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Last Minute Creative Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas + My Everyday Valentine

Need a last minute but CREATIVE Valentine’s Day gift idea? You know that I can deliver on that for you! Also, a little ode to my Everyday Valentine 😀

Five Last Minute Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts!

Need a last minute but CREATIVE Valentine's Day gift? You know that I can deliver on that for you! Also, a little ode to my Everyday Valentine @suzlyfe

For a little more inspiration, check out my Five Love Lessons! For my Runners out there: Running is a Bad Boy

1) Cleaning service. No one likes to know how truly disgusting the world in which they live is. Get someone else to steam clean the carpets. I for one would be forever grateful. Plus then I could spend that time with you! Or, if you don’t have the money and want to get elbow-grease-brownie-points (also, this is easier if you live together), offer to do it for her/him for the Lent season, or some other finite time!

2) Board games. You would be surprised at how much the simple act of playing Jenga or SORRY can bring you together. Find them for cheap off of CraigsList or at a thrift shop, and have an epic throwdown.

Keeping it classy with Jenga and Bud Light

3) Something to brighten up the winter! Like a plant, not just flowers–go for something that can grow with and move with you guys. (Even if they are likely to kill them, lol). Something else would be like a special bowl, because you know they eat cereal every morning, or ice cream every night. Or all of the above.

What about a cute shirt!

4) Gloves/mittens and or hand warmers for when you’re not there to keep her warm.

4b) Menthol or something cooling for him when you aren’t there to put your freezing cold hands on his neck.

And now we are back to Chiberia.

5) An experience together. From painting and sipping wine, to a cooking class, mixology clinic, learning how to knit, something or anything that you can continue after the fact. What a mystery tour, like Jamie just did with her husband!

Alex and I at Phantom of the Opera!

Just a few ideas for you to think on. Chocolate/candy/flowers in general don’t go unappreciated, but try to raise the bar just a little! Though, just saying…. they might be a good vehicle for conveying the real surprise!

5 Reasons Alex is my Everyday Valentine (or Valentine Everyday!)


1) Alex expects me to eat off his plate, and outright questions when I don’t. He not only saves pieces, he saves the best bites for me. He also knows and doesn’t question my need to stay properly fed. And he knows better than to take from my plate, unless I give him bites (which I always do, but I have to be the one to give them!)

2) He is going to make one of the best fathers imaginable. I mean, he used to dislike cats, and the first week we had Zoe he barely slept thinking something was wrong every time she yowled (little did we know that is just her being “charming”). And now with Ridley. It just warms my heart.

3) He lets me be me and respects my right to be the way that I am. I have some very particular idiosyncrasies, from food to medication to exercise and so on, and he lets me do what I need to, within reason.

Alex and I dressed up for his Senior Resident Graduation Dinner!

Celebrating Alex’s graduation from Residency!

4) He thanks me for how hard I am working, even as he is working 16 hour days and saving people’s lives, and I am working at a gym/on the blog/parenting Ridleyh. Just like in any other game, it’s a team effort (but he gets very mad when he doesn’t pull his weight).

5) He has told me multiple times that he thinks I am perfect, and this is without needing to do so in order to sleep with me. I told him I was worried for his sanity. I am anything but perfect, and you know what? Same thing for him. But we are perfect for each other. We are each other’s best friend and biggest cheerleader, but we are NOT each other’s echo chamber. 

I love you, baby. I can’t wait to grow old with you, and to annoy any last shred of sanity out of you over the course of several decades. And for you to do the same to me.

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What was the best or most creative/thoughtful gift you’ve received for Valentine’s? What is your best memory of the day? 

Do you do something special? Or is it just another day for you?

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  • Reply Laura

    Is that a redskins blanket?!?! Please say yes! Then you’ll officially be my favorite couple ever! Love the cleaning service idea – that’s the gift I want for myself!

    February 14, 2014 at 8:28 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Haha it is indeed a redskins blanket! We had to buy it when we went to a game a few years ago because it was so freaking cold and we were both dying. But Alex is a life long fan! A cleaning service might not seem romantic, but it is definitely appreciated!

      February 14, 2014 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Jess

    I’m not a fan of cupid, and I’d rather spend the day building memories, while doing simple things!!!

    Love th epost about the things that you love about your guy! I need to do this now!

    February 14, 2014 at 10:38 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Eh Cupid is merely a child-what does he know? I would love I hear your take on the post!!

      February 14, 2014 at 11:08 am
  • Reply chasingchels

    Awww too sweet of a tribute to Alex 🙂 And I loved those ideas (esp the cleaning service and board games…although Joe and i can’t play board games because someone is a very sore loser (joe)). I think an experience together would be awesome; I’m not a big valentines fan though so we’re hanging home tonight, which is just the way I like it! Happy Valentine’s Day darlin 🙂

    February 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Well then we will just have to get our fill of board games in IN MARCH. Happy valentines my love!

