Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and romance. Many couples opt for "dinner and a movie" out on the town, topped off with a gift of chocolate or flowers.
But what do you do if you can't sit through an entire movie due to your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? If you normally rush to the restroom in the middle of your dinner? If the thought of a "scenic drive" (with no restrooms in sight) makes you panic?
Don't despair this Valentine's Day! Instead, be creative and use the ideas below to celebrate without being far from a restroom or eating something you shouldn't.
Gift IdeasLet's begin with some gift ideas. These gifts are sure to be appreciated -- and, unlike chocolate, they won't make anyone sick.
Make a booklet of love coupons. You can do this with a computer and printer, or you can draw them yourself. The coupons can be redeemable for a candlelit dinner, a massage, a night of snuggling, or any other romantic idea. You can also send your coupons via email:
- Good a night under the stars
- Good for a romantic get-away
- Good for a romantic meal (with candles!)
- Good for one romantic picnic
- Good for a movie of your choice
- Good for dinner for two
- Good for one dream date
- Good for one hug
Write a list of reasons why you love your significant other. To spark your creativity, you can start with this list of 101 Reasons Why I Love You.
Take out an ad in the classifieds section of your local newspaper. Many newspapers have a special Valentine's Day section just for lovers to put their feelings in writing.
Make a CD of some favorite songs. As you are making it, write a little note about each song. Choose songs that remind you of your significant other, or ones that are special to both of you.
Write a love letter. Don't worry if you're not exactly Shakespeare -- that's not the point. The idea is to convey your love in your own words. To turn the letter into a special gift, you can:
- Package it inside a bottle.
- Add some Valentine's Day stickers or drawings.
- Frame it.
- Have it copied by a professional calligrapher.
Going OutRent a room at a bed and breakfast. It doesn't have to be far from where you live, the goal is to have a change of scenery. Bring a picnic dinner, some candles, and sparkling cider for a romantic night alone right in your room.
Rent a hotel room with a Jacuzzi. Remember to bring your bathing suits...or not! Order in some room service, and enjoy your time together.
Staying InA night at home can be just as romantic. Put on some soft music, light the candles, pour the cider, and have a night of togetherness. Cook a special meal, or if you're too tired for that, order some take out and serve it on your best dinnerware.
Arrange to be home before your significant other gets there. Leave a trail of flower petals from the door to the candle-lit bedroom, where you will be waiting for a night of romance.
Create a scavenger hunt! Hide all the items necessary for a night of romance (wineglasses, candles, music, etc.) around your house. Write clues for each hiding place, and hide them with the items. The clue for the second item should be found along with the first item, and so on. Give your significant other the first clue, and let the fun begin.
Watching a movie while snuggling on the couch is a great way to spend Valentine's Day -- especially because the pause button is always there if you need it. Remember to get your movie early before the video store runs out of romantic titles.
Anti-Valentine's Day PartiesWe've all been there. Everyone has a date, it seems, but you, and you plan on wearing all black this February 14th.
Who says you need a date to have a good time on V-Day? Instead of spending the time alone, invite some of your other single friends over for an Anti-Valentine's Day party. Have a night of movies, snacks and fun.
If you're spending the day alone don't sweat it. You're not the only one without a date. Read some advice on how to get through it without feeling down.
In the end, Valentine's Day is not really about flowers, or chocolate, or even lingerie. It's about love. No matter what you do this Valentine's Day, be sure to tell your loved ones how much you care.