Valentine’s Day ideasWritten by Alli Bartley Ali VanDyke | | Style@toledofreepress.com
Some may think that Valentine’s Day is just another made up holiday on the calendar to get us to spend money on gifts for that special someone. Did you know that St. Valentine’s Day actually dates back to 270 A.D., named after the patron saint of lovers? Love poems would be sent to celebrate and show love for one another. This is probably how Valentine’s Day cards came into play in modern times. We have some great ideas, along with Cupid’s help, to find the perfect gift for that special someone on this holiday that will keep the history of love alive.
Flowers and candy are always a great gift, but we have some great ideas that will help you win the heart of your special someone. Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so take the day to celebrate your love. If you have kids, plan ahead and find a babysitter. Start the day off with breakfast in bed by serving waffles drizzled with chocolate and fresh strawberries topped with whipped cream and extra toppings. Weather permitting a walk in one of the Metroparks bundled up hand and hand is a great way to connect with one another. To fill the afternoon a movie would be a great idea to warm up and see something romantic.
The movie “Valentine’s Day” out Feb. 12, would be a great romantic comedy to see, or “Dear John” for the true romantic at heart. Another option would be to rent a few romantic classics and spend the afternoon watching them snuggled up on the couch. Some of our favorites are “The Notebook,” “Ghost” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” just to give you a few ideas. To end your perfect date, make your Valentine a favorite meal and don’t forget a dessert to die for. While you are doing, the dishes send him or her to take a bath that you have already drawn with bubbles and rose petals. This will be a day that is hard to top.
If spending the full day together is not an option, we still have some great romantic. A book can be a great gift if you put some thought into it. A book of love poems or the history of St. Valentine’s Day is a really romantic idea. Date the book and put your own message on the front page to make it more personal. Buy a nice journal and write your own love poem on the first page that you can both add to throughout the year. Many of the bookstores have a section of books for Valentine’s Day to help you make your purchase.
A visit to the Toledo Museum of Art is a great date that leaves you some money left to stop and have a romantic dinner and a glass of wine. Gift cards to a spa are a great idea, but why not make it a little interesting by booking a spa day in advance. Call and book a spa day including lunch. Tell your special someone you have a surprise but don’t tell them what.
Take them to the spa and surprise them. Ask the salon to include a shampoo/style and make up application so you can end the night with dinner at a romantic restaurant.
Most salons and spas also offer couples massages. This is a great time to unwind and relax together. When you get home from this date, be sure to have chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne to toast your love. If splurging on a spa day is not in the budget, why not do it yourself? Set the mood with some candles and romantic music. Dim the lights and have some massage oil warmed up and ready. Give your mate the best massage they ever had. This is a gift they will be requesting more of in the future.
For anyone who is single, we will put a good word in with Cupid for you. Have a happy Valentine’s Day filled with love and candy.
Ali and Alli are beauty experts at NRGIE Salon & Spa in Rossford, Ohio. To contact them or ask them a fashion or beauty question, write them at email@example.com.
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