Don't Overspend on Valentine's Day: Think Thoughtful Gifts
Updated on Feb 12 2019
Money does not buy happiness. Turns out it doesn’t buy love, either. Learn why thoughtful gifts are the best this Valentine’s Day and get suggestions for top V-Day gifts.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you may be wondering how to make those around you feel loved on this special day. The good news is that showing your love and affection does not have to make a dent in your wallet. Learn more about the impact that a thoughtful gift can have on a loved one - and why it may be even better than a more expensive gift.
Don’t ‘Break the Bank’ On Valentine’s Day
The National Retail Federation estimates that 2019 Valentine’s Day spending will be $20.7 billion this year, averaging $162 per person on candy, flowers and clothing. 91 percent of those polled by the National Retail Federation said they planned on doing something significant with their loved one – at a high price.
With many Americans drowning in debt and coping with an uncertain financial future, making homemade, thoughtful gifts on Valentine’s Day is an easy way to save money and protect your financial future. You don’t have to spend a fortune to show your loved ones how much your care.
Top 10 Thoughtful Gifts for Valentine’s Day
These 10 gift ideas are thoughtful, creative, and unique – and will show your family and friends how much you truly care without busting your budget.
1. Homemade meal
Cook a favorite meal in the comfort of your home. Make it a romantic dinner with candles and music and conversation without the hassle of going out (or a large bill!).
This is a simple way to recount some of your favorite memories with your loved one. Choose a special event or make it an overview of your past year together. You’ll enjoy reliving the memories while you put the book together and will also have it as a lasting reminder of your favorite memories.
3. Handwritten letter
In a world of emails and quick communication, take the time to write your partner a handwritten note that tells them how much they mean to you. It can be in a card or just on plain paper. Either way, he or she is sure to appreciate you putting your thoughts on paper.
4. Flower arrangement
On Valentine’s Day flower arrangements can get a little pricey but they don’t have to be. Your local grocery store will often have simple and inexpensive flower arrangements in the produce section. These can be just as beautiful as the expensive bouquets purchased from online shops and florists.
5. Date night coupons
Give your partner 12 cards, one to open each month, with a date night idea in it. Winter months could include holiday festivities, ice skating dates or an evening walk during the first snow while warmer months could include picnics on the beach, star gazing, or movies on the lawn. It’s a great gift that continues giving all year – and if you’re retired – provides events to look forward to for life enjoyment.
6. Adult coloring books
This is a great gift for creative people who are looking for a simple artistic outlet. Adult coloring books are extremely detailed and require focus and concentration which has been shown to reduce anxiety and feelings of stress.
7. Blankets and throws
Blankets and throws are a great way to keep warm during cold winter nights. They are available in a wide range of sizes, fabrics, and prices so that you can find one that meets your needs (and budget).
8. Watch classic, romantic movies
With today’s streaming technology, classic movies are at our fingertips. Cue up Casablanca or another Hollywood classic, snuggle up, and be transported back in time.
9. Homemade cookies
This is a simple way to show someone you care. Homemade cookies or other sweet treats can be fun to make with grandchildren and you can deliver them to neighbors or other friends as a special Valentine’s Day surprise!
10. Your time.
Remember what Valentine’s Day is all about - love. It’s not about who has the most chocolate and flowers. It’s about spending quality time with those you love. Set aside time, or commit to spending more time, with those you love and make lasting memories that let others know you care throughout the year.
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