When one thinks of Valentine’s Day, many pictures can come to mind; hearts, flowers, cupid, champagne, romance and sometimes even marriage proposals. While all of this can be incredibly exciting, it can also be phenomenally hard on your wallet. Here are a few tips for how to pamper your sweetie on Valentine’s Day, and still stay within your budget:
- Draw a bath for her- Have it waiting for her when she walks in the door from work. Fill it with bath oil, bubbles and rose petals. Some places such as www.petalgarden.com have specials for Valentine’s Day where you can purchase up to as much as 400 petals for as little as $5. Light some candles, turn on her favorite music and pour her a glass of wine or champagne. Indulge her in a foot massage while she is soaking. Add a card that you have made or bought and voila! The perfect romantic setup.
- Make her a romantic dinner– Head to your local farmers or produce market for fresh veggies and produce on sale. Make her favorite foods and don’t forget the unforgettable dessert— chocolate soufflé is always a favorite! Epicurious.com has some “recipes for romance,” guaranteed to spice things up in the kitchen… and out!
- Stay indoors– Light the fireplace, put some fluffy pillows on the floor, turn up the sexy music and feed each other chocolate covered strawberries. Read her a poem you wrote for her, or pull out the box of saved love notes and cards the two of you have exchanged over the years. Turn off the phones and cuddle on the couch for your favorite movie and a bottle of pink champagne. Pull out your wedding photos and reminisce about the day you two committed to one another. Serve her breakfast in bed and let her know you are on dish duty after she enjoys the meal. Crepes, fresh fruit and mimosas are a romantic yet inexpensive way to say I love you!
- Head outdoors at sunset– Grab a bottle of wine, a basket of cheese and fruit and a couple of beach chairs and head to the beach or the hilltop behind your house and sit and watch the sunset together. Nothing is more romantic than watching the sun go down with your sweetie staring into your eyes.
- Keep it simple– Present her with a single long stemmed rose and a hand made card or poem you wrote in honor of her. Give her a homemade “coupon” she can redeem for you to do the household chores or the laundry for a weekend. Plan a day trip to go wine tasting. Pack a cooler with sandwiches and munchies and head to wine country for the day to sample some world renowned varietals. Some wineries offer tastings for as little as $5 per person and if you buy a bottle of wine from their winery, a lot of times they will waive the cost of the tasting fee or even put it towards the purchase price of the bottle.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety over how much money you need to spend in order to make your sweetheart happy. When it comes to love, a little goes a long way. Think quality over quantity and creativity over expense. The memories of a fabulous homemade dinner, a drawn bubble bath and a card with heartfelt words of love will last a lot longer than an expensive bouquet of roses that are expected to live 2 weeks at best. So go to your sweetie, take her hand and ask her to be your Valentine. Add to that a kiss and a big hug and you will have her melting… all over again!