      February 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply pickyrunner

    Loveeeee! I’m a huge fan of presents that you can DO. Like going to dinner, or to a show, or a class, or a weekend getaway type of thing. I think stupid things that we “want” aren’t personal enough so your ideas are way better! Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with Alex <3

    February 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Thanks! I’ll be working wompwomp but we got some couple time in earlier this week. Hope yours is filled with lots of chocolate!

      February 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Housewife Glamour

    Happy Valentines Day! Those are such cute ideas. And I loved your five things about your guy… so cute! Thanks for linking up and hope you have a great weekend!

    February 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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    February 17, 2014 at 7:09 am
  • Reply The Honeymoon: London Part 2 #MIMM

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  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Aw super cute! Love the reasons. Best gift was last year receiving a necklace and mug from Annabelle, ha. We don’t do gifts or really anything 😉
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…Letter to my Husband on Valentine’s Day + A Survey!My Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 6:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwwwww well what could be more meaningful than that?!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    This post is so cute Suz! Any of those gifts I would enjoy. Hope you two have a wonderful evening together!
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    February 14, 2017 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We truly did, thank you, Lacey!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I love the idea of gifting an experience rather than things. Things like chocolate and flowers you can get anytime, but experiences are a once in a lifetime opportunity.
    Kimberly G recently posted…Tunes Tuesday 2.14 – All About LoveMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Start with the chocolate and flowers as a smoke screen, right?

      February 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    AWWWW How sweet!!! You and Heather both wrote the sweetest things today! I really enjoyed this post– so loving! I dropped the ball today with the poor Hubs! lol!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…14 Ways to Spread to Love Anyday!My Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like you probably nail it every other day of the year–you are like the inverse–love every day!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    Thanks for the shout out for my random train adventure with Jody! (I knew you’d appreciate our level of weird.) Also, after reading this, I MIGHT be a little in love with Alex too.
    Jamie recently posted…The Magical Mystery TourMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 7:14 am
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    This brought tears to my eyes. Nothing is better than true love. Happy Valentine’s Day.
    Linda @ Veganosity recently posted…Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Parfait for TwoMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Cora

    🙂 🙂 🙂 This is everything anyone could ever ask for. V-day has never been a big thing for me (or Dan now that we are together). I think my ideal way to celebrate would simply be relaxing on the couch with a movie, and really really good chocolate. Dan is actually coming up to see my show today – not even planning that it was V day – so it will be nice to see my best friend. Happy love to both of you <3
    Cora recently posted…A Coffeeshop Kind of Person: Week In ReviewMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so excited that you will have Dan there with you! The best kind of support and break a leg charm you could ask for 😀

      February 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    I had to laugh at the food one. This is me and AJ too! Lord help him if he takes a bite off my plate without me offering it.

    February 14, 2017 at 8:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? LET ME OFFER FIRSTY

      February 15, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    this makes me cry, in a good way. It’s true TEAM WORK within a relationship and appreciation. Which what we always take for granted. Today is a good today to remind our significant other that we love and APPRECIATE all they do for us and say to us and BELIEVE in us.
    lindsay Cotter recently posted…How to Make Homemade Snap Pea ChipsMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 8:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you thank you thank you to them!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    People find my yowling charming too!
    Suzy recently posted…Week in ReviewMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Emily

    I love watching guys with small animals or babies; it really warms my heart too. And I think I want to use the rest of this week for simple acts of love and do that the rest of the year Lord willing. 🙂 This is truly awesome; I love how much you love Alex and how much he loves you.
    Emily recently posted…A Single Gal’s Thoughts on Valentine’s DayMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You can tell so much about a man by how he treats animals, and how animals react to them! Animals are so intuitive!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    One of my very favorite Valentine’s Day memories was in 1985…a day I remember very well!
    Long before Susie was a flicker in my heart, I was very pregnant with her brother. We didn’t know if this large kicking kid was a boy or girl, but it was due February 9th…….so when I was still preggers, I went to work on Valentine’s Day.
    This was at a time when roses for that day had to be ordered at least a week before-hand for the big day.
    Since NO one had planned for me to “still be working” there were no roses on my desk.
    I worked in a big open office and all the ladies had roses….except for a very large-with-child me!
    I walked into the office and burst into tears as I waddled to my desk.
    Poor Eric! I wasn’t supposed to be there and he was horrified that I didn’t have flowers.
    The next morning I didn’t go to the office, I went to the hospital to have Chris, who’d finally decided to make his appearance.
    So, I had flowers in my hospital room and a new baby on February 15th.

