Valentine’s Day tends to have a reputation for making eyes roll and stomachs queasy, and not just for those who have nobody to celebrate it with. If you’re worried about spending loads of money to show your love and appreciation for your significant other, you’re in the right place. There are tons of ways to give the perfect gift without emptying your bank account or feeling like you’re in the cheesiest rom-com ever made.
Back to Basics
Let’s start with something simple. The traditional Valentine’s gift of flowers and chocolates doesn’t need to be as basic as it sounds. You can personalize something to meet your partner’s preferences, and they’ll probably love you all the more for it. There are always sweet chocolate and candy gifts on sale around this time of year, as well as great deals on Valentine’s Day flowers. This is a great idea for the old-school romantics among us.
If you want to get a bit more creative, there are so many gift options that still say I love you and are not as expensive as diamonds and dinners at five-star restaurants. A wonderful way to show someone you really care about them is to cook them a meal at home. Think about what they love to eat and try your hand at it – even if you’ve never stepped inside a kitchen before. Watch a YouTube tutorial and see where it takes you. Even if it’s a disaster, it’s a memory to share, and eating at home is way more intimate than sitting in a crowded restaurant with other lovesick couples.
Another thing you can do at home to get romantic is a DIY spa day. You don’t need to be a professional masseuse or esthetician – all you need to execute this is love for your partner and lots of enthusiasm! Try a facial or massage on each other, or even get creative with some manicures and pedicures. If it doesn’t end up being romantic or relaxing, it’s a lot of fun most of the time.
If you want to take the date out of the house, there are many things you can do for free in the great outdoors. Take a hike or a romantic walk in a local park, or along a promenade if you live by the sea. Go cloud-watching or star-gazing. If you don’t have a place to do either in your area, ask friends or family to lend their gardens! Your significant other will most likely feel valued with the amount of effort you put into a simple date, even if it costs almost nothing. Often it’s more about how you give and not so much what you give.
If you’re celebrating with friends or family who are also in couples, it could be fun to dress up in formal attire and have dinner at a cheap restaurant . . . like McDonald’s. Think about it – not only will it be fun and a great memory to share, but the fact that you’ll be doing it in a group will give you more courage when you go up to order your chicken nuggets in a tuxedo or fancy gown. This idea works well for couples who like to get a little goofy on Valentine’s Day.
So you don’t need all the money in the world or the fanciest locations to make Valentine’s Day special for you and your partner. Sometimes the most romantic and intimate memories come from throwing expectations out the window and finding out just how much a little can go a long way.