Valentine’s Day celebrations don’t have to break the bank. You can be frugal and still have a great day with your special someone and your kids as well with these 20 quick and easy ideas.
Through the years, because we have usually had very little money to spare, I’ve had to come up with creative ways to celebrate most holidays. Valentine’s Day was no exception. I always tried to find new ways which were imaginative more so than costly to celebrate the day. Being a frugalista came in handy many years when money was tight.
Before we had kiddos, that was pretty simple. Make a delicious meal. Light a few candles. Watch a sweet movie. Nothing which would break the bank. But after the kiddos arrived I tried to be a bit more ….. well a bit different! I mean, little kiddos don’t want candles on Valentine’s Day unless they can play in the wax!
I wanted to share a few quick and easy ideas you could use to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie, your kiddos, your friends or anyone to whom you want to show how much you care.
20 FRUGAL EASY WAYS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY
Make your sweetie’s or your family’s favorite meal and serve it by candlelight.
This one may be a no brainer but it bears repeating. You can make a special meal just for your sweetie, or include your whole family if that’s what you want to do. Either way it’s a frugal way to enjoy Valentine’s Day.
Make your sweetie’s favorite cookies in a heart shape.
Whether it is chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter or sugar cookies, making their favorite cookies is a quick and easy way to bring a smile to someone’s face!
Write your sweetie – or your kids – a poem or a letter.
Use the special day about love to tell your sweetheart, or your kiddos, how you feel about them in a poem (even if you aren’t a poet!) or a letter telling them what you love about them. In my opinion, the sappier it is, the better it is!
Buy bags of the miniature size of their favorite candy and cover their bed.
I know – it sounds crazy. But I did this a couple years for my kiddos and the look on their faces was PRICELESS! Seriously, it’s worth it just for that!
Make a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt in the house which ends with a gift for them.
Make clues that start at the front door and go through the house, ending at a small gift or some candy.
Buy their favorite book, or take them to a used bookstore to browse as long as they want.
This is my kiddos – and my hubby’s – favorite gift ever. We started it several years ago and alternate between Valentine’s and Easter as a gift.
Buy a small plant and tape reasons you love them to the leaves.
I know this is a stretch, but it’s fun to do. All you need is imagination, some pieces of paper and tape and write down everything you love about your hubby or your kiddos.
Make a “You’re Special Because” Jar
Take a mason jar (pint or quart, depending on how much you write!) and fill it with slips of paper about why you think the person for whom you’re making the jar is special. You can put anything you want on the papers. And when they’re having a hard day, they can pull one out for “InstaSmile!”
Make cookies and write letters on them to spell a love message.
You can make sugar cookies (homemade or from a roll of dough in the supermarket) and once their baked, decorate with letters to spell a special message. You can make one plate each for the special people in your life.
Promise a foot rub or a back rub for an hour.
Personally, if someone did this for me – I would LOVE it. Who among us wouldn’t love to have a back rub for an hour?!?
Treat someone to a manicure or pedicure.
This can either be done by you at home (fingernail polish isn’t very expensive) or you can treat them with a gift certificate at their favorite spa.
Treat them with a gift certificate to their favorite store.
This, of course, is self explanatory, but sometimes we forget how much folks would love “free money” to spend on whatever they want.
Surprise them with movie tickets or concert tickets for a movie or concert they wanted to see.
I know not everyone may not want to do this, but sometimes movie tickets for a date night would be a great surprise for that special someone. You can even do this for your kiddos and take them for one-on-one time to a special movie.
Plan a movie night at home.
Rent or buy a favorite movie, pop some delicious popcorn, and even buy the boxes of movie candy at the grocery store, and make your own frugal movie night. Or, you could do what I’ve done in the past. Plan it for a Friday night and sit up with the whole family in pajamas in the living room and watch movies all night (or until everyone crashes, whichever comes first!). That is a gift my kiddos STILL talk about!
Give them a personalized coupon book.
I’ve done this for several years for both hubby and kiddos. Not too long ago, one of my kiddos (a now 18 year old kiddo!) found one of the old coupon books and cashed in on several! I didn’t put an expiration date so I honored them! It got us all talking about how much fun they had with those – and inspired me to do it again this year!
Show up at work with flowers.
You can pick wildflowers, buy one rose or even (and I did this a few years) make flowers for a sweetie or kiddos. Then take them by where your would-be Valentine’s workplace. Or even show up at your kiddo’s school with the flowers (and maybe a Happy Meal!) in hand for a midday surprise.
Do an unpleasant chore.
Does your sweetie need his oil changed but doesn’t have time? Or does a teenage kiddo need a car wash , but hates doing it? Do it for them. Sneak their keys while they’re doing homework, and drive to the local gas station for a fill up and a wash. Leave a bow on their dash and let them figure out the prize!
Give a gas card.
I don’t know about you, but if someone handed me a card for free gas, I’d be doing a Snoopy style happy dance! Please tell me I’m not alone here.
Give the gift of time.
If there’s something you know your kids want to do, or a place they want to visit, or a hobby your sweetie has they want you to go with them to do – THEN DO IT. Take some time and make a memory by going golfing. Or fishing. Or to a gaming store with a teen to pick a game you’ll play together. Or to a park with the kiddos to swing and slide the day away. You’d be amazed how much it can mean to someone.
Give the gift of yourself.
This can be done for your sweetie, or for someone you know who is having a hard time. Is a neighbor sick and needs their driveway cleared of snow? Is there a young, first time mom who needs a few hours to herself? Is someone a caregiver for an ill family member? Offer yourself for a few hours to give them a break, and a little freedom. The rewards are tremendous!
There you have it – a list of 20 out of the ordinary ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Granted, they aren’t the traditional card, candy and food ways to celebrate the day. But hopefully, you can find a way to celebrate that will fit your budget and that anyone on your list will enjoy.
Do you think you’ll try any of these? If you do, please let me know at the bottom in the comments . Or if you have an idea you’ve done for Valentine’s Day, I would love to hear that too!
Til Next Time