Some have come to view Valentine’s Day as an increasingly commercialised holiday, a day that is filled with nothing more than unrestrained sentimentality and exorbitant materialism. In fact, there is a growing anti-Valentine’s Day stance yet despite the temptation to become disillusioned with Valentine’s Day, many continue to celebrate the holiday. If you elect to do so, there are many creative and inexpensive ways to show your significant other how much he or she means to you. The following are five thoughtful yet budget-friendly Valentine Day gift ideas that are suitable for newly-dating couples or longtime married partners:
Windows Movie Maker
Use your computer to make a movie telling the story of your relationship so far. If you use Microsoft, your computer likely came installed with Windows Movie Maker. This is a great little program that is very easy to use. Don’t have a video camera? Buy a cheap web cam and use it to record your movie. The Creative Webcam Instant won’t make a Steven Spielberg quality movie, but it does a perfectly sufficient job for making fun little home videos. You can also sketch cartoons by hand and scan them into jpeg picture files. These picture files can be inserted into your movie so that the final movie file is a creative mix of live shots and hand drawn illustrations. In addition, Windows Movie Maker allows you to overlay audio. This means you can add your favorite song to the background of your movie, or even splice together the lyrics of different songs for a humorous twist. Although making a movie can be time-consuming, the final product is invaluable and something you and your significant other can enjoy year after year.
Prepare a romantic dinner, plan a surprise outing It doesn’t have to be a complex ordeal, just something you don’t normally do. If you’re thinking right now, “How sappy!” then you’re the exact person who should do this. Even if you think your significant other isn’t the romantic type, you may be surprised by the impact your gesture will have. The key to planning this “gift” is making sure it is obvious you have put some thought into it.
If you opt to cook your partner a meal, design a menu, making up fancy (or funny) names for each of your dishes. Buy a few candles to add a romantic touch. A surprise outing is meant to be a surprise for your significant other, not for you as well. Again, put thought into the outing’s details; don’t wing it.
Chocolate for the Win
Chocolate and wine are often seen as the food of love. Therefore Valentines Day gifts that include these time old traditions are often appreciated. Plus chocolate is good for sharing right! There are also so many different chocolate options and products for every budget.
Personalise Personalise Personalise
To keep on a budget consider creating a personalised gift. There are many printing companies on the internet that make it so easy to create a cushion, a mug or a canvas for very little cost. These make lovely personal gifts that don’t break the bank. You could use a nice holiday photo or if you don’t fancy and image may be a quote you like or a joke you share.
Flowers with a Special Note
Flowers are often expected on Valentines Day but don’t feel pressured to be buying an overpriced bouquet of Roses because you think that is what matters. Actually, think about what are your partner’s favourite flowers. If you are married think back to what was in the wedding bouquet. Maybe a plant or tree that can be planted in the garden that has a special name would mean more than flowers which invariably only last a week. To go alongside the flowers write a letter which shares why your partner means so much to you. A love letter should not (I repeat, should NOT) be frantically written on notebook paper at 5am on Valentine’s Day. Preparation is the key to making someone feel loved. A last minute thought os often worse than no thought at all.
Adopting one of these ideas won’t break your bank, and it will undoubtedly make your significant other feel appreciated. Granted, you shouldn’t wait until Valentine’s Day each year to show appreciation for your partner, but Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to take the extra step. If you’re someone who is not very emotionally expressive on a day-to-day basis, a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift is the ideal opportunity for you to take a step out of your usual routine.