Welcome to the third and final part of the Valentine’s Day Series. If you haven’t found a present yet, well… time is definitely running out! But don’t fear – for Reema is here! Wow, that was pretty cheesy, wasn’t it? Moving swiftly on, there’s only a few days till Valentine’s so this last post will contain a whole bunch of ideas that I’ve titled as “miscellaneous” stationery as they don’t quite fall under any one category. There’s still plenty of time to do these ideas because even if you do a “simple” version of them, they could still be really thoughtful and sweet. So without further ado, let’s jump right into the first one.
The second part to the Valentine’s Day Stationery Series is a little bit more time consuming or creative than the first but the results are so worth it. You don’t have to create a beautiful scrapbook, like the photograph below. Honestly, it doesn’t need to be a work of art and I will list some easier ways to achieve the same effect but it gives you the option to be as creative as you’d like with this!
Instead of scrapbooking, let’s focus on memory books or journalling. I really love these sorts of books. One of the best presents I got from my friends was back in school. They all got together to create a book for me, writing messages and adding photos in it. Everytime I look through it, I recall all of the amazing moments and memories with them from school – some of them are things that had happened when we first met and I had forgotten all about them by this point!
For example, one friend wrote about a time that we were messing around and she was trying to push me into a spider web so I was resisting (as I hated spiders and it was also just gross!). However, her purse fell on the ground whilst we were wrestling and a boy tried to run off with it. I immediately stopped wrestling her and stopped the kid. It was a natural reaction – one that I didn’t think anything of. But she wrote that it was that moment that she knew I was a good friend – one that would defend her friends and fight for them, even if they were trying to do something, by her own admission, kind of mean (like push me into a web). That moment impacted her in a way I never knew about until I read what she wrote on this book, years after the event. Sometimes, you never realise who you’ve impacted or how you’ve had affected them – and sometimes the ones that have left lasting marks on you will never realise either, unless you tell them.
Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to do a little mini series on thoughtful gifts ideas and all of the Valentine’s stationery that you need in your life! You can read the introduction here before we dive into the first idea. This one is probably one of my favourites. It’s so simple and easy to do, you have no reason for not doing it. It’s inexpensive but thoughtful and you could even turn it into a game… So let’s jump right in and see how this idea might work for you!
This week, I wanted to share with you a whole bunch of amazing products and ideas to show people how much you love them… And I’m not just talking about your partner but also ways to show your parents, siblings, friends – anyone really – that you love and care about them.
Now I don’t think I’m a romantic person, by any account and I don’t really do Valentine’s Day myself so I won’t even pretend to be a master of romance. But I’m a huge fan of valentine’s stationery – like kind of obsessively so – I don’t know why, I don’t get it either… I think it’s partly because I don’t like the idea of people doing something for someone they love just once a year so I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day myself but I love the idea of spoiling the person you love and making sure they know that they are loved so the stationery and products associated with it are brilliant for that. I’m one of those people whose hand will automatically draw hearts when I’m trying to randomly doodle on the page.
I do appreciate that Valentine’s Day can also sometimes give people the excuse they’ve been looking for to pamper themselves and their loved ones – it can give a couple who may not be very romantic the chance to be more romantic without feeling too awkward or out of place. You definitely don’t need an excuse to pamper yourselves or your loved ones but sometimes, sadly, you feel like you do – and Valentine’s Day could be a perfect opportunity for that.
Honestly, I think a part of me would like to believe in the fairy tale idea of people always declaring their love for the other and showing their loved ones how much they care on a daily basis. Of course, I’m fully aware that this doesn’t happen often – I know I definitely take my loved ones for granted at times and I’m sure I’m not alone in this either. But I like to think that you just know your loved ones love you, that they care about you and worry about you no matter what happens. I like to think that people will show you that love, care and concern spontaneously throughout the year, through their daily actions or small surprises, simply because they want to. Not because society (and by society, I really mean the commercial industry in this case) has told them they should. (The same goes for you, by the way – it’s a two way street!).
Personally, I’m a huge fan of the small things people do for you. Like one gift I loved was a set of rings from my mum when I was younger. I came home to find them on the pillow, with a handwritten note to say “to my dearest princess”. They weren’t expensive or anything but the fact that she had written a note and made a little bit of effort to show she cared meant the world to me. I remember that feeling of happiness and that’s worth more to me than the more expensive gifts I’ve gotten since.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Mary Angelou
So, on that note, I wanted to share a few ideas with you that might help you give that warm fuzzy feeling to your loved ones. A lot of these you could do for anyone you love, not just your partner or someone you’re romantically interested in. You could do some of these for your parents, grandparents, children, siblings, any relative or friend! Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Series: Stationery, gifts and ideas to be more thoughtful than costly”