Valentine's Day is coming up but of course, you already know that. Annoyingly the date falls on a Tuesday which is a work day and usually a gym night for me but never mind. Now, Valentine's Day can be a little overwhelming and I bet you're asking yourself a few of these questions; "what shall I wear?", "what will I get him/her?", "where are we going for dinner?". So many decisions to make, not to mention what an expensive day it turns out to be! If you're struggling to find the right outfit take a look at my post from last year, Valentine's Day: How To Dress For Winter Date Night. Sexy but warm outfits are a must given how cold it has been these past few days. If you're taking a more personal approach and want some DIY ideas, I also wrote a post 2 years ago about some do it yourself gift ideas, some of which I've used myself and they were a hit so check that out here 10 DIY Valentine's Day Gift Ideas. If however, you're looking for further inexpensive Valentine's Day ideas which you probably are given you are actually reading this post, you've come to the right place. Here are some tips to make this incredibly profitable date of the year a little less of a burden on your wallet.
The idea is to avoid the wild rush on Valentine's Day, and push the plans a little earlier to this weekend or postpone it to the next weekend. I personally am a big fan of this one because we are able to enjoy the romantic holiday without work hanging over our heads, and we can dodge the V-day markups from restaurants, because yes those are real!
Similar to higher priced restaurant bills, florists sneakily increase the prices of traditional Valentine's flowers such as roses during the holiday. If you're looking to save yet gift your other half with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers pick some non-traditional alternatives to lower the costs. Lilies, tulips, iris and even sunflowers make for great picks, or you can also giving more functional choices like basil plants. If however your other half is set on getting roses, mix it up with other selections to save. How about mixing roses with baby breath which is insanely cheap and looks perfectly romantic; you're welcome!
COOK FOR TWO
What better way to beat those pricey restaurant meals than eating home-cooked meals. This is the perfect opportunity to have a great stay-in date with your partner and try cooking some new dishes. I find cooking with Philipe incredibly romantic; we have so much fun dancing around each other and taking turns with the stirring, tasting and doing dishes (ok this isn't my favourite part but you get the gist) and trying out new dishes. It makes for a cosy, intimate yet adventurous date night; you should try it out!
DO IT YOURSELF GIFTS
I don't just mean cooking dinner or making mixed CDs, but personalised and handmade gifts can say a lot more than a store bought one. Again, if you haven't yet checked out my 10 DIY Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, go ahead! There are some fab ideas in that list and I'm sure they will go down like a treat. My personal favourites are printable vouchers and photo albums!
And lastly an obvious one, but often overlooked! There are quite a few Valentine's deals on online sites (my favourite is Groupon), so they're worth keeping an eye out for as you may find great bargains you can enjoy with your loved one. Discounts on spa days for two, all-you-can-eat buffets, horseback riding are definitely winners. Imagine, a half-off coupon for a restaurant the both of you would love to try or greatly discounted activities, these will be the cherry on top for your V-day planning.
Tell me, what are your plans for Valentine's Day? I'd love to know!
Thanks for reading beauties and happy weekend!