Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means that many people are getting ready to pull out their wallets and shell out quite a bit of money. However, you don’t have to have lighter pockets to ensure your significant other has a happy Valentine’s Day. Here are five alternative options to buying chocolate, flowers, and jewelry on February 14th.
1. Plan a picnic.
Whether it is outside or in the middle of your living room, a picnic is an incredibly sweet and romantic gesture for Valentine’s Day. All you need to pull this off is food and a blanket. If the weather is bad, take your picnic indoors and watch a romantic movie while you dine.
2. Donate to a charity.
Every year, instead of exchanging gifts, John and I each pick a charity to support and then we donate to the other’s charity of choice. While this does require spending money, we are not actually buying more things and even if you don’t have a lot to spend, this can be a really heartfelt present.
3. Clean (a house, car, etc.)
Most of us have so much on our plates that keeping up with regular chores is a constant challenge. If your significant other never seems to be able to catch up on laundry or is constantly driving around in a messy vehicle, why not take a few hours to surprise them by cleaning for them. If you are going to do this, make sure it is done right. Take your time and provide a thorough cleaning of whatever area you choose to tackle.
4. Create a spa day.
Save money on an expensive spa day and provide an at home spa for your significant other. Set the mood with scented candles and calm music (Enya is always a good choice.) Be sure to watch a few YouTube videos ahead of time to learn how to properly give a massage.
5. Do something you are good at.
Are you a great writer? Perhaps you have a beautiful voice? Assess your personal strengths to come up with a unique Valentine’s Day gift. Whether it is writing a poem, performing a song, or something entirely different, there is something unique that you are excellent at and you should share it with your significant other.