How to make Valentine’s Day Special on a Budget!

Not everyone has the budget they’d like for Valentine’s Day. You can think of so many romantic ideas to show your loved one they are special, but a lot of them involve spending too much money, especially as anything with a heart on it suddenly goes up in price.
Also, restaurants are harder to get into. And typical places for dates are packed! Ever seen a bowling alley on Valentine’s Day? Me neither – no one loves me enough to take me! It can turn the whole thing into a bit of an ordeal and leave you feeling less than relaxed.

So, maybe this year, you can get a bit creative for the occasion.

Whether your relationship is old or new, long distance or full of family, you can make your loved one feel celebrated.

1. Cook a special meal for your partner.
Who doesn’t like to be cooked for? It can be their favourite dish, or just a normal dinner with some candles lit. Have children? Get the family involved, get them to help set the table and make it a special occasion for everyone.
If you can’t cook, maybe make something simple, they’ll know the effort involved for you. And if absolutely desperate, you could just dress up a takeaway!

The BBC Good Food website has some great ideas for each part of the dinner, but you can Google almost anything an find something you both like.

Baking in a heart shaped tin is a novel idea, and the ingredients for cakes can be found at really low prices in most supermarkets.

2. Candles, candles , candles!
You cannot go wrong with candles to create a nice mood. Bath with candles, dinner with candles….cheap, but sweet!

3. Find their favourite film or book.
Does your partner have a favourite childhood story? Or a film that they no longer own? The internet has made rare gifts much easier to find. Spend a few hours browsing the internet, find that special gift and spend the night watching their favourite film with them, or cooking for them while they relax with their book.

4. Pamper your partner – male or female.
A pamper evening is a great way to show someone you care, but you don’t have to send them to an expensive spa – you can create your own at home!
Run a bath, get some face masks, and relax together. You could even give them a massage, and there are some great little tools to help with this.

5. Fill a picture frame or photo album of your favourite pictures.
Putting great memories all in one place is a special way to celebrate your time together so far. Photo albums can be brought out and added to each year.
Or, simply get a nice photo frame and put your favourite photo together in it so that it can be displayed as a reminder of your day.

6. Do a job they dislike.
Simple as this sounds, just taking away one job that your partner hates will make their day! Wash the car, clean the bathroom, anything that will make them feel they’re getting a break. This is where ‘coupons’ come in, people often mention them as a free gift idea, and washing the car in February is not very sensible (in the UK at least)!

7. Scavenger Hunt.
This is a fun idea and a great way to give your partner a few smaller gifts. You can make up clues and hide small gifts around the house or in the garden. Or you could go further afield!

8. Make a gift
A handmade gift, whether you’re crafty or not, will be just as special as any, if not more so. It shows that you have been thinking of them and what you could make and spent time on their present. So grab a sheet of card, fold it in half and get to work on that card!

Will you be trying any of these? Do you have any more ideas to add? What are your plans this Valentine’s?

Mine? My sister and niece are coming to visit! 😀

Tina x

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