- 1. Take a moment
- 2. Take stroll down memory lane
- 3. Time for tea
- 4. Enjoy the great outdoors together
- 5. The thrill of the chase: devise a romantic treasure hunt
How to celebrate Valentine’s Day at any age
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show those you love just how much you care. And while we at Artigiano are huge fans of roses, a lovely piece of jewellery and a candle-lit dinner in a lovely restaurant, once in a while it’s nice to do something a little bit different that might just mean even more.
Despite all the hype about buying expensive gifts to exchange on Valentine’s Day, research suggests that what we really want is to spend time with each other. A study conducted by Gala Bingo in 2018 revealed that 83% of women and 85% of men would rather have a shared experience than an expensive present on February 14th.
And love is certainly something to celebrate. Whether you’re marking the occasion with one special someone or are planning a more inclusive celebration with friends, family or even pets, here are some of our favourite suggestions for a fresh take on Valentine’s Day at any age.
1. Take a moment
It may sound obvious, but it can mean so much to just take a moment on this significant day to simply reflect on things and be grateful for everything you have and are together. Everyone’s relationships have their ups and downs and life doesn’t always run smoothly, but you’ve made it this far. Together.
These days we all lead busy lives and it’s all too easy to get swept along by a hectic schedule and an ever-extending “to do” list. But Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to stop, slow things down and just enjoy being with each other. Have a chat over coffee, a glass of wine or something to eat and think about your journey.
2. Take stroll down memory lane
Get a little nostalgic, take a step back in time and visit a place that is significant to you as a couple. Take a trip to a cherished old haunt, retrace the steps of your favourite walk or go for a romantic weekend getaway, to spark those special memories.
Spend some time reminiscing about the early days of your relationship – and forging new plans for things you’d like to do together in the future.
3. Time for tea
If we’re being absolutely honest, going out on for a meal on Valentine’s Day evening can be a bit daunting. Restaurants are usually packed full of couples and there is a definite sense of obligation to join in the hype and fit in with everyone else’s idea of a romantic dinner out.
So how about breaking the mould and doing something a little different? We just love the idea of a traditional English afternoon tea as a more elegant alternative to the hurly-burly of a Valentine’s dinner date night. Choose your favourite café, a lovely hotel or the stylish tea room of a historic property for finger sandwiches, cakes and scones, all served on beautiful china in tranquil surroundings.
4. Enjoy the great outdoors together
February can be a tricky month weather-wise. But as the old adage goes: “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing”. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to wrap up warm and get out into the fresh air as a couple, or as a group. There are so many benefits of being out and about in nature. Exercise such as walking, running and cycling are well-known to improve health and mental well-being. And studies repeatedly emphasise that being outside and enjoying the natural environment enhances these positive effects on people’s mood and health, and helps them to feel more connected to the world around them.
Go for a stroll around your local park and feed the ducks. Visit a local National Trust property and admire a magnificent garden, or put on your walking boots or cycling gear and explore somewhere new. Finish off your outing with a stop-off at a local pub or café for some well-earned refreshment.
5. The thrill of the chase: devise a romantic treasure hunt
For a more novel take on celebrating Valentine’s Day at any age, organising a treasure hunt is an imaginative option – but it does take a bit of planning.
Devise your clues and leave them on little notes or cute cards in strategic places around the house and garden for your loved one to find. To get things started, tape the first clue somewhere obvious and easy to spot, such as the bathroom mirror or the bedroom door. A trail of sweet or playful questions that will lead your significant other to the next clue strike just the right tone for Valentine’s Day.
If you are feeling particularly romantic, you can also leave thoughtful little gifts along the way, for example a photograph of a favourite occasion you enjoyed together. All these clues will lead to the final prize to celebrate Valentine’s Day – what this is, is entirely up to you!
February 14th is a wonderful opportunity to show the person closest to you just how much you appreciate them and it’s important to celebrate Valentine’s Day at any age. Whether you opt for a traditional celebration or fancy doing something a little different for a change, it’s showing that extra bit of thoughtfulness that helps keep the magic alive.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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