Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas That Actually Celebrate Love

It’s usually a holiday for stuffed bears, fleeting bouquets, and those chocolates with the weird syrup inside. What if instead you gave a gift that actually touched upon the warmth and strength of your love?

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It’s usually a holiday for stuffed bears, fleeting bouquets, and those chocolates with the weird syrup inside. What if instead you gave a gift that actually touched upon the warmth and strength of your love?

For Valentine’s Day this year, use Capsure to send heartfelt messages to your loved ones. A Capsure board celebrates what really matters: the deep and unbreakable love between you. And it’s not just a day for couples. Love is a family affair, andh what bigger love is there than the love between parents and children? Here are a few ideas for ways that kids can use Capsure to tell parents why they love them.

Build an ‘I Love You Because’ Collage

Take some photos of the kids and record audio over the top, with the kids saying things like ‘I love you because you take care of me even when I’m throwing a fit’ and ‘I love you because you get me my favorite mac and cheese.’

The beauty of sending these gifts on Capsure is that they stay with you year after year. If you want to take it to the next level, purchase annual media storage on Capsure along with the heartfelt sentiment, so you’re investing in an album that grows with your loved ones through the years.

When they’re all grown up, those recordings of their little voices will be keepsakes you’ll treasure.

Switch from ‘I Love You’ to ‘You Love Me’

How often do you get to hear that your child knows you love them? It’s almost better than hearing they love you back. It means you’re doing a good job.

Have your kids build a storyboard of key moments in their lives when they felt loved. A baby picture dug up from an old memory drive, and your child’s voice recalling: ‘I first remember Mom loving me because she would sing “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” while she put me to sleep in my crib.’ A picture of a crooked, blurry landscape takes on new meaning with the audio caption: ‘I knew Mom loved me on our trip to Victoria because she dropped her phone in the lake to save me even though I was just pretending an alligator got me.’

‘I felt Mom’s love for me when I was too scared to go to the Halloween party, but she painted my face anyway so we could have fun at home.’ A night you remember as a parenting fail might turn out to be among their warmest memories.

Send the Kids on a Photo Hunt

Take the kids out, or send them out if they’re old enough, to snap photos and videos of things that remind them of their parent. An ordinary street corner might be extraordinary to them because one time in passing Papa took them for an impromptu pinball tournament. It makes them happy now every time they pass by.

Memories might emerge from the train station where Papa took the middle kid for a one-on-one trip out of town, or a cloud-framed sunset that reminds the youngest of his sunny, bearded smile. Let the kids lead. We never know what the world looks like to them, or what makes them think of us with love. Their photo hunt will produce a unique visual gift that will become a new memory of its own.

Capsure the Impermanent

With Capsure’s broad media content capabilities, the possibilities are endless. You could write a song for your loved one, and perform it with the kids. If a video of you and the kids singing isn’t enough, set the audio to a video montage of your loved one playing with them throughout the years.

Or make a visual Valentine’s card out of flower petals, snow, or beach sand. Spend some time on it, to reflect how much you care. Capsure the finished product in a photo you can save, and couple it with videos or a time lapse of the process.

Reclaiming Valentine’s Day for Love

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just a Hallmark holiday filling the late winter space. And it really shouldn’t be. Loving relationships are what we live for. Make this Valentine’s Day one that sets a new family tradition and brings you closer together. With Capsure, it’s easier than ever to communicate the depth and scope our love for each other. And in ways more meaningful than those weird, syrupy chocolates.

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