12 Non-Cheesy Ways to Say I Love You

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Happy Valentine's Day, lovely friends (it's just around the corner)Take some time leading up to Love Day to send love, hugs and kisses to all the special people in your life, including yourself!

Here are 12 ways to celebrate LOVE that don’t involve over-priced flowers or a prix-fixe dinner:

1. Write a heartfelt note or letter. Sometimes what we write down has more impact than what we say because it requires at least a little thought. Tell the important people in your life how you feel about them. A card or note is best, but even an email will do.

2. Do something for them with no benefit to you. Go to a basketball game even if you could care less; visit a restaurant they’ve been dying to try just because it makes them happy. The point is to do something for the other person just because you know it is something they will love.

3. Hug. I'm talking a serious squeeze, not one of those lame, limp-armed excuses for a hug. I recently learned that to really get a hug right, you should hold it for six seconds, as that is the amount of time necessary to promote the flow of mood-boosting chemicals. Count with me: one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three...

4. Make something they love to eat. The way to anyone's heart is through their belly! Cook and bake your way into their heart(s). We love food52 and smitten kitchen for inspiration.

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5. Tell them you appreciate something they've done for you. We often take the people who are there for us the most for granted. Tell them thank you and tell them why. (And then hug them...for six seconds remember?)

6. Surprise! Who doesn't love surprises, big or small?  It doesn't have to be anything too complicated or expensive. Plan a day together, bring home their favorite chocolate croissant and latte, or make something by hand for them.

7. Read an epic love story. Try Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, or Anna Karenina.

8. Watch a classic romantic movie. Gone with the WindCasablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Love Story are some of my favorites.

9. Book a massage for yourself. You deserve it.

10. Call a friend you haven't spoken to in a while to catch up.

11. Donate blood. The winter storms across North America have caused the cancellations of thousands of blood drives. As someone who has seen firsthand how important a transfusion can be to someone who is ill, I will be making this a priority this week. Find a local blood drive here: Canadian Blood Services and American Red Cross.

12. As with all holidays, Valentine's Day is a fashion opportunity. Wear something soft and romantic and add delicate jewelry (my picks are this bracelet and this ring) whether it's for brunch with friends or dinner out with someone special.

- Kena Paranjape, Co-Founder & Crafter of Brand, BRIKA.com

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