Ideas for an Extra Special Valentine’s Day

Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I’ve put together some ideas for an extra special Valentine’s Day celebration. I know Valentine’s Day is a somewhat silly, made-up “Hallmark holiday,” but I have to admit it is one of my favorites. I just love the idea of taking a little extra time to show others that you love them. Of course, we should be doing that throughout the year, but why not also set aside a special day? My mom always made Valentine’s Day extra special for our family and I love doing the same for our boys. I firmly believe that Valentine’s Day is not just for expressing romantic love, but love and appreciation for any of the special people in our lives and for things or people we might take for granted. It’s also a super-fun holiday to celebrate with kids! So  with all that in mind, I’ve gathered up a WHOLE BUNCH of ideas for an extra special Valentine’s Day. From acts of kindness to thoughtful gifts and special treats, I’ve got you covered:

Ideas for an Extra Special Valentine’s Day

imgresActs of Kindness for Valentine’s Day (and every day!) 

  • bring a stack of new magazines to a hospital waiting room
  • pay for the person behind you at the drive through
  • give a Valentine to your mail-person, doorman/woman, bank teller . . . someone who makes your life easier and is under-appreciated
  • Clean out your closet and donate any clothes you don’t need anymore; involve your kids and ask them to pick out some toys to donate.
  • Send a gift card anonymously to a single parent
  • encourage your kids to talk to someone new at school
  • call a friend or family member to let them know you’re thinking of them
  • Trace your arms and “Send a Hug” to loved ones far away

Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

Ideas for an Extra Special Valentine's Day

The Family Book 

“The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in.”



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“Love Monster sets out to find someone who will love him just the way he is [ . . . ]  as he soon finds out, in the blink of a googly eye, love can find you when you least expect it.”


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“A testament to handmade, wacky, bashful, honest love—sure to win over the hearts of all readers— [ . . . ] the perfect gift to celebrate every relationship, from parent to child, sibling to sibling, partner to partner, crush to crush.”


The Day it Rained Hearts Ideas for an Extra Special Valentines Day

“A fun way to spark creativity and thoughtfulness! The perfect book to pair with Valentine’s Day crafts.”


Love IsIdeas for an Extra Special Valentines Day

“In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. ”

Special Valentine’s Day Treats

Sheart shaped eggs in toast 2tart the day off right with heart shaped pancakes or heart shaped “eggies in a hole.”  Use this heart shaped cookie cutter as a pancake mold or to cut a heart shaped hole in a piece of bread.  





Treat your kiddos to a Valentine’s Day snack mix when they get home from school unnamed-9

One year our family made a heart-shaped pizza – the kids loved it! unnamed-6

Support Equality on Valentine’s Day

Love is love and Valentine’s Day is a great day to celebrate and support equality. Consider a direct donation to causes that promote equality like the Human Rights Campaign,  or purchase a product that benefits HRC or other organizations fighting for equality:

LOVE Hand Painted, Paint Pallette Cap Sleeve T-Shirt


Love Conquers Hate Wristband

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 images.pngShop Small  for Valentine’s Day 

Support independent artists and artisans on Valentine’s Day by buying unique handmade gifts from local shops or from Etsy sellers. When you shop small — and specifically when you shop local — more of your money goes right back into your community.  You also help create more jobs when you shop small.  By shopping small on Valentine’s Day, you get to show love for your Valentine and for the independent shop owner and commmunity you just supported with your purchase. 

Celebrate your “Galentine” 

I love the idea of celebrating our best girlfriends on Valentine’s Day  Galentine’s Day! And it’s a great day for celebrating female empowerment in general! Gather your best girls and exchange some awesome gifts!

Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas:

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And of course, you can’t celebrate Galentine’s Day without Leslie Knope!  Love this “Uteruses before Duderuses” collection by


Little Valentine’s Day Surprises:

It’s all in the details and little surprises on Valentine’s Day make a big impact:

Ideas for an Extra Special Valentine's DayInstall this digital download as the screen saver or wallpaper on your sweetheart’s computer/iPad/iPhone. . . or print and frame in the perfect size for you! (if you’d rather have it all taken care of for you, purchase a poster print )







Leave “love notes” on your kids’ doors. . . This idea can start on Feb 1st and extend the Valentine’s Day love a little longer.  Each night, post a “love note” on your child’s door – things you admire about them, things you appreciate about them, talents they have, favorite activities you like to do together or favorite memories, etc. . . Each day they get to wake up to a new love note and by the end, have 14 (or more if you wish) notes on their door to remind them of how special they are.


Decorate with this gorgeous rose gold “love” balloon Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 1.49.46 PM

Dress Up for Valentine’s Day!

Especially fun if you have young kiddos or work in a fun atmosphere . . .

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valentine hearts headband

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TOMS “Watercolor Hearts” Shoes 

Show Love Year Round

Consider a monthly or weekly flower delivery subscription from for someone you love. Bloomsy Box Flower Subscription 3


CauseBox subscription service is a great way to give a thoughtful gift while also helping to make the world a better place: causebox 2



However you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love! 

xo, Rachel 

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day? For even more fun ideas for an extra special Valentine’s Day, check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board


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