Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Be My Valentine!

My husband and I decided not to buy each other gifts for Valentine's Day since we are trying to stick to a budget. Instead we are celebrating by going to dinner and spending quality time together. It doesn't take money to make your special Valentine feel special! Here are a few budget friendly ideas I found! Oh, and I'm keeping it PG! You can use your imagination with the R rated gifts!

1) My husband loves chocolate covered pretzels, so I am making him gourmet chocolate covered pretzels.
2) Make chocolate covered strawberries, pair them with a bottle of champagne, and enjoy with your sweetie!
3) Pocket Full of Pink shares how to make homemade chocolate kisses on her blog!
4) Leave little love notes all over the house for him to find as he goes about his day!
5) Make a list of all the reasons you love him.
6) Surprise him with breakfast in bed.
7) Plan a surprise trip to a local zoo, park, or museum.
8) Go for a drive together.
9) Start a savings account that is designated for trips or other special activities that you would like to take or do together.
10) Give your sweetheart homemade love coupons that they can redeem for back massages, etc....
11) Rent a romantic movie, cuddle on the couch, and share popcorn or ice cream.
12) Make a scrapbook full of your favorite pictures and mementos from your relationship.
13) If you don't have time to make a scrapbook, give him a box full of pictures and mementos. Go through the box together and relive good memories!
14) Make him a C.D. of his favorite music!
15) Frame your favorite picture of the two of you and give it to him to put on his desk at work. Hide a little love note between the picture and the back of the frame to tell him about later.
16) If it's cold, cuddle in front of the fire and roast marshmallows.
17) Have fun cooking a romantic dinner together!
18) If it is warm weather, go on a picnic. If it's chilly, have an indoor picnic!
19) Share your favorite bottle of wine! You can pair it with a cheese tray and candle light for a fun Valentine's date.
20) Make a powerpoint slide show of your years together.

What are your budget friendly Valentine's Day gift ideas?


Lindsey said...

Those are great ideas!!! We would usually get our fave sushi take-out, watch a movie and cuddle. Perfection! And one year I made him a coupon book and he liked it!

LyndsAU said...

those are great ideas :) i might steal a few!! :)

Megan said...

Those are great ideas!

SassyEngineer said...

I love your ideas! I really want to do something like make a scrapbook of all of our "couple mementos" but I'm not sure if I can get it done by Valentine's. Maybe I can just give it to him a little later when we go out to our concert together!

NatalieDeltaGam said...

oh, what good ideas! cooper and i are only going to dinner too. after awhile in a relationship gifts just seem kind of silly since all the money is shared. i made cooper only spend $30 on my birthday present and i got the most thoughtful gifts b/c he had to use his imagination!

Jackie said...

Because money is a little tight here, we also decided not to exchange gifts this year. We really would like to go out to eat, but decided it might be a little less expensive (and less crowded)if we went out for lunch instead of dinner.

Kayla said...

I'm a total sucker for V-day!

Great ideas! Check out my blog sometime this week (don't know when I'll get around to it!) for what I did for Kale our fist V-day together!

Niki said...

I'm new to your blog and wanted to say hi! Great ideas for valentines day!:)

Anonymous said...

I haven't really given too much thought about Valentine's Day. But those are some great ideas... I don't really want to spend a lot of money, and I don't think my boyfriend does either, so I will have to take some tips from you! :)

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Southern Bride To Be said...

Awesome ideas!!

pocket full of pink said...

You have the best ideas!!! I can't wait to do some! And thanks for the shout out! :o)

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Those are really great ideas. I'm making us dinner & dessert, which is to be followed by Piper Heidsieck {my namesake!} champagne, his gift to us! It's not the cheapest thing in the world, but sometimes you have to splurge just a little!

Life at the White House said...

GREAT list!

Although I'm a valentine fanatic when it comes to my friends and mom, my hubby and I have never really gone all out for V-day.

We don't have anything planned and these ideas really help!

Brenda Heisler said...

Great ideas!

I think hubby and I will feed each other Hersey kisses. Who knows what that will lead to!!

The Watermelon Tree said...

I feel like I haven't talked to you lately! I hope you are doing wonderful:) Hubby and I are most likely gonna go out to eat and to a movie for v-day.
I hope you have a fabulous friday!!!