February 14th, a date that can strike fear into the hearts and wallets of men up and down the country. It’s the one day when you can show your girlfriend, wife or latest conquest what they mean to you. It may be only one day out of 365, but get it wrong and you’ll be hearing about it until Christmas.
The average man spends between £20-50 on their Valentine. Don’t worry if your budget is towards the lower end, it doesn’t mean you can’t have your other half eating out of your hand, or off your body by the end of the night. The main thing to remember is a girl wants to feel special and know that you’ve thought about her gift; not simply just wrapped up and recycled a box of Black Magic your Nan gave you for Christmas.
Just because money is in short supply doesn’t mean that romance has to be.
An obvious way to save money is to eat in – this has the added advantage of a ‘safety net’ – so that if things start to get a bit steamy you won’t be committing a Public Indecency offense. Keep it simple, no one’s expecting you to be Jamie Oliver, unless you have made such claims in the past and then it’s your own fault if it all goes Pete Tong.
If you fall into the can’t-cook, won’t-cook category, why not consider a picnic? The idea of a picnic is surrounded by romance, with the added bonus of you not actually having to cook anything. With a picnic the only thing you need to make is the sandwiches, buy a selection of cakes, (few girls can resist an iced cupcake), a few crisps, dips, and a bottle of something to wash it all down.
The cinema is always a popular choose for Valentine’s night, but with tickets costing around £8, by the time you’ve added some food and drink it’s not a particularly cheap night; plus you’re surrounded with other couples all trying to prove they are the most in love couple there. So why not consider planning your own romantic movie night at home?
To keep it low cost, you could start by going along to your local supermarket and have a rummage through the bargain bins and see if they’ve got your significant others’ favorite old movie. Good choices include Dirty Dancing, Notting hill, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, When Harry Met Sally, or more often than not anything else that falls into category “chick flick” should be a safe bet.
The bonus is that the movie will only be a couple of quid, and the fact you’ve made the effort to find something she’ll enjoy will be worth a lot more. Don’t forget to grab a bag of popcorn, some sweets or treats, and a bottle of wine and your nights set. And remember, if all else fails, it’s not meant to be about the film, but the time spent with the one you fancy!
Jewelry is a staple Valentine’s gift, but in any mission to save on pennies, don’t be tempted to buy anything cheap and tacky, else you could find your access to the bedroom restricted for a while! Instead go to an antique shop or craft fair where you can pick up one off pieces for a fraction of the price you’d usually pay on the high street, this also has the added bonus that she won’t ever see anyone else wearing the same one, and she won’t be able go to the shop to find out the price.
If you have a good photo of the two of you together, or of a location that holds a special meaning, why not have it blown up in size and put it in a nice frame? You don’t have to spend a fortune on a nice frame either; check out your local charity shop (they always have a good selection) or get creative and personalize a simple one found in your local pound shop – it’s the thought that counts after all.
There aren’t many girls whose heart doesn’t melt at the sight of cute animals, so why not find your local animal sanctuary and take her along for the day; you could even adopt an animal as a gift, or spend a day walking a new furry friend. Though be careful you don’t leave with one.
Whatever your budget, remember it’s the thought that counts – and that costs nothing – so put in some effort this Valentines and show her how much she means to you. You never know, she might be the one!