Each Valentine’s Day, billions of dollars are spent across the nation by willing consumers. I appreciate the sentiment in wanting to demonstrate to your loved ones through gifts that they are treasure to you, but there sure is a lot of effort to “out-do” your gift year over year. In some cases, it’s practically a competition. Last year, a friend received five dozen roses! Isn’t a dozen, or even a single rose, just as beautiful as five dozen? Why do we put that kind of pressure on ourselves?
Let’s consider other creative ways to honor those we love, with experiences and the gift of our time. For couples, how about recreating the first meal you shared together? For singles and friends, how about hosting a pot-luck of favorite dishes, from the warmth of your friends’ kitchens to be shared among a large group? Ask a child how they would like to celebrate Valentine’s Day and you may be surprised to hear lovely, simple ideas that have little to do with spending money, and all to do with expressing what really matters to them, like being a big sister or a best buddy.
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
It’s important to acknowledge the magic of all kinds of relationships and loves, and how these relationships are what gives life meaning. Let’s not lose sight of this by getting wrapped up in presents versus your presence.