Valentine’s Day is a great idea to set aside time for remembering those we love. In fact, it is even more than just remembering; it is romancing. And as for romance, we do it well! Marketing shows that Valentines’ day is one of the most expensive holidays- last year we spent approximately 17.6 billion on flowers, candy, and presents for our loved ones (visualeconomics.com). That is approximately $126.03 per person- that is up 53% from 2001.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of money, and neither do most of the couples that I see. Many couples come to me and ask “What can we do to celebrate V-day without spending too much money? Here are some ideas to celebrate each other without breaking the bank.
- Build a romantic fire. Before the kids go to bed, have fun roasting marshmallows. After their lights are out, host your own indoor picnic, complete with a bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries.
- Recreate your first date together. What were you wearing? Where did you go? Do you remember what you
talked about? Spend the evening reminiscing and reflecting on how far you’ve come as a couple.
- Make a tape of the songs special to your relationship. Include ‘your song,’ songs from your past, songs from favorite movies. Add a personal voice dedication and leave it in your partner’s briefcase, Ipod, or car stereo.
- Have a scavenger hunt. Write a few poems, wrap candy kisses inside, and hide them around the house. Each poem should be a clue to finding the next one. Make sure the final clue lands your mate someplace you want to end up for the entire evening. A romance package, including a bottle of champagne and new lingerie, is a nice touch.
- Speaking of poems, I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t appreciate an original poem written entirely for them. Some tips on how to do that here
Be creative with your imagination, not your wallet. I guarantee you that your partner will remember this holiday for a long time!