Ways to Show Love on Valentine's Day | Seersucker Sass

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ways to Show Love on Valentine's Day

Hi, me again with another "OMG, Let me tell you why Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday!" post.  I know, I'm obsessed with this holiday.  But I'm a firm believer that if we all showed a little more love and a little less hate, the world would be a better place.  It's really easy to hate Valentine's Day, especially if you're single or in a long distance relationship.  But I don't think the love that Valentine's Day is about should necessarily only be about your significant other.  To me, Valentine's Day is about loving everyone around you - family, friends (#Galentines), co-workers, and your community.  If you're interested in spreading the love this Valentine's Day, here are some easy ideas!



Make handmade Valentine cards.  I did this at work a few years ago, and it was a hit and a half!  They don't have to be anything fancy - I wrote on cardstock, folded it in half, wrote the name in a metallic Sharpie, and then tied it with tulle. If crafting just isn't your thing, store bought is a good option, as well!  Check out these fun Minion valentines or these that come with mustache lollipops!

Bake cookies.  I used to randomly bake cookies for my co-workers, and you would have thought that I hung the moon.  If you have a specialty or a yummy baked good that everyone is always begging you to make, Valentine's Day is the perfect day to surprise everyone with it!  Other places to consider dropping off cookies would be your local fire department or even a fraternity house.  (My friend Mal and I did this once in college when no one bought our cupcakes at a sorority bake sale... We were quite popular that night!)  If anyone wanted to drop off these champagne and raspberry cupcakes or strawberry chocolate chip cookies, you would be my new favorite.

Volunteer.  I talked about this in my Valentine's Day on a Budget post.  I can't think of a better reason to show a little extra love to your community.  What are your talents and what pulls at your heartstrings?  If you love puppies, volunteer at your local animal shelter.  Do you love graphic design?  Partner with an organization in your community to make a few graphics to refresh their Facebook page.  I will never forget my first Valentine's Day in the post-grad world.  The owner of a local floral shop had suffered a stroke about a week before the holiday, and they had no idea how they were going to get deliveries taken care of.  Members of our community paired up for three hour delivery shifts.  It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.  This Valentine's Day, if you see a need in your community, fill it!

Perform a random act of kindness.  The other three items on this list are great examples of random acts of kindness.  Pay for someone's breakfast or cup of coffee in a drive thru line.  Offer to drop off dinner or grocery shop for someone you know that's recovering from surgery or just had a baby.  Give a genuine compliment.  Do something nice for someone, and don't tell a soul.

What are your views on Valentine's Day?  Do you celebrate everyone that you love?  Just your significant other?  There's no right or wrong answer!  Let me know in the comments :)

Happy Wednesday, y'all!




19 comments:

  1. All great ideas! I usually like to bake something for the office, but since Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, I'll probably stick with valentines instead. I have some princess ones haha

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

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  2. So fun! Love these ideas. And cheers to Galentines Day :)

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  3. These are great ideas!I'm definitely baking cookies :)

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  4. Love these! So true that on Valentine's Day we should really focus our energy on sharing the love :)

    X,
    cristinaoncampus.blogspot.com

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  5. It's so easy to spread the love without spending a ton of money! I always used to bake for people!
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  6. a random act of kindness is always a good way to go!

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  7. I love the idea of volunteering and doing a random act of kindness.

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  8. During my senior year of high school, I baked cookies and made homemade Valentines cards for all of my friends and teachers! I wish that I still had the time to do that this year. :-( But hopefully next year I can bring back that tradition for coworkers! Love this list!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  9. I love that you added the random act of kindness. So sweet!

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  10. I love cards! I think they're really going "out of style," especially for millennials, but there's something wonderful and old-fashioned about receiving a card. And having it handmade helps, too!

    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

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  11. Valentine's Day is my favorite for the exact same reasons! I just feel like everyone can use a little more love in their lives. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

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  12. I love all of these ideas! I especially love them because they're all about spreading the love and giving back. :)

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  13. Hahaha my co-workers have the same reaction when I bake cookies!! Nothing better than a homemade cookie!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  14. I've worked volunteering into my schedule & it's one of the most rewarding things I've done - such a great way to show some love and feel the love in return! x Nicole | www.changeanddress.com

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  15. Such a sweet post!! I get to throw a little Valentine's party for my first grade class. I have probably spent too much already putting together little gift baggies, making their Valentine's and buying stuff for them to make their Valentine bags, but I am excited for them to have a wonderful Valentine's day!

    xo Ashley

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  16. I really love all of these ideas! Cards are my favorite, so I'm probably going to be sending out some love this week. And volunteering is such a great idea for any time of year.

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  17. This is so thoughtful. I've been single for a while and honestly it doesn't really bother me that I don't celebrate Valentine's Day with a boyfriend. I love showering the people around me with gifts and treats on Valentine's Day. I'm not much of a baker (so wish I was though) but I love sending my friends and family funny little Valentine's Day cards :)

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  18. I love all of these ideas. I definitely might want to volunteer - I haven't done that in so long!
    xo
    Lauren
    The Fashionista's Diary

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