Valentine Gifts on a Budget

Monica PatrickJan 25th, 2011

Valentine Gifts on a Budget

No one wants to be a cheap cupid on Valentine's Day but if money is tight, budgeted shopping is necessary. Expensive presents may have glitter appeal but they are not always accurate expressions of your love. Show your true feelings and keep some money in your wallet with low-budget Valentine gift selections.

Homemade Gift Ideas

Homemade gifts are a low-cost, creative way to show how you feel. Pen a love poem and write it on inexpensive but attractive paper. If the two of you are music lovers, compile a playlist and burn a CD to commemorate your time together. Another good make-at-home idea is crocheting a red scarf or embroidering fine linen handkerchiefs. If your sweetheart enjoys your cooking then prepare a special meal, dish or dessert for Valentine's Day. Handmade cards made with lace and delicate embellishments will be a keepsake your loved one will cherish. Write a personal note using your best handwriting and a gold calligraphy pen.

Low-Cost Gifts

Scale back your Valentine spending with Valentine gift options under $50. The usual red satin pajamas and expensive jewelry are not necessary for an impressive gift. Offer chocolate gifts that deliver flavor at a reasonable price. A decadent chocolate mousse torte makes a sweet gift you can share. RedEnvelope's torte has a dark chocolate edible heart on top that reads, "Love." Your loving message will be clear with this sensual, tasty idea. Instead of giving a dozen roses, choose a less expensive flower and only give one. Orchids are unusual gifts for Valentine's Day, and buying one nice one will not undermine your budget.

Evening At Home

A night in is the perfect alternative to a pricey dinner at a four-star restaurant. Create the right atmosphere by setting out the good china, your best linens and dressiest candlesticks. Clear some space for a private dance floor and set the mood with seductive background music. String some miniature lights on a back porch to create a private dance floor with sweet ambiance. Cook a simple meal and spring for an inexpensive red wine. Cooking together is enjoyable and gives you an excuse to stay close to the one you love. Look your best at your Valentine's evening at home by wearing an attractive outfit in red or black.

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