Go picnicking (in your backyard)
Restaurant dinners can be very expensive, and most eateries are packed on Valentine’s Day. This year, dress up your backyard with some fairy lights or candles and treat your partner to a picnic in your backyard (or on your balcony, or even on your lounge floor).
Make a playlist
Every couple has ‘their’ songs. Songs that played a pivotal role in your relationship or remind you of happy moments you spent together. Make your partner a mix CD or digital playlist of all the songs that mark your history together and send them a link. If you’re going the CD route, you could even decorate the cover with a picture and a title.
Plant a live tree
Flowers get super pricey around Valentine’s Day, plus it doesn’t keep all that long. Planting a live tree with or for your loved one is a great way to show your affection, plus it’s good for the environment to boot. If you don’t have a yard, you can always plant a smaller tree in a container that you can keep on your balcony, or even in the living room. TOP TIP: Having live plants in your living space = more oxygen, which means better cognitive functioning as well.
Create a memory nook
Digital photos are all good and well, but there is something special about printing photos and putting it in a frame. Celebrate your love for your partner by printing a few of your favourite pictures of the two of you together and starting a memory nook somewhere in your home or flat. Frames can be bought for cheap at supermarkets, or you could even find some for next to nothing from a thrift shop.
Go on a free outing
Most towns and cities have certain touristy things you can do for free. Some art museums don’t charge entry fees at certain times of the day, and botanical gardens are normally free to visit. Do a bit of research and find something that you can do together without spending a single cent. If you don’t know where to start, get in touch with your local tourism office – they’ll be happy to give you some pointers.
These are just a few of the many budget-friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas you could use. Get a little creative, and always remember that it’s the thought that counts. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more helpful advice on managing your budget in 2019.
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