Valentine's Ideas for High School Teens
High school can be a wonderful or a difficult time, and teenagers rarely have control over their own experience. Adults often tell teens that they should make the most of these years because they're going to look back on them fondly. One thing is for sure: Few days are as memorable in high school as Valentine's Day, whether you're the girl walking around with a dozen red roses or the boy wishing he had someone to send them to. This is one of the days during high school that defines who you are as a person, your popularity and your position in the herd. High school can be tough: Valentine's Day makes it tougher for some.
Whether you have somebody this year or if you're alone on Valentine's Day, this guide is for you. The goal is to produce a memorable experience that you and your sweetheart can look back on fondly without losing what should be an innocence of your teen years. Make it enjoyable for yourself and others around you by doing something special for your sweetheart or someone who doesn't have a sweetheart, and don't forget to make it a good day for you, as well!
Teachers and parents should also be encouraged to continue reading this guide as it will help you to encourage your students or children on a day which should be, most of all, about love and relationships -- yours included!
Do Something for Your Sweetheart
If you have a date this Valentine's Day, whether it's a steady girlfriend or somebody you've just started seeing, put them first this February 14th. It doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl: Boys like to know that you have some affection for them as well. (Girls might want to check out a guide on planning a Valentine's Day for a man.) If you have a relationship, new or long-term, you have a responsibility this Valentine's Day to make your sweetheart smile and shine through the day. Others will notice, and that will benefit your sweetheart among you peers (which is a good thing for him or her if popularity is important).
Many schools offer roses or carnations on Valentine's Day, often sold through the student counsel. You should be able to get one for your sweetheart from the school and they will often be delivered during class (again, drawing positive attention toward your sweetheart if popularity is the goal). This is a seriously romantic gesture that most girls will love, so you should think strongly on doing this for your girlfriend this year if you're dating. This may be a better option for girls than for boys, but that doesn't get girls off the hook!
Girls should consider a romantic card for their boyfriend. For those whose boyfriends enjoy the attention, something that plays fun music might be a good idea. Making sure that this is delivered to his locker or to class is a nice touch, so that others can see him open it. It's nice to have other people see how much you're loved and how affectionate your sweetheart is for you. Boys like this too!
Do Something for High School Lonely Hearts this Valentine's Day
Being single on Valentine's Day sucks, especially when you're in high school and are constantly being exposed to all the affection and gift-giving of Valentine's Day. Teenagers, in particular, have a hard time with being single because culture and peer pressure tells them that they aren't worthy if they aren't dating somebody. Making adolescence even harder isn't the purpose of this holiday, but for some, that may be how it feels. Apart from finding a way to celebrate yourself this Valentine's Day, you might want to think about doing something to celebrate with other singles and find a way to boost one another during this holiday.
One option (and perhaps the best that you have) is to bring some extra cash to school on February 14th to purchase extra roses or carnations (if your school sells them) to give to those who haven't received any. If you know that someone doesn't have a sweetheart or that there's somebody at your school who is lonely this year, you can make a world of difference by doing something nice for them in a Valentine's Day Random Act of Kindness.
- Vermont Teddy Bears will be delivered to your sweetheart's class or office.
- Teddy bears will remind your sweetheart of you when you can't be together.
- Your sweetheart's friends will be jealous because it's such a romantic gesture.
- Teddy bears are a sweet gift for teenage sweethearts.
Give Your Sweetheart a Valentine's Teddy Bear
Valentine's Teddy bears make great gifts for a number of reasons. Most girls enjoy something plush, particularly if it's personalized to fit her personality. The come in a number of sizes from tiny to overly large, can be home made, store bought, or hand-made in a factory (such as Vermont Teddy Bears). Bears are often very special because they speak to your sweet's heart and give her something to remind her of you when the two of you aren't together. It shows her that you thought about her enough to get her a very personal gift, and it makes a wonderful substitute for jewelry.
When choosing a Valentine's Teddy bear, look for something that's high quality and durable. You can't go wrong with the Vermont Teddy Bear Company for these qualities! The teddy bear should be able to withstand a lot of cuddling and transportation (particularly if you're a parent purchasing for a youngster). It should be attractive in appearance. The best teddy bears are made out of mohair pile fabric (mohair is expensive, but worth the money!). You don't need to spend outside of your budget, but get her something nice!
If you have to, skimp on the roses (and buy her one at school instead of a dozen from a florist) and get a nice bear. You could also nix the roses altogether and have Vermont Teddy Bear Company deliver the bear to her classroom. The bear will last forever, the roses will fade.
Vermont Teddy Bears come in a number of designs and can be ordered directly from the Vermont Teddy Bear Company or from Amazon.
This cute little horny devil from the Vermont Teddy Bear Company would make a great Valentine! Very cute and a great price for such a high-quality, hand-made bear!
Suggested Gifts for Teens
Roses or Carnations
As mentioned above, if you have enough money for the teddy bear but not for the roses, either purchase carnations instead or skip the flowers and opt for the bear. Having the bear sent to her class will really stand out!
Don't Forget to Send Flowers to Her Classroom!
Your school will probably offer roses or carnations for sale for Valentine's Day. This is typical fare for the student counsel as a way of raising money for such things as field trips for you and your classmates.
The receipt or purchase of a rose or carnation at Valentine's Day has a significance in High School. Those who have the roses (or send them) are worthy, and those who do not aren't worth dating or being seen with. Not receiving a rose or carnation on Valentine's Day can be very hard on those who don't have dates or relationships on February 14th, so set aside a bit of extra money to purchase the rose or carnation for your sweetheart. If you're feeling particularly giving, set aside some extra to send one to somebody who doesn't have a sweetheart this Valentine's Day. They will really appreciate it, and you'll feel good about it, too.
If you're going to be purchasing flowers from a florist instead of buying through your school, you should make sure that the flowers you buy are red and pink. You may choose to mix in some white, but avoid yellow: it's a breakup flower!
Tips for Teachers: Making Students Feel Loved on Valentine's Day
Teachers: There's a fairly good chance that many of your students won't have somebody to send a flower to or who will buy them a card this Valentine's Day. You have some responsibility to make sure that your students don't feel bullied this February 14th. Bullying takes on many forms, and being left out of social activities is only one way in which students are sometimes bullied in high school. This Valentine's Day falls on a Friday, which means that your students will have the entire weekend to hurt if they go home feeling left out of this particular social activity.
Not everyone is able to love themselves through Valentine's Day and need some help to boost themselves in realizing that they have good qualities. Your goal as a teacher should always be -- in part -- to build your students up even when they're in the process of tearing themselves down. Make sure that you're observing which students are feeling left out this year, and give them an extra boost when they most need it. This will go a long way to eliminate bullying on Valentine's Day and to help your students not to feel bullied even if the act itself is relatively passive.
For more information, you can read How to Make Valentine's Day Special For Students: Tips for Teachers.
© 2014 Becki Rizzuti
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