Since Tyler and I have been together, I’ve never really been into Valentine’s Day. This is most likely because my birthday is five days later (feel free to send presents!) and I am REALLY into my birthday. Fortunately for Tyler though, I recognize that it would simply be unfair/crazy to expect TWO special days in one week.
Additionally, I don’t think it’s healthy to assign one day of the year as THE DAY to celebrate those you love. Someone, I forget who, once pointed out to me that we should be celebrating on a regular basis, and since then, I’ve tried to adopt and live that philosophy. I do my best to let Tyler know how much I care about him as frequently as possible.
I also believe that expensive gifts don’t equal love and therefore are not necessary. As a result, Tyler and I don’t spend a lot of money on each other for this holiday. We usually go out to dinner to one of our local favorites and exchange small ($30 or less) gifts.
Two years ago, I decided it would be fun to make something for Tyler instead of buying it. I had saved several movie tickets from the beginning of our relationship, and used those to create a piece of art.
I bought a $10 Ikea frame, placed four pairs of ticket stubs on a pretty piece of matting. Then, I wrote a little description for each set, connecting each movie to a particular moment in our relationship. For example, underneath our tickets from “Black Swan” I wrote, “I knew if we could get through this, we can get through anything.” (If you haven’t seen the movie…it is disturbing.)
While I haven’t necessary done DIY every year, I am definitely itching to do something crafty again this year. Consequently, I’ve been pouring through Pinterest for inspiration. Here are some of my favorites:
“Places We’ve Been Together” Art
Heart Tote Bag
Cards using Household Items
Unfortunately, not all the ones that I’ve found are “Tyler friendly”, but many of these will work for someone special in your life – children, colleagues, friends, and other family members. You can find links to all of these projects on my Pinterest page under “Creativity” or “The Gift of Giving”, but you’ll have to wait and see what I end up doing!