Looking for Valentine’s Day gift ideas, but money is tight? Are you wondering how you can show your sweetie you care, but not spend much money? I assure you it is possible.
I do not think Valentine’s Day needs to be a time when you make a grand expensive gesture to reassure your loved one that you still care. Every year I tell my husband not to get me anything and I mostly mean that. 🙂 Though this year, as a new mom, I feel I have earned something special, not expensive, but meaningful.
Below I have listed my top 10 Valentine’s Day gift ideas that won’t break the bank but still remind your partner how special he or she is and how much you appreciate him or her.
Ten Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
- Spa days are great, but if that’s not in the budget, consider just a manicure. Your husband does not need to spend hundreds giving you the royal treatment if that is not in the budget. Personally an hour away getting a manicure can make me feel refreshed and ready to attack the day. You should be able to score a manicure for $15-$20 and the peace of mind you’ll gain is priceless.
- Create a playlist for your partner. I never have time to download all the new songs I want to listen to, so I am forced to repetitively rock out to all the songs that have been on my iPod since before my son was born.
- Make your partner’s favorite meal. If heading out to your favorite restaurant is not in the plans this year, consider making your partner’s favorite meal at home. Sites like All Recipes have loads of great recipes that can make you look like a gourmet chef and keep you on budget.
- Give your partner I.O.U. cards for household tasks. A night off from kitchen duty or the promise for a much needed foot or back rub sound like perfect gifts to me.
- Make time for each other and just spend the day together. Hire a babysitter or get a family member to take the kids, so you and your partner can hang out. My husband and I rarely and by that I mean NEVER have time to ourselves. If this is your dilemma, then perhaps you and your partner should promise to spend the day together. Schedule it and make sure it happens. It does not have to be on Valentine’s Day specifically if that is not a convenient day for you both. The key is to be sure you keep your promise to each other and enjoy your time together. Are you not sure what to do on your day together? Consider taking on a walk, seeing a movie, going to a comedy club, going bowling or taking part in some other activity you both used to love to do before you became mom and dad.
- Create a photo album for your partner. Pull together some special pictures of the family or of just the two of you. There are several great sites like Shutterfly where you can create beautiful photo albums easily and inexpensively.
- Send your loved one a thoughtful email, text or voice mail. Who does not want to be reminded how loved and wonderful they are? If you are not an eloquent poet, then do not try to be in the hopes of impressing your partner. Simply remind your loved one what makes him or her a phenomenal partner and so immensely special to you with a thoughtful message.
- Send an ecard. If you need a little help in putting your thoughts together, send an ecard. Ecards are cheap (if not free) and they are a highly effective way to send the message you care.
- Go out for ice cream. If you and your partner have cancelled the idea of a fancy dinner, you do not need to give up on a decadent dessert.
- Score some Valentine’s Day Freebies! Every year there are numerous restaurants and stores that offer freebies for Valentine’s Day. Check out this video to find out some Valentine’s Day freebies from last year and be sure to keep watching Freebie Finding Mom for this year’s Valentine Day freebies.