Valentine's day is just around the corner. So if you don’t want to overspend but still want to give your partner something special, why not try getting crafty with a few of these ideas.
1. Make your own Valentine’s Day card
A romantic Valentine’s Day card is a must. Cards from shops and supermarkets can be impersonal and some can be pricey - but really you needn’t spend anything at all.
Making your own Valentine’s Day card will provide a personal touch that no card company can replicate.
All you need to have to make a basic card is some paper, pens and a bit of inspiration. If you’ve got a few more supplies and want to get a little flamboyant then you could try replicating some more inventive card designs. If you don’t have the tools, you can invest in some glue, glitter, or coloured card by ordering online from places such as Hobbycraft or The Works.
If you’re not up to the challenge you can also send them a personalised postcard for as little as 85p from FreePrint Cards. If you download the app you’ll get a free card every month and you don’t have to pay a subscription fee. Bear in mind that you’ll still have to pay the cost of delivery.
2. Cook or bake them a gift
Test out your culinary skills and prepare them a gift from the kitchen. Simply find a recipe and get going.
You could bake them a sweet dessert like these Raspberry and Cream cupcakes, or you could cook up a storm with this Spaghetti Carbonara for dinner. If you’re feeling fancy, you could choose a few courses for a delicious dine-in experience.
It might be difficult to do this one in secret. You may have to encourage your Valentine to take a walk while you're cheffing.
The only cost incurred will be the cost of the ingredients, which will vary depending on which recipe you choose.
3. A personalised photo album
Again, if you don’t have the supplies handy you might need to order some. But creating your own scrapbook from your personal archives is a thoughtful gift to give.
4. Valentine’s vouchers
This one’s a classic but for a good reason. It’s an incredibly low-cost way to give something personal.
Simply create a selection of vouchers for your partner to cash in whenever they fancy. You can make them yourself or you can download a free printable template and simply fill them in yourself.
Popular ideas for your vouchers include things such as breakfast in bed, date-night or a movie of their choice. It’s completely up to you!
5. Valentine’s pamper hamper
Hampers you buy from a high street shop can be pretty expensive – costing upwards of £30 in some cases.
If you want to gift something luxurious like a hamper, but don’t want to spend the cash on it, you can make one yourself without the hefty price tag.
Buy a basket from as little as £3 from Hobbycraft and fill with the things your partner loves. You can add bubble bath, wine or even some cheese. If your partner has a bit more of a sweet tooth, you can put in some popcorn or chocolate. If you wanted to, you could give your basket a theme as well. Whatever you choose, it’ll be a bespoke and thoughtful gift for that special someone.
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