Christmas is over and the purse strings are a little tight. Mine and Jake’s anniversary is the day before Valentines, so whilst we do buy each other gifts, we don’t go overboard on the spending. If you and you other half have decided to not spend this Valentine’s Day, or you just want to add a little thoughtfulness to your gift, here are some ideas that will cost you (next to) nothing!
- A scrapbook – for Jake’s 21st I made him a scrapbook of all our memories, and we have continued to add to this together. All you will need is the initial book, then I use an app called FreePrints to order 45 free prints a month (just pay postage). I decorate the pages with things like wallpaper samples and craft patterned paper, you can pick these up dirt cheap in Home Bargains, The Range, B&M etc. It’s a gift that keeps on giving as you can just keep adding to it and looking back through it.
- A personalised photo frame – I’ve made these for friends birthdays and all sorts and they’re always a hit. All you need is a wooden photo frame (Home Bargains) and some Scrabble letters (The Works £2 a bag) and then you can write whatever message you want on it! Pop a photo in (FreePrints coming in handy again), and you’re good to go.
- Date Night Jar – All you need is a jar, some paper and a pen. When I made mine and Jake’s, I used lollipop sticks instead of paper because we had tonnes in the craft box anyway. On bits of paper, write out an abundance of ‘date ideas’, fold them up and put them in the jar. When you want to have a date night, but aren’t sure what to do, head to the jar and pluck one out – it could be a cinema date, ordering your fave takeaway in, a new bar in town – you think of the things you love to do. You can even colour code them by cost – the one I made was ranked by ‘free’, like a movie marathon, ‘cheap’, e.g. brunch at spoons, ‘average’, suh as your cinema dates, and ‘expensive’ like Miller and Carter style eateries, a day at the zoo etc.
- Coupons – there are tonnes of printables on Pinterest for these, but personally, I think some decorate card, or even those crafty luggage labels do the job. The idea behind it is that each ‘coupon’ has an offering on it, for example ‘this coupon entitles you to one back massage’ and other nice (or naughty) things on them. Other ideas may be that they get to choose the film on movie night, or you have to cook for them – there are endless ways you can satisfy your partner with these!
- Cheesecake – Food is the way to the heart. I made this Valentine’s Cheesecake for Jake, you can find my recipe here. This is so easy to make, yet you’ll instantly be thought of as a domestic god(ess).
- Movie night hamper – I think this idea is really sweet. Grab a box (it doesn’t have to be fancy, you can always decorate it with wrapping paper) and add in all the movie night essentials, from their fave movie, to snacks, drinks, even a cosy pair of slipper socks for the ultimate date night in.
I hope you all have a fab Valentine’s day, and even if you’re single – make the cheesecake anyway.