You don’t have to break the bank in order to tell your special someone how much you love him; with these low cost ideas for Valentine’s Day, you can send the message of love without having to spend a ton of money. With a little ingenuity, you can come up with some really unique and truly special low cost ideas for Valentine’s Day that will make your sweetie swoon.
1 HAVE a PICNIC
Of all of the low cost ideas for Valentine ’s Day, this one is super sweet and super easy to do. Just grab a picnic basket and fill it with his favorite foods; some sandwiches, a pizza, some wings, a cake, his favorite adult beverage – you get the idea. Choose a location to have the picnic, such as the beach or even in your living room, set out a blanket, light some candles and dine on the goodies you packed in the basket.
2 A MOONLIGHT WALK
On a clear night, how about taking your beloved on a moonlight walk? This romantic idea is 100% free, and it will allow you to spend some quality time together. Walk through your favorite park, along the beach, or even in your neighborhood and just enjoy spending some time together.
3 WORDS of LOVE
Channel your inner author and let your loved one know just how much he means to you in writing. Write a collection of love letters every day over the span of a week, a month, or even a year, and place them inside a cigar box or another decorative box. Your sweetie will really understand how much you love him when he reads each of the letters.
4 TAKE a BATH
Spend some quality time together while soaking in a warm bath. Fill up your bathtub with warm water, bubbles or bath salts and flower petals. Fill the bathroom with candles and light them to add even more romance to the room. You can even enjoy a glass of bubbly while enjoying your soak together.
5 COOK DINNER TOGETHER
Spark some romance while preparing dinner together. Choose a dish that you both love and work side-by-side in the kitchen to prepare it. Play some music to add some more romance to the experience and then enjoy eating the meal together, after you have prepared it.
6 BAKE SOME SWEETS
Every man loves his sweets, but instead of buying them, you can make them yourself. Bake his favorite cake, his favorite cookies and whatever other sweets he really loves. Place the homemade confections in bakery boxes and let your honey tickle his sweet tooth with them.
7 GIVE HIM COUPONS
How about giving your better half some coupons for Valentine’s Day? Use a word processing program to create the coupons, or make them on card stock. Make the coupons for things like a free back rub, a break from his usual household chores and anything else that you think that he would like. Print out or cut out the coupons (however you have chosen to create them), assemble them so that they look like a coupon book and present them to your sweetie. He’ll surely appreciate this thoughtful gift well beyond Valentine’s Day.
8 The CHEAP THEATER
Most cities have a movie theater where you can older movies for just a couple bucks. If you don't want to shell out the big bucks, hit up the cheap seats and you can still see a movie you've both been dying to watch. Snuggle up close and share a tub of popcorn without being totally broke when it's all over.
9 GO to the LAKE
A moonlight night spent on a nearby lake is a memory that neither of you will ever forget. Combine this idea with some of the others on this list by taking a stroll along the water's edge or sharing a romantic picnic as you listen to the water lap along the shore. Maybe bring a tripod and take some cute couples photos with a lovely backdrop.
10 GO DANCING
Many dance halls offer dance nights that are free or really cheap. So tie on your dancing shoes and get close with your significant other. If you can't find a place to dance, push back the furniture in your house and create your own dance hall. Cue up your favorite playlist and boogie down all night long.
11 HAVE a DAY DATE
Things are often cheaper during the day. If you want to save some cash this year, consider having lunch instead of dinner. You'll save loads of cash and you have the pleasure of sneaking out of work to meet up for a love fest in the middle of the day. If you can get away with it, take the whole day off and take in a couple of free attractions when the crowds are thin and the price is right.
12 WRITE POETRY
You don't have to be Hemingway to write great poems. Even if your work won't ever get published, you can still write sweet verses for your love. Grab some paper and write each other love poems, then take turn reading them out loud to each other. You won't have to spend any money, but you'll feel the love for sure.
13 WATCH the SUN SET
Find a great place to see the show and sit together while you watch the sun go down. Leave the cell phones in the car so you can focus totally on each other. The quiet setting and romantic mood is perfect for catching up and remembering why you fell in love with each other in the first place. Don't forget to take some pictures (with a camera, not your phone).
14 GO out for DESSERT
Who wants to spend the money eating out all the time? And the prices and wait time on Valentine's Day are ridiculous. Wait until the crowds thin and go out for dessert instead. This gives you the chance to cook a fancy meal at home together. When everyone else is done eating and have gone home, head to a nearby restaurant and share a romantic slice of cake or your favorite sweet treat.
15 EXCHANGE SMALL GIFTS
It's not the dollar amount you spend, but the thought you put into the gift that count. Choose small and inexpensive gifts to give to each other. You still get the joy of giving the love of your life a present, but you won't go broke doing it. A fancy pen for work, an ice cream gift certificate or a new pair of cozy socks are great ideas.
16 Give Each Other a Massage
You don't have to go out and pay for a massage--take turns and make the atmosphere just like a spa, with soothing music, cucumber water, candles, and lotions.
17 Create a Book of Love
Write down 10 reasons why you love your significant other and get creative with pictures, tickets, and stickers.
18 Take a Stay-cation
You don't have to travel far away to go on vacation. Get away together in your hometown by renting a hotel room, order room service, and chill in the hot tub together!
19 Visit a Museum
What's more romantic than getting all dressed up and going to a museum?! The best part is most are free!
20 Take a Cooking Class Together
Learn how to cook something new and do it together! It can be something sweet or savory. Look online to see what businesses are closest to you that host cooking classes.
21 Watch the Sunset
If the weather is nice where you live, drive somewhere scenic and set out lawn chairs to watch the sun set and gaze up at the stars. If it's colder where you live, you can do the same but inside your car!
Do you think you'll try any of these low cost Valentine's Day ideas? How are you planning on treating your honey this Valentine’s Day?