Celebrating Valentine's Day on a budget can seem overwhelming. You want to give your Valentine a special day, but you can't afford to drop a bunch of money in the process. It need not be so stressful, as the true meaning of the holiday is to show your appreciation for your loved one and to spend time together. Both of those things can easily be achieved without spending very much.
Jewelry, a dozen roses and expensive lingerie are all big-ticket items, but there are many Valentine's gift options under $50. So instead of a dozen roses, give your sweetie one single long-stem rose. It's elegant and romantic. A small bouquet of carnations is much less expensive than roses, and just as thoughtful. Chocolates are another popular choice, and can often be found for reasonable prices. RedEnvelope's chocolate-dipped strawberries are a sensual treat just right for the holiday.
An even cheaper option is to make your own gift at home. Homemade gifts are the perfect way to show your individuality. One great option is a scrapbook featuring pictures and memorable items from your time together. If you're creatively gifted, write a love poem or a song for your sweetheart. If your creativity extends to the kitchen, make some heart-shaped cookies.
Dinner at Home
Dinner and drinks for two at an upscale joint can cost a pretty penny. This is one of the easier expenses to cut out without losing much if you are willing to cook at home. Set the right mood with a nice tablecloth, your best dishes, a couple of candles in the center of the table and some soft music playing in the background. You will have a more intimate experience than at a crowded restaurant. You will also have shown that you're willing to go the extra mile on this special day.