This year, holiday festivities may look different from previous years as many of us are spending the holiday at home or closer to home. Whether you’re spending the Valentine’s holiday loving on self, as a Galentines date, with a significant other, online and virtually with friends, or in-person with family, we’re here to help you get creative and think outside the box for ways to make this year’s celebration a truly memorable experience. Here are a few extra ways outside of sending flowers and notes to celebrate this special holiday:
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1. Arrange for a picnic.
Go the extra mile and include a favorite cocktail as well as a charcuterie board, served using personalized serveware. Need ideas for a what to include on your board? Click here for inspiration photos from our favorite picnic with charcuterie to see a few things you can add to your board. To shop for your own personalized board and other home items: WREN Home (use code HANNAH20 at checkout for a discount.)
2. Time for a Staycation.
Get away for the evening while still supporting local by staying with a local B&B or boutique hotel. Call to make reservations at your favorite restaurant and as an added surprise, prepare a gift card to their favorite local retailer! Use this staycation as a chance to explore and enjoy outdoor activities you wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to.
3. Order family meals to-go.
Show your appreciation by giving them a few days off from dinner-duty. Order ready-made meals from locally-owned establishments and help your significant other relax throughout the upcoming week. Give yourselves a well-deserved break from the food prep and clean-up that come with preparing a dinner at home. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. For locals in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area, we recommend placing orders of “Family Meals To-Go” with Southern Graces at Hewitt Oaks located in Bluffton, South Carolina . Click here to see their pre-order dinner menus!
4. New pieces for a “Spring Wardrobe” Refresh.
You can never have enough layers for the upcoming rainy season. Try supporting local or purchasing from ethical and sustainable brands as you shop, too! Some of our favorite sustainable brands to shop from include: EVERLANE, RICHER POORER, ABLE
5. Gift Personalized Home Items.
For your host with the most: gift personalized stemware, serve-ware, or linens. Gift your host something they’ll look forward to using for their next event. “Not your typical monogram”: WREN Home is an HC brand favorite because not only do they produce the most luxurious home products but their products are also ethically-produced. Use code HANNAH20 at checkout for a discount on your order!
6. Virtually Travel the World through an Online Experience.
A virtual celebration can be just as fun as an in-person celebration. Attend an on-line cooking class or mixology class and start an annual tradition of experiencing something new together each year for Valentine’s day. AirBnb Experiences makes searching for an activity together extremely easy with their “online experience” filter option.
7. Sometimes, Less is More.
Last but not least, you can never go wrong with spending an evening in and enjoying the simplicity and intimacy of each other’s company. Spend the day in loungewear, queue your favorite movies, listen to music and order take-out from your favorite restaurant.
Remember, the important part of Valentines Day is to make sure you’re having fun regardless of activity.
Be sure you’re focusing on spending your time and effort on ensuring your loved ones feel how much you appreciate their presence in your life. We hope these ideas help inspire your holiday weekend celebrations. Whether your celebration be big or small, we hope it’s your most memorable Valentines celebration yet.