Valentines Day isn’t just for lovers - it’s a day to celebrate the love you have for friends, families, and humanity - all in the name of Saint Valentine! Many of us know Saint Valentine to be associated with love and happy marriages, but did you know that he is also the patron saint of beekeepers? He is charged with ensuring the sweetness of honey and the protection of bees and their keepers. It only makes sense that love and bees are associated because beekeeping is a hobby that encompasses love, respect, and adoration for other beings.
While Valentine’s Day may look a little different this year due to social distancing guidelines and restrictions, there’s no reason we can’t express our gratitude and appreciation towards those who matter most. So this February 14, why not tip a hat to the bee-lovers in your life? Here are seven unique ideas to treat loved ones and help spread the love.
Get pampered with a Keepers Collective Spa Kit
Let’s face it… the pandemic has been hard for everyone. Many people are feeling lonely and it’s tough to find the motivation to prioritize self-care. This year, why not share the gift of indulgent and healthy skin? Keepers Collective has launched four new all-natural skincare spa kits filled with goodies guaranteed to bring a sense of relaxation and pampering. Click here to learn how honeybees contribute to healthy skin!
Spoil your honey with breakfast in bed
There’s nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal while snuggled up in bed. With a little effort, you can make a breakfast to remember for a loved one. Bonus points if you include some local, raw honey in the recipe! There’s a number of fantastic breakfast options that can be made with bee by-products including honey apricot muffins, fruit and honey parfait, honey lavender scones, and bee pollen topped oatmeal!
Give the gift of bee-friendly plants
Skip the bouquets this year! Giving the gift of bee-friendly, nectar-rich flower seeds such as poppies, geraniums, sunflowers, lavender will ensure that nature’s best pollinators will be happy all spring long. To learn more about the best bee plants for your specific region, visit a local nursery or botanic garden.
Start a hobby with a loved one
The best gift is quality time spent together, and a shared hobby is a great way to get started! Consider a membership to a local art museum, sign up for a virtual paint night, or get started on your own beekeeping journey! Looking for a gift for a special child in your life? Consider signing them up for Bee Camp at Keepers Collective!
Give your neighbor a buzz to check in
Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness mean the most. With quarantine still in full-swing, we have been spending less time with those who used to be in our regular “circle.” This holiday, take a few minutes to give your neighborhood a call to check-in and catch up! If you’re feeling extra motivated, bake your favorite treat and drop it at their doorstep.
Craft an upcycled card
Each holiday, there are millions of cards that end up in landfills. Instead of buying a commercial card this year, break out the recycled scrap paper and scissors to make your special someone a personalized message. There’s no need to be a poet or Picasso - just use your best creative abilities.
Plan a virtual date night
Dates don’t always have to be romantic! Dates with friends and family are highly encouraged for Valentine’s Day plans. Though it can be tough to organize an in-person extravaganza, there are so many exciting ways to partake in a virtual night out while maintaining a safe social distance.
Some ideas include:
- Take a virtual museum tour
- Binge your favorite series or movies with “watch together” apps like Netflix Party
- Organize a game in the Jackbox Party Pack
- Gather your favorite honeybee skincare products and host a spa night