Valentine’s Day can often create pressure to feel like you have to get the perfect gift or that you need to make reservations at a fancy, expensive restaurant.
My hubby and I have decided years ago, that we would stop giving each other gifts and fight the dinner crowd on Valentine’s Day.
We now opt for a quiet evening at home and try to be creative on this special day.
Here are 5 inexpensive ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day:
#1 Instead of eating out, stay home:
Put a twist on dinner and have a picnic by the fire. If you do not have a fireplace, how about having a picnic while watching a romantic movie?
#2 Breakfast in bed:
Surprise your loved one with heart shaped pancakes in bed!
#3 Trade in the box of chocolate for fondue;
Have a chocolate fondue night with some of your favorite treats; strawberries, graham crackers, pretzels and marshmallows. Be playful and feed one another!
#4 Fresh rose petals;
Stop by your local florist or grocery store and ask them if you can have the left over rose petals. This helps save money and is the perfect prop for a romantic evening.
#5 Make homemade treats;
Instead of buying an expensive dessert try making red velvet cupcakes or Valentine’s Day cake pops. Better yet, bake with your significant other.
Last week we asked on our fan page for some creative ideas for Valentine’s Day;
Elizabeth from The Writer Revived said, “A coupon book where you create the coupons. Things like a massage. Watching the movie of his choice. Time to watch football uninterrupted. Whatever works for your partner. We have an anniversary right before Valentine’s Day, so we always try to go light.”
Leigha said, “Every year we make each other’s card.”
Christine said, “Valentine’s Day does not qualify as a gift-giving holiday in our household. We skip.”
Serena from Bewildered Bug said, “Hubs and I have a tradition where we go to Boston Pizza for heart shaped pizza instead of taking a trip. Silly, but much cheaper and quite romantic.”
Mikita from Never Home, Stay at Home Mom said, “Almost everyone loves to be surprised at work (not to mention sometimes you need to show your support at your spouse’s job). Showing up with lunch, even if it’s fast food or a special dessert is fun/frugal and gives time, which is always important.”
Bonnie said, “I always try to make my husband a nice dinner and dessert. Always something more decadent than our typical dinners.”
Patsy said, “It’s tough for me because it’s also his birthday. So I do get him a regular gift. But for the actual Valentine theme, we’ve done silly things. Fun underwear, etc. He’s gotten me love story books, love journal, coupons, CD’s, etc. One time he also made me heart shaped cookie lollipops (those were awesome). Usually we order in and have a romantic dinner. Keep it simple and sweet.”
Andrea said, “This year I’m going to get five (for the five years we have been married) helium heart shaped balloons and write five memorable times we have had together on five separate sheets of paper and tie them to each of the balloons and have them floating around our bedroom. Kinda corny but I value the times we have shared. Those memories mean more then any store bought gift.”
Tiffany said, “Last year I lined hershey kisses from the front door to our bedroom. When Hubby got to the bedroom I gave him a home made card that said I kissed the ground he walks on!”
Do you have any creative ideas to share?