It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is approaching so quickly! In less than two weeks we’ll be celebrating all things love with flowers, sweets and of course the perfect card. For me, Valentine’s Day is a special time to show my hubby how truly amazing I think he is. While we’re big believers in showing our love everyday in our home, it’s a day when I can take things over the top and really focus on letting him know that he is the glue that holds our family together. This year, I’ve been thinking through all the gifts that I’ve given him in the past and I’ll admit, it’s easy to see that I totally take Valentine’s Day to the next level. But I’ve decided that it’s OK to go over the top on this special day and more than that, I wanted to share my tried and true Valentine’s Day gifting tips and ideas with each of you!
So, before I tell you my few simple steps that ensure Valentine’s Day success, I’ve got to brag on my main main for just a minute. Any of you who follow me know that he’s the peanut butter to my jelly; the burger to my fries; the coffee to my donut….I could go on and on but I think you get my somewhat sappy point.
Ever since marring him over ten years ago now (OMG) life has just been complete. While I know it may sound cliche, it’s like we were made for each other. He’s strong where I’m weak and vice versa. He balances my over-the-top personality and I bring out his silly side. Plain and simple, he’s everything I could have ever asked for and I’m so lucky to be able to call him mine. For that reason alone, Valentine’s Day is a BIG deal. It’s that one day of the year where I can just shower him with love….and sweets and of course the perfect card. While yearly I mix things up a little big (just to keep it fresh, ya know), I have discovered the formula for Valentine’s Day gifting success!
Make a List
I’m a planner…even when it comes to being romantic. I mean, let’s face it, kids and work and living in general is busy and if I don’t plan things out, special times (like Valentine’s Day) sneak up on me. Thankfully this year I’ve found some fabulous printables from American Greetings cards that are helping me plan my Valentine’s Day gifting in the sweetest way possible. With a printable calendar that can be displayed on the fridge, I don’t have to worry that the craziness of the week will leave me forgetting my Valentine’s Day countdown!
Even better are my absolutely favorite printable Valentine’s Day shopping lists with tear off love notes. They are a perfect place to create my weekly shopping list and add American Greetings cards and products! Even better, I can easily tear off the fun love notes on the side of my shopping list and add it to my hubby’s lunch box for an extra special way to show I care.
With tons of printable ideas to help everyone connect to the one they love in February, American Greetings cards has options like the ones above as well as mobile/desktop wallpaper so that every time you look at the computer or phone you feel the love and printable 8 x 10 Valentine’s Day frame-worthy quotes to bring the love into your home (or his office). And the best part is, they fit right in with my lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day spirit so that even when I’m doing everyday tasks, I’m remembering my sweet hubby!
Find the Perfect Card
I can wax poetic for days about how awesome my man is….sometimes I even do. But when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifting, few things are as important as finding the perfect card. It needs just the right amount of sweetness paired with a little sappiness and a slight amount of silliness. It needs to put into words the things that I want to say everyday but often can’t. And the only cards that fit the bill when it comes to showing my love through Valentine’s Day gifting are from American Greetings cards.
With options that tell my sweetheart exactly how special he is to me in a variety of ways, they are a perfect starting point for my Valentine’s Day gifting. And the best part is, no matter what mood I’m in when I go shopping, I can find a card that fits the bill. If I’m feeling sassy, there’s an American Greetings card for that. If I’m feeling extra sweet (I do get emotional you guys), there’s a card for that as well. In fact, I’ve been known to bring home multiple cards and find ways to surprise him (and the kids) with them at different times of Valentine’s Day.
One may be paired with his breakfast. The other may go in his gym bag. A third may be waiting when he opens the door of his car. With so much to say and one special day to say it, I often want to find ways to show him throughout his day that he’s the Valentine I’ll never get tired of celebrating.
Add Something Sweet
Once I’ve found the perfect American Greetings card (or cards in my case) it’s easy to pair it with something homemade and sweet for a gift that shows my love in an extra special way. While I’ve whipped up a variety of sweets to pair with my cards in the past, this year I decided to make some White Chocolate covered pretzels that are decorated to Valentine’s Day perfection and say I love you in an extra delicious way!
What You Will Need:
1 Cup of Pretzels (any type)
White Chocolate Candy Melts
1 Teaspoon of Olive Oil
Red Candy Melts
Pink Candy Melts
Valentine’s Day Sprinkles (optional)
How to Make It:
These white chocolate covered pretzels are so easy to make and let me just say, they are amazing and a sure fire way to make anyone feel loved! To start I added my white chocolate candy melts and olive oil to a bowl and heated them in 30 second increments, stirring in between.
Once my candy melts were complete melted, I stirred the mixture until the texture was completely smooth. Then, using a fork, I dipped my pretzels into the mixture one at a time.
Once my pretzels were covered with white chocolate, I placed them on parchment paper and allowed them to dry.
After letting the white chocolate harden completely, I repeated the process of melting my red and pink candy melts. Once they were melted, I used a fork to dip into the colored candy melts and drizzle colored chocolate over my pretzels.
While the chocolate was still warm, I sprinkled my Valentine’s Day sprinkles on top and then allowed the entire treat to harden completely.
After finishing my white chocolate covered pretzels and letting them set, I was ready to package them up.
Now, Valentine’s Day always seems to happen on a work day (this year is no different) so I needed a perfect way to package them. Knowing that my hubby and I would not be seeing each other much on this special day, I wanted to send a sweet reminder of our love to work with him.
Thankfully, when picking up my American Greetings cards I had also grabbed some cute American Greetings bags, stickers and tissue paper that worked perfectly to complete my super sweet Valentine’s Day gift!
After adding my while chocolate covered pretzels to small plastic bags, I filled my gift bag with adorable tissue paper and nestled my handmade treat inside.
Then I added one of my American Greetings cards to my beautifully packaged gift. Just looking at it, I knew I had a sweet and tasty way to say I love you that would be totally memorable for my hubby.
It would let him know that not only did I want to say how much he means to me but I wanted to show it as well.
I know that when he opens this well thought out Valentine’s Day gift, he’ll know I’m thinking of him…not only on this one special day but everyday. For me, that makes the surprise extra sweet!
This Valentine’s Day, I’ll be showing my love to everyone in my life, starting with the hubs, with a little help and inspiration from American Greetings cards. With FREE printables, perfect cards, adorable bags and more, they provide the perfect starting point for gifts for anyone on my list. With romantic options for the hubby, funny cards for the kids and sweet ways to celebrate my friends, everyone in my life will be receiving something special that starts with American Greetings cards. Because no matter what I pair them with, these amazing cards and printables are a wonderful way to spread the love on Valentine’s Day and every day!
Now it’s your turn! I encourage you to show those around you lots of love with American Greetings cards and products. Start by heading to their website to download your FREE printables that are sure to keep you feeling connected and organized all month long. Then pick up cards, gift bags and more to make your Valentine’s Day gifting especially memorable.
Tell me, how will the FREE printables and American Greetings cards help make your Valentine’s Day special?