Making Valentine’s Day memorable for your sweetheart doesn’t have to be expensive or perfect. “It’s the thought that counts,” may be cliché but it truly is what counts. With thoughtful planning, you’ll be sure to create a day that your Valentine loves, without blowing your budget. Here are a few ideas for the best ways to impress your Valentine on a budget:
Play Tourist for a Day
There’s a world of things to do in and around where you live; you only have to look. Visit local tourism sites and plan a day playing tourist. Take a brewery tour, stroll through an art gallery, or visit the local ice rink. Treat your Valentine to a gourmet hot chocolate and something delicious from the local bakery. You’ll spend a little money, but hopefully, you’ll have a great time with the one you love, while learning about your community.
Cook a Romantic Meal Together
Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. Cooking at home alleviates some of the stress of making reservations, dealing with the crowds, and an expensive bill. Explore online cooking classes through sites like Food Wishes and Food Tube. Set the table with flowers and candles for ambiance. Your Valentine will enjoy the quality time of creating great food and of having an intimate conversation.
Thrift stores are full of vintage treasures. From an old fishing pole like the one his grandfather owned, to a shabby chic flowered dish like her grandmother cherished, there are lots of sweet gift ideas. Repurposing furniture and other resale items is a popular trend. Find an old window frame and tape a Pinterest idea to it, along with a special note that says, “Let’s Do This Together”. Not only is it a unique and inexpensive gift but it creates a project that will result in spending more time together.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day Early or Later
There are many deals to be had by celebrating a day early but even more so if you wait a day later. Discounts for flowers and gifts are available the day before, however, the best deals on items such as chocolates are best on February 15. Look for offers on services such as free delivery or discounts on spa packages. By focusing on the time around the actual holiday, you’ll save money and impress your Valentine!
Movie Night at Home
In addition to crowded restaurants, movie theaters are also often packed on Valentine’s Day. Host your own movie night by renting some favorites or movies you’ve been meaning to watch. Light candles, and have a variety of movie snacks available. Invite your Valentine to meet you on the couch with a homemade movie ticket announcing the movie and the time. Don’t forget a cozy blanket for snuggling and turn off your phones.
Message in a Bottle
Wrap up the day by drawing a hot bath for your loved one. Fill the tub with bubbles and rose petals, and add some candlelight. Write a love note and place it in a bottle with a cork. Place it in the tub as a surprise. Hot baths are relaxing and the message in a bottle is simply an added, romantic touch.
Valentine’s Day is a romantic holiday that can quickly turn expensive without careful planning. It is a heavily marketed time of year. Be cautious about getting caught up in the promotions and pressure to impress your Valentine with gifts you can’t afford. You know your Valentine better than anyone and by setting a budget, you can create a memorable day or evening for both of you. Whether it’s cooking a meal together or movie night at home, the best thing you can spend with your Valentine is time.
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