Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Dish: Yep. The day is here. Frankly, if you're just now thinking about how to celebrate Valentine's Day, it might be a tad late. But! There's always hope for a holiday miracle, right? Here are three ideas for super-last minute ways to woo your sweetie—and the best part is, they're all totally free! (Plus, let's say maybe you don't have the romance going on right now. These ideas work well for friends' birthdays, surprises to brighten a sibling's day, or any other time someone in your life needs a little pick-me-up—just leave the mushy stuff out of what you send to friends and family, or awkward results can ensue.)
1. Say it and save trees. You've probably already seen the cheeky, snappy offerings at someecards.com, but did you know that you can make your own? That's right! For the cost of the few moments it takes to choose a background color, image, and come up with some creative text, you can send your sweets a personalized, eco-friendly valentine, totally free of charge. You know what scores big points with everybody? Loving the environment!
2. Say it with pictures. Pinterest has pretty much taken over our lives here at the VNHQ, and we couldn't be happier about it. How does this apply to your love interest? Make the lucky so-and-so a board! Collect images of things that you know they'll adore. From unlikely animal friends to a collection of amazing vegan sandwiches, whatever your paramour prefers you can pull together a collection of awesome images that will brighten his/her day.
3. Say it with style. From our hometown, this written-in-the-sand proposal from last year is one of the most creative ways to pop the question we've ever seen. Sure, an actual artist was hired to do this, so this exact idea wasn't free, but recreating it on your own beach, with your own skills? That, friends, is as free as the air. And, as you probably tell your sweetie every day, "Sometimes all I need is the air that I breathe and to love you." If you live in a sand-free city, try mapping out your love. Another San Franciscan (what can we say, we're a mushy bunch!) rode his bike 27 miles with his GPS tracking the trip. The result? A map in the shape of a heart all around the city!
If you do have a buck or two lying around, check out our Valentine's Day VegNewsletter, which is packed with great recipe ideas, events, and discounts to ensure a fabulous night.