Are you one of those who claims that Valentine’s Day is just a Hallmark holiday; that we don’t need a holiday to tell our significant other that we love and appreciate them?

Yeah. That’s me. Although I enjoy the yearly dinners on Valentine’s Day, I tell Tony every single day how much I love and appreciate him.

We were just reminiscing in bed about all the past Valentine’s Day dinners we had.

First Valentine’s Day: We went to Water Grill and came to a consensus at the end of the night that we didn’t need expensive dinners. We just wanted to be together.

Second Valentine’s Day: Madison on Park. Tony and I went to Madison on Park when we first started dating and getting to know each other. And we thought it would be cute to go back for our Valentine’s Day dinner.

Third Valentine’s Day: Roy’s Hawaiian. Look. I had a gift card so that’s why we went. Embarrassingly enough I forgot the gift card at home but we still had dinner there. We actually split the bill for Valentine’s Day because it was an expensive dinner. However, I think we could agree it was worth our money. As long as we had each other that night, that’s all that mattered.

Tony has made reservations for Cutwater Spirits for Valentine’s Day this year. We tried their seltzer flavored water infused with tequila and we were sold. We discovered they were actually a local distillery here in San Diego. I would say my man won brownie points for considering our liking to this drink and securing a table for Valentine’s Day.

In the last couple of years, Tony and I eased off getting each other gifts for Valentine’s Day. Although I have to give up to him. He’s tried to send me flowers or get something delivered to me on Valentine’s Day and it has not worked out in his favor. Safe to say, he won’t be doing that this year.

For the very first Valentine’s Day, I wanted to get super crafty with my gift. Mind you, I was head over heels for this man. He was obsession and I was completely infatuated with him. I made a DIY Valentine’s gift.

I went to the post office and grabbed a large size flat rate box. Then I went to Michaels to grab a bunch of red/pink paper, stickers, package filling, etc. And my craft began.

On the inside of the box, I taped down red paper on the bottom, the sides, and the flaps. I stuffed the box with red and pink filling paper. On the flaps, I placed these Valentine’s Day stickers of mason jars decorated with hearts and stickered-lettering out: “happy valentine’s p.bear.”

I filled the box with some his favorite goodies:

  • Valentine’s Day Sweet Tarts
  • Zero Calorie Monsters
  • Reeses’ Heart Cups
  • Twix Bars
  • Beef Jerky
  • And of course, the Valentine’s Day card.

I sent the box off in the mail and luckily it arrived the day before Valentine’s Day. It was worth it just to hear his excitement.

I got on snapchat and sent to it to all of our friends. Let’s just say, I will be forever be called a simp for this.

It’s been awhile since I’ve hacked into that creative side for Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, I have a special one coming up for Tony. It holds significance in my heart and I can’t wait to share it with you but until then, you’ll just have to wait to see what it is…