Valentine’s day can be a bit stressful for some. What do I get? Am I doing too much? How do I make this year standout from the rest? It’s a day of commercialized capitalism to show your appreciation for the one you love. It can be oversaturated with pressure to purchase. Don’t fall for it every year, plan. When you have a plan you have the time to get creative. Try using your city to make the day special. Planning is the key. Check out the list below, a guide to Valentine’s Day the local way.
1. Treasure Hunt Hike. Similar to geocaching, adult treasure hunting, you can take your date on a scenic hike with a treasure box hidden at the end of the destination. This will take some pre-planning. Scout out a good hike, as low difficulty as possible. You can talk or play your favorite tunes as you hike. Once you get to the end or the turnaround spot have a box hidden for them to find. Make a game out of it. Put whatever in the box you think they’ll love.
2. Stroll. Go to your favorite park or one you’ve been wanting to visit. If it’s new know the history and recite the history as you pass by something significant. “Did you know that this park was once a horse racing track?” Or find the significance of something at the park and correlate it to your relationship. It’s usually cold during Valentine’s Day so as you walk and give history or just talk pull out new gloves, earmuffs, scarf and hat as gifts. Don’t do it all at once, make it romantic. Perhaps a pitstop to get hot chocolate or tea before you go will help you stay warm too.
3. Bike tour. Take a bike tour and make pit stops along the way. Create little shocking stuffer type gifts to give them at each stop. Hide them in a backpack. Riding a bike will keep your body warm. But if weather is really nice have a picnic. Hide the food in the bag and put the blanket in a bike basket. Keep it light, a sandwich and snack to share and maybe small wine coolers and water.
4. Memory Lane. Make cards from the photos you’ve taken at the places you’ve traveled to. They can be landscape or pictures of the two of you together. You can even create future trips you two have dreamed of taking and create cards. Print them only on half of the page on a heavy paper stock, not too heavy because it needs to bend easily. Fold them and inscribe what you’d like on the inside. Wrap them with a ribbon or take a piece of burlap wrap it around and tie it in the front.
5. Park It. Create a game including the local parks and amusement or attraction parks. Some type of Q&A or trivia of sorts on a sheet of paper and have them answer. Give out prizes for the most correct answers. The presents can be from the local attractions or whatever you like. The prizes get better the more points you have. Go to your favorite park and play or stay home. It’s a great way to include local travel and tourism for valentine’s day at a low cost.
Allow the backdrop of your area to add extra romance to your time together for Valentine’s Day. Whether you decide to keep it local or not, put a little thought to personalizing the day. It will make it an unforgettable time and life long memories. Enjoy.