Valentine’s Day is fast approaching but this year, don’t worry about showering your loved one with expensive gifts.
With a touch of inspiration, February 14 can be both romantic and purse-friendly.
1. Enjoy a romantic home-cooked meal
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean dressing up for an expensive three-course meal at a restaurant – it can be just as romantic staying in and cooking for your loved one.
Look out for deals in your local supermarkets and food stores, including two for one on main meals and knocked down prices on champagne and wine.
2. Go out for a spring country walk
The weather may be a touch on the chilly side but spending the day out in the countryside is the perfect budget idea.
Wrap up warm and head to a country park or for a stroll along the beach. If the sun does appear, take along a picnic hamper filled with homemade sandwiches and snacks.
3. Run a candle-lit bath filled with luxurious soaps
This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, so what better way to end a busy week at work than by running your partner a relaxing bath. Add a touch of romance with scented candles and luxurious soaps and oils.
4. Make breakfast in bed
Welcome the day on a good note and surprise that special someone with breakfast in bed. To turn up the romance, purchase a heart-shaped fried egg shaper and add a bunch of spring flowers to the breakfast tray.
5. Enjoy a movie night with popcorn
If you know your partner’s favourite film, why not spend the evening watching it together with a bag of popcorn and some sugary treats. You don’t have to leave the house to have a Valentine’s Day to remember.
6. Get crafty – make a handmade card or gift
February 14 isn’t all about purchasing an expensive gift. Show you really care with a handmade card with a personalised message inside. In terms of presents, think of a scrapbook containing pictures together or a crafty photo frame.
7. Visit a free art gallery or museum
Spend your Valentine’s Day surrounded by culture and head to a free art exhibition or museum with your partner. Going out doesn’t always have to mean paying expensive entrance fees.
8. Fill a jar with love vouchers
Really stuck for ideas this Valentine’s Day? Fill an empty jam jar with personalised coupons for your partner to use throughout the year, with messages such as ‘one free hug’ and ‘one home-cooked evening dinner’.
9. Wrap up warm and spend the night stargazing
After a busy day and evening, what better way to finish your romantic time than to wrap up warm with a blanket or two and head outside. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, head to a high location for the best stargazing results.