Depending on the depth of your wallet, Valentine’s Day can be stressful. There are so many chocolates and stuffed animals the stores promise they’ll love. That said, Valentine’s should be a day focused on fun (wholesome or otherwise), and not on the gift. If you still want to make the gesture, here’s some gift ideas that are easy to come by and won’t destroy your debit account.
We always underestimate how much time we have, especially when it comes to people we care about. Go for a walk with your partner or even just have some me-time. With a heavy workload, one of the greatest gifts to give and receive is time to just relax and enjoy the moment.
It’s really nice to hear what other people like or love about you, so if you want someone to feel special, go ahead and make a list (50 is an impressive number). Whether you enjoy a friend’s honesty or your lover’s extra effort, expressing gratitude for those things is important. Extra points if you’re crafty and make into a cute, little flip book.
Even though college is a far cry from elementary school, finding a card that expresses exactly what you wanted to say to someone is super sweet and costs a few bucks. If you want to make one, take the opportunity to say what you’ve been meaning to.
Maybe you and your significant other don’t go out very often, but taking some time to sit and talk over a meal can be a small thing that feels special. If you’re out of meal swipes, finding out someone’s favorite dish and attempting to cook it for them could be fun, even if you end up having to go out anyways.
How about a rosé instead of a rose? Assuming you and/or your partner is over 21, a bottle of wine or favorite liquor is something that can be enjoyed between the two of you or with a group of friends. Flowers may die and fade, but booze lasts (practically) forever, or at least through the weekend.
Music is beautiful and really helps to express emotions. Saying something through music can help let someone know you better, and maybe they’ll find a new favorite artist. Though an old- fashioned CD is romantic, many sites online allow to make and send playlists for free.
Flowers are great but they can feel a bit outdated. And unless you want to dry them, there’s not much reason to keep the around. Small succulents, or herbs (which can be used for cooking) can be found at almost any grocery store these days. Having a little plant friend not only makes your room Tumblr-worthy, but helps to lift your mood. It’s probably best to try not to let it die (throwback to Kate Hudson’s relationship fern?)
Even though most people keep their photos online, printing out a few of the both of you together and sticking them into a small album makes for a romantic gesture. Looking back at the good times makes the hard times easier. If it’s a new flame, go ahead and get one to fill with future excursions!
On the naughtier side, if you and your partner are sexually active, set aside some time to talk about each other’s fantasies. Not only will this bring you closer together, but if you’re feeling brave this can be the perfect holiday to try something new. Waiting? That’s fine! Spend the evening pampering each other.
Something You’ve Shared and Loved
Maybe the first movie you saw together is in the $5 bin at Walmart, or you found that old record at Half Price Books. Reminding your partner about your first few months/ years together brings back a lot of memories. You remember why you fell for them in the first place, and why you would do it again!