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  • Writer's pictureLauren Hass

20 Clutter-free Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day and Beyond

While ads promote buying "things" for your love, may I suggest other options for celebrating Valentine's Day (or any special occasion) this year? You don't have to spend money -- or add clutter -- to show someone how you feel about them.

  1. Play hooky from work together.

  2. Go for a hike.

  3. Walk the dog together.

  4. Schedule a couples massage.

  5. Indulge in a fancy dinner.

  6. Book a getaway.

  7. Book a nearby hotel.

  8. Cook a meal together.

  9. Bake a special dessert.

  10. Light a fire and turn off your phones.

  11. Order in from your favorite restaurant.

  12. Break out the fine china for a meal at home.

  13. Make arrangements for a sitter or a sleepover out for your kids.

  14. Pick a card and pass it back and forth to each other each year.

  15. Prioritize self-care with some downtime together.

  16. Create a customized playlist

  17. Slow dance to [your song].

  18. Find a place to listen to live music

  19. Request a recorded message from their favorite celebrity on

  20. Wake up early, grab some coffee and watch the sunrise; or grab a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine and watch the sunset.

However you choose to spend the day, wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day...with your love, your family, or your friends!

Credit for #3 and #20 to my sister, inspiration for #12 from an article my mom sent me today; #14 from my uncle, #15 from @mavenofmoderation, and #19 from Stephanie. Photo by Clarisse Meyer on Unsplash.

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