Because Valentine’s Day is associated with chocolates, flowers, luscious meals and cards, this can offer some challenges as well as opportunities when visiting a person in the hospital. In addition to the suggestions from Unique Gifts for Hospital Patients, consider some of the following ways to celebrate the “love” holiday.
• Bring a meal from the person’s favorite eatery (could be your kitchen) that the two of you can share. Check for dietary restrictions before you order/cook. Create the ambiance by including such things as: flameless candles; a small tablecloth-a yard of fabric works-to cover the table; special napkins and a Valentine’s Day glass. Wine glasses work for water too. A quick trip to your local Dollar Store may inspire other items for the romantic dinner.
• Check with the staff, and if it’s okay, arrange for a special massage, or bring some special oils and give them a nice foot rub.
• Dark chocolate is actually good for you, so bring a box-provided there aren’t dietary restrictions.
• Flowers always cheer up a room. However, as many hospitals have live plant and flower restrictions, consider some other options for the vase including: origami flowers; a fan; button and felt flowers; seashells
• Since spending time with someone is the best gift of all, consider bringing a romantic movie to watch together. Many will have their favorite and so need no help here. However, if you are looking for a good suggestion, you might want to consider some of the following:
- I Hate Valentine’s Day
- Valentine’s Day
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith
- When Harry Met Sally
- The black and white films: Casablanca; The Philadelphia Story; Notorious; Some Like it Hot; Roman Holiday
• Creating something is relaxing, so consider some of these fun and easy Valentine projects
And of course, don't forget the card.