You can have a sweet time with your sweetheart on valentine for way less coin. She will understand you don’t have much if she is your woman and she truly cares for you, it is not until you waste all you’ve got that you show your unconditional love for her. The best things in life are totally free. True love cost nothing. If she truly loves you then her love shouldn’t cost a dime. There are better ways to show love than buying the whole mall.
Let’s be honest: Valentine’s Day is a super commercialized holiday masked as a special and important date to celebrate love.
I’m not against the holiday, but I do think it pressures people (men, mostly) to show their love via overpriced roses, chocolate truffles and fancy six-course dinners.
But, uh, what if you just don’t have much money to spare?
Can you actually celebrate this designated day of romance without burning a hole in your wallet?
The best gifts have nothing to do with price and everything to do with letting a person know how well you truly know them. The best gifts usually say, I see you, I know who you are,’ and ‘I pay attention to what makes you happy.
Here are four great ways to say those things:
1. For the Beauty and the Gent who don’t have time
Craft a Personalized Coupon Book
What’s your partner’s favorite meal? What does she wish she had more time to do? What chore would he prefer to have someone else do?
Offer it all up in a homemade coupon book. You can find templates online to help you design such a book.
2. For the super romantic
Take in the Perfect View
Blindfold your partner and surprise him or her by driving to a beautiful spot where you can watch the stars and relax. Maybe it’s a sentimental spot or just one with a great view. Bring a blanket, a snack you prepared and have a conversation about stuff that matters.
Handwritten on epic paper, write out the ‘Top 10 Things I Want to Do With You Someday,’ describing the kinds activities, travel, adventures, experiences and shared possibilities that would simultaneously nurture your intimacy and fulfill your bucket lists.
3. For bookworms
Start a Private Book Club
…just for the two of you. Buy (or borrow from the library) two copies of any book you both want…and read them simultaneously so that you can share your experience and learnings.
Maybe kick things off with a book that can further strengthen your relationship. Just like Gary Champan’s The 5 Love Languages.
4. For foodies
Stir Up Something New in the Kitchen
Download a wild recipe online and, together, cook up your own romantic dinner at home. The key here is to experiment with a brand new recipe that may even be a bit challenging.
Learning something new together is proven to send dopamine levels soaring. Lasting couples enjoy trying new things together and know that fresh activities…keep things fresh!
And don’t forget to have some drinks. There are plenty of bottles for N700 or less at your local wine shop.