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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2021

by Madelyn McConnell

Some cynics may call it a “greeting card holiday,” but we love everything Valentine’s Day represents. Our ties to each other, the love and support in our relationships and in our communities, all deserve to be celebrated! Valentine’s Day in 2021 is no different.

At GSB, we love our local businesses. Holidays like Valentine’s are typically pivotal times for local businesses, but we know these times are anything but typical! Though you might not be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s) as usual this year, we have a few suggestions for how to support your local community and honor the love in your life at the same time. 

A Romantic (Takeout) Dinner

Valentine’s Day is the most popular day of the year for restaurant dining. But the staple Valentine’s Day dinner date will likely look a little different this year. Even though not everyone is ready for indoor, socially-distanced dining, it is important to our local restaurants that we continue to give them support. 

So why don’t you change up your takeout routine for Valentine’s Day? Instead of calling up the typical chain restaurant you’ve ordered from weekly for the past 11 months, try ordering from an independently owned establishment instead. Most fine dining restaurants that you might not typically think of for takeout have adapted to our current times and even offer multi-course meals for pickup.

Gimme Some Sugar

Mmm chocolate. The quintessential Valentine’s Day gift. Instead of picking up that big brand name, heart-shaped candy box from the drug store, check out what specials your local bakery or candy maker might be offering for Valentine’s Day. They might even be able to add a special touch or personal message. That’s the bonus of supporting local business; you get a more unique experience. 

Love is Blooming

It’s likely no surprise that Valentine’s Day is the number one day of the year for florists. Before you order those on demand flowers, think of your local florists. While it might be more of an investment than a grocery store bouquet, you’ll be investing back in your local community. And a bouquet from a florist will likely last longer, giving you a lovely return on investment. 

Love for the Ages

So there’s no hope of a babysitter this Valentine’s Day? No problem! Get the kids involved for a family love celebration. How about a simple craft activity: join the Kindness Rocks Project by painting Valentine’s Day messages on found stones. You’ll love tucking them around your neighborhood and spreading the love through this (socially-distanced) random act of kindness.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day in 2021!

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