With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, this is a lovely opportunity for you to show the one you love that you care. When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, you don’t have to go all out with grand gestures and expensive gifts; it really is the thought that counts. So, if you are feeling the pinch from Christmas and you want a unique way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day, read on to get inspiration for Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank.
If you have been together for a while, and definitely if you have children, there is a very good chance that you take each other for granted. We can get so absorbed in the good old, traditional “who is most tired” competition that we forget to appreciate each other.
Instead of looking at what the other person has done, we see only what they haven’t done, or what we have done, but which has gone unnoticed. So, just for Valentine’s day, try saying “thank you” a bit more and give them a few treats.
It could be as simple as running a bath complete with drinks, delicious, indulgent truffles (not for sharing), candles and music or a book, or it could be a night out. From washing the car to breakfast in bed, try not to think of what you would like, but what they would like, and do it. Simple.
DIY gifts and cards
In this age of consumerism, we can buy anything in an instant. While this is hugely convenient, it does take away the magic of gifting somewhat. Homemade gifts may not be as perfect as mass-produced ones, but they take more time, thought and effort, and are infinitely more personal.
So, if you are time rich but cash poor (or just everything poor), make the time to make something a bit special. Make your own card; write a poem or limerick; put together a little hamper of funny treats. Cheap, special and off the scale for romance.
100 reasons why…
They might know that you love them, but they might not know WHY you love and appreciate them. So, take the time and write down every reason you can think of between now and 14th February. Write it on strips of coloured paper, roll it up, make origami swans, stars, or simply fold it and pop it into a jar.
Don’t sweat the big stuff, you can write “I love the way you make tea”, “I love how you don’t understand the plot on tv series”, “I love your kindness”. Those small things are the things that make you fall in love with someone. So, spread the love, tell them, and earn serious brownie points without spending much money at all.
Unique photo frame
In a digital era, we tend to be quite poor at printing images, which makes a framed picture even more treasured. If all else fails, print off a lovely photo and put it in a frame. You can get cheap frames from craft shops, DIY stores and charity shops, which you can personalise with paint or washy tape (or just keep it simple).
Do you ever feel like you are always rushing from one thing to the next? So many of us forget to take time out for ourselves, let alone our friends, family and loved ones. So, if you do one thing this Valentine’s day, make time.
Switch off your phone and spend an hour, or two or even three talking, eating drinking, watching a film – whatever you enjoy, but be fully present and fully engaged. If someone loves you, then YOU are the best gift that you can give.
Valentine’s Day is a time to tell someone that you love them. It shouldn’t involve anxiety, overspending or additional stress. So, buy a heart-shaped chocolate (if you can afford it), or don’t (if you don’t want to), and enjoy being with the people that you love.
What do you think of the above Valentine’s Day gift ideas that won’t break the bank? Perhaps you have some of your own to add to this list? Do share in a comment below.