Frugal Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Frugal Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday for showing your loved one how much you care. Unfortunately, certain sectors of the retail industry have made it somewhat of a marketing trap to lure consumers into draining their savings accounts.

Luckily for you, there are several thoughtful ways that you can be that special someone’s frugal Valentine without looking cheap and unromantic.

Give Personal Gifts

You don’t have to spend a lot of money giving your special Valentine a gift. Simply think about your partner’s likes and dislikes and you should come up with something meaningful and memorable.

Perhaps you could find a book by a favorite author and inscribe it with a romantic quote or offer your services in lieu of a gift. You could offer to run errands, give a massage, make a special dinner, mow the lawn or clean out the garage. Just be sure that your gift is something your partner would really love.

Enjoy a Home-cooked Meal

You really don’t need to drop a bundle on a Valentine’s Day dinner for two at an expensive restaurant. Save your money and avoid the crowds by enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner at home instead. Cook the dinner together to make it an extra special meal.

Go on a Picnic

If you and your spouse would rather avoid the kitchen, then pack a picnic for two and head off into the great outdoors. Fill your basket with your partner’s favorite snacks. Be sure to bring along two blankets, one for the ground and one for snuggling, if you live in an area where it’s still cold in February.

Write It All Down

Instead of buying an expensive Valentine’s Day card from the store, get out a pen and some nice paper and write your partner a love poem or song. If you’re not the creative, rhyming type, then make a list that shares the top ten things you really love about your partner. This is one romantic gift that will likely be enjoyed for years to come.

Look for Free Events

Many communities offer free activities on Valentine’s Day. Check with your local college or university to see if the music department is planning a concert. Ask your local bookstore if they’ll be having a poetry reading. Many of these free events aren’t widely publicized, so be sure to ask around for fun entertainment that won’t drain your savings accounts.

Take Time Off

If you and your partner both have vacation time saved up, then use it to spend the day together. You could take a short day trip or visit one of your partner’s favorite local attractions. You two could also spend your time off just cuddling at home and enjoying each others’ company.

Put Together a Scrapbook

Gather up all of the special photos, love letters, ticket stubs and other little scraps of paper that chronicle the loving relationship between you and your partner. Glue these items into an inexpensive scrapbook. Weave the lines from a love poem or a love letter throughout the pages of the scrapbook for an extra romantic touch.

In summary, you can be both economical and romantic on Valentine’s Day. Partners for centuries have been able to demonstrate their love without draining their savings accounts. Just make sure that you are giving frugal gifts from your heart and not just to save a few bucks. Your Valentine will know the difference.

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