I have a confession to make, unlike every other blogger out there I’m not a massive fan of valentine’s day. I just don’t get the appeal of it. Maybe it’s because I’m an old married woman who’s forgotten what romance is or because I’ve never been into lovey-dovey romance. Whatever the reason valentines just isn’t my favourite holiday. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like the excuse for a post-Christmas celebration. After all, this time of year can be a bit depressing so any excuse to do something special and showing a loved one you care is welcome.
It can be tough to plan a romantic day when you’re on a budget. Especially as there is so much pressure to have the perfect day. What with the consistent social media updates of surprise holidays and cheesy engagements! I won’t say too much about engagements as I got engaged around this time of year (although not on valentine’s day). Being on a budget forces us to be a little creative when planning valentines and helps us avoid the cheesy clichés.
Low-Cost Date Ideas
- Go for a countryside walk. I sometimes forget that this is a treat to most people. We live outside the city so have easy access to the countryside and definitely, make the most of it. Wrap up warm and go out and explore together.
- Have a picnic. Try creating an indoor picnic as it’s way too cold to eat outdoors in February. Put a rug out on the floor, grab your favourite food and light some candles (or fairy lights). Make sure you both turn off your phones and enjoy each other’s company.
- Cook dinner together. So much more relaxed than a crowded restaurant. Find a new recipe to try or stick with an old favourite. Put on some music and grab a glass of wine and get cooking.
- Have a duvet day. Stay in your pj’s all day, eat snacks and have a movie marathon. Finish the day with a take away because it’s all about being lazy.
- Go for a road trip. Jump in the car without a plan and see where the road takes you. Opt for the scenic routes and stop off at the cute villages you pass. Enjoy a coffee and cake in a cute coffee shop and end the day with fish and chips by the harbour of a fishing village.
- Visit a Museum. Most museums are free to visit and can be a great way to spend a few hours.
- Host a wine tasting. Pick 3 or 4 bottles of wine (or lots of those mini bottles) up from the supermarket and having a mini wine tasting session. Watch a Youtube video on wine tasting before you start or just pretend you know what you’re talking about.
Whether you love it or hate it, valentine’s day often means buying gifts. I’ve been on Debenhams at their range of valentine’s gifts for a few budget ideas. They have a great range of gifts and loads for under £30 which should work for most people’s budgets.
Starting with the guys there is this simple black leather wallet from Jeff Banks. Hip flasks are another great gift option, perfect for taking to events or bringing a sneaky nip on a country walk. Talking of country walks a scarf is another great idea. It’s only February so we still have a couple of months of cold weather to go and most people are starting to get fed up with their winter wardrobes so a scarf can give it a refresh. Onto grooming, I can’t believe the price of these Babyliss clippers, and they are a useful gift too. I’ve added this men’s skincare kit from Korres. If the man in your life is anything like mine he’ll need a helping hand when it comes to skincare.
Now onto the girls. I have start with this beautiful watch from Floozie by Frost French, I just love the colour of the strap. And talking of colour, I’m really drawn to the colour of this frill detail jumper from Red Herring. This would be perfect to wear on a casual valentine’s date. This Too Faced palette would also be perfect for that valentine’s date. The colours are so beautiful, perfect for a subtle smoking eye look. On the topic of makeup, a designer lipstick is always a great gift. At £26.50 this Dior lipstick probably isn’t something you would buy for yourself but will be a welcome gift. And finally, you really can’t go wrong with a good bottle of gin.
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Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Debenhams. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own