Feb 4, 2016

Fun Gift Ideas for Your Valentine!

Valentine's Day goodies have been decorating shop shelves since the start of January. That's too early!

Now it's February, however, and that means that it is the right time to start thinking about how to make Valentine's Day an extra special celebration of what you share with your loved one!

You don't have to spend loads of money, make reservations at an overpriced fancy restaurant for a stiff dinner, or empty a jewelry store to make your beloved feel loved and cared for.

Read on for some more fun (and generally less expensive) gift ideas for your love!

Make a romantic dinner in.

Would you rather skip the drive, the lines, the crowds, and the overpriced taster menus of food that doesn't even sound that up your alley? Or did you just forget to make reservations early and all the good restaurants are booked? A romantic dinner in could be the way to go this year!

Sure, you can (easily) invest the same amount of money as you would have spent on a nice dinner out on a nice dinner in, if you decide to make it an evening-long experience with multiple courses and paired wines.

But you can also save some money by making a relatively simple, but still gourmet-tasting dinner and put that money towards a fun vacation with Bae. I've been dying to use that word, aka earn my millennial status, and I just did. I'm giddy! ...but now, back to the blog post.

I made the above pasta with shrimp and romesco sauce and my dining guest loved it, but I spent well under the $50 per plate that a dinner out can easily cost in NYC!

The fact that you put the time, thought, and effort into preparing a special meal for your loved one can make the dinner a little extra special and there's no private table better than your dining table at home!

Bake festive food gifts!

Heart-shaped cookies, pink cakes, strawberry cheesecake topped with strawberries carved into hearts...

...let your lovesick imagination (and Pinterest) run wild!

Opt for potted flowers over cut flowers.

This doesn't apply for everyone, since some people would much rather have a lovely bouquet that only lasts for a short period of time but doesn't require any upkeep.

But if your valentine is particularly environmentally-minded or likes having flowers around all the time, a potted flower plant is a great option.

It costs about the same and lasts a lot longer - hopefully like your relationship!

Go somewhere beautiful for a lovely weekend away.

Pick something that you and your loved one will enjoy equally!

If the weather allows (shout out to the South) and your loved one likes nature, it could be the perfect weekend for a fun camping trip. If you're in the North, maybe a ski trip is more fitting - exciting days on the slopes, cozy evenings by the fire in the lodge, and melting away the ski day muscle aches in a long hot tub soak.

Whatever you do, making memories together will mean so much more in five or ten years than any material gift could.

What are your Valentine's Day plans?

Do you have a favorite Valentine's Day treat?

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