Paper, paste, scissors… check. This Valentine’s Day, we’re all about creative gestures that help you share the love in personal, one-of-a-kind ways.
In honor of Creative Romance Month this February, we’re sharing a few of our favorite ideas for gifts you won’t find in a store. Take a look.
Craft a handmade card
Who says handmade cards are just for kids? We think a beautiful, hand-crafted card is a meaningful keepsake that anyone is sure to love. You can paste a photo of you and your loved one on the front. Consider experimenting with calligraphy for a beautifully scripted message inside, and add a touch of your favorite scent (even something as warm and sweet as vanilla!) to make it even more personal.
Assemble a beautiful shadowbox
Another sweet, handmade idea is to assemble a shadowbox—a sort of 3D picture frame that gives you dimension for displaying mementos, pressed flowers, old ticket stubs and just about anything else you can think of.
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt
For a creative, adventurous outing, try a scavenger hunt! Choose locations that are special to the two of you (the site of your first date, a favorite bookstore or park…) and leave clues there for your loved one to find. Wrap up the hunt with a delicious dinner.
Few activities let your creative juices flow quite like cooking or baking. Try a meal-for-two by picking out a recipe you both love, and then have fun as you work to recreate it. You can also surprise your loved one with a handmade dish—their favorite comfort food, perhaps, or a timelessly delicious batch of cookies that is sure to warm the heart.
If you’re not quite the cooking type, enjoy a meal out! A delicious brunch at Peach Valley is the perfect way to begin a sweet day together—plus, it leaves you even more quality time to spend with one another, no doing-the-dishes required. For a romantic outing, we recommend light, effervescent mimosas and shareable sweets like our Orchard Fresh Apple Fritters.
Create a romantic playlist…
Try assembling a hand-curated playlist of your favorite songs! They don’t even to be traditionally romantic songs—simply tunes that are meaningful to you both, like your favorite songs to dance to or the music that played on a first date. Your playlist can be shared online or, for an old-school touch, by CD or even cassette tape.
… or make your own music
If you’re the musical type yourself, you can’t go wrong by gifting your loved one with some of your own, original music! Write lyrics or play an acoustic tune live—you can’t go wrong with the timelessly beloved tradition of song.
Indulge your hobbies
If you two share a similar hobby, enjoy it together this Valentine’s Day! Creative date ideas include picnic outings at the beach where you can enjoy some midday surfing, or a trip to your favorite museum.
Prepare a hand-picked gift basket
There’s a reason why beautifully decorated goodie baskets make for such classic gifts—but who says you can’t make your own? Fill a wicker basket with your loved one’s favorite foods, scents, movies, photos, and just about anything else you think might brighten their day. You can even add a Peach Valley gift card that has you covered for your next date!
We hope that these ideas help you celebrate Creative Romance Month and Valentine’s Day with the one you love! And if your creative excursion includes a trip to Peach Valley, be sure to let us know how we can make your outing that much more special.