With February 14th just around the corner, you may be feeling the same pressure we are all feeling to create a romantic and meaningful evening for your sweetheart. Usually this tends to mean running to the store and grabbing the last set of expensive flowers and candy in an attempt to show you care.
The economic crisis has definitely changed the way we celebrate holidays like Valentine’s Day and with a little planning and preparation, this day can turn into something special and memorable for you and your loved one.
1. Write a Romantic Poem
Since this gift idea will take you longer to write than simply buying chocolates, it possesses an inherent ability to please your honey because of the effort and thought it shows you put into the gift. It can be difficult for many people to write down their emotions but that is what makes this gift so special. You have the opportunity to say things you feel all year round but never have the time or perhaps courage to reveal.
Get in touch with your inner Shakespeare and when you see your darling’s face light up, it will all be well worth it.
2. Draw a Bath
To up the intimacy factor, get some petals or confetti or even articles of clothing and lay them leading from your front door into the bathroom. This will entice your lovely and invite them to relax. Light some scented candles and play some romantic music and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the best Valentine’s Day you ever had.
This is a wonderful idea because it doesn’t require a lot of preparation and planning time which can be great if both of you are busy business people. The added benefit is that it also delivers instant relaxation and closeness in your relationship.
3. Make Some Food
This gift idea can be expensive and stressful for many people which is why this section is titled ‘Make Some Food’ rather than ‘Create a Feast.’ There is no need to go overboard and melt from the heat in the kitchen. A small amount of effort goes a long way to impress. Melt some chocolate in a small bowl and chop up some strawberries and bananas for a quick and easy homemade fondue.
Be realistic about your abilities and remember, your valentine wants to spend an evening with your relaxed and loving side, not your stressed and nervous self. Choosing to make something that’s easy yet has maximum romance effect is best.
4. Create a Personal Calendar
This is a great option for those who enjoy being creative and artistic. Creating a personal calendar is much easier than it sounds. Simply print 12 pictures, one for every month of the year, of you and your loved one. You can then either buy a small, cheap calendar from any craft store or you can print the pages of a calendar off your computer. Organize the months in order and staple or tape them together and then glue a photo on the back of each month. As you are flipping through the calendar there will be a photo for each month on the back of the previous month’s page.
Decorate the pages yourself or have your kids color in the months. Inserting special dates like birthdays and anniversaries is a great way to show how much you care.
5. Pick Some Flowers
It goes without saying that every woman enjoys receiving flowers and just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean you should deny her this simple, natural pleasure. If you are lucky enough to live in a place where the climate is warm enough to allow flowers to sprout in your garden by February 14th than this is a great and easy option. However, if the only natural, living things in your garden are twigs and evergreens than these can be worked into a romantic bouquet with a little effort.
Gather some twigs and greenery and tie them with a pretty red ribbon. Then take some red and white crepe paper and follow these great instructions from Martha Stewart to make beautiful crepe-paper roses and attach them with more ribbon. Include a small, meaningful card to complete the gift.
Try any of these five thoughtful and romantic Valentine’s Day ideas and keep your wallet full of change and your relationship full of love.
Want to get the kids involved in Valentine’s Day? Here are some things you can do together to share the love with the whole family.