Thrifty Valentine Idea. Give Your Loved One A Break, Absolutely FREE!

Thrifty Valentine Idea. Give Your Loved One A Break, Absolutely FREE!

If you are struggling to come up with the best and most cost-effective Valentines gifts, here is your saviour.

Give the gift of time for free! With us all tightening our belts and with only a few days left to think of a great present that your other half deserves, it is likely that you’ve started worrying about what you’re going to do?!

When it comes to the perfect gifts is your mind totally blank?  Why not give a gift with a difference? A Gift of Time!

Why not give your Partner a break whilst you do all the Dirty Work! You could Do the Washing, Clean the House..Fix that tap that has been dripping for months, Run her a relaxing bath or clean his car!..

Bridget of the north love coupons, houseworkOr Why Not get creative and make a Chore Cheque Book?  they make a wonderful gift for that special person in your life. Create them by hand or use print some Chore coupons, they are  completely free and easy to use.7
You can  cut out the coupon’s that you want to use, and staple them into a little booklet. Or Hide them around the house for your other half to find! Chore coupons have no expiration date and can be used at any time.

Make Your Chrismas Gift Exchange Memorable- Fun, Alternative Gift Swapping Ideas

Make Your Chrismas Gift Exchange Memorable- Fun, Alternative Gift Swapping Ideas

With the dark nights drawing in and the cold weather upon us, its hard not to get excited for the festive season!

With only 71 days until Christmas, I have already began making plans with my family, I have always loved Christmas and getting together with the people that I love, is by far the best part!

But Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without gifts.

So to make the giving and receiving of gifts, extra fun.. I have come up with these creative ideas.

gifts

Homemade Gifts

A home-made gift is  thoughtful and great fun to make, it really get’s you in the spirit of Christmas.

Take a look at these blog posts for inspiration..

8 Fun homemade Christmass Gift Ideas

Homemade Sweet trees

The Gift That Keeps Giving.

What about having everyone chip in to purchase a magazine subscription based on the interests of each recipient?
There are a lot of great deals online and can work out a great value treat that lasts all year round!

Around The World.
Get everyone to pick a different country (preferably not the one in which you live) and buy a gift that is relevant to that country,
This could also be a Secret Santa Theme. (See Below)

Swap Entertainment Gift’s

Can Include books, movies, games, and even food — basically anything the recipient can enjoy doing, to entertain them over the festive period.

Secret Santa

 A tradition in which members of a family/ group are randomly assigned a person  to whom they anonymously give a gift.

 The names of participants are placed in a hat, and participants draw the name of a person for whom to buy a gift.

To make the exchange more fun you could add a theme; decide on your own theme for the year, then everyone’s gift needs to fit the theme. For instance, if you choose “,Red or Green” all the gifts need to be predominantly red or green.

Theme Ideas

Red Or Green

Health & Beauty

Food

Local / Hometown

Childhood

Retro

…And So On

What will you be doing this year? 

Mothers Day Idea From The Heart That Will Blow Her Away And Not Cost A Penny

Mothers Day Idea From The Heart That Will Blow Her Away And Not Cost A Penny

Take your mother (Mam, Mum, Mom) on a trip down memory lane by creating a personalized photo and video slide show. It’s easy to do and will be a huge hit with the entire family.

Here’s a few tips and ideas for your Mothers Day Movie

  • Search and gather old photos and video clips to include in your mothers day slide show. Dig up old photos from the past, holiday photos or anything you find that would make a great addition to your slide show, you can also add your favourite  photos from social networking sites such as Facebook. Why not search online for pictures of shows you used to watch together or places you visited as a child for that extra special touch.
  • Import your photos & videos into slide show software to create your show. You’ll want to choose a slide show tool that’s easy to use and gives you the flexibility to output to multiple formats. Windows Movie Maker is programmed into my computer so I have made one from that, but for extra jazz SmileBox is an excellent tool (and my personal fave) for creating slide shows for any occasion! I have used it many times and it is free with the option to upgrade for extra feature.
  • You can add descriptions or captions to each photo or write something on it. It’ll make mothers recall those happy days!

    Happiness is the best gift

  • If you want to get extra clever, you could narrate it and use your own voice to talk through the movie, or add a special poem or perhaps your babies cute little giggle (I have done this before using Movie Maker and it worked a treat!)
  • Most slideshow/movie  makers have pre installed templates that are ready to just add your images & videos too, you can customise the text too to personalise. take a look at the animated templates that are free to use with smilebox… http://www.smilebox.com/mothers-day-slideshows.html

    Also here are a few details from their site…

Smilebox is a  simple application for PC or Mac lets you quickly and easily create slideshowsinvitationsgreetingscollagesscrapbooksand photo albums right on your computer. With more than 1000 customizable templates to choose from, you’ll find inspiration around every corner. With their new  iPhone app you can share your moments on the go as well.

And Smilebox gives you more ways to share: Facebook, email, blog, printing at home or to a store, and burning to DVD. Smilebox makes sharing photos with your family and friends easy, unique and memorable.

  • Create your slideshow. With most Slide show making apps you can quickly get started by using the built-in wizards. Just click-through the steps to add your photos and any video clips you have, import a soundtrack, add effects and you’re done! Go back and add fun title slides or captions to any photo!

Decide how you’d like to output your slide show. DVD for playing back in the living room, Email for playing back on a laptop or to project during a dinner or event, you may even want to output to YouTube or Facebook so friends and family from far away can enjoy the slide show you’ve put together for Father’s Day.

