Have you visited your local Wal Mart, Target, or nearest drug store lately? Well if your answer is yes, then I am sure you have seen seas of red, a crowded swarm of teddy bears, and rows of calorie packed treats on aisles three and four to put the sweet fragrance of love in the air. The traditional gifts of flowers, dinners, ties, and chocolate are great ways to express your love for your significant other, friends, and family, but wouldn’t it be nice to add a new twist to the day using your imagination to create a gift or do something non traditional like an exercising class together? Take a peek at these ideas to show just how much you care and add excitement to a holiday that could use a twist!
Chocolate treats are one of the most popular items associated with Valentines Day and we are all familiar with Hershey, Godiva, Nestle, and Ghirardelli. This year let’s stray away from the traditional brands and venture out for new and unique brands of chocolate creations. As featured on the Food Network, Mairini’s Candies have combined two delicious foods, bacon and chocolate, to offer a unique burst of flavor for meat and chocolate lovers. In addition to chocolate covered hickory bacon, they also offer bacon brittle, and a dark chocolate variety as well. Marini’s also offers various sugar free treats and vegan specialties.
If you are in the mood to work and get your hands sweet and dirty this holiday try making custom chocolates. Craft stores will provide you with many molds and trays for custom designs as well as various colors of chocolate. Try to find a fun and exciting recipe to whip up treats for your sweets! Here is one to get your creative juices flowing:
Easy Oreo Truffles
- Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mixuntil well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls about 1-inch in diameter.
- Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
- Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.
It is highly likely that going on an outing is in your Valentines Day itinerary, but wouldn’t you like to do something other than dinner and the movies? Here is a list of fresh ideas to make this Valentines Day exciting, memorable, and enjoyable:
- Sushi Making Classes
- Spa Date Together
- Rock Climbing
- Picnics – (It may be cold outside, but you can warm each other up later!)
- Reliving your first date
- Comedy Clubs
- Scavenger Hunts
- High Museum of Art
- Weekend Getaway – Groupon and Living Social have deals going on now just in time for the holiday!
If the economy has you celebrating the holiday on a budget there is always the option of using those pretty little hands to create a gift to show how much you care. Even if you’re not on a budget getting these types of gifts will pull at the recipients heart strings.
- Mix CDs – It can be your favorite songs as a couple or their personal favorites
- Photo Albums/Scrapbook – Make a book of memories of your favorite pictures and reminders of your relationship
- Collage of their favorite things – Favorite sports team, celebrities, phrases, movies, bands etc.
- Homemade Valentines card – Use items like contraction paper, pipe cleaners, pom poms, and glitter. Click here for a coupon for a discount on supplies at Michaels Crafts!
Remember that this holiday is not limited to those you are in a relationship with. You can spend this day with friends and family members that will enjoy your company as well as these refreshing gift ideas. Live this holiday up with a twist!