Valentine’s Day is the first big consumer holiday of the New Year. The average budget on this romantic occasion is just slightly more than $130, usually for jewelry, flowers, or fine dining. However, with a little creativity and planning ahead, you’ll find you don’t have to limit your love based on your bank account.
The best way to ensure you make a big impact on your mate without such a big impact on your wallet is to start planning well in advance. Since Christmas has passed, many retailers are overstocked with inventory that your sweetie might love and you can pick up at a deeply discounted price. So if your plan is to shop for a gift, get yourself in gear to peruse during January.
Valentine’s Day is all about romance and thoughtfulness, so keep that in mind when you’re picking out a gift. This is not a time for the practical gift options like kitchen appliances or a new pair of socks. Instead, go for something your partner would love to buy for themselves as a splurge.
The Classics, Done Right
Jewelry is always a great option, but try not to get yourself caught up in the holiday hype of hearts and charms or you might end up spending more than you had planned. Take stock of your love’s personal tastes and seek out something that would fit nicely into their existing collection.
Chocolates are another classic Valentine’s gift, but please forgo the pre-packaged store bought variety. To get higher quality for your dollar, find a local chocolatier and select a small collection of fresh, handmade truffles for your beau or belle to savor.
Flowers will always be well received on by the ladies on this special day of love. To properly convey your message while saving money, choose an arrangement with only the appropriate flowers, and call ahead 1-2 weeks to schedule pick up or delivery.
If none of these options fit into your budget, it’s time to get thrifty and creative. Handmade tokens of love will be treasured forever. Think of something that will be useful and also a sweet reminder of your feelings, like a hand-painted coffee mug that you’ve personalized for your Valentine.
If your mate usually does the cooking or if you go out to eat frequently, you might consider trying your hand in the kitchen to show your love and devotion. Select a simple recipe that utilizes some noteworthy ingredients to ensure you don’t bite off more than you can chew with this endeavor. A dessert of hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries will always be the ultimate token of romance.
Even if your art skills are not up to museum standards, a handmade card will go a long way to convey your affection. Get crafty with some cardstock and stencils and a sweet personal message. After all, it’s the thought that counts!