Valentine’s Day Gifts for the non-romantic

Here’s the conundrum I’m in. I love Valentine’s Day. L-O-V-E it. Or like Ashlee Simpson once sang, “L-O,L-O,L-O-V-E” it. Pink, sparkles, hearts, glitter, swirly things, flowers, candy… yeah that is UNDOUBTEDLY my kind of holiday!

Buuuuttttt. I’m not really a romantic. I cringe at romance scenes (think the one-on-one dinner dates on The Bachelor. Those things STRESS. ME. OUT). The Notebook gave me so much anxiety because they were just so enamored with each other it made me feel really anxious.

But then again, I LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY.

So I present to you some gift ideas you could give on Valentine’s Day to someone who is not a romantic.

ONE // EXPERIENCES

Places to go, people to see, things to do… with Pinterest being the ultimate bucket list of what we wish we could do, I think we all have a running list in our minds of what we’d do if we had: time, money, someone to go with or figure out the details, etc. A few weeks ago, Justen and I bought an Elephant Encounter on Groupon so that I could TOUCH AN ELEPHANT (MY DREAM AND SOMETHING ON MY 101 LIST). Groupon is FULL of affordable things you can do with someone to make them feel special, try something new, and show them you love them. Do me a favor, and if you’re going to buy through Groupon… go through eBates, where you can get 7%ish cash back. If you don’t want to buy something, look up a hike. Exercise + fresh air + limited technology = wining combo!

TWO // GIFT CARDS

I know this is a REALLY unpopular one because APPARENTLY gift cards are “impersonal,” but I LOVE gift cards. If I get a gift card to a place I love, like… idk…. TARGET, I get SO EXCITED because I’ll hold on to it until I see something I REALLY want and wouldn’t buy without the gift card. If it’s to a place I’m not familiar with, I love that I get to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. It’s like the experiences in a way, but giving the other person a little more freedom. Have you heard of Seashells? It’s a site where you can buy gift cards and get cash back. Check out Seashells before you buy a gift card. It will put some money in your pocket just for buying a gift card! and side note: you can stack a gift card from Seashells with an Ebates purchase, and I am 100% serious. Join Seashells and use the code mw1llubX to get $5 when you sign up!

THREE // TIME COUPONS

You might be like.. time coupons, what the heck? but hear me out. We live in a time where EVERYONE is stressed and busy and rushed and wants to do all the things “if I could only get time,” and I want to encourage you to give the gift of TIME. This isn’t like a romantic coupon book or anything, it’s literally a handwritten note that entitles the bearer to…. IDK, because I’m not the person you are giving the coupons to. Here are some ideas:

  • Taking care of dinner when they’ve had a bad day.
  • Helping organize papers.
  • An evening with no phones/computers/ipads/etc.
  • Getting to choose the movie when you can’t decide together.
  • A car wash

Those are just some ideas. I wrote more on my $0 gift guide I published a few years ago.

FOUR // GAMES

I love games, and I’m not sure when I became one of those people. I love board games like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride (I feel like those are really basic games), and Justen and I fell in love with Monopoly Deal over Labor Day weekend. I recently received the Personalogy Family Fun Card Game to try out, and it would be a great Valentine’s Day option, especially for families. It’s a fun how-well-do-you-know-me game where players try to guess each other’s answers. Here’s a little more about it:

A Laugh-out-loud discovery card game for the family (ideal for kids 7-11). Brings families together instantly – the playful, heart-warming and silly questions gets everyone talking, laughing and having fun! Questions have multiple choice answers to make it easy for kids. Play at family meals or game night.Discover something new about your family. perfect for birthday or holiday parties, family gatherings, A perfect antidote for traveling with kids, road trips, and plane rides. The speciality box is designed to be small enough to put in your purse, backpack or glove box. Cards are the same size as a regular deck of playing cards. Many of the questions were co-created by kids 7-11. Three ways to play, with or without points and can be played in teams. 122 fun, silly, laugh-out-loud and memorable questions and even more surprising answers. Made Amazon’s Best Sellers Top 100 Card Games for 2015! Enjoy!

Learn more on PersonalogyGame.com // Purchase on Amazon: Family Edition / Party Edition

Justen and I recently went on a hike and we threw the game in his backpack to play as we hiked. Some of the questions were no brainers, like what color would I be. Others were a little… um… stumpier. 🙂

I love that you can take the box with you anywhere to get a conversation going in any situation where you would need an ice breaker. I’ll definitely be keeping these in my car so that if there’s ever a lull in conversation we can have a way to keep talking.

ps: Bald eagle + red/pink, duh.

FIVE // COFFEE

Obviously I had to end with this one, because when it doubt, Starbucks it out. 😀

What about y’all? Are you romantics or not? What do you do for Valentine’s Day? Last year I was in Nashville, so this will be my first Valentine’s Day with Justen!

Don’t forget to check out Personalogy!

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13 Comments

  1. January 30, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I looove Valentine’s Day too, but am not usually into anything too mushy either. I was just talking to my mom about how we love gift cards, but some people are totally against them for whatever reasons. Card/board games are the way to my heart!

    • February 3, 2017 / 9:45 am

      yeah what’s the deal with hating on gift cards?! i LOVE when i get them and have a bunch of random gift cards in my wallet. it makes me feel a weird kind of rich, lol. like… oh i could go to ALL of these places and find something. what are your fave card/board games?!

      • February 3, 2017 / 11:45 am

        I love classics like clue and scrabble, but also like just about any strategy game– 7 wonders, ticket to ride… betrayal at the house on the hill is really fun too. Dutch blitz is a favorite card game– it’s similar to speed if you’ve ever played that & is a good 2 person game!

  2. January 30, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Yes. This is me all day, every day. Romance is yucky. 😉 BUT… I know what I want you to get this Valentine’s day! 😉

  3. January 30, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    I love fun games like that! These are such great ideas, Stephanie!!

    • February 3, 2017 / 9:45 am

      thanks <3 i love get to know you games too. or ones that are funny and break the ice – have you played that watch your mouth game?!

      • February 4, 2017 / 2:09 am

        YESSSS I LOVE THAT GAME. I played it with my cousins at Christmas and nearly cried laughing when it was my first turn and I got zero points. It’s just too funny!

  4. January 31, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Games are the best! I grew up playing board games and while it’s sometimes tricky to find fun 2-player games, my husband and I like to play too! He loves Monopoly but I am terrible at it. Maybe for Valentine’s Day I’ll give him a coupon that says I will play Monopoly without complaining! 🙂

    • February 3, 2017 / 9:46 am

      hahahaha does he play proper monopoly, like where you have to mortgage property and stuff?! that’s hardcore forever long monopoly. i like the monopoly where you all just go “ok whatever who has the most money?” lol.

  5. February 2, 2017 / 11:23 am

    coffee coffee coffee. always a good choice 🙂
    we tend to do experiences rather than gifts for everything and we LOVE it!

    • February 3, 2017 / 9:47 am

      you carry those memories forever!!! i’ve been working on clearing out my room because i have so much stuff and i realize how much physical gifts can be a burden – i never want to get rid of them, but i don’t need/want them anymore. it’s a tough balance! and that’s why experiences win ;D

      • February 3, 2017 / 10:30 am

        you are so right! and when you move into a new house you are glad to not have accumulated SO MUCH STUFF! lol

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