Just in case you haven’t figured out a plan or gift for Valentine’s Day yet, here are some ideas, with a focus on experiences and locally made gifts (for people in Victoria, BC). I would love any of these things, so maybe it’s also a guide for getting me a gift.
Breakfast in Bed
Mrs. Jones Jams are amazing (they have them at the Grocer at the Hudson, Root Cellar, and various other spots on the island). Get some of her raspberry jam as a gift along with a promise to make some crepes to fill with it. Here’s a recipe for my grandma’s crepes (we call them “grandma pancakes”). They taste a lot better than these photos make them look. I recommend not doing food photography in a room with no natural light.
Makes about 4 crepes, but it depends on the size of your pan.
- 1 cup flour (all-purpose or unbleached – I’ve made this with half whole wheat & half unbleached and Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour as well)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 – 1 cup milk
- Sift together the dry ingredients add egg, vanilla, and milk. (I just mix them with a fork instead of sifting)
- Whisk together until smooth & add more milk until fairly runny.
- Heat skillet to med-high heat. Add a bit of butter to the skillet. It should sizzle and melt, but not smoke.
- Add about a 1/2 cup mixture and swirl pan until it covers evenly in a fairly thin layer.
- When bubbles appear and the batter looks dry, lift the edges and see if it is browned then turn it over . The second side will be almost instantly cooked.
- Remove from the pan. Quickly get a little butter in the pan and add the batter for another crepe.
- Add some jam in a line down the middle of the finished crepes and roll the crepe around them.
A Cozy, Easy Dinner at Home
We celebrate many holidays with pizzas from Prima Strada. I especially love the margarita pizzas. David’s gift to me is picking the pizza up. Then we’ll watch a movie on Netflix or rent one on the smart TV (oh, the times we live in). So much better than braving the valentines day crowds.
Pick up some high quality, locally made items that you might not usually splurge on. Some things on my wish list from Victoria, BC: Elate Cosmetics (beautiful, eco-friendly makeup – I covet the lipsticks and universal creme), Tout de Sweet Confections (I’ll take some caramels), Cold Comfort ice cream (they even have dairy-free coconut ice cream), pretty much any food from The Farmer’s City Market in downtown Victoria. Or order some fancy foods from Eat Feed Love, which is based in Victoria.
Homemade with Love
It may be getting a bit late to make anything that takes a lot of time, but you can still create something with heart. Handmade gifts mean so much. Some ideas: knit a scarf or hat, write a poem or song, paint or draw, start a photo project about your lives together, make a list of reasons you love them.
A Portrait or Documentary Session
What better way to show your love for someone than to document it for history (and for the world to see, if that’s your thing)? You can pick up a 20 minute couples mini session for $200 here, or contact me about an hour-long couples session or documentary couples or family session. I have paper and digital gift certificates available. Can’t decide which one to choose? Here’s a breakdown of the types.
- tend to be more posed, so we can get a lot of great photos in a short time
- limited to a smaller area, but I can recommend some spots with a lot of variety
- doesn’t take up much of your time at 20 minutes
- super affordable (less than half the price of a regular session with digital files)
- great if posing for the camera doesn’t sound fun and you can only handle so much of it
- an hour long at any location, or two, of your choice within Greater Victoria
- gives you a greater variety of shots and a chance to change outfits or hit up a second location
- gives you a chance to get really comfortable with the camera
- lets you spend part of the time on candid photos and part on posed
- these sessions are totally unposed, but I will help you decide on some activities/locations for the shoot
- great for couples or families
- the best choice for people who hate posing and are nervous in front of the camera
- captures the real moments in your relationship
- all you have to do is show up (or be home) at a specific time and do whatever you’d do anyway
Of course, Valentine’s Day, as with any holiday, doesn’t require a gift. These are just some little ways to show you care, and they’re great to give for any old day as well. And if you’re single, treat yo self.