The new year is thirty-three days in and with the turn of the month comes a day dreaded by the heartbroken and awaited by the devoted—Valentine’s Day.
No need to worry! Although the day is met with both ire and delight, one matter stands true—it doesn’t have to break the bank.
We’ve got you covered on budget-friendly gifts that you can give to your Valentine.
“Remember When” Memory Box
There’s nothing better than being reminded of special moments that you share as a couple. Take a trip down memory lane with your partner by making them a “Remember When” box.
You’ll need a pretty gift box, scraps of paper, satin ribbons, and colored pens. Use the colored pens to write down special or funny memories on the pieces of paper. Then, roll the papers up and tie them with a ribbon to give the memories a more elevated look. Finish off the gift by placing all the memories in the gift box.
Collage Frame with Photos
The walk down memory lane continues with this thoughtful Valentine's Day gift. The collage photo frame tells your partner that captured memories are just as good as remembered ones.
Plus, this gift is super easy to make! You’ll need to buy a collage frame and print out pictures of the two of you. You can print the pictures at home or places like Office Depot or UPS Stores.
Once you’ve done that, just place the pictures in each frame and the gift is ready for giving!
“Open When” Letters
Make the magic of Valentine’s Day last with a gift that gives during all occasions—“Open When” letters. Gift this to your loved one with specific instructions to open them during certain times of the year.
You’ll need a small box, envelopes, paper, and colored pens. On the front of each envelope write instructions on when you want your partner to open it. For example, you can instruct your partner to open an envelope when they’re sad or when they miss you—"Open When You’re Sad” or “Open When You Miss Me.”
After you’ve done that, decorate the envelopes. In the envelopes, add words of encouragement, letters, jokes, or small knick-knacks that you know your partner will appreciate.
Custom Coupon Book
This gift might take a little more planning and time, but it’s worth it just the same. Give your partner a cute and thoughtful gift with the custom coupon book.
You’ll need a computer, printer, scissors, hole punch, and gift ribbon. Go online and find a template for romantic coupons. You can find free, filled out templates on websites like Canva. Some websites offer free blank templates that you can fill out with person-specific actions.
Complete the coupons and print them. Then, make a booklet by punching three holes into each coupon and tying them together with ribbon.
Homemade Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Who doesn’t love a sweet treat, especially when it’s made by their sweetie? Chocolate-covered strawberries are easy to make, easy to decorate, and budget-friendly.
You’ll need strawberries, baking chocolate chips, and toppings—nuts, sprinkles, coconut shavings. If you want to spice it up even more, use different flavors like white, milk, bittersweet, or semi-sweet chocolate.
Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, wash your strawberries and pat them dry. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. If using a microwave, make sure to heat the chocolate in 30 second intervals. Remove every 30 seconds and stir until the chocolate is melted.
Once the chocolate is melted, hold the strawberry by the stem and dip it into the chocolate. Then, lift and twist the strawberry to let the excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Finally, sprinkle the nuts, sprinkles, coconut shavings, or any other topping over the strawberries.
Write a Poem
Poems don’t have to be written by Pulitzer Prize winning poets to be good or special. Plus, what’s more thoughtful than putting your feelings into words?
Some of the simplest poems to write are haikus and tankas. Haikus are Japanese three-line poems made up of language in a 5-7-5 structure of rhythmic sound units. Tankas are Japanese poems that contain 31 syllables, and traditionally presented as a single unbroken sentence.
Examples of haikus and tankas include First Autumn Morning by Murakami Kijo and My Beloved's Kiss by Kelly Roper, respectively.
You can also write a longer poem like a rhyme, blank verse, sonnet, or free verse.
Baking Cookies and Decorating
Is your partner’s love language quality time together? Well, this is the perfect gift!
Baking cookies together ensures quality time and a sweet treat. You can find all types of cookie recipes and budget-friendly baking kits online.
Plant a Love Tree
Do you and your partner have a big backyard or a nature spot that you love going to? Why not do something that will stand as a symbol of your love for generations or even centuries? Plant a love tree!
You’ll need shovels and tree seedlings. You can find seedlings online and at retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s.
Before buying the seedlings, think about the tree you want to plant and what the tree symbolizes. Certain trees like the cherry tree and wisteria symbolize love and romance, while the mimosa tree symbolizes protection and love.
This gift may be old school, but it stands the test of time. Yes, we’re talking about the custom playlist.
Since the 80s the custom playlist has been swapped by secret admirers and lovers. These days you don’t need a blank CD or cassette tape to burn music onto. A music streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music will suffice.
First, create and name the playlist. We suggest naming the playlist after your partner— “Songs for ____”. Then, think about the type of music your partner likes and what you want the vibe of the playlist to be. Finally, pick and place songs that you know they’ll love or that remind you of them.
On Valentine’s Day share the playlist by texting or emailing them the link.
Pick a Book
Are you and your partner big readers? Well, you can find out how well they know you while having a great time.
All you’ll need is a library or bookstore. On Valentine’s Day you and your partner can go to the local library or bookstore and spend the day picking books for each other to read.
These are just a few ways you can give a special, budget-friendly gift to your special someone.
What’s the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve gotten? Let us know in the comments below!
Once a Pelican State CU member, always a member—through life's milestones, we'll always be there to help you with your financial needs. Your Financial Family for Life. Give us a call at 800-351-4877.