Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to be expensive in order to express your love. In fact, it’s often those small inexpensive gifts given from the heart that make Valentine’s Day as special as it should be.
Look at the words, not the price tag. Make sure that the Valentine’s Day card says what you feel. You may find that the most simple, inexpensive card is the one that says the most. Put a personal hand-written note inside for that special touch. Try a generic card and make up your own Valentine’s Day prose – the words don’t have to be perfect, just heart felt.
This is a Valentine’s Day favorite, but can be a bit pricey and not all that original. Try looking to your local candy shop for something different and keep the quantity smaller to stay within your budget. A few specially selected candies can mean much more than a box of standard Valentine’s Day sweets. Think ‘outside the box’, particularly if you’re giving to someone with allergies, or is diabetic.
Clothing isn’t usually considered a romantic Valentine’s Day gift, but that doesn’t rule clothes out. Clothing may also be a bit more taxing on the budget. Use a lot of thought here and make sure that the gift is personal. Sleepwear would be preferred over a pair of jeans.
Nothing says you have to go out for an expensive dinner. Valentine’s Day is for romance, so be romantic – stay in with candles and soft music. The menu doesn’t matter and can be quick-prepare items if you wish. It will be the atmosphere, not the choice of meal that makes Valentine’s Day special. And it doesn’t have to be dinner … picnics are a great change, or even fast food items shared on the beach.
A single rose will do as much as a dozen on Valentine’s Day, especially when accompanied by a card and a kiss. Although not normally suggested, you can go for outdoor plants if you wish – if it’s something you know your special someone would enjoy and not an item you’re going to buy anyway. Remember, it’s a romantic day and gifts have to reflect that.
Jewelry items could tax the budget as a Valentine’s Day gift, so it may be an idea to replace jewelry with a knick-knack, or something small that your special someone may enjoy. For men it could be a small utility item or tool. For women, try a fun item that she wants, but probably wouldn’t buy for herself.
Forget the airplane tickets and cruise brochures. How about a simple day trip, walk on the beach, drive, hike, or whatever else the pair of you can do together? Tie this in with a picnic lunch at some secluded spot and an inexpensive ‘trip’ can become a romantic Valentine’s Day tryst.
Gifts do not have to be purchased items. Running a romantic baths, giving a manicure, or simply helping with the dishes can all be excellent Valentine’s Day gifts if they’re out of the norm in your relationship. Think – what can you do to make your partner feel special on Valentine’s Day? Think beyond money, think beyond presents. What is it that you can do to make the day unforgettable?
It really is the thought that counts when it comes to romance, so let your imagination guide you to a memorable Valentine’s Day this year.