Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas on a Budget!

Heart Bowl with Heart Sweets

Valentine’s Day is inching closer but there is no need to panic. If you’re worried that your funds can’t stretch far enough to give your beloved a Valentine’s Day to remember, realize that the best gift you can give on Valentine’s Day is letting your significant other know that they’re loved, cared about, and wanted. You don’t need expensive jewelry or a five star meal to win them over. Save your money and still have a great Valentine’s Day with some of these ideas listed below:

  1. Give them time
    If your significant other is stressed and tired from a busy work life, give them the time they desperately need to relax. Take over their responsibilities at home for the day, whether that means doing household chores, going to the grocery store, etc. Throw in a back rub, make their favorite dinner and watch their favorite movie. You’ll give them the chance to recharge and that will mean more to them than chocolates ever could!
  2. IOU Coupons
    An excellent way to show your love can be through making IOU coupons or vouchers. Some examples include:

    • This voucher is good for one week of dish washing by me, no questions asked.
    • This voucher is good for guaranteeing one season of your favorite TV show to be shared with me. And a promise that there will be no channel surfing during said show.
    • This voucher is good for one foot massage. To be redeemed any time.
    • This voucher is good for one breakfast in bed.
  3. Get Cooking: Instead of spending a fortune at an expensive restaurant, run to the grocery store and pick up the essentials to make your loved ones favorite meal. Light some candles, dim the lights and play some romantic music in the background. Don’t forget the desert!
  4. Plan a throwback night
    Still have a vintage Nintendo or PlayStation tucked away in storage? If your significant other is into video games, plan a “throwback” night with old-school games (video or board)!
  5. Get Creative
    I’m sure you’ve heard this before but, there’s nothing wrong with a homemade gift. Your significant other will be swept off their feet when you give them a heartfelt, handwritten letter on notebook or construction paper, I promise. If you have extra time, print off a photo of you and your boo and stick it in your homemade card. Add a meaningful note and you are all set!
  6. Flowers
    If flowers are a must, you may have to cash up a few extra dollars. Flower bouquets are always extremely over priced on Valentine’s day. My recommendation is to pick some up from the grocery store as opposed to a flower shop. Also, try looking for flowers at wholesale stores like Costco and Sam’s Club. They will be cheaper, and your loved one will never even know the difference! It’s the thought that counts, right?

Whatever your gift might be, the most important feature of any gift is sincerity. Show your Valentine you’re happy they’re in your life. The best gift of all should be spending quality time with your loved one and showing them how much you care about them, not just on Valentine’s Day, but everyday!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Jessica M.

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