A Simple & Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Feb

I know I might be in the minority on this, but I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. Every year growing up, my dad would buy me a big bouquet (usually tulips because they’re one of my favorites) and would even send them to me throughout college, up until I met Austin and had a new Valentine. Because of this, a holiday that can be frustrating and lonely for so many has always been precious to me. I know all too well that this is not the reality for most, and the significance of what my dad did every year is not lost on me.

Now that I’m a mother, I dream of Valentine’s Day being a special day for Isla, as it was for me. While we will certainly be giving her flowers every year, we also want to change the narrative of the day to focus on how we can give love to those in our lives, rather than focusing on what we do (or don’t) receive. I’m a gift-giver by nature, and although I do love to go all-out, I’ve come to realize that oftentimes the gifts that make us feel the most loved and seen are the ones, that although perhaps simple, are given with intention and from a place deep in our hearts.

This year, I encourage you to seek out the people in your life who may feel discouraged or hurting and find a way to make them feel deeply loved and valued. Here are a few simple but meaningful gift ideas to give a friend, family member, or to your love.

A RECIPE CARD WITH A FAVORITE SWEET TREAT OR COCKTAIL

Food has a special way of connecting us to one another. I love giving and receiving recipes with my closest friends, and when I get to make that dinner or batch of cookies that they’ve shared with me, I feel almost as if we’re sharing a meal together, even if they’re far away. Instead of a traditional Valentine’s card, give a handwritten favorite recipe to those dear to you. I love these recipe cards from Rifle Paper Co., or these printable templates from Etsy.

A BELOVED BOOK WITH A HEARTFELT INSCRIPTION

I have a few books in my library that were given to me with a handwritten note on the inside cover, and they are some of my most treasured keepsakes. There’s something very sentimental about cracking open a story and being invited into it by someone you love. Some of my favorites are The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Anne of Green Gables, and, of course, any book by Jane Austen.

A CANDLE WITH A (RE)PURPOSE

I could write a whole blog post (and quite honestly I might) about this amazing candle company from Portland, Maine. You can buy their candles pre-filled, or send them an empty vessel & they’ll fill it up with your selected scent for about half the price. I love the idea of gifting a candle in a vintage teacup or handmade mug so it can be rinsed out and used for years to come.

SEEDS TO GROW YOUR OWN VALENTINE’S FLOWERS

As someone who loves to garden, a gift of seeds for a cut-flower garden would completely sweep me off my feet. These Queen Anne’s Lace seeds from Floret Farm are so lovely and easy to grow, and these peonies from Swallowtail Garden come in the most stunning shades. For a more personal touch, I love this DIY seed paper valentine tutorial from Woodlark Blog.

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