If expensive gifts aren't in your budget this year, don't despair. You can create a romantic evening for your spouse or loved one without breaking the bank. These frugal Valentine's Day gift ideas will help you show your love without spending a lot of cash.
By making a handmade gift, you not only save money, but you can also personalize the gift. If you aren't crafty or creative, many photo-printing services offer collages that let you create a professional-looking photo for a wall in your home or the desk at your office. Or, you can check your local craft store for kits that include everything you need to make a one-of-a-kind gift.
A handmade gift doesn't have to be something physical. You can write a poem or song for your loved one, or you can serenade your date. If you write a poem or song, consider printing a copy and framing it as a keepsake of the evening.
Even with coupons, a nice dinner out is expensive. If you enjoy cooking, make your own gourmet dinner at home. You'll spend more than you normally would on dinner, but it will be a lot less than paying for a restaurant. Use grocery store coupons to help make the date even more affordable. Make preparing the meal and dessert part of the date, and you'll share quality time as well as a delicious dinner.
Spa at Home
A day at the spa relaxes the body and mind, but it is an expensive date. Make your own spa at home with scented candles and a relaxing oil massage. You can purchase massage oil inexpensively at most drug stores, or you can make your own with jojoba oil and a few drops of fragrance oil or essential oil. Play some of your favorite romantic songs to set the mood.
Valentine's Day gift ideas don't have to be lavish or expensive to show your love. Just spending time together on the holiday is enough for most couples. If store-bought gifts aren't in your budget, challenge each other to see who can come up with the best frugal idea. You'll both have fun planning the date and spending precious time together.