Non-Traditional Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Long gone are the days when Valentine’s Day breaks the bank and is riddled with the utmost corny and over-priced gifts…. it’s time to mix things up! From DIY-ing gourmet treats to taking a walk in the park, here are some one-of-a-kind ways to celebrate with that special person (or yourself of course!):

Flower bouquet with "Five Ways to Celebrate Valentine's"
Image by: Alana Rivera

Sweets for ya Sweet

Forget the basic Valentine’s day treats and sweets pumped with fillers and artificial sweeteners. If your partner enjoys chocolate, impress them this holiday with a personalized chocolate bar. With just five ingredients, you can whip up a gourmet candy bar that can totally be enjoyed guilt-free, courtesy of Minimalist Baker.

Picnic

Mid February might just be the best or worst time to embark on an outdoor picnic. For those who enjoy year-round sunshine and warm weather (aka: Southern California), take your lover (or yourself) for a walk through the park accompanied with a picnic including their favorite foods. If this time of year is not optimal for exploring the outdoors in your town, set up a cozy picnic indoors! 

Picnic blanket with basket
Kristina Paukshtite

Staycation

Roadtrip to a new destination in your area or explore the next town over.  If you really want to take it the extra mile, book one night in an airbnb to give yourself that getaway feeling. 

Ditch the flowers for flour

Ditch the reservations and create your own fancy dinner. Make your own memories by preparing a special recipe you’ve been dying to recreate. Check out this piadina recipe form Gozney for a great all-in-one, delicious meal that’s sure to impress. 

Gozney's Supreme Piadina
Image by: Gozney

Get sentimental

Nothing is quite more sentimental than recreating your first date. Relive the special day while reminiscing on sweet memories and simpler times. 

For more Valentine’s Day celebration ideas, check out our not-so-average 2020 Valentine’s Gift Guide

Valentine’s Gift Guide 2020- Etta+Billie

Etta+Billie's 2020 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Not-so-average Valentine’s Day gift idea for that special loved one, or even for yourself!

  1. Clary Sage Black Pepper Body Oil | Etta+Billie- $34
  2. Origin Chocolate Box | Dandelion Chocolate- $40
  3. Halva Trio | Seed+Mill – $35
  4. Make a playlist on the streaming site of your choice. Handpick your favorite songs that mark the milestones of your love |- free (with a streaming subscription)
  5. Craft Cocktail Workshop | Paul & Dave’s Mixed Drinks – $86
  6. American Wagyu | Snake River Farms – $99

Last-Minute V-Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Giant stuffed bears line the grocery store, candied hearts are making eyes at would-be dieters, and love is simply in the air. 

Valentine’s Day is a chance to show someone special that they’re always on your mind. You could go with the expected gift: a two-layer box of mystery chocolates (not knocking it.) Or you could choose to go head over heels with these amazing, albeit non-traditional gifts for Valentine’s Day. 

1. Realistic heart jewelry 

Can an anatomic heart be more pretty in this rose gold setting? This Etsy seller even pairs it with a custom printed gift note. 

2. Cooking Class

This Valentine’s Day, make a 3-course meal with your special one. Many cooking classesfeature specialty chefs from your local area, cocktails, and guided sessions on knife skills and plating. Then enjoy a candle lit dinner. 

3. Citrus Scents

Totally a favorite on a normal day, grapefruit is known to boost confidence and … ahem performance. Wink. Wink. This grapefruit + cardamomscent will also enhance mood and decrease stress so you are kept in the moment.

4. Shadow Box

  Swoon! Fill a shadow box with tokens from your relationship: photos, tickets, notes.

5. Chocolate!!!

Yes! Chocolate! But you can take it beyond sweets, like these fancy hot chocolatecanisters sourced from South America or the Dominican Republic. 

And yes! Etta+Billie has you covered in the chocolate realm too. Every one of our main products has cocoa butter in it (aka the main ingredient in Chocolate). We also use cocoa powder in our Geranium Patchouli Soap (double the chocolate).

Want more information on this chocolatey goodness? Check back next week for our ingredient spotlight on cocoa butter.