Not Your Typical Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, is overrated. However, it is fun to have a day dedicated to showing appreciation and love to your man, your girlfriends, your dog, or yourself! Besides, who needs an excuse to gift-give, anyway? John and I like to give gifts that are intentional: something that creates memories or serves a purpose/ function. As I was thinking of how I show John I love him through gifts on his birthday, Christmas, or on Valentine’s Day — I realized that 80% of the presents I purchase for him are not your “typical” gifts. For example, I got him rock climbing holds he could install in our apartment for Christmas one year, and surprised him with a Muse concert for his Birthday another year. He’s gotten me an art easel with new brushes and canvases one Christmas, and got me a foot bath spa for my birthday another year. All these things are intentional, thoughtful, serve a purpose, and are functional.

So if you’re like me and you like to live unconventionally and gift thoughtfully, scroll down for ideas on how to give your Valentine a not-so-typical Valentine’s Day present they’ll actually appreciate, and won’t be expecting! ❤ Continue reading

Hiking Stonewall Peak

Stonewall Peak is located in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park off Highway 79 South and is just a 20 minute drive south of Julian, CA. It’s one of the more popular hiking trails in the area, and a personal favorite of mine! 🙂 At the top, on a clear day, you can take in amazing 360 degree views of the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Cuyamaca Mountain Ranges. The hike is just over 4 miles and takes about 2 hours to complete. Park across the street by the fire station in the Paso Picacho campground ($8 daily parking fee), pack a lot of water and some snacks for the top, and get ready for a beautiful and relatively moderate hike!

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