation hearts for the rest of us who enjoy commercialism! Other people opt for a family celebration.
My only request: if you want a Valentine, tell your partner. Set them up for success. Maybe gifts aren’t their strong suit. And while I think the traditional chocolates and flowers are still a classic and awesome gesture, here are a few other creative ideas for you to pass along to them.
1. A Subscription Box
Try Fab Fit Fun, Ipsy, or Lip Monthly if your gal is into the latest in beauty and fashion (all are in the $10-$40 per month range). Let her know she’ll be getting a gift every month (depending on which subscription you choose) because you want her to feel special all the time!
2. Love Book Online
Time to get creative! Tell your love story in a cute way by creating your own Love Book Online! ($38-$45 range)
Want to break away from traditional chocolates and candy hearts? Why not a treat from Portland’s best French bakery, La Provence? Get a beautifully colored assortment of macarons (approximately $1.75/per macaron). Their croissants are also RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. Just FYI.)
4. Time out
Chat with her BFF about sending her and said friend for a pedicure. Mama needs some pampering because she’s taking care of everyone else. Lord knows her feet probably look like something out of Jurassic Park. Help her out! ($50-$100 range)
We need to know romance isn’t dead after motherhood. We want to be women; not just “mom,” so find a sitter, make the reservations, run interference with the children so we can make ourselves presentable (like before we had kids), and then take us out for a good time! Remind us why we liked you in the first place.
More than anything, we all just want to know that we’re thought of on Valentine’s Day and every day. So, as long as your partner conveys that in a sweet and sincere way, they’re golden.