We love Valentine's Day in our household. We don't view it as a commercial heyday, but as a time to focus on loving each other. While many people spend a lot of money on extravagant gifts — we have neither the money nor the intent to do that. Small, handmade, and thoughtful notes or treats is what mean the most to us.
So I have three ideas — that are in no way original ideas to me, just three small, but creative, almost-free (!) gestures that I have done in the past to show my husband that I love him on Valentine's day.
1. Washi tape wall love note
Washi tape is decorative tape that you can now find just about any store these days. I bought mine at Walmart for a couple bucks. You can create a temporary love note to your sweetie on your painted walls very easily. I created mine on my chalkboard wall only because it is in the hallway directly opposite our bedroom door. The roll of washi tape was 12 yards and I used most of a roll to create these 3.5" letters.
2. "Heart attack"
My husband really liked this idea last year. I cut out many hearts out of pink and red construction paper and secretly taped them all inside his truck with a larger heart on the window that read "You've just had a heart attack! I love you!" It was a nice surprise for him when he went to go leave for work the next morning.
You can do that same thing in a specific room or office, not just a vehicle. If you do choose to do this in your loved one's vehicle, please make sure to not place hearts in places that would impede driving safely.
3. Hidden candy
I have to give credit to my father for this one. Growing up, he would hide a specified number of chocolate kisses for me and my sisters to find on Valentine's Day. He would leave us a card (usually handmade) that told us how many to search for and which room they were in — we each would have a different room so there was no fighting. I always looked forward to it every year.
I now do the same thing for my husband, except I hide Werther's candies because that's his favorite. I hide them all over the house — in cupboards and drawers, in jacket pockets, on shelves, etc. Wherever he might eventually come across them in his day-to-day life. He doesn't actively search for them though, he likes to find them randomly as a little "I love you" treat. He finds most of them within a day, but sometimes he'll come across one a few months after Valentine's — I think those are his favorite.