Never under-estimate the power of a Mothers Day slide show. You’ve created a special keepsake and touching tribute that everyone will love watching. Photos from the past are always fun to look back at. With the addition of a touching favourite song of hers, you’ve got a recipe for success! (just don’t forget to bring the box of tissues – there won’t be a dry eye in the room!)

 

Simple, Cheap and Free,Romantic Valentines Day Ideas to Woo Your Loved One…

Simple, Cheap and Free,Romantic Valentines Day Ideas to Woo Your Loved One…

With everyone tightening there belts at the moment , it means that we can’t splash out on expensive items & goodies for our other halves as much as we would like. But that doesn’t mean it cant be just as special! in fact, most people would prefer a handmade, straight from the heart gesture more than a bunch of expensive roses or a pair of cuff links!

Here are a few Ideas for a thrifty Valentines Day to make your partners heart melt!

Start With Breakfast:

Toasted Eggy Love

  1. Use a heart shaped pastry cutter or a knife to cut out a shape in the middle of a slice of bread.
  2.  Toast the heart shaped bit from the middle.
  3. Heat a bit of butter in a frying pan, on medium heat
  4. When it’s melted and hot put the slice of bread with the hole into the pan and let it cook…

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Simple, Cheap and Free,Romantic Valentines Day Ideas to Woo Your Loved One…

Simple, Cheap and Free,Romantic Valentines Day Ideas to Woo Your Loved One…

With everyone tightening there belts at the moment , it means that we can’t splash out on expensive items & goodies for our other halves as much as we would like. But that doesn’t mean it cant be just as special! in fact, most people would prefer a handmade, straight from the heart gesture more than a bunch of expensive roses or a pair of cuff links!

Here are a few Ideas for a thrifty Valentines Day to make your partners heart melt!

Start With Breakfast:

Toasted Eggy Love

  1. Use a heart shaped pastry cutter or a knife to cut out a shape in the middle of a slice of bread.
  2.  Toast the heart shaped bit from the middle.
  3. Heat a bit of butter in a frying pan, on medium heat
  4. When it’s melted and hot put the slice of bread with the hole into the pan and let it cook until it goes a little brown.
  5. Flip it over and break an egg into the hole in the middle. 
  6. Cook for about 3-4 minutes then scoop it out carefully with a spatula and serve it with the toasted shape on the side to use instead of a traditional ‘soldier’.

Or Why not just cut ‘Love’ shapes out of toast, you could even spell out your lovers name.
You could also cut out heart  shapes of sweet waffles, and add syrup, cream or strawberries.

Serve with a Mug/ Pot of Tea and maybe a hand-picked single flower for effect.

Create Love Coupons

A love coupon book makes a great Valentine’s day gift for your partner.
Romantic coupons can be as elaborate as you wish. Combine loving, playful and naughty coupons for your love coupon book. You can use your computer or you can create a handwritten book the choice is all yours!
All you need to do next is decide what to include in your love coupon book.
A full body massage, breakfast in bed and a movie date of their choice are all a good start.
You could also include coupons for passionate kisses, sexual fantasies or even a weekend away.
Be sure to personalize the love coupons for your partner.
Have an Old-Fashioned Date

Re-discover your inner teenager and go on a proper, retro-style date!
Simple pleasures, like heading to the local beauty spot for a walk, a stroll along the beach, Or how about a trip to a gallery or museum, or  perhaps leisurely stroll around the local market are all great ideas to spend some quality time together, anywhere that you can do something fun together will make a great date remind you why you fell in love in the first place.

Create a Smile Box

Smile Box is a FANTASTIC way to put all your memories & pictures of you and your Partner together and make a loving ,heartfelt gift.

With Smilebox you can upload any photos quickly and easily create slideshowsinvitationsgreetingscollagesscrapbooksand photo albums right on your computer. With more than 1000 customizable templates to choose from, you’ll find inspiration around every corner.

Smilebox is free and there are plenty ways to share: Facebook, email, blog, printing at home or to a store, and burning to DVD. Smilebox makes a fantastic free & thoughtful gift that is easy, unique and memorable.

You could create your own love story using your photos from the fist day you met until today, or you can send special messages or create funny & cute collages & greetings.

Cook a Romantic Meal

It’s a little cliched but sharing a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day is a great way to enjoy each other’s company and a natural choice if you’re struggling to find a babysitter.
Whether you prepare it as a surprise or approach it as a joint effort with plenty of planning in advance, it’s an evening you can both look forward to, with great food, great company and lots of time to simply chat and be together.

Add some Rose petals to the table or some candles for added effect.

Spa Night In

When your other half gets home, run a hot bath filled with rose petals. (you can pick these yourself or they are available from your florist for cheap or artificial ones from pleaces like Co-op & Asda)
Have a glass of wine and some chocolates ready to nibble on by the side of the bath.
After a relaxing soak, get out the exfoliaters, moisturisers, body creams, face masks, and foot rub cream and treat your Lover or give each other the attention you both deserve.

A Sexy Night In

Candles

Oils

Blindfold

Whipped Cream

Sexy Lingerie

Need I Say More?

The most important thing to do on Valentines day is Talk, talk, talk!
Sometimes the most sincere and memorable activity is to sit, talk and enjoy each other’s company.
Perhaps put some music on, light a candle and have a flick through some old photograph albums from your wedding, special holidays or pre-baby days.