Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us. If you’re in a relationship and want to celebrate but don’t like the idea of spending your money on a date night, there are plenty of ways for you to celebrate without breaking the bank.
Similarly, if you’ve recently started dating someone and you don’t yet feel comfortable spending money on a date that celebrates love, these ideas could be perfect for you.
Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year, so if you prefer “day dates,” you may choose to do these over the weekend instead!
Here are some unique date ideas for when you’re not willing to splash the cash:
You could do an indoor or outdoor picnic. Go to your local supermarket and spend your preferred budget on your favourite foods and treats. Visit a pretty park or even just your own lounge, lay a blanket down and enjoy some quality time together without worrying about how much money you’ve spent.
Add a sprinkle of romance by placing rose petals around the blanket, lighting a few tea-lights and cracking open a bottle of prosecco.
Stay in your pyjamas or comfy clothes, turn the coffee table into snack central and position yourself on the sofa in your favourite cuddling position for the foreseeable future. Both of you choose 1-3 films, whether they’re DVD’s, Netflix films or Sky Movies, choose your favourites or pick out films you’ve both never seen before and voila! Date sorted.
Go for an evening stroll
If it’s been a nice day, it’ll be a loooovely evening. A walk in the dark can be very romantic. You can hold hands and look at the stars together. Depending on where you live, there might be nice parks lit by fairy lights or you might just walk around the block.
It costs nothing and you get to chat with your other half while you stroll along hand in hand! Romantic, huh?
Make use of the body butters, oils and endless face masks you were gifted at Christmas and set up a spa in your house. Light a few scented candles, play a relaxing playlist on Spotify and relax.
Give each other massages and chat to each other about life. Tell your partner things you love about them and talk about your favourite memories together. I think this is such a lovely idea if you’ve both had a long day at work and just need to wind down for the evening.
Dust off the board games and dig the playing cards out from the loft, grab a bottle of wine and some appetisers and have a fun night in with your partner! This could be a very entertaining evening if you’re both competitive. Have a laugh this Valentine’s Day!
Invent a new recipe
Why not cook yourselves a romantic meal? But instead of following the recipe book, get creative and inventive and make up your own recipes using both of your favourite ingredients. You never know, you might create a taste sensation! If not, at least you had fun making it!
Teach each other something
There’s something incredibly heart-warming about seeing your other half doing something they’re passionate about. So, why not express your interest and ask them to show you the basics? You’ll be occupied for hours and you might even learn a new skill!
For example, my boyfriend is teaching himself how to play guitar and I’m teaching myself photography so we could show each other the ropes and both have fun in the process!
You really don’t have to spend a fortune on your Valentine. I’m a firm believer in the saying “It’s the thought that counts.”
Tell your other half you love them and give them a big kiss on the lips! Have a happy Valentine’s Day!
How will you be spending Valentine’s Day?