Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It may be a “Hallmark” holiday, but it does seem to carry a lot of sentimental value. For those who still believe in romance, it is a perfect opportunity to show that special someone how much they are loved.
For many years, the go-to Valentine gifts have been chocolate and flowers. Flowers are still an amazingly romantic gesture and should still be part of the day. However, sweets aren’t necessarily the best choice anymore. Many individuals either participate in some sort of sugar-free-eating lifestyle, or they may possibly have a chronic illness or a food intolerance, such as Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), more commonly known as Sucrose Intolerance.
Individuals with CSID lack the enzyme to digest sucrose (white table sugar), a sugary, sweet treat is not in their best interests. So, get creative this year and give a Valentine’s Day gift that has a more lasting effect on your love, along with a bouquet of flowers, of course.
Yes, some people still like to read actual books and e-books. There is something quite romantic about those who have taken the time to listen to what their partners enjoy reading. It can be a book by a favorite author, a book from a favorite genre of fiction, or a subject they are passionate about. It can be a book from childhood that evokes special memories. It might be something spiritual or even self-help oriented. But listening to partners and giving them a gift that they can sink their mind into is a lovely option.
For many adults, journal writing has become a meditative and stress-relieving part of the day. Some use journals to “free write,” a stream-of-consciousness writing style that lets them see what comes from their thought to the page. Others use a journal for goal setting and keeping on track. Still others vent their troubles onto the pages. One thing that is always appreciated is the beauty of the journal, itself, or the message on its cover. Finding a journal that speaks to the recipient takes time and forethought, another different but great idea.
This may seem an odd choice, but maybe a true love wants to try something new but hasn’t actually taken the first step. It could be part of a New Year’s “evolution.” What about buying a class to give them a gentle nudge in the direction of their newest passion. It might be yoga, needlepoint, pottery, writing, or word processing – anything that might further a desire or goal that has been set. Supporting a loved one’s ideas and goals is huge, a truly loving gesture.
Give the Gift of Time
Give the gift of time to a significant other. Whether the true loves are new to one another or have been partners for years, precious and memorable moments together are lasting and meaningful. It could be a romantic drive to a favorite spot, a night away at a luxurious spa, a walk in nature, or a quiet night in. Whatever it is, the idea is that there are no other distractions.
Taking Valentine’s Day to a new level sets both individuals up for a more connected and memorable time together. Toss the sweets idea out, but definitely keep the flowers.
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