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Romantic Valentines Day Ideas and Gifts on a Budget

After Christmas, the purse strings seem to be tighter than ever. In January, everyone appears to be budgeting and counting the pennies. Valentine’s Day can seem like an expense that you can ill afford so soon after the festivities of Christmas, however, choosing the perfect gift for your special someone need not break the bank.

Some of the most personal Valentines gifts can be made at home. I’ve taken the time to compile a list of cost-effective, and personal, Valentines gifts on a budget:

1 – A Poem

Writing your loved on a poem can be one of the most personal and intimate things you can do. We often take our loved ones for granted, never quite telling them how much they really do mean to us. A poem is a great way to speak from the heart. The best part of this,is that it is free. All you need to invest is your time.

2 – A Candlelit Dinner

This can be done at home. There is nothing more wonderful than a simple, homecooked meal, eaten by candlelight. Cooking for your loved one is another inexpensive way to show that you care. By preparing and cooking your special persons favourite dish (or dishes, depending on how many courses you can manage!) you are truly putting in the effort that they deserve. They say that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but I think the same applies to women, too.

3 – Flowers

Whilst it may seem a little cliché to buy your significant other a bunch of flowers, with such beautiful seasonal blooms available, you don’t have to go down the well worn route of red roses to show them that you care. Simple bouquets of your loved ones favourite flowers, or even their favourite colours, can be a cost-effective way to show that you listen to them and take interest in their passions. Many companies now do international floral delivery too so you have no excuse!

4 – Jewellery

Jewellery doesn’t have to be brand new or expensive. The idea that diamonds are a girls best friend is outdated. Current trends seem to show that many people covet the handmade approach, and with so many vintage markets and shops popping up on the high street, it’s never been more easy to get hold of one-of-a-kind pieces. Again, the great thing about jewellery is that is is so personal, that it really shows your partner how much you listen to them when they talk about their favourite things.

5 – Watch Romantic Films Together

Dig out the great romantic classics; Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, Titanic. These are all great soppy movies to watch with your other half. Whatever your favourite film, just make sure you watch it together. For an authentic movie experience, you can buy popcorn at your local store, turn down the lights and cuddle on the sofa. You can even pretend it’s the back row!

Whilst the list may seem fairly obvious, it seems that people over look the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is to be spent with your better half, your other piece, your love. It doesn’t mean splashing the cash. Simply spending time with your partner is the greatest gift of all.

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