Below I have compiled some suggestions for economical, affordable alternatives to the traditional Valentine's Day editions.
Opt for Excursions
It is now commonplace for experiences to be more memorable than physical things. In fact, what are you most likely to remember: flowers that died in a week, or the painting class you both visited together?
That's why I'm a strong proponent of planning a trip. It shows that you have made some reflections on the occasion. It gives you an activity that you can do together (and being together is what it's all about, right?). And it creates memories – not always something you get at another dinner in a restaurant.
Here are a few ideas and some estimated costs:
- Geocaching: Free
- Attend a painting lesson: $ 35-40 per person (but check Groupon's offers)  Make a Vanishing Space: $ 25-35 per person
- Go with the Ax: $ 20-35 per person
- Watch a Movie: $ 8-12 per person (see deal below)
Remember that it is not critical that you perform your activity on the actual Valentine's Day (this is a Thursday this year and therefore not particularly adapted to the work schedules). But you can announce the gift of the activity – and anticipation is half the fun.
I'll also note that the movie option is probably a bit boring, but it's still two hours in the dark if you have your favorite. You can mix it up by seeing a classic or art house movie, something out of the ordinary. Remember again: Choose something that you want to see not something that is at the top of your list.
Sinemia Classic – 1 movie day a month for two: $ 7.99
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Save flowers (or omit them altogether)
How important are flowers on Valentine's Day? Probably a lot less than you think. I recently ran a Twitter survey and less than 10 percent of respondents said flowers were "fully expected". The vast majority were quite split between "not essential but nice" and "not expected / wanted". But – important star! – I have no idea how gender distribution was among my respondents.
That's good news, because the flower prices will only rise until Valentine's Day. A bouquet of roses that cost $ 35 at the beginning of January jumps quickly to $ 45 to $ 50, depending on where you buy it.
Translation: skip the flowers. If you like the symbolism of the gesture, a single rose is enough. Consider this answer from @chieflittletoes to the above survey:
I hate wasting money on overpriced roses. [My husband] still wants to be pampered [me]so he sends me pictures of bouquets he would buy if I let him. All the thoughts and the romance, none of the wasted money. In addition, I usually get dozens of bouquets in all colors. A rose, if you have to buy, is plentiful!
Do you still feel like flowers are hitting flowers? Here are some of the best deals that are currently available:
Get a Flower Arrangement Worth $ 50 for Valentine's Day for $ 30
This offer covers well over a dozen different arrangements, some of which are just under $ 50 are located, others a little above. In any case, you save $ 20. And you have until 12th February to receive your order and to deliver it until the 14th of February.
Save on dinner
If you have not booked a table for Valentine's Day, then good luck. But do you know what's better than dining in a crowded, overpriced restaurant? A homemade meal at home. (Psst: You also have a cleanup service.)
Are you a club in the kitchen? Think of some of the amazing things you can do with an instant pot (or similar pressure cooker) that non-cooks can use to quickly make gourmet dishes.
Learn First. Then take a look at this summary of some of which are full meals.
Now for dessert. You just can not beat the classic strawberries with chocolate – and they are incredibly light (and inexpensive) for the home. Wash berries and dry, melt chocolate chips on the stove or in the microwave and immerse.
If you need more help, contact Google or YouTube, but that's all.
Do you want to cook less over a longer period of time? Imagine a mail order meal service that can bring partially or even fully prepared gourmet dinners to your door. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Plated for the first time offers subscribers for the first time free desserts with promo code BEMINE .
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Whether you have opted for an instant pot creation or a meal kit delivery, you can also add a movie at no extra cost: round off your evening with a handpicked movie from our selection of.
Ah, the eternal question: What is a suitable gift for Valentine's Day? If you think tech equipment does not seem to be very romantic, then do not lie wrong. I will not suggest something like a bluetooth speaker or, horror, a fitbit.
That is, what about something that is practical, pretty and seen every day? I am thinking of a new phone case with a meaningful design: an individual photo, a decorative flower pattern or a popular logo of a sports team. It's a nice option for people who want to change their look from time to time, and is definitely not crazy expensive.
At Velvet Caviar, for example, you can choose from a wide range of unique and decorative mobile phone cases and get 25% off the entire and world. Promo Code CNET .
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I'm also a big fan of the new Tile Trackers, which are incredibly useful and very affordable. For example, the Tile Mate costs only $ 25 – but you can get one for $ 20 with promo code FINDLOVE (which expires on February 9th). It is attached to a keychain, a handbag or the like and helps to find misplaced phones. And it also works in reverse order, which means that a phone can help find a wrong keychain, purse or similar.
See it at Tile
Again, this is not a romantic gift, but it all depends on how you design it. "I know how frustrating it is when things go away," you say, "and one guy I know says these tile things are awesome." Above all, make sure these things are part of a larger gift experience – this should be the Valentine's Day equivalent of a little gift, not the main gift!
I do not go on gift ideas because I think there is a better way to spend your money.
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