Valentine’s Day Cheap Gifts: Spoiling Someone Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune
It’s Valentine’s Day! That special time of the year, when bank accounts are still empty from December’s holidays and January festivities. But instead of saving money and paying off debt, cupids fly in reminding couples everywhere to dust off their credit cards and go into more debt for Valentine’s Day gifts and special activities. So what is the working poor to do if they don’t want to spend a fortune, but also don’t want to lose your partner?
This year, do not break the bank. There are plenty of romantic, low-cost ways to show your partner that you love them.
Here are just a few Valentine’s Day Cheap Gifts.
Love Letters Go a Long Way
I remember back to days of my youth when my lunch box was opened and on top sat a love letter (usually on a napkin) from my Haitian mother that said, “Have a good day, I love you,” followed by a string of, “XOXOs.” From that young age, I, like most kids, learned to appreciate the written word. Reading handwritten letters breaks up the monotony of the day. Believe it or not, that inner child in us still enjoys reading a handwritten note. Document your feelings and surprise your loved one with a hand-written love letter!
First, find a private, quiet spot that will work to nourish the experience. A thought-out love letter will be more appreciated than any Hallmark Card. Organize thoughts and feelings before the pen touches paper (use cute stationery). Describe a first date or a momentous occasion where the fireworks went off. List why your relationship works. Compliments are easy to say in passing, but when you put them on paper and read them aloud, words conjure up distant memories that might have been forgotten.
If writing to a husband or wife, pull a quote from your wedding vows. Finish the letter with the hopes and dreams of a long future together as a married couple. A well-written personal piece (using nice ink) is sure to find a home in a frame, residing as a timepiece to read out loud when weathering stormy times that life dishes out every once in a while.
Food, Not Absence, Makes the Heart Grow Stronger
A romantic table at a favorite restaurant is a great way to spend this holiday. If a favorite spot is a five-star upscale location that charges $30 and upwards per plate, But reservations might have to be made later in the year, like when money returns to our wallets-like maybe after tax return season. So instead, clean the kitchen and purchase candles and fresh flowers to set the stage for a romantic dinner. Open a bottle of wine, prepare a meal and dine together over candlelight while listening to music and sharing stories. Time alone is another simple way to ensure that memories are made that will last a lifetime.
Brown Bag It and Sex it Up!
Couples who live together have it easy, just pack a brown-bagged lunch for your partner to take to work. This is a beautiful gesture that will be the talk of the office. To kick it up a notch, insert a photograph (sexy and not work appropriate), with loving words written on the back. Don’t forget to include some sweet chocolate or candy. Keep them turned on, anticipating the moment they will get home.
Ladies, Make it About Men for a Change
More often than not, Valentine’s Day is a holiday where women get spoiled with beautiful dinners, extravagant gifts, and live entertainment. Ladies, stop being so selfish! This year let Valentine’s Day focus on your husband or boyfriend. Agreeing on a restaurant is often more exhausting than the act of eating. Just take him out for a beer. That’s right! A Beer. It’s cheap, and men love it.
Men love a tasty brew and lucky for you ladies, beer is everywhere! Now, to make the night about him, escort him to a sports bar (really take in the two words, sports bar) where there’s a sports television. Do not ask to sit in a booth. Not this time. Upon entering the establishment, tell the host on duty that, “we are going to sit at the bar.” To make the evening complete, limit the conversation to guy talk, like sports and food. Men appreciate small gestures.
Budget Without Appearing Cheap
In addition to these ideas for Valentine’s Day cheap gifts, there are so many other ways to save a dime without coming off as being too frugal. Guys, women enjoy returning home to a clean house. Sweeping and vacuuming are simple actions sure to please your wife or even your husband. Also, many art museums and galleries remain open later on certain nights each month for guests to view artwork after hours at no cost.
The most important thing to do is to remember to have fun. Having a couple’s night planned out from start to finish, eliminating the need to worry for an evening is already a romantic gesture in and of itself. Bring a wallet; just leave the big bills at home. Happy Love Day! XXO