It is almost upon us, that special holiday that makes so many cringe, Valentine's Day.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect combination of sweet loving and pure stress. What on earth are you supposed to buy for Valentine’s Day? It is still in the time of year where some are still working on that New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, which means chocolates aren’t going to be a great choice. And it also falls just as you are beginning to recover from the shock of the bills from Christmas, so spending lots of money adds stress to your day.
Who needs the extra stress this time of year? I am here to help remedy that with a few affordable gift ideas this Valentine's Day!
Love is found everywhere at a Virginia State Park
Amy’s Top 5 Valentine Day Gifts:
Take a stroll:
It doesn’t matter how old you are the feeling of belonging never gets old. Time is one of the free gifts we can give anytime. And it is also one of the most appreciated gifts you can give. The combination of fresh air and the ones you love is a winner every time.
Lost time is never found again – Benjamin Franklin
Tip: A stroll is intended to spend time together so make sure to stress to your Valentine this not exercise because of a holiday weight gain.
Watch the sunset:
Nothing speaks to the heart of a woman like a sunset. The sunset happens at a much more reasonable time of day than sunrise and it is followed by a million twinkling stars. Most parks are open until dusk so you will be able to enjoy the moment before you have to move to your next adventure.
A sunset can warm your heart
Have a picnic:
Picnic tables are in every state park and available for you to use. It doesn’t have to be overly fancy or complicated; it just has to be from you. Think about it, the simplest things become magical when done with love. And in February, there might be enough chill in the air to give you a good excuse to cuddle.
What you bring to eat is not as important as who you are with
Send him (or her) fishing:
It never fails to make me laugh, generally at myself, when I go fishing. So, this one completely depends on your motivation for the gift. If spending time together is important, take your Valentine along with you. If you need some alone time in the quite; send him fishing (or vice versa). AVirginia fishing license is required.
A day on a lake can put things in perspective
And of course, if you are willing to spend a little more may I suggest:
Go to any stay.
Some of the state parks have cabins open all year. And this year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday. Everyone has a different definition of relaxation. Some read, some sleep, while other hike, bike and run. The crackle of a fire (sitting outside near a campfire or in a fireplace) can do your heart good. It doesn’t matter your personal preference or if your Valentine has different preferences, we offer you an opportunity for a perfect weekend getaway. You can check cabin availability hereat any time.
Cabin at Occoneechee State Park (Photo credit: Robert Harris, Mecklenburg County Tourism)
Virginia State Park cabins make a perfect weekend getaway!