V-Day is fast approaching and it’s the time of year to treat that special someone in your life. Everybody loves to be told that they are loved, however the media and retailers seem to think that telling someone you love them should cost a bomb. If you are tired of spending too much money on what seems like an overpriced day of the year, you’re not alone.
The good news is that there are ways to rejoice in each other’s love without breaking the bank. Here I have compiled a few ways in which you can celebrate Valentines Day without eating away at your savings. Combine more than one to multiply the desired effect of showing how much thought and effort you've put into this years V-Day celebration. Love doesn’t require hundreds or even thousands being spent, that’s what engagement rings are for.
If you are not one to go out and spend hundreds of dollars at a restaurant, you can go out the following week and spend a quarter of the price at the same place, also staying indoors and making your own pizza may be the answer. Make up pizza dough or buy pre-made dough and shape it in the form of a heart. Add both your favourite toppings and cook in the oven. It’s the little things that count.
If you have been together for a longer period of time, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than creating a collage of your memories together. Printing and laying out pictures of you both in a collage is a one-of-a-kind gift that nobody can buy. Add a frame and mount it for an eternal reminder of your love for each other.
If your time will be spent away due to work and therefore providing little time to celebrate together, sending love messages can close the gap between you. Send messages via text, email or if you have the opportunity, leave the note in their work bag so they find it when at work. Your valentine will love the gesture and appreciate the effort in making them feel special.
Heart Shaped Pancakes
Make your loved one feel special by starting their day off with breakfast in bed. A nice gesture is to make heart shaped pancakes to bring a smile to their face in the morning. To add some colour and flavour to the meal include strawberries or another form of fruit. This is a sweet and low cost way to start the day.
Instead of going through all the effort to cook a nice meal or go out for dinner whilst using the meal concept in another form can completely change things. Try having a picnic indoors, it provides all the conveniences of being home with a twist. A simple rug on the floor, picnic basket and some platters under candlelight can make for a memorable valentines day at very little cost.
Flowers are relatively inexpensive all year round, but when Valentines arrives they suddenly rocket in price - sometimes by as much as 150%. Don’t get stung by high prices, instead create your own by using paper, beads, fabric and even fruit for a unique bouquet. If you need some inspiration, websites like Pinterest provide step-by-step guides with pictures to show you how to make simple yet unforgettable gifts.
Small Personalised Gift
I watched my father give my mother a valentine’s gift one year, which was really creative. It was an eternity ring wrapped in 25 layers of wrapping paper. Each layer of paper signified how long they had been together and each layer removed revealed a year and something they did that year together. For example “1985 – Moved in to live together” or “1989 – Valentines holiday to New York.”
This gift idea requires little cost but a lot of thought which will carry much more weight in any woman’s mind. The great thing also is that it can be applied to short and long-term relationships.
There are plenty of ways to surprise and treat your loved one with low cost activities. These ideas will hopefully provide some fuel to your fire, but ultimately what makes a valentines gift truly special is giving a personalised gift. If you know your valentine well this will be easier, however if your love is younger a collage or other personable gift mentioned above might just save you a couple of hundred dollars which still achieving the desired effect.