Americans spend billions of dollars every year on Valentine’s Day. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $20.7 billion on gifts and cards this year.1
While flowers and candy are some of the most familiar Valentine’s Day gifts, you might want to think outside the (chocolate) box this year. Consider the following five alternatives to show your love without going broke in the process
- Break from the tradition of roses. While red roses are often expected, try something unexpected. Consider blue hyacinths (they represent the consistency of love) or peonies (representing a happy life/marriage). Choosing flowers other than roses could save you some money. Plus you can incorporate the flower’s meaning into your card. Keep an eye out for discounts on bouquets or gift delivery.
- Different sweets for your sweetheart. A heart-shaped box of chocolates isn’t your only choice. Think creatively. What about a beautifully decorated cupcake, cake or cookie? Choosing a non-traditional sweet treat shows that you put some thought and effort into your selection.
- Cook up some romance. Dining out is romantic, but it can also be pricey. Spending time cooking a special Valentine’s Day dinner together can be just as romantic as a fancy restaurant. Whip up a favorite dinner or try something new. If you’re not confident in your own cooking skills, there are meal preparation delivery services that provide all the ingredients you need and a recipe in one convenient package.
- Make a personalized gift certificate. Think about a special experience your loved one would like – a hike to watch the sunset, a trip to a favorite beach, a promise to tackle a long-overdue chore or some quiet time for just the two of you, away from the kids.
- Have a heart-to-heart conversation. Put away your cell phones turn off the TV and focus on connecting with one another. This simple act could be the most romantic of all.
However you choose to express your love, don’t let the pressure to spend a lot of money on gifts overshadow the feelings in your heart. Adding a personal touch to affordable gifts can help you create a memorable Valentine’s Day without damaging your budget.