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
- Use a heart shaped pastry cutter or a knife to cut out a shape in the middle of a slice of bread.
- Toast the heart shaped bit from the middle.
- Heat a bit of butter in a frying pan, on medium heat
- 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.
- Flip it over and break an egg into the hole in the middle.
- 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 slideshows, invitations, greetings, collages, scrapbooksand 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
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.