Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching and this year with the pandemic, you might find yourself in a bit of a sticky situation.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day isn’t cheap after all, with chocolates, flowers, and gourmet meals to consider. Besides, Covid-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty to our lives, and many people are facing job loss or financial difficulties.
If your area is still in lockdown, you’ll most likely have to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home. However, you deserve something special, a day to remember.
It’s possible that, with all the days melting into one, you’ve totally forgotten about Valentine’s Day until just now…be honest, no one’s judging!
But don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. This year it’s all about spending that quality time without breaking the bank.
Not all Valentine’s dates need you to splash the cash on a fancy weekend away. What you really need are some great Valentine’s Day ideas that won’t cost you the Earth and still make your day go off with a bang.
So, put your best foot forward and treat yourself and your partner to the special day you both deserve at home.
Here are some amazing, cost saving, outside the box Valentine’s Day ideas, just for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style. Enjoy!
40 Perfect, Cost-Saving Valentine’s Day Ideas:
1. Scavenger Hunt – Buy or make a small gift and hide it somewhere in your house. Then create fun, cryptic clues for your significant other, taking them on a mystery tour of your own home.
2. Cooking Date – Cooking is therapeutic and a great way to bond with your spouse. Pick a meal and share the responsibilities. Then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
3. Home Wine Tasting – Wine tasting is a great date idea. Purchase a few different bottles from the local store and set up a tasting area. Rate them on flavour, colour, and body.
4. Movie Night – Everyone loves a good movie night. Can’t decide what to watch? Pick a movie each and spend the evening snuggling on the sofa.
5. Picnic – Tired of being stuck in the house? Pack some sandwiches, a blanket and, of course, some bubbles and take a trip to your local park.
6. No Phone Rule – Phones do take over our lives these days, so it’s nice to get away from social media occasionally. Put down your phones for the evening and spend some quality time together.
7. Date Cards – Why have Valentine’s Day just once a year? Both you and your partner should write down your ideal date ideas. Pop them all in a box and take turns pulling one out at random. No more arguments over date night.
8. Plants – Plants are the ideal, cost-effective gift. Why not try planting fruit or herbs? You can care for them, watch them grow together and enjoy the results.
9. Love Letters – What did people do before social media? They wrote love letters! Don’t let old habits fade away. Write an old-fashioned love letter to your better half. It costs nothing but means the most.
10. Secret Compliments – Write down what you love most about your partner. Cut each asset out into a miniature note and leave them around the house for them to find. One by the kettle, one stuck to the bathroom mirror…
11. Bike Ride – Exercise is a great motivator for everyone, especially during lockdown. Get those old bikes out of the garage and go for a leisurely ride together. You’ll get some much-needed fresh air, with the bonus of quality time.
12. Walking – People underestimate walking. It’s the perfect way to stay fit and catch up with what’s going in each other’s lives. Slow down, have a wander, and talk about everything.
13. Star Gazing – There’s nothing more romantic than looking up at the stars. Take a blanket and some wine and spread out on the grass.
14. Hot Chocolate – Set up a campfire, mix some hot chocolate, get some s’mores on the go and cuddle up on a winter’s evening.
15. Homemade Treats – Sure, you could get shop-bought brownies, but nothing tastes quite as good as making your own. Get together to bake a couple of your all-time favourite treats.
16. Stuffed Animals – Always a good choice and not too expensive. A cuddly toy lasts a lifetime. Try and get one that specifically resembles one of your partner’s features or has the same dress code to add a little humour.
17. Board Games – There’s nothing like a good board game to get the giggles going. Pull out that old Monopoly set and go crazy!
18. At-Home Restaurant – Can’t go out to eat? Then bring the restaurant to you. Set up some nice place settings, dining music and dim the lights. Get that restaurant mood going in your dining room.
19. Arts & Crafts – Crafting is a great way to pass the time and feel productive. Find a craft that you both enjoy – maybe painting or drawing.
20. Cocktail Night – So, a night out on the town isn’t going to happen, but you could have a night in on the tiles. Set up a cocktail bar on the kitchen counter and make some crazy concoctions for your spouse to taste.
21. Massage – We all love a good massage. It relaxes us after a long, hard day. Give each other that little bit of rest and relaxation with a back or foot massage.
22. Household Coupons – Gift a coupon book to your partner. You can provide coupons for anything from volunteering you to do the dishes, to naughty tasks reserved only for the bedroom. It’s a great way to make the day-to-day exciting.
23. Breakfast in Bed – It sounds like a cliché, but the truth is, everyone likes to be weighted on. Breakfast in bed is an amazing way to kick off the day.
24. Theme Nights – Pick a country and make your night in all about being there. Fancy a trip to Italy? Eat Italian foods, drink Italian wines and even listen to Italian music. It’ll really get you in the mood for your next trip.
25. Dream Big – Create a bucket list. What do you both really want to do together? It’ll get you thinking big about your future.
26. DIY Projects – Upcycling is the in thing. Take an old piece of furniture and spend time together upgrading it. It’s fun and it’s productive.
27. Workout – Sure, working out might be your nightmare. But what if you shared the experience with your partner? Try yoga, it’s relaxing and it’s something you can do together.
28. Photo Albums – Most people think photo-albums are a thing of the past. But pulling together an album of old photos really gets those shared memories flowing.
29. Talk – With our busy lifestyles, it’s hard to get together just to chat. Pull together a bunch of questions about your dream house, or next holiday destination. Celebrate your similarities.
30. Video Gaming – Sure, sounds like a guy thing. But there are lots of fantastic 2-player games out there that could improve your teamwork.
31. Make Pizza – Make your own pizza. Buy dough and your favourite toppings. See whose is the tastiest.
32. Make a Den – Remember when you were young and you made a den at the back of the sofa? A cuddle den is a great place to snuggle up and watch some TV.
33. Fondue – Whether cheese or chocolate, fondue is the perfect sharing experience.
34. Reading – Pick a book and take turns to read to each other. It’s a relaxing experience and means the other person will listen to you, without cutting in.
35. Dress Up – There’s nothing like the feeling of dressing up before a date. Put on that new, black dress and heels, even if you are set for a night at your own dining table.
36. Candlelight – Candles make everything more romantic. Whatever you’re doing on Valentine’s evening, do it by candlelight to add a bit of ambience.
37. Decorate – Balloons, rose petals and cards are all clichés, but they do give Valentine’s that extra bit of sparkle. It only costs a little but makes a big impact.
38. Colour Schemes – Pick a colour – red is the obvious choice – then make your whole day about that colour. Your clothes, your food, and your activities. It’s harder than you think, leaving lots of room to get creative.
39. Ice Biscuits – Making biscuits is great. But the most fun part is the decorating. Get some piping bags and create sweet, fun messages on top of your biscuits.
40. Bath Time – Last but not least, one of the most romantic ones out there. Taking a bath together is a great idea to bond in a comfortable, relaxing setting.
And there you have it. 40 cheap Valentine’s Day ideas to keep your lockdown relationship fresh. Be creative!
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