Sometimes the best gifts are not those money can buy but gifts from the heart. Instead of breaking the bank to show your sweetheart that you love them this year, try some of these Valentine’s Day on a budget ideas…
- Remember that your love is not measured in how much you spend on a date or a gift. Time and attention are much more valuable than anything you could buy at a store. Rather than focusing on how much money you should spend, take the time to just be together, laugh together, and enjoy each other’s company.
- You don’t have to give up on the tradition of flowers and candy, but consider cutting back. Sometimes less really is more! How about a single red rose instead of the outrageous price a florist will charge for a dozen on Valentine’s Day? Why not skip the expensive box of chocolates and get them their favorite candy bar showing them you really do know what they like?
- Homemade gifts say more than you think! Forgo the store bought cards, and make your own. It will not only say the words you write on the card, but it will also tell your significant other that you care enough to spend precious time on them. As for a gift, utilize your talents. Are you musically talented? Play and/or sing them an original song. Do you excel in the kitchen? Make them a Valentine’s Day meal to remember. If you are computer savvy, you can never go wrong with a slideshow of pictures set to music showing the time you have spent together.
- To go along with the DIY gifts, a coupon book full of redeemable things like massages, hugs, and even chores will always be a hit. Focus on the things you know he/she enjoys the most.
- Think of simple gifts that have a meaningful message. You don’t always have to go big to get a big reaction. A small token gift that reminds you of a sweet memory you all have shared may be appreciated more than diamonds or gold. This one may take some careful thought, but it will be worth it to see the reaction on the face of your sweetheart.
- Time may be the best gift you can give. If you are married, working, or have kids, likely your schedule is always busy. Set aside a day to just spend together. Find a babysitter if possible, but if not, let the kids take part in making the day all about mom and dad. Material possessions can be lost, stolen, or perish. Memories of time spent together lasts a lifetime.
- A homemade dinner and movie night will charm your love and allow you to avoid the crowded restaurants and theaters. Again, the magic word here is time. Showing your significant other that you care enough to take the time to cook their favorite meal and rent a romantic movie is much more meaningful than an expensive night out.
- Be spontaneous and adventurous. If your loved one likes to dance, take lessons and be ready to show them off one night even if it’s just in the privacy of your own living room. Maybe taking a picnic out under the stars or taking a walk through a childhood neighborhood to reminisce about the past would be up your love’s alley. Try to think outside the box and maybe even outside of your comfort zone. The effort will not go unnoticed.
Remember that simple gestures of love and appreciation go farther than money. If you prepare one of these special nights with your valentine, turn off the cell phone and computer so you can give him/her your full attention. Put everything you have into creating this one special night. Consider running your idea by a friend or relative to see if they have suggestions that will send your love over the top with excitement. Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day!
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