That Cupid and chocolate-filled holiday is coming up next weekend. Have you thought about whether you’ll be giving gifts this year?
My fiance and I don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s Day with gifts. In the past, we’ve gone out for dinner or ordered delivery (Oh! How I miss living in a town with a restaurant that delivers!). I think we’ve given each other a Valentine’s Day card a time or two in the four (five?) times we’ve “celebrated” the holiday.
But what about kids? Is the holiday supposed to be about romantic love, or is it about the cuddly warm love you feel for your family, pets, and kids? Yes, I’ve seen Valentine’s gifts for PETS! Sorry, Butch, Hawthorne, Zero, Rhiannon, Juliette, and my dear fishies – I love you but not that much. I’m not getting you anything unless it’s a post-Valentine’s Day clearance deal.
When I was a kid, the thing parents did was send flowers and balloons to their kids at school. My mom, wanting to fit in with the other parents, and desperately wanting me to fit in, would usually send me a rose and balloon that I’d have to haul home. It was nice to get the gift, but I learned quickly that flowers were a pain in the you-know-what.
At my daughter’s last school, parents were not allowed to send flowers to school, so it’s something I’ve never did before. I don’t intend to do it in the future, either. Sorry, kids, I love you enough to not embarrass you with making you walk out with a flower and balloon in the wind (and probably rain!). I know my mom did it with best of intentions, but I guess I found it to be embarrassing and didn’t like the extra attention.
I’m more of the type of mom to make some heart-shaped grilled cheese, eggs, or cookies, and call it a day. I don’t want to draw much attention to my kids (or myself!) by sending flowers or stuffed animals. I certainly don’t want to go out and buy needless junk from the stores that will be in our trashcan within a month (i.e. Avon chapstick, cheapie sunglasses, dollar store stuffed animals, etc.). After all, I’m pretty sure that consumerism is the big drive behind modern-day Valentine’s Day anyways. I’ll pass on that and save my hard-earned money.
What about you? Do you buy Valentine’s gifts for your significant other or your kids?