Did you know that the average Brit spends around £50 on Valentine’s Day? As a nation, we part with a whopping £1 billion on February 14th every year! Whilst it’s heartening to know that we all care so much about our partners, it can certainly take its toll on our wallets.
We’re all familiar with the most popular romantic Valentine’s Day ideas. Expensive chocolates and bouquets of flowers are standard, right? But what if you’re on a tight budget?
Don’t worry! You can have a fabulous day without blowing loads of cash.
Here’s your ultimate list of inexpensive yet romantic Valentine’s Day ideas!
- Write a love letter. They’ll treasure it forever.
- Cook your own romantic meal for two – it’s much cheaper than going out.
- Have a film night at home.
- Hold your own photoshoot, or make a home movie in which you talk about everything you love most about each other.
- Have a picnic in the park.
- Write down your fondest memories on pieces of paper, and put them in a special jar.
- Make a scrapbook filled with future date ideas for you and your partner.
- Plan a cheap getaway together – looking at hotels and flights online is part of the fun!
- Make a hamper of their favourite sweets and chocolates.
- Stately homes and old museums can be wonderfully romantic, and a lot of them are free to visit.
- Download an app specially designed for couples, such as IceBreak or Kouply. Most are free or inexpensive.
- Challenge each other to write a love poem. This may be the ultimate in romantic Valentine’s Day ideas!
- If you want to buy jewellery, then think beyond the high street. For instance, you can find some inexpensive rings on Amazon and eBay.
- Decorate their windows with heart and flower decals. (Just make sure you can remove them easily!)
- Draw them a picture or cartoon showing the two of you together.
- Take a scenic drive.
- Visit a lake and rent a pedalo for an hour.
- Make a batch of homemade cookies. Why not ice some hearts on top?
- Plan a romantic treasure hunt. Plant clues that reference your private jokes and happiest memories. If you plan this well, it’s one of the most innovative romantic Valentine’s Day ideas around!
- Have a romantic karaoke session at home. Serenade your partner!
- Go on Fiverr.com and order a romantic gift for just $5 or $10 (Around £3.50 and £7.00 respectively). You’ll be amazed at what you can find in the “Fun & Lifestyle” category.
- Find out what their favourite coffee shop drink is, and replicate it at home.
- Put together a spa hamper containing their favourite shower gel, soap, and bubble bath.
- Change your social media photos to show the two of you together, or post a loving message on their profile if they are comfortable with public displays of affection.
- Download an app that lets you see what your future children might look like. (Only for those in a serious relationship! Otherwise, your Valentine will freak out.)
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- Return to where you first met if practical and affordable. Surely one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day ideas!
- Take a dance class together. Beginners’ classes are often inexpensive.
- Take out an advert in the “Personals” column of your local newspaper. You can make it as mysterious as you like!
- Visit an old-fashioned tearoom for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. It’s more budget-friendly than going to a restaurant.
- Take a virtual date in a city of your choice using Google maps. Why not try Venice or Paris?
- Get married online! It doesn’t carry any legal weight, but it’s a fun idea. Check out myvirtualweddingonline.com.
- Do your Valentine’s housework without being asked. If that doesn’t sound romantic, just think how happy you’d feel if someone did all your chores for you!
- Buy a heart-shaped helium balloon. Send to their workplace or leave it as a surprise in their bedroom.
- Give them a massage. Look up some techniques online to make sure you aren’t going to hurt them!
- Write the story of how you met.
- Put loving notes in their coat pocket, under their pillow, and anywhere else you can think of.
- Order a personalised card. They cost only a few pounds, and always make the recipient feel special. Try moonpig.com.
- If you have a garden, why not present your Valentine with flowers you grew yourself?
- Change their screensaver or phone background to a photo of you, or something else that they will find special and meaningful.
- Finally, why not buy Valentine’s Day gifts on the 15th in readiness for next year? OK, this might not seem like one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day ideas out there, but it can save you loads of money. You needn’t mention that you bought their present 364 days in advance!
- Bonus tip: Why not have a spa day at home with our step-by-step guide to creating a spa day at home.
As you can see, you can love both your Valentine and your bank balance this February.
What are your top three cheap but romantic Valentine’s Day ideas? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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