Are you the person who dreads this romantic holiday or someone who embraces it? Personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with celebrating some extra romance on this Hallmark Holiday – we all know the world could use a little extra love. I don’t think, however, that this Holiday should be used as a means to spend a ton of cash, I like to go for something simple that means a lot to my husband. You can always reference my Father’s Day Gift Guide or Mother’s Day Gift Guide for some extra ideas but here are a few ways you can celebrate this Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank.
For the Lady:
A Cute Bra & Underwear Set
There are a ton of sites these days that specialize in personal sizes and matching panties that aren’t crazy expensive. I just bought a few from Wear Lively that work great, and some other services would be Third Love, Tommy John, Cuup, Harper Wilde, Negative, and True & Co.
This could be a photobook that represents just the two of you and all your sweet Instagram favorites or romantic photos OR it could be a family album focusing on your kids. Whatever it is, photobooks hit us in the heart and you won’t go wrong (Shutterfly is what I have used where you can upload photos directly from your phone!)
Date Night in A Box
There are some fancy subscription services that can help with this (e.g. Date Night in a Box) or you can create your own, which is less expensive. Throw a few cute “date night” ideas into a basket and celebrate at home. Some cute ideas could include her favorite bottle of wine with a new wine tumbler, a popcorn bin with popcorn, her favorite movie theater treat, and the latest DVD release (or Apple gift card where you can choose together).
Show her you care about her mental health by creating a self-care set. Some examples would be a new book (ideas can be found here), bubbles, new shampoo and conditioner, a hair or face mask (I like this one), or a new yoga mat or meditation pillow.
A Cute Home Accessory
That could be something as simple as a throw blanket you can cuddle under together or a sweet accent pillow for a corner that needs decorating – women love this stuff. There are also plenty of boutique stores around town or on Etsy that carry wooden signs with adorable sayings.
For the Men:
A Temperature-Controlled Tumbler
There are so many on the market and I have expressed my love for the Ember Mug, however, many tumblers are great that don’t run 3 digits cost. A tumbler is definitely not something most men will shop for but will end up loving. Yeti is most people’s favorite, but I have heard a few people think Best In Kits is comparable to the Ember.
An Everyday Essentials Kit
I find that men don’t splurge on things like a shaving kit, travel bag, or travel toiletries, or a manscaped kit and I bet if they did, they would highly enjoy. Why not make him feel expensive when he gets ready in the morning or travels by providing a new kit he can enjoy from home or away?
With mindfulness being so important in this day and age, I find a journal to be deeply personal and also something men wouldn’t buy for themselves. Encourage your man to take time to write his thoughts or express daily gratitude by giving him a masculine journal. I bought this one for my husband and I love it… we’ll see what he thinks.
A Framed Momento
While women love pictures, guys thrive on ego. Try tracking down something personal or an accomplishment and get it framed. This could be his degree, a memorable concert, the scorecard from his best round of golf, a program from an awards banquet, or a personal project that he completed. Guaranteed he will appreciate this and love that you took notice.
I’ll say it again… a Coupon Book
Let’s be honest here, I’m not sure there isn’t a guy who wouldn’t love a good old-fashioned coupon book! I’m talking whenever they want, wherever they want, or some nice sexual fantasy he can finally play out! Hubba hubba!
What has been your favorite Valentine’s Day gift or activity that didn’t cost a lot of money?