You can express your affection without spending a fortune. I'm not saying that you have to be cheap except that thoughtfulness usually excels extravagance. The homemade dinner, the handwritten card, the fun activity you planned, because you love to do things together. A huge floral arrangement, an expensive dinner and lavish gifts are not always the way to the heart of a special person.
Below I've put together some suggestions for economical, cost-effective alternatives to the traditional Valentine's Day editions.
Opt for excursions
Nowadays, it is common for experiences to be more memorable than physical things. In fact, what are you most likely to remember: flowers that died in a week, or the painting class you both visited together?
That's why I'm a strong proponent of planning a trip. It shows that you have made some reflections on the occasion. It gives you an activity that you can do together (and being together is what it's all about, right?). And it creates memories – not always something you get at another dinner in a restaurant.
Here are a few ideas and some estimated costs:
- Geocaching go: Free
- Participate in a painting lesson: 35-40 USD per person (but check Groupon offers)
- Make a space for escape: $ 25-35 per person
- Ax throwing: 20-35 USD per person
- Watch a movie: $ 8-12 per person (see below for a quote)
Remember that it is not important that you perform your activity on the actual Valentine's Day (this is a Thursday this year and therefore not particularly adapted to the working hours). But you can announce the gift of the activity – and anticipation is half the fun.
I also note that although the movie option is probably a bit boring, it's still two hours in the dark with your lover. You can mix it up by seeing a classic or art house movie, something out of the ordinary. Remember, once again: select something you I do not want to see something at the top of your list.
Sinemia Classic – 1 movie day per month for two: $ 7.99
If you love both films, you can guarantee a monthly night here – and save money. With Sinemia's most favorable plan, you can watch both movies for just $ 8 ($ 4 per person) or the $ 3-per-month plan for $ 16. With a newly added feature, you can override an unused ticket every month.
See at Sinemia
Save on flowers (or skip them altogether)
How important are flowers on Valentine's Day? Probably a lot less than you think. I have one recently Twitter surveyand less than 10 percent of respondents said flowers were "fully expected". The vast majority were quite split between "not essential but nice" and "not expected / wanted". But – important star! – I have no idea how gender distribution was among my respondents.
That's good news, because the flower prices will only increase until Valentine's Day. A bouquet of roses that cost $ 35 at the beginning of January jumps quickly to $ 45 to $ 50, depending on where you buy it.
Translation: skip the flowers. If you like the symbolism of the gesture, a single rose is enough. Consider this answer from @chieflittletoes to the aforementioned survey:
I hate wasting money on overpriced roses. [My husband] I want to spoil you [me]So he sends me pictures of bouquets he would buy if I let him. All the thoughts and the romance, none of the wasted money. In addition, I usually get dozens of bouquets in all colors. A rose, if you have to buy, is plentiful!
Do you still feel like nothing but flowers? Here are some of the best deals currently available:
Get a Valentine's Day Flower Arrangement worth $ 50 for $ 30
This deal is good for a good dozen different arrangements, some are a little less than $ 50, others a little over. In any case, you save $ 20. And you have until 12th February to receive your order and still deliver on the 14th of February.
See at the Bouqs Company
Save on dinner
If you have not booked a table for Valentine's Day, then good luck. But do you know what's better than dining in a crowded, overpriced restaurant? A homemade meal at home. (Psst: You also have a cleaning task.)
Are you a klutz in the kitchen? Think of some of the amazing things you can do with an instant pot (or similar pressure cooker) that non-cooks can use to quickly make gourmet dishes.
First learn, Then take a look at this summary Some of them are full meals.
Now for dessert. You just can not beat the classic strawberries with chocolate – and they are incredibly light (and inexpensive) for the home. Wash berries and dry, melt chocolate chips on the stove or in the microwave and immerse.
Meet Google or YouTube if you need more help, but that's really it.
Would you like to give less cooking over a longer period of time? Imagine a mail order meal service that can bring partially or even fully prepared gourmet dinners to your door. For example, just in time for Valentine's Day, For the first time, Plated offers subscribers free desserts for one year with promo code BE MINE,
See at Plated
That's just one possibility. Take a look at the complete list of CNETfor others. Remember, this is a commitment – you can cancel later, but you agree to make meals for 2, 3 or 4 nights per week, at least in the short term.
Whether you have opted for an instant pot creation or a meal kit delivery, you can also add a movie at no extra charge: round off your evening with a handpicked movie from our selection,
Ah, the eternal question: What is a suitable gift for Valentine's Day? If you think tech equipment does not seem to be very romantic, then do not lie wrong. I will not suggest something like a bluetooth speaker or, horror, a fitbit.
What about something that is practical, pretty and seen every day? I am thinking of a new phone case with a meaningful design: an individual photo, a decorative flower pattern or a popular logo of a sports team. It's a nice option for people who want to change their look from time to time, and is definitely not crazy expensive.
At Velvet Caviar, for example, you can choose from a wide range of unique and decorative mobile phone cases and be 25% cheaper and Free shipping with promo code CNET,
See at Velvet Caviar
I'm also a big fan of the new Tile Trackers, which are incredibly useful and very affordable. The For example, Tile Mate costs only $ 25 – You can, however, receive a promo code for $ 20 FIND LOVE (which expires on February 9th). It is attached to a keychain, a handbag or the like and helps to find misplaced phones. And it also works in reverse order, which means that a phone can help find a wrong keychain, purse or similar.
See it at Tile
Again, this is not a romantic gift, but it all depends on how you design it. "I know how frustrating it is when things go away," you say, "and one guy I know says these tile things are awesome." Above all, make sure these things are part of a larger gift experience – this should be the Valentine's Day equivalent of a little gift, not the main gift!
I'm not going any further with gift ideas, because I think there's a better way to spend your money.
This story was originally published on February 5, 2019.
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