Valentine day is only 18 days away, and I would like to share a few tips to make it memorable without breaking the bank. Personally, I do enjoy being treated to a nice dinner and showered in gifts, but don’t feel like this should be done on a special date. I prefer an anniversary celebration since the date means something. Or a random Tuesday when we are both in a good mood. Although having another day to remember that you do love each other is quite nice, it is not a reason to spend more than you should.
Keep a list
I like to keep a list of things that my BF mentions now and then, that would be perfect gift ideas. Like this, I just have to refer to the list whenever I want to give him something. Last Christmas, it was a coffee machine that he had mentioned a couple of months earlier. It also gives you time to look for the right price.
Talking about price, you could find the perfect gift just after Christmas, when most shops offer heavy discounts. A little planning goes a long way.
Use gift cards and coupons
If you received a gift card for Christmas, you could use it to buy your partner a gift. Look for coupons to his or her favorite store, on Google or the store’s website. You can slip your gift card, coupon or IOU into one of these Valentine’s Day eCards to make it extra special.
Make a gift
Bake your partner’s favorite cake. Do a scrapbook with pictures of you. Knit something. Give a voucher booklet with vouchers for a nice dinner or a night without the kids. All those things are cheap and more thoughtful than the usual chocolate box. It will show you really care.
Do something for you
You don’t have to buy stuff because people say so. If your other half enjoys flowers, by all means get flowers, but do not feel pressured to do what everyone does. Your couple is unique and you know what suits you best. I get very happy with a gourmet picnic basket and a bottle of wine, by the beach. The thoughts put in preparing all that are far more important than the value of a potential gift. In the US, chances are the weather is not ideal for a day at the beach, so you can light up the fireplace, turn off the TV and have a romantic date at home, or go skiing.
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What was your best Valentine day like?