What to do for Valentine's Day this year?
Celebrating love is wonderful, but what if you’re on a tight budget this year on Valentine’s Day?
Making a woman happy can become quite stressful because you want to see that pretty smile on her face, as she receives your gift. Moreover, it becomes even more overwhelming as everything around us seems to scream: ‘Buy me!’
Advertising is at its best on such a holiday, like the Valentine’s Day. Everywhere you look, you are literally blinded by shinny and glossy store window displays.
It can be really hard to contain yourself as a woman, but have no fear because we are here. We’ve gathered some interesting gift ideas under $50 in a previous article which also might be useful in your search this year.
Gift or dinner?
Fortunately, as surveys reveal, it seems that preferences for gifts on Valentine’s Day have significantly changed. A number of 2,000 women being surveyed have put lavish gifts on a second place.
The higher rank went to more close-to-the-heart options, like having a romantic dinner or spending intimacy moments, but take care not to gain weight by Valentine's Day fest.
However, if you choose to physically gift your better half, there’s no need for you to become a spendthrift. Just arm yourself with some creativity and keep on reading.
You might find some good inspiration in our 6 on a budget gift ideas for this day..
1. Valentine’s Day cards
Early on, when this love celebration started to actually mean something for people all around the world, cards were the first gift ideas. History tells us that the original Saint Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter.
Before going to his death he left her a letter, which he signed with ‘Your Valentine’.
Nowadays, people are more likely to choose a pre-printed card available in all stores. In fact, there is such a great variety and you can find some really creative patterns. And all this just for a few dollars.
However, if you’re trying to be more personal and romantic with your Valentine, you can go for a homemade card. In the end, you’ll get quite the positive reaction, especially if this is your first time creating something with your two bare hands.
You can write whatever you feel like on it and it can be easier to express yourself through writing. Just use your own words to show your love for your sweetheart.
No store bought card will be better than this and it practically costs nothing.
Another traditional and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift idea are flowers. It could be the colors or the scents that make women smile each time they receive them. Either way, flowers were, are, and we dare to say that will always be a great gifting option.
For many years now, roses were thought to be the best option for showing some love on this holiday. Victorian England might have something to do with this.
It seems that in that period’s elaborate language of flowers, red roses portrayed romantic love.
However, Mother Nature gives us the most beautiful roses during summertime. Of course, you can still find some very colorful and scented ones in February, as well, but at high prices.
This is justified, considering that florists receive most of their roses from South America and shipping them on such a long distance needs more financing.
Instead, you can say ‘I love you’ with one single rose. Attach a love note to it, where you use your own words to express your feelings and there you go. Your partner will surely appreciate it.
Also, you could turn to potted plants. They last longer and your loved one can even plant them in the soil, at some point.
You can choose an orchid, a chrysanthemum, or an African violet. And the best deal is that you get to pay less than half of what you’d spend on a bouquet of roses.
Another great alternative are paper flowers. From roses, to any other type of flower, you can surprise the love of you life with a unique gift.
These last for years and you can make them on your own. If you pick a paper that has some love texts written on it, you’ll get that Valentine’s Day romance touch.
3. A little bit of sugar
A little sugar never killed nobody, right? Chocolates have become a very popular gift idea for celebrating Valentine’s Day.
However, these can be quite expensive, especially on this day, when people are more willing to spend more money.
But you could go for a wiser option and think outside the box…the chocolate box that is. The market offers a great variety of less expensive alternatives, like chocolate-free candies, heart-shaped, and colored in red that will surely make a great impact.
Now, if you have a chocolate fan at home, you can always try to make something on your own. Cook some heart shaped cookies or dip some strawberries in chocolate.
Basically, you can give a heart shape to any food, like an omelet for breakfast or a heart shaped sandwich. It’s more personal and such a gift will get a better reaction, we believe.
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