When Valentine’s Day comes around, people mainly think about what they’re going to get that special someone in their lives. Often, they forget that Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance but showing appreciation for those around you. To help get you started, here are 14 ways to show others that you care:
1. Grandparents. Grandparents are very special people, so why not surprise them with a card, some chocolate and/or flowers?
2. Parents. They’re always here for us when we need them, so wouldn’t it be a great idea to hand them a gift card to their favorite restaurant or movie theater so they can have a wonderful evening together?
3. Siblings. Have younger siblings? Buy them that toy they’ve been admiring or maybe something small but cute that’s more in your price range. Older siblings might like a gift card to one of their favorite stores, or if they’re music lovers, iTunes.
4. Teachers. Our teachers work hard every day to help us learn new information to guide us to become better people. Why not show our appreciation for them by sneaking some chocolate on their desk? Even a single Hershey’s kiss will do.
5. Friends. Friends are the people who are always there for you when you need to talk, make you laugh with their silly jokes or ready to just hang out. Make it a coed night out and hit the movie theater or your favorite place to hang out. Give your girlfriends some jewelry or make a bracelet for them. They’ll appreciate the gift not just for its beauty but because you took the time to make it.
6. Club members. Part of a club? Give your fellow club members something that either has to do with the club or something you know will make them smile. For example, if you are a part of a writing club, hand everyone a decorative pen. It doesn’t have to be something big.
7. Teammates. Do something for your team to show some spirit. If you’re on a team with girls, give each of your teammates a headband decorated with the school colors, or maybe a reusable water bottle for guys. Think of something that would be useful to everyone on the team during games.
8. After-school activities. Show everyone in the band or working on the school play or other after-school activities how much you appreciate their hard work with some candy.
9. Neighbors. With the wicked winter we’re having this year, take the opportunity to do something nice for your neighbor, such as shoveling the driveway and sidewalk.
10. Clergy. Next time you go to religious services, hand the leader something nice; perhaps something pertaining to your faith such as a rosary or a cross.
11. The cyberworld. Show the rest of the world some love using social media. Make a Valentine’s Day post and feel free to dedicate it to some of your loyal and active followers.
12. The postal carrier. He or she trudges through often horrible weather conditions to deliver your mail, but how many times do you ever say “thank you”? On Valentine’s Day, hand him or her a gift card to a local coffee shop.
13. Police, firefighters and those who serve our communities. Show them how much you appreciate them taking care of your community by walking into a police station, fire station, etc., and handing out some homemade treats.
14. Special someone. Instead of calling, texting or sending an email to your Valentine, go to the store and pick out a sweet card (or make one) and send it to them in the mail. They will love having something to actually hold. And don’t forget to seal the envelope with some heart stickers.
Aerin Wagner is a freshman at Buffalo Seminary.