Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do something sweet and creative to show your significant other how much you love and appreciate them. Doing so doesn’t require you to spend a lot of money, though. In fact, the most touching gifts are usually more about personal touches than shocking price tags. Here are some unique gift ideas you can pull off for pennies.
Homemade Valentine's Coupon Book
A creative and practically free Valentine’s Day gift ideas is to create a coupon book for your romantic and/or domestic partner. This book can be totally constructed by you, using scrapbook paper, markers, or you can even create it on a computer and print it. Really, the design of it is the fun part! Include things like “your favorite homemade dinner,” or “you choose the movie for movie night” among other things as “coupons” that your loved one can cash in whenever they please. They’ll be enjoying this gift for some time to come, and it's a perfect way for you to show them you know what they like!
Paper flowers are an eco-friendly and cost friendly alternative to regular flowers. The best part of these is that they are longer lasting that real flowers, too! Your partner will appreciate the hard work you put into creating these, and you can get as fancy or stay as basic as you want when making them.
A delicious, homemade baked good is always a winner for Valentine’s Day. Dig into your recipe book or peruse Pinterest for something that you know your partner will love. Not so good in the kitchen? No problem. Even boxed brownies that are simple to make will be appreciated by your significant other. Another simple idea is to make your own chocolate dipped strawberries, which are a Valentine’s Day treat staple.
At Home Movie Night
Sometimes a gift is more about the experience than it is about giving a physical item. Set up an at home movie night, pick something you know they’ll enjoy, and have all the fixings - popcorn and candy - ready to go as a surprise for this holiday treat.
A handmade card is always a memento to treasure. Get creative and create something pretty with a handwritten message inside. This is a cheap gift that doesn’t skimp on meaning.
What I Love About You Book
Take some time to list out some of the top things you love about your significant other and put it into a homemade book. Do this on a deck of cards and bind them together with ribbon or use plain old construction paper. They’ll love reading these tidbits over and over again.
Take some of your favorite snapshots of the two of you and make them into a photo collage, then frame it. Get creative and shape the collage into a heart or another festive shape. You can also adorn the collage with glitter, buttons, stickers, or anything else that your heart desires.
Custom Candy Box
Take a box with a bunch of compartments - like a sewing or craft box - that can be bought on the cheap at your local craft store. In each compartment, put a different type of candy that your significant other loves. You can even create your own “candy box map” like one that comes with a box of chocolates, and instead of listing the type of candy, put a cute note in each spot or something you love about your partner.
Date Night Jar
Fill a jar with notes folded up in them that your partner can pick from the entire next year. Each note can hold a different idea for a date night the two of you can enjoy, like, “wine and cheese night”, or “play mini golf.” You can also follow this same idea but, instead, write different things you love about your partner or favorite memories from the past year on the notes rather than date suggestions.
Use a simple recipe to make a homemade sugar scrub that your partner can use in grooming themselves. Give it a delightful scent so that each time they smell it, they’ll be reminded of this special holiday and the love you share.
There are so many options when it comes to making this holiday one to remember, and none of these ideas require much spending, putting more green in your pocket for date nights throughout the year!
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