Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! We’re starting to see chocolate boxes and flowers on display at stores. Hearts and Cupid silhouettes are adorning the windows and hanging from the ceilings. For some couples, it’s time to start thinking of fancy dinner plans and extravagant gifts. Other couples treat it as just another day to quietly show their continued love and commitment in simpler, yet meaningful gestures. How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? When we got married, my husband and I decided to reserve big gifts for anniversaries and birthdays, and instead, we opt for a fancy homemade dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day every year. Sometimes, however, we’ll sneak in a little extra something – nothing huge or expensive, just a small something to commemorate this special day. If you’re looking to spoil your sweetie without breaking the bank, check out my ideas for budget-friendly gifts and dates.
Sometimes, showing your sweetheart you love them is as easy as telling them so. Write a quick love message on a post-it note and leave it where your partner will see it first thing in the morning, like on the bathroom mirror. Better yet – write lots of post-its and leave all over the house, even in unexpected places (inside lunch boxes, in their car, on the TV, etc.)!
Make Breakfast in Bed
Instead of worrying all day about how to make the perfect romantic dinner plans for your valentine, try starting the day with a special breakfast in bed. Whatever you decide to serve, it will make your partner feel very special. If you want to go the extra mile, heart-shaped pancakes, a bowl of red strawberries or fruit, and flowers will make the spread look especially festive.
Lunchtime for Lovers
This is the most expensive item on this list, but it still doesn’t have to cost a lot. If your partner really wants to eat out on Valentine’s Day, consider meeting during work for a romantic lunch. It will be a treat to see each other during the day, and lunch menus are less expensive than dinner ones. This also leaves your evening free to spend more quality time together.
Make a Balloon Canopy Bed
Celebrate your relationship by making a balloon display above your bed. Get one balloon for each year or month you’ve been together and attach a note (or photo!) to each one containing a memory you’ve shared or a place you’ve visited as a couple. The colors of the balloons floating above you will create a unique, romantic ambience.
Journey Back Through Time
Here’s a sweet idea to try if you and your partner have been together for a long time. Make this Valentine’s Day special by taking a tour through the places that were special to your relationship. This is especially fun if you’ve moved around in different areas in your city: visit where you met, where you used to go on dates, and other important places. Make the tour extra special by visiting a new place at the end and telling your loved one where you hope your relationship goes in the future.
At-Home Spa Day
Who can resist a romantic Valentine’s Day massage? Make it special by lighting a candle, using oils with a relaxing scent, turning on some music, and setting the mood. Afterwards, have your sweetie soak in a warm, candlelit bubble bath. If there’s room for two, that’s even sweeter! This lovely gesture might be the best Valentine’s present ever, and it’s something you can even pull off last-minute.
Wishing you all love, connection, and fun with your special someone this Valentine’s Day!
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