Are you ready for the perfect Valentine’s Day?
I am too! I don’t think it’s necessary to get sucked into the commercialized version of the holiday, but it is a fantastic reminder to honor and acknowledge the love in your life.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to be romantic and express your love and affection.
A Dozen Romantic Ideas for the Conscious Budget
You see, it’s more about the intention, the effort, and the meaning which will make the biggest impact. After all, love is about giving.
Having said that, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the same thought patterns. You might even think that you’ve done “everything”.
So here are some ideas to use or inspire you. I’ve used some of these myself, or plan on using them in the near future. I hope one of them can help you to create a perfect Valentine’s Day.
1. Buy Live Flowers or a Plant
There’s a reason why flowers sell so well during Valentine’s Day. They work! They are beautiful, make your love feel extra special, and score you points for thought and effort. But, I say you skip the traditional cut flowers that are marked up 500%.
So, why not buy a live plant instead? In fact, you can get plants that have flowers. The cost is usually less than a traditional bouquet, but a live plant is more representative of your love, right? It has the chance to live, grow, and flourish!
Want to take it step further? How about buying some live rose bushes and planting them in the garden for your true love?
2. Sing a Romantic Song
I must admit, I’m not a naturally talented singer. However, that never stopped me from serenading my wife. While I may not be able to sing in tune, I can play my guitar alongside Enrique Iglesias’ song, Hero.
The secret is to pump up the volume a little extra. She never noticed my flat and sharp notes. But, she did notice my effort and that won a ton of points. 😉
3. Take a Romantic Stroll
You can work this idea anytime. Take your love for a romantic stroll into a bustling city street. Or, take a stroll alongside a secluded beach or nature trail. It doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you are present and your focus is on your lover.
Express your love. Share your deepest secrets and fears. Imagine your futures and vividly describe how wonderful it will be together!
4. Write a Poem About your Favorite Time Together
Have you already been with your lover for a long time? Why not take a treasured picture and write a poem around that special moment. You don’t need to be Walt Whitman to make an impact. Just a few words, strong intentions, and the truth will suffice to make a most memorable poem.
Consider writing the poem in your own handwriting for a nice personal touch.
5. Cook Something Together
If you and your lover enjoy eating, why not cook something delicious together? You don’t need to be a master chef, but taking the time to prep and cook together will only strengthen your bond. Enjoy your meal over a candlelit table and gaze into each other’s eyes.
And, of don’t forget the dessert! Go ahead and sneak the chocolate sauce and whip cream into the bedroom later on. 😉
6. Create a Photo Book
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got thousands of pictures on your phone, but most of them never make the light of day. For my 5th and 10th wedding anniversaries, I made my wife a photo book from Shutterfly summarizing 5 amazing years each time.
Don’t forget to write some fun captions to accompany the pictures. You can choose unlimited layouts to suit your preferences or simply plugin to their templates for a beautiful layout.
7. Give a Blissful Body Massage
Do you have magic hands? Why not put them to good use. Give your lover the perfect body massage.
Start by dimming the lights. Play some soothing music in the background and light a scented candle.
Place your partner face down and begin with gentle smooth flowing strokes. Gradually increase the pressure and begin focusing on any knots from the stresses of work or life.
The relaxation you provide is a beautiful gift in itself, but don’t forget it can also be the perfect segway into you know what! 😉
8. Create Custom Jewelry on Etsy
If you’ve never been on Etsy, it’s kind of like the Ebay from artists. It’s a marketplace where an independent artist can come to sell their artwork and/or services.
Need a unique gift? Why not hire an artist to create a custom piece of jewelry for your lover. Prices can vary widely, but most artists are very reasonable. All you need to do is to find one who you like and will work with you. In this example, just click the box “Ask a question” to get the conversation started.
Consider a bracelet, ring, or necklace. Not sure what size to get? Measure your lover’s size with a little string while they sleep, or compare with existing jewelry.
9. Gift Your Credit Card
Not married yet? Well, why not give your lover the ultimate gift? Call your credit card company and add your lover’s name to your account. Once you have the credit card in hand, write on a mini post-it note, “Enjoy the ultimate shopping spree, my love!”
If your offer is immediately taken up, run for the hills! Call your credit card and immediately cancel the card. It’s probably time to find another lover.
10. Create and Give a Coupon Book
Want a simple gift that provides your lover value well past Valentine’s Day? Make a custom coupon book.
You can include several different coupons for services ranging from:
- Cleaning the dishes
- Washing the car
- Surprise date night
- Etc. (use your imagination!)
Don’t forget to add an expiration date, otherwise, you’re gonna be an indentured servant forever! I’ve made this mistake before.
11. Surprise Stay-cation
Take your lover for a surprise stay-cation. If you’re lucky like me, here in San Diego, it’s super easy to find new things to do. If you don’t live somewhere like that, consider the town just outside of yours. The point is to do something different together and “getaway” from the busy bustle of life.
If it’s your hometown you’ll be hanging around in, find some low-cost activities that locals know about. Visit that one place you’ve always wanted to see in your city. Try out a new restaurant in town.
12. Breakfast in Bed
Wake up extra early so you can make your partner’s favorite breakfast in bed. You can probably even find a tray to bring up all the morning goodies from your local dollar store.
Some ideas for breakfast? How about some pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, eggs, lox & a bagel, cereal and milk, coffee, orange juice, etc!
Okay, so number 9 was just for fun to see if you were paying attention. 😉 But, I did promise you a dozen romantic ideas, so here’s the final one.
Take some time to do some community service together. What better way to build a lifetime bond than to do it in an environment built on love already. Volunteer at a beach clean-up and get some exercise while you’re at it, serve some meals to the homeless community, plant some trees, etc.
However you celebrate Valentine’s Day, just remember that every day that you have someone special to share it with is a marvelous gift. Don’t take these treasures for granted!
Readers, have you tried any of these dozen romantic ideas before? Any other cost-effective ones you know of?