Searching for a great idea for a romantic yet inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift for your partner? The 14 Days of Love Valentines is a simple love challenge that can also be easily adapted for your kids!
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show the most important people in your life just how important they are to you. For the past few years, we’ve done the 14 Days of Valentine’s Love Challenge and it’s been so much fun.
If you’ve never heard of it, the 14 Days of Valentine’s is fun and easy to follow. In a nutshell, each day from February 1st through February 14th you surprise your partner, child or any special person in your life with a surprise gift of some kind. In our family, we choose to do words of affirmation each day!
You can also choose to give small gifts or other surprises. The whole point of the 14 Days of Valentine love is to show those special people over and over again how much you love them! You can make this love challenge as basic and inexpensive or as extravagant as your budget allows.
This love challenge is great for Valentine’s Day, but can also be tweaked to be meaningful any time of year. This love challenge is easy for those who don’t consider themselves romantic and struggle to give Valentine’s Day gifts. Plus, this 14 days of Valentines challenge can be pulled off easily on a budget! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a big splash with this thoughtful gift.
(Missed a February 1st start date? It’s not too late! Create a shortened version, or even just create a bunch of notes to give on JUST Valentine’s Day!)
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14 Days of Love Challenge- Valentine’s Based on the 5 Love Languages
I am a BIG believer in the Five Love Languages, and I think one of the reasons I love the 14 Days of Love Valentine is because it speaks to my own love language, Words of Affirmation. If you’re not familiar with the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, it outlines 5 different ways nearly everyone shows love and also feels most loved. Those categories are:
- Words of Affirmation
- Quality Time
- Physical Touch
- Acts of Service
- Receiving Gifts
As someone who is big on Words of Affirmation, cards and notes have always gone really far for me. Some of the most romantic gifts my partner has ever given me have included just random little love notes left around the house.
Want to learn what your own love language is? Take the free quiz here!
14 Days of Love Valentine’s Ideas
Not sure where to start when it comes to the 14 Days of Love Valentine’s ideas? Here are a few to get you started for each love language! Choose one for each day of love, or give them all at once on the big day. What better way to show someone you care than with one of these valentine’s day ideas!
At the end I also break down how I personally use Words of Affirmation for our own family’s 14 Days of Love. Read on for some easy 14 Days of Love Valentine ideas!
Quality Time Valentine Ideas
Play a board game together
Explore a new spot in your town
Take them to their favorite restaurant
Get them tickets to see their favorite musician together
Take a class together
Go for a hike
Spend time making dinner together
Go on an overnight trip (or a day trip if you’re limited on time)
Physical Touch Valentine Ideas
Snuggle while watching a movie
Give them a massage (or a gift certificate for one at a spa)
Give extra hugs and kisses
Give a shoulder massage or extended foot rub
Take a bath together
Acts of Service Valentine Ideas
Organize the closet, garage, attic etc
Make the bed every day for 14 days if you normally don’t!
Take care of an annoying errand you know they don’t want to do (like returning items to the store)
Make them breakfast
Take the kids out of the house so they can have some alone time
Get their car detailed
Deep clean the house (or hire a professional to do so)
Make them something yummy (like these crazy easy and delicious Valentines Milk Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies)
Receiving Gifts Valentine Ideas
Surprise them with flowers at work
Make a Valentine’s Day playlist for a romantic night in
Pick up their favorite Valentine’s candy or treat
Give them a gift they’ve had their eye on or something that would make them smile
Gift a framed photo of you/your family for their desk at work
Surprise them with flowers at home
Choose a cute valentine’s day gift from their favorite store
Valentine’s Day Challenge- 14 Days of Love Words of Affirmation
If words of affirmation are your thing, here are the steps I take each year to create our 14 Days of Valentine’s Ideas for our own family.
Supplies Needed for 14 Days of Valentine’s
- 14 Construction Paper hearts (like this pack of pink construction paper) OR 14 large foam hearts (like these). You can also use any paper you have around your heart (I used Post It’s the first year we did this!)
- Sharpie or other marker
- Scotch Tape
(Seriously, how easy is this list??)
How to Create 14 Days of Love Notes
Think about your partner or child. What makes them special to you? Write out 14 different reasons why you love them. Add one reason to each paper heart.
Need some ideas? Here are a few I wrote for my partner:
• I love how you make me laugh harder than anyone else
• I love what a great cook you are
• I love how much you love our son.
• I love our morning snuggles.
• I love how I feel when you look at me.
Try to choose a mix of reasons. Be sure they’re thoughtful and unique to you (as in if your husband is a terrible cook, you probably don’t want to sing his praises on a love note haha) If you run out of ideas, check out a few short poems or quotes for inspiration.
After you’ve created your notes, it’s time to surprise your partner! Here are some great ideas:
• Tape one to the bathroom mirror in the morning while they’re in the shower
• If they take a lunch to work, put one in their lunchbox before they leave
• Hide one in their sock drawer
• Sneak one onto the front seat of their car
• Stick one inside of their laptop, or taped to their computer monitor
Don’t stress if you can’t think of 14 different ways to surprise them, as that’s not necessary! You can even pick just one technique (like taping one to their mirror each morning), and the excitement will be the same. What matters most is the effort.
You can even just “stack the deck” and surprise your partner on Valentine’s Day with a mirror full of love!
Here are a few other ideas for Words of Affirmation Valentines:
- Create a handmade, old fashioned Valentine
- Send them special texts each day
- Write “I love you” in different languages and hide them around the house for them to find
- Create a list of favorite inside jokes in a jar, and watch them giggle each time they pull one out
14 Days of Love for Your Kids
Love this idea and want to adapt it for your little one? It’s easy and a simple way to make your children feel extra love (and have lots of fun while doing it).
Think about your child. What are some things they’ve been working hard on? Areas they’ve improved upon? Things they do really well? Check out these ideas as a starting place:
• I’m so proud of how great you’re doing in math class.
• You take such good care of the puppy
• You are such a great big sister!
• You give the best hugs
• I love what a good helper you are.
Looking for a cute idea? Sneak one into their lunchbox each morning before they head off to school. Sweeten the message with some fun candies in there, too.
Here’s my oldest son’s door from this past year:
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14 Days of Love Valentine Ideas are an Easy Gift
I hope you enjoyed learning about our very favorite Valentine’s tradition! Have you done a 14 Days of Love Valentine’s Challenge in the past??
Remember: at the end of the day the most important part of this love challenge is just making the effort. Forget a day? Run out of ideas? It’s ok! Your partner (or child) will feel so special every time they receive a surprise love note from you. By putting in just a little bit of special effort, you’ll see a big return in how happy and special this makes your loved one feel.
This 14 Days of Love Valentine’s challenge is the perfect way to show you care. Let me know in the comments if you’re planning on giving this a try, or tag me on Instagram if you do, @simply.siobhan. I would love to see it!
Wishing you a Valentine’s Day filled with love! Happy Valentine’s Day!