When Valentine’s Day rolls around, you may find yourself at a loss for what to give your partner. You want to give them something that shows your love and appreciation, but also something sentimental, but also something they’ll actually use. It’s enough to send your head spinning.
Valentine’s Day is a huge gifting holiday, and not just for lovers. Each year, Americans spend over $20 billion on Valentine’s gifts for their significant others, friends, family, and even pets. This earns Valentine’s Day the third spot on the list of priciest holidays. But don’t worry, you don’t have to break the bank to give your lover something wonderful this year. There are tons of amazing things you can give your partner that are fairly cheap, or even free, that your partner is sure to love.
When shopping for your partner this Valentine’s Day, be sure to give them something sentimental and heartfelt, rather than just something expensive. Putting time and effort into a gift is much more valuable than anything money can buy.
Paint Your Numbers Kits
Paint Your Numbers is a service that offers completely customizable, high-quality paint by numbers kits that come with everything you need to create a painted portrait out of your personal photos. Our kits are relaxing and fun, and you end up with a one-of-a-kind piece of art that you can use to decorate your home.
Making photographs into paintings is a growing trend, and it makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your partner. Not only are they customizable and sentimental, but they also look amazing on display in the home. Custom paintings will help immortalize your favorite memory together, creating a unique keepsake that they’ll treasure forever.
Simply choose your favorite photo of you and your partner together. It can be from a special occasion, a vacation you took together, or any other moment that’s special to you both. Upload it to the Paint Your Numbers website, and your kit will be delivered right to your door. You can complete the painting beforehand and present it as a gift, or save it as an activity to do together!
Dinner And A Movie At Home
Taking your partner to dinner and a movie is a classic date night, and you can recreate that fun experience right from the comfort of your own home. 46% of consumers have indicated they plan to stay at home this year for Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan an elaborate, enjoyable date night in.
For dinner, try recreating the atmosphere and menu of your partner’s favorite restaurant. If you lack skills in the kitchen, you can pick up take-out. Set the table, light some candles, and let your partner relax while you serve them their favorite meal.
Then, it’s time for a movie! Que up your partner’s favorite romantic comedy, and prepare a spread of popcorn and candy for them to choose from. Cuddle up under some blankets, dim the lights, and settle in. If you live in a warmer climate, you can even take a projector outside, and broadcast the movie on a white bedsheet, to recreate the experience of a drive-in movie.
“I Love You” Jar
If you’re looking to get a little crafty, an “I Love You” jar is an easy homemade gift that will bring a tear to your partner’s eye. First, pick up any kind of jar or container from the craft store. Embellish the outside with stickers, rhinestones, hearts, or anything else you like. With a paint pen, write “Reasons Why I Love You” on the side.
Next, take some time to write out individual reasons you love your partner on scraps of paper. They could be serious or silly. Write as many as you can think of, then place them in the jar. Present the gift to your partner, and tell them to pick out a reason any time they need a smile. This gift not only tells your partner all the ways you love and appreciate them, but it can give them a confidence boost any time they feel like they need it and remind them how much you care.
Fondue is romantic and luxurious, fun to eat, and fairly easy to make. It’s sure to impress your partner but requires very little actual cooking. You can purchase a fondue pot online or at any home goods store, or simply melt your cheese and chocolate in a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water on the stove.
You can do chocolate fondue, cheese fondue, or both! For traditional cheese fondue, bring a cup of dry white wine to a simmer on the stove. Add in a blend of 8 ounces of Swiss cheese with 4 ounces of Gruyere. Add in a tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken, then season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and nutmeg. Place it in your fondue pot or serving bowl. Cut up chunks of baguette, apple, and pear, or present with chips, pretzels, or vegetables.
Chocolate fondue is even more simple than cheese. Melt 12 ounces of any type of chocolate you like or blend multiple varieties together. Blend with 1 cup heavy cream and a pinch of salt. Melt until smooth and pour into your serving dish. Serve with strawberries, banana, pineapple, pound cake, apples, marshmallows, cookies, or anything else your heart desires.
If you and your partner have tons of beautiful photos together that you’ve been looking for something to do with (besides paint by numbers, of course), a scrapbook is a perfect idea. Raid your local craft store for scrapbooking supplies, like fun paper, stickers, and other embellishments. Next, print out all your favorite photos of you and your significant other.
Scrapbooking is a craft where you can express yourself to no end, making it perfect for expressing your love for your partner. Have fun with the different pages. Create a theme for each page based on a color scheme or the subject of the photo. Fill it with personal notes about why you love your partner and your favorite memories together.
Who doesn’t love a good picnic? They’re relaxing, romantic, and fun. However, since Valentine’s Day is in February, there’s a good chance it’s a bit too cold outside to spread out your blanket and eat. So why not bring the picnic magic indoors?
Lay out a blanket on the floor, and pack a basket full of picnic goodies, like sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and fruit. You can even pair it with a nice bottle of wine or champagne. To go the extra mile, play some nature sounds on your phone or laptop for ambiance. It’ll make you feel like you’re really picnicking in the wilderness, with no danger of ants to ruin the mood.
These ideas are sure to wow your partner this Valentine’s Day and make this February 14th a day they’ll never forget. The most important thing is that you remember to show your partner how much you love and appreciate them. The best part of Valentine’s Day is remembering to slow down and enjoy your time together. It doesn’t matter if you spend $2 or $2,000 on your celebration. It only matters that you show your love and devotion and make your partner feel special.
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