Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to involve spending lots of money (or any at all) – but if you need some cheap Valentine’s ideas, we’re here to help! Find more Valentine’s Day Ideas HERE.
Sometimes we need to be reminded to pause and give our loved ones a little extra attention – whether it be your “honey”, your kids, a family member, or someone you know who just needs a special reminder that they are loved. Here are 5 Frugal Ideas…
For Your Honey:
- Have a Date Night “In” and plan some special touches. After the kids are in bed, make a late supper together, eat by candlelight, listen to grown-up music (No “Kids Bop allowed!), and watch a romantic movie together. Room for desert? Try chocolate-covered strawberries or something decadent and delish.
- The Romantic Mix-Tape! We’ve all made a mix tape, cd, or mp3 playlist before – but how long has it been since you made one that wasn’t a workout mix? It’s time for a “Make-Out Mix!” Have fun with this one – hearken back to the days when you first met, use songs that are special or remind you of a certain time.
- Make a truly thoughtful Coupon Booklet. (Get a free printable HERE) These don’t have to be romantic – just something you know the other person will truly appreciate! I, for one, would love to get some coupons for “One hour alone after dinner” or “One Free Sleep-In Saturday”! Back/foot rubs are also very high on my list. Some others: “One hour of peace and quiet when you get home from work”, “One homemade dessert of your choice”, “One date night–you pick”.
- A no-fail classic is a Homemade Card. Spend a little quiet time one afternoon to sit down and think about what you want to say. Make it special.
- This last one is one that will help make fun dinner conversation or fill up some time in the evening – make a Truth or Dare type game. This can be as simple as writing questions on slips of paper and placing them in a bowl – questions like “Do you remember the place we first kissed” or “If we could take a second honeymoon – where would you want to go?” Have fun with this one – write down lots so you’ll be surprised at what you draw out as well!
For Your Kidlets:
- Spend a little time in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day to write your child a letter telling them how much you love them, why they are so precious to you, how your life is better with them in it. Make this the kind of letter they will keep and treasure for years to come. Consider making this a tradition.
- Create a fun scavenger hunt with little lovey-dovey clues and prizes.
- Glue their photo to a piece of cardboard (or a puzzle!), and cut it into puzzle pieces. Put it in a ziploc baggies with a note that says “You Complete Me, Valentine!
- Heart-Shaped Pancakes: The breakfast of champions! You could even add a little pink dye to the batter! (See our tutorial HERE)
- Love Notes in the Lunchbox: Give them that warm fuzzy feeling inside when they open up their lunchbox.
- Send a “Thinking of You” card to a widow you know. This could be done anonymously. The Bible tells us to look after the widows and orphans!
- Consider hosting a Valentine’s Dinner for Singles. A sweet mother in my Mom’s group does this every year, for all the single folks they know. She and her husband simply celebrate on a different day – but they try to make Valentine’s Day special for them on a day when they might otherwise feel left out or down.
- Have a girl’s night with some girlfriends – do manicures, pedicures, makeovers, chocolate binging, etc… Celebrate your friendship- and leave boys out of it entirely!
Do you do anything special for Valentine’s Day? Share it in the comment section!