Valentine’s day boxes for adults in the workplace
This year, I proposed setting out Valentine’s Day boxes in our graduate student office. My initial thought is for all of us to make some kind of box, set them on our desks on Valentine’s Day, and put candy and cards in the boxes throughout the day (we all have desks in two big shared rooms, which are open throughout the day).
However, I’ve discovered that I have no idea how to adapt the magic of the Valentine’s Day box/classroom candy exchange ugg uk to the graduate student office environment, either for the boxes or the candy/cards. I remember possibly cutting out pictures from magazines and gluing them onto shoeboxes, but I was wondering if anyone more creative than me had any better and less time intensive ideas. I’ve been browsing Pinterest, but the suggestions there seem distinctly geared toward those elementary school parties (although I kind of like the Kleenex monster boxes).
I’d also welcome ideas for kind, small, cheap candy/gifts/cards that I could give out, besides kind words to my colleagues printed on SpongeBob SquarePants card stock.
We have several international students in my office who have no idea what I’m talking about when I say “Valentine’s Day boxes,” so pictures would be helpful.
We are psychology/linguistic students studying language processing, in case that matters.
posted by joan cusack the second to Sports, Hobbies, Recreation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here’s what the yielded. If you do a search on Valentine’s Mailboxes for kids, you’ll get a butt load of craft ideas.
Conversation Hearts are a typical gift, although they are “Chalky and Unpleasant!”
Heart shaped boxes of chocolates come in a variety of sizes.
As a joke, because they were so broke when they were first married, my Dad bought my mom a HUGE heartshaped box, but instead of bon bons, he filled it with Hershey’s kisses.
You can make your own valentines cards. I’m personally looking for the old school, corny pun cards. Because they are awesome!
I Choo Choo Choose you!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 9:38 AM on February 4, 2013
I know exactly what you’re talking about here, but this is the kind of fun nostalgic thing that can get lost in translation when you’ve got a big group of people from different places and backgrounds (like grad students). People may not have enough understanding of the tradition or enough time to be super creative, especially if they have to make both valentines for everyone AND a box for them to go in.
Why don’t you have a box making party a few days before Valentine’s Day? People will be more likely to spend time/be creative if they’re being social as well, and those who didn’t grow up with this activity will get a better sense of it. Then, having already been exposed to the idea, they can figure out how to do the valentines for everyone (whether handmade cards or cheap lollipops from a bulk bag).
“Card box” as a search term will bring up the kind of boxes that people make to put on gift tables at weddings parties. They are often highly decorated/DIY, a ugg uk nd that might set you on the right track if you’re really wanting to do something that will take a lot of work and i ugg uk s more adult than the valentine mailbox route. But I don’t think you need to adapt this too much for adults. I mean, it’s a pretty childish activity. I would not appreciate something like this in my professional work environment, for instance, but it seems like a fun throwback/distraction for grad students. If I was in your group, I would go and get the box of Phineas and Ferb valentines at Target and give those out, unless I was feeling super energized and wanted to make cookies or something.
posted by aabbbiee at 9:57 AM on February 4, 2013 [3 favorites]
As for the Valentine’s themselves, here’s a few suggestions:
“Roses are red, ABDs are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you”
A picture of library bookshelves (bonus for a picture of your own library), overlaid with the words “Wishing you stacks of love on Valentine’s day.”
What field are you in? I’m sure there must be a TON of chemistry jokes you could ma ugg uk ke. If you do anything with statistics, you could go for “Our differences aren’t statistically significant.”
replace “sugar” with anything appropriate for your university.
posted by OrangeDisk at 10:17 AM on February 4, 2013 [1 favorite]
We have several international students in my office who have no idea what I’m talking about when I say “Valentine’s Day boxes,”
I know it seems like a cute idea, but this will only lead to regret. I guarantee you that feelings will be hurt .
posted by mdrew at 10:45 AM on February 4, 2013
Where I work for Christmas we put out paper bags, 1 for each staff member, a few weeks ahead of the date for people to leave trinkets/candy/cards in if they choose.
Maybe purchasing bags would help those who don’t really get the tradition? If you bought plain red bags people could still decorate them if they wanted.