For many years I was not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. Even after nearly 23 years of marriage (after 7 years of dating) and 19 years of motherhood, I still remember the years of feeling alone and lonely on this holiday meant to help me feel more loved.
I remember one year, in my very early 20s, my best friend at the time sent a bouquet of flowers to me at work with a card signed by her husband (he received a balloon bouquet with a card signed by me). She meant it as a sweet gesture (and a joke of course), but I can still remember feeling sad that I didn’t have a husband or even a boyfriend in my life that year to send those flowers to me.
It was soon after that experience when I decided I could either hate the holiday, ignore it completely, or do something kind to show myself a little love. I chose to do the latter.
For many years before I finally married in my early 30s, I treated myself to something on Valentine’s Day. One year, I had a complete day at the spa, just me. It was glorious. A massage, facial, healthy lunch. My whole body felt the love that year. While I’ve never sent flowers to myself, over the years I have bought a box of chocolates (Godiva – the good kind!), a nice purse, a new Bible, and one year, an entire set of art supplies. I felt loved every time.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas to Show a Little Love to Yourself
So if you find yourself in a situation where you’re dreading Valentine’s Day this, might I suggest take care of buying a gift to show yourself a little love. You don’t have to be single. There have been many years this day has been ignored in my marriage, so I’ve continued treating myself on occasion. Chances are you deserve it, single or married, so go ahead friend . . . treat yourself.
Here are a few ideas for gifts that will make you feel special.
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They frequently run out of the monthly boxes fairly early in the month, but placing an order ahead of time guarantees yours. If they do run out, they replace it with a lovely starter box that is very similar (but with different oils and recipes).
It’s commonly known that I’m not much of a planner, but last year I made it a major goal to become more of a goal-setter. I purchased this planner to help record ideas, goals, activities, . . . dreams, for my daily life, ministry, and business. What I love most about The Dream Planner is that it is super stylish, as well as very useful. It makes me happy just to open it up and look through the design elements. There are several designs from which to choose. While you’re at, go ahead and buy yourself some awesome journaling pens and other supplies to make it even more fun to use.
Go ahead and get the good stuff for yourself. For me, that’s Godiva. It may be a different brand for you, so you do you. I personally love the set of truffles. Tiramisu, chocolate lava cake, black forest cake, crème brulee, strawberry crème tart, vanilla dulce de leche . . . give me all the flavors!
If you’re feeling especially generous to yourself, the Levenger Charlotte Leather Tote Bag in ruby has been on my wish list for quite sometime. Truth be told, if you buy this for yourself and let me know you did, I’m probably gonna be a bit jealous. I have other products from Levenger and they are of the best quality of any leather goods I’ve ever purchased. They are not only stylish and gorgeous, they are very useful products. It comes in black and blue as well, but their reds are my favorite.
I really, really want this bag. Some day, it will be mine! It’ll be the perfect place to store my Dream Planner or Journaling Bible.
Have you ever received (or purchased) a journaling Bible but then had no idea what to do with it? So it’s been just sitting there for months now because you’re afraid of messing it up? You need this book! Creative Bible Journaling teaches are techniques such as hand lettering, backgrounds, florals, wreaths, fourishes, and other embellishments. It even gives tips about what art supplies to purchase to help you. It’s filled with tutorials with lots of pictures to inspire. I love this book so much and think you will, too.
So tell me, are you the type to buy gifts for yourself? Leave me a comment telling me the last time you did so. What did you buy?