    Valentine’s Day can be every day or any day you decide to celebrate it!

    February 14, 2017 at 9:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE YOU! You are always one of my valentines. Now get back to the US so that I can send you flowers! Or the Christie Cookie 😀

      February 15, 2017 at 2:59 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        This weekend, I will grace the Atlanta airport with my presence!

        February 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    You two are adorable. I adore the gift ideas – experiences together are the best gift! We are taking a weekend in Oregon for snowboarding and running together as our Valentine’s gift (it works well that Valentine’s Day is followed by a holiday weekend!).
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…12 Valentine’s Day RecipesMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 9:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hop[e you guys have the best time. Bend is supposed to be magical!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Board/card games are our favorite at home date. Valentine’s is pretty much just another day though! We tend to save bigger gifts/trips for our anniversary.
    Hannah recently posted…Favorite links: long readsMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 10:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would so much rather do that, too!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    So cute! OMG expects to eat off his plate, my hubby too. The amazing thing is that my hubby does not expect me to share, I’m not a good sharer. Happy Valentine’s Day girly!
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby recently posted…Dark Chocolate Chunk BlondiesMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 10:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m beginning to think that we are the same person, in parallel lives…

      February 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    You and Alex make me smile so much <3 I Hope you have the best valentine's day!!
    Alyssa recently posted…A Weekend of Intuitive EatingMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 11:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Alyssa! I hope you had a great day as well!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Allie

    Not perfect but perfect for each other!! I absolutely love that!! I’m horrible at taking compliments and, my husband loves to give them and it drives me a little nuts…but I love that he does it 🙂
    I also love the gift of a cleaning service. I have the best housekeeper ever and I regularly ask her to clean a friend’s a house or business as my gift to them. It’s usually received as the best thing ever, because seriously.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!! xoxoxo
    Allie recently posted…The Rundown – Countdown To Cuba!My Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love that you gift your housekeeper to others. I’m sure that she loves it, because if she is that good, you know that the other people don’t let her go!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    Cleaning service! Yes, please! Even if its only for one day 🙂 Love that cute dress of yours from Alex’s Graduation! Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Sandra Laflamme recently posted…9 weeks to go? Whaaaaat?! Boston Marathon Training Update #6My Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You gotta do it. It is so lovely to have someone ELSE deep clean for you for a change!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Miss Polkadot

    Okay, this was one of the sweetest posts I’ve read in a while. You are lucky to have Alex in your life and he’s lucky to have you. The pictures of you together are so so beautiful. Rather than just happy Valentine’s I’ll say: happy everyday of loving each other!
    Miss Polkadot recently posted…How to live more intensely or: No week gets left behindMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much! I love that. Happy Everyday!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Oh how super sweet! You 2 are a great couple. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Polenta Eggplant Parm PieMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Deborah! I lucked out with him!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    YESSSSSSSS TO A CLEANING SERVICE. OMG. That would be the most awesome gift, true life.
    Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood recently posted…Should You Buy a Tablet for a Toddler?My Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, get on it. It is the best, and so affordable if you use a groupon!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    You guys are the sweetest! Happy happy Valentine’s Day! <3
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Random Ramblings: Where NOT To Do YogaMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    So cute. Happy Valentine’s Day! Also, can you hook me up with a cleaning service? 😉

    February 14, 2017 at 5:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, you can get major deals on them on groupon and stuff. DO IT

      February 15, 2017 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    You’re a pretty lucky gal! And yes, to the cleaning service!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Running, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Share 9 Ways that You May Not Have ConsideredMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am indeed! He’s not so lucky, lol

      February 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Great gifts ideas! I would love a cleaning service. Hope you guys had a great Valentines Day!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…A Peek into Cleveland Marathon Training Weeks 1-4My Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously, it is the best gift!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Such a lovely post! I hope to find someone like that someday. I seriously almost cried.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Healthy Valentine’s Day RecipesMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I so hope that for you as well. You know I truly do.

      February 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply San

    I love #3…. so important in a relationship!
    San recently posted…February Link LoveMy Profile

    February 16, 2017 at 7:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You must have the checks and balances!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness

    I love playing board games! Sounds like Alex is a gem!

    February 17, 2017 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      He is the best!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Our first Valentines Day together…I came home from class and found a huge balloon bouquet and a heart-shaped box of chocolates (I know…#traditional). This year, he surprised me with a valentine-decorated coffee mug stuffed with a “candy bar” bouquet at work. Yes, chocolates work (even if they’re not dark chocolates). I’d love an evening spent playing a board game!
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…What’s there to rant about???My Profile

    February 17, 2017 at 10:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I LOVED your candy bar bouquet! So cute and so yummy!

      February 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm

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