Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show your other half how much they mean to you. A wonderful time when couples can spoil each other, and make sure that they are both feeling loved and appreciated. Although any excuse to ensure your partner is feeling valued is a welcome exercise for most people, the date of the occasion is rather inconvenient, coming so soon after the festive period, especially when it comes to the expectation of expensive gifts.
With the holidays only just finished, the inflated cost of romantic products are an unwelcome addition to any budget. Yet despite all this, it seems people are spending more money on Valentine’s Day than ever before. This year spending is expected to surpass $20 billion, and it isn’t hard to understand why many feel the need to splurge in order to ensure their partner feels valued.
However, just because the expectation to spend is out there, it doesn’t mean it is necessarily the only, or even the best, way to make your partner feel loved this Valentine’s Day. The list below gives some ideas for thoughtful Valentines gifts that won’t break the bank:
- Create a Collage or Photo Album
A really thoughtful gift can be to create a collage or photo album filled with your favorite pictures. Choosing photos from different times in your relationship, from the early days to the special occasions, will make both of you recall some wonderful memories.
A photo album is a more traditional approach, but creating a collage gives the added benefit of being an art piece and a beautiful decorative addition. You could make this by hand using an at-home printer, or through a website.
- Cook Them Their Favorite Meal
Surprising your partner with their favorite meal can be a really thoughtful gift this Valentine’s Day, creating a really romantic evening. Book the kids to stay at a friend’s house, buy some wine, put some music on, and enjoy each other’s company.
- Shop Strategically
With the seasonal barrage of gift offers and chocolate boxes, going into a shop in the approach to Valentine’s Day can feel like a stressful experience. This is why it is important to shop carefully if you are going to buy a gift, and try to avoid being pressured into purchasing.
There are lots of resources out there to help make shopping more affordable. If you’re looking to buy your partner a nice item of clothing for the 14th of February, an Old Navy coupon can give you 60% off your purchase; while also providing the benefit of allowing you to buy a gift your partner will actually appreciate, rather than overpriced flowers and chocolates.
- A Personalized Treat Booklet
Another great gift that is sure to impress while saving those pennies is to create your own treat booklet. You can fill the contents with whatever you think your partner might appreciate most, whether that be chores or massages. Not only will they be able to use this gift for months to come but it is also a wonderful way of showing your partner that you listen to and respect their needs.
However much you choose to spend this Valentine’s Day, just remember that the meaning of the gift matters more than how much it costs. Every couple is different and the best thing you can do is to pay attention to your partner. By focusing on their needs you are more likely to find something that will make them feel special, rather than simply buying them a box of overpriced chocolates.