Be My Valentine Ideas and Wishlist 2020

As the Christmas season fades into distant obscurity, the aftermath of the credit card bills may still remind many of some irresponsible decisions.  As if that wasn’t enough, the surge towards the next cultural spending spree is upon us: Valentine’s Day.  This year the Day of Love falls on a Friday.  For many Canadians, it also marks the start of the Family Day long weekend.  So, expectations to pull out all the stops to impress your “significant other” could turn it into a pricey weekend.

For many, it’s important to know what’s in a date.

I consulted with my Valentine to see what would make it onto her ideal wish list.

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HIS (my), HERS and OUR affordable and outrageous ideas list

Watch – dress or functional Jewelry Decor: Artwork🎨; Pottery 👐| Games 🎲
A cool gadget Spa pamper packageDining for two 🍽
Sports gear upgrades A well thought out creative or created giftDestination: Overnight or weekend escape 🏖
eBikePerfumeDo: Spontaneous event 🎆
Tesla Model XMini CountrymanDo: Outdoor 🎢or Indoor 🏡 activity

Let me elaborate a little on what I have in mind for the “for US” list, from the previous table.

Decor & Games

🎨 Artwork

  • there are a diverse selection of galleries and monthly craft fairs around Calgary
  • Stephen Lowe Art Gallery
  • The Calgary-based Passionate Painters sell diverse and excellent work online or at their bi-annual sales
  • The Leighton Art Centre has a treasure trove of amazing art and is also a delightful destination for a road trip out into the countryside
Image Courtesy of Leighton Art Centre

👐 Pottery

  • The Galleria in Inglewood serves up some of Alberta’s best potters’ works
  • The Leighton Art Centre always has a diverse selection of pottery on offer
  • various city-wide markets are scheduled throughout the year and often offer gorgeous pottery craft work
Image Courtesy of The Galleria, Inglewood

🎲 Games

  • We love games that are suitable for playing with two players but can easily be expanded to three or four. Our game-of-the-year has been Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra. Click on the image below for more details.

🍽 Dining for two

Our Calgary dining wish list is too long, but here are our go-to favourites and special-occasion destinations.

🍽 Breakfast / brunch

Image Courtesy of Bro’Kin Yolk

🍽 Lunch

Image Courtesy of Alforno Bakery & Cafe

🍽 Dinner

Image Courtesy of Teatro

🍽 Ice cream

Image Courtesy of Made By Marcus

🍽 Unique

  • Sky 360: revolving restaurant atop the Calgary Tower with the best views of the city and beyond
  • Dark Table: dining in the dark is an extraordinary experience!!
  • The Whistle Stop: dine in an authentically renovated historic railway carriage (High River)
Image Courtesy of Sky 360

🏖 Destination: overnight or weekend staycation or destination

Image Courtesy of Kananaskis Nordic Spa

🎆 Do: Spontaneous events

🎢 Do: Outdoor activity

Image Courtesy of Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours

🏡 Do: Indoor activity

  • Why not rustle up a romantic picnic dinner at a unique location, whether in your home or elsewhere, it will make for a memorable date!
  • Fiasco Gelato‘s Gelato Academy invites small groups of guests to learn about the process of making gelato before you’re let loose on their kitchen to make your own creative flavours!
  • Visit Workshop Studios to enjoy a pottery-making date night experience.
  • Escape the confines of home and enjoy a games night and coffee at Hexagon Boardgame Cafe in Kensington.

Valentine’s Day our way

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

1 Corinthians Ch13v8, The Message Bible

Some of our most memorable Valentine’s gifts and activities together have been:

  • Consider giving a gift of life: become a regular blood or a blood product donor with the Canadian Blood Service
  • Leaving lipstick messages on the bathroom mirrors
  • A stretched canvas wall hanging of our wedding vows
  • Enjoying a beach sunset picnic
  • A picnic dinner on our living room floor in front of the fireplace
  • Booking a weekend downtown Calgary Staycation
  • Rosebud theatre and overnight stay at Rosebud Country Inn
  • A unique Pandora charm
  • A new stainless steel lantern and fragranced candles for our hot tub
  • A personalized kitchen apron

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