Valentin’s Day is always a little bit of an awkward holiday and requires the whole ‘what are we doing this year?’ chat. Personally, this year we’ve decided to only get each other a card as we’re trying to save. Previous years we’ve done presents, meals out or day trips out. I thought I’d share with you some ideas for a range of different Valentine’s Day presents.
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If you’re not spending a lot…
One Valentine’s Day I thought I would be terribly romantic and ordered these Haribo* to my partner’s work. Inside were 12 share size packets of Haribo. Both he and his office were very happy. I thought it was a cute little idea and a nice surprise. It’s often expected from men to buy women flowers and have them delivered on Valentine’s Day so why not surprise your partner (man or woman) with a Haribo delivery (or their preferred sweet).
If you’re a fan of Pinterest then you’ve probably already come across this idea. You can purchase a jar like this here* and the idea is that you then fill the jar with date ideas written on pieces of paper. Or you can fill it with pieces of paper that each tell your partner something you like about them. I have a number of these jars laying around my house and so I think I’m going to make one for my partner and fill it with some cheap but fun date ideas. It’s a thoughtful but budget friendly idea!
For Christmas my partner got me a little booklet of our pictures and it got me thinking about how these days we don’t bother printing off any photos. A cute present would be this picture frame*, which can be engraved with a message and you can get a picture of the two of you printed cheaply from a Boots or somewhere similar to put inside. This is another fairly cheap present but thoughtful and something that can be kept and treasured.
A couple of Christmasses ago my mum got my partner and I personalised mugs with our pictures on them. I think this is a great little present for an occasion like Valentine’s Day. I’m a big fan of practical gifts and so in my opinion this is the perfect cute, yet usable present. You can pick these up quite cheaply, this one here is only £4.98 (plus P&P).
If you’re spending a little bit…
If you decide you want to go down the traditional route of flowers then you can’t go wrong with a dozen red roses. On our first Valentine’s Day together my partner got me the most beautiful bunch of flowers. I saved one of the roses and allowed it to dry out, it now lives in a vase in my room and brings back such happy memories whenever I see it. My partner’s very happy that I kept one of them considering how expensive they were! I’ve found this bunch of a dozen roses* on Amazon for £33.59 (Although I think they’re on offer at the time of writing this – they’re usually £39.99). Either way this is quite reasonable for a dozen red roses at Valentine’s Day! Flowers will often have mixed reviews but the majority here appear to be positive.
- A Spa Day for Two – I wouldn’t recommend buying an experience package but rather booking a spa day directly with the venue (see my recent post reviewing one of these experience presents here). My partner has absolutely no interest in spa days and so the couple that I have done have been with friends or family but I would love to go with him if it were something he were interested in. If your partner would enjoy something like this then take the plunge and book it!
I love this bracelet, it has the potential to be personalised with your names and is elegant and understated – something that can often be overlooked in regards to personalised gifts. This bracelet can be found here and comes in silver, gold or rose gold. You can also find variations of this in necklace forms, if you do a little bit of googling. I’ve now left myself really wanting one of these necklaces.
If you’re spending a lot…
If you’re spending a lot on Valentine’s Day then I always think an experience is the best way to spend your money. Here are a few of my ideas:
- A meal out. Now I don’t just mean a trip to your local favourite restaurant where you both already know what you’re going to order. Look for somewhere new and find somewhere that you can both really dress up. We did this one year and had a wonderful time and had the most delicious food. If you’re going to spend a lot then treat yourselves and do something that creates memories for you.
- A night away. Now I love a night or a weekend away. I think I have a bit of an obsession with hotel rooms and enjoy those first few minutes exploring the new room and is there a bath? Where’s the hairdryer hiding? You get the gist… As I mentioned above, this is making memories for the two of you and at the same time you get to visit somewhere new, what’s not to love?!
- Recreate your first date. This may not always be an expensive one – it depends where your first date was. We often save this for the anniversary of our first date and recreate the day (Minus the not eating since breakfast and getting very drunk in the evening…)
- Try something new. I admit this one if very vague but try something neither of you have ever done before. It could be anything from Go-karting to gin tasting. Make those memories!
- And if you’re wanting to spend a lot of money you can never go wrong with a pair of diamond earrings (unless your other half doesn’t have their ears pierced… and if that’s the case here’s a gorgeous Tiffany bracelet)
What are your plans for Valentin’s Day?