A New {Old} Valentine’s Tradition

When I was growing up, my dad put together a Valentine’s day scavenger hunt around our house every year for my sister and me. He would give us each a bag and a piece of paper containing our first of many clues and sent us on our way. The clues were always rhymes, which I loved, telling us something about the gift and then giving us a hint as to where we would find our next clue, leading us to places such as the lint trap in the dryer or the back seat of my mom’s minivan in the garage. This tradition made Valentine’s Day a favorite holiday in our house, one that we begged our dad to keep doing year after year (along with Easter egg hunts) until we were practically adults.

Because this tradition was so special to me, I decided to create my own scavenger hunt last year for my boyfriend, Kyle. I bought small gifts that I knew he liked (trail mix, Almond Joys, Kentucky Bourbon Ale, etc.) and then wrote short clues to accompany each gift. For his first gift, I hid the following clue with a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon Ale:

Enjoy a bottle of one of your favorite brews;  find your next clue in an old pair of shoes.          

I then tucked an Almond Joy and Mounds bar into a old pair of shoes in his closet with the following clue, leading him to his suitcase.

Coconut and chocolate is a delicious combination; your next clue is in something you take on  vacation.

And so forth. (I had 8 clues and gifts total.) His last clue led him to a dozen homemade (by me!) cream-cheese filled red velvet cupcakes and a card. The scavenger hunt marked Valentine’s Day a success – Kyle enjoyed the unique spin on gifts and I think I had just as much fun as he did recreating a tradition from my childhood.

Here are some ideas for creating your own scavenger hunt for someone special this Valentine’s Day –

Valentines Scavenger Hunt

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts, candy stores  |  2. Ted, Amazon.com  |  Kate Spade ‘Two of a Kind’ glasses, Nordstrom.com  |  4. Modern House Wines, swansonvineyards.com  |  5. Kentucky Bourbon Ale, most supermarkets  |  6. Chipotle gift card, chipotle.com  |  7. Floating heart boxers, jcrew.com

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