“Money can’t buy you love”, sing the Beatles, so don’t go broke trying to impress your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day!
You can still be romantic and sweet and generous without spending lots of money on Valentine’s Day. In fact, keeping a handle on your personal finances is an act of love all by itself. It shows that you’re caring and smart. I get WAY stressed out when my love spends too much money on gifts for me. So, NOT spending money gets him major brownie-points!
How DO you romance your love on Valentine’s Day without breaking your budget? Here are five thoughtful, creative, budget-friendly ideas.
- Minimize, creatively. Instead of reaching for the largest bouquet of roses, choose one long-stemmed rose and deliver it while singing (or playing) a romantic song like My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose, Bed of Roses, or Honeysuckle Rose (or whatever genre suits you). Instead of that huge box of designer chocolates, buy one special hand-made truffle and wrap it up with paper on which you’ve written 20 things you love about your sweetheart.
- Make it yourself. You don’t have to be a crafty genius to create a hand-made card or write a poem or story about when you first fell in love with your partner or a special moment you’ve shared. Making something yourself shows that you value your loved one enough to spend time thinking about and creating something unique and special just for them. If you are skilled at something – woodwork, cooking, sewing, art, music, video – use those skills to make a one-of-a-kind gift just for your special someone.
- Eat in – or out(doors). Too often, restaurants offer Valentine’s specials that include over-inflated prices on fixed menus that don’t even include wine and require reservations so far in advance you can’t get in anyway. Instead of blowing your budget on that, get dressed up at home, put on some Pavarotti and whip up an Italian pasta feast while drinking chianti and dancing between courses. If the weather’s great where you live, pack a picnic and hike or bike to the park for an outdoor lunch that makes you feel like you’re kids all over again.
- Make the world a better place – together. If you both share a passion for a cause, make time to help that cause together on Valentine’s Day. Last year, my love and I volunteered at a local park, helping with native plant restoration work. It allowed us to spend time together outdoors, working for a cause that was important to us and creating a unique Valentine’s Day memory together. Find your cause and sign up to make the world a better place – together.
- Create undistracted time for each other. Sometimes the hardest gift to give (and the most appreciated to get) is time. Make this Valentine’s Day one that you spend together – without cell phones, TV or any other distractions. Find a favorite place that you both enjoy. Go there, sit quietly, hold hands and just enjoy the moment. Or look into each other’s eyes and say what you appreciate most about each other. It doesn’t cost a thing, but the reward could be priceless.
Whatever you do for Valentine’s Day, remember that it’s all about making your valentine feel loved, cared for and wanted. Be thoughtful and creative, and you’ll romance your love without breaking your bank. =)