How to Express Your Appreciation this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day...a day of love and appreciation; dedicated to couples like the one day a year to express just how much you truly value your significant other...blah, blah, blah. No! Make it clear to your partner how much they mean to you and how much you value your relationship every day of the year. Valentine’s Day is a time to express appreciation for all types of relationships, including family members, friends, work partners, and employees. This year, let’s make sure everyone feels valued and recognized in some way.

In this blog post, I’ll provide some ideas and suggestions to help you show your employees, team members, and the entire department just how much you value their hard work and dedication. Signify that their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Treats

Nothing says, “I recognize your exceptional work,” like free food. The best, most effective method to get someone excited about coming into work is to promise scrumptious, festive treats. Here are a few delicious ideas:

Oreo Pops

These delicious treats are the perfect way to bring some fun color into the office during Valentine's day and lighten the mood!


Snack Mix

This would be perfect to bag up, add a cute tag, and pass around the office. Not only is it a great snack, but it's also easy and quick to make as well!


Cupid Crispies

These can be modified for any size treat. Here a flat toothpick is used for little, bite-sized Rice Krispies treats. You could also go bigger with a trimmed bamboo skewer or lollipop stick.


Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

You’ll make everyone happy this Valentine’s Day with these Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies! These treats are crazy moist and super soft with a lot of flavor from the cheesecake and red velvet swirled layers.



Chocolate Cherry French Macarons

These chocolate cherry French Macarons are the perfect way to jazz up a chocolate-covered cherry and serve for Valentine's Day at the office!


Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

These delicious muffins make a great breakfast treat for your co-workers the morning of Valentine's Day!



Brazilian Chocolate Truffles

These Chocolate Truffles are sure to make everyone crack a smile on Valentine's Day, even if they aren't normally a fan!


Gifts

If you’re more of a giver, here are a few exemplary Valentine gift ideas perfectly suitable for that employee who puts in a little extra effort at the office and deserves a little downtime or a special treat.

Bath bombs

Bath Bombs make a perfect gift for your favorite co-worker. They are simple, yet adorable!




Tea infusers

For the tea lovers in the office, this is the perfect little gift. A customized and hand-made tea bag is sure to brighten even the coldest days!




Bubble bath

A bubble bath potion is a great gift idea for that friend who may need a few extra minutes to relax and unwind. But don't make the potion to strong, you do want them to show up to work the next day!


Cupcake kit

For the friend in the office who enjoys all things sparkly and baking, this is the perfect and affordable gift for them on Valentine's day!


Mason Jar cookies

Mason Jar Cookies are a classic gift or any holiday. Who doesn't love a good batch of cookies?


Party

To round out Valentine’s festivities, make the entire day a celebration. Why stop with gifts and treats? Give your employees a little celebration as a reward for all their hard work.

Decorate

Have an office cubicle decorating contest encouraging everyone to decorate their cubicle in the Valentine theme. Vote on the best-decorated workstation and present them with an additional treat or gift.

Games:

You could even start off a meeting with a fun icebreaker game to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Play “Guess the Kiss Jar.” Fill a clear jar with Hershey kisses and have each employee guess the number of kisses in the jar. The closest guess wins the jar.

“Secret Cupid” is exactly the same as “Secret Santa.” Each person is assigned someone else in the office to buy a Valentine’s Day gift or treat. Try and guess who your Secret Cupid is after receiving your gift.

Get everyone in the office in the true Valentine’s Day spirit this year. Recognize your employees, department, and team members and make sure they know their effort is noticed and appreciated. After all, they’ll be much more motivated to continue working hard after being rewarded. Everyone enjoys being acknowledged, especially when treats, gifts, and an office party are involved. Remember to appreciate each other all year long as well!