Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Do you have a budget for it, or are you waiting to wing it? The day has evolved from honouring Saint Valentine, a Catholic clergyman, to a romantic holiday with a billion-dollar spending rate across the globe.
So, where will you be spending your share of the billion-dollar shillings this year?
Valentine’s Day On A Budget Ideas
We are already starting to recover from the crunch that was holiday spending. So, not everyone has thousands of money to paint the town red. But, if you are hoping to give your loved ones a memorable Valentine’s Day but on a budget, there are definitely ways to go about it.
Looking for gift ideas? Here are a few ideas from African creatives
1. Breakfast In Bed
When was the last time you both enjoyed a lovely breakfast without worrying about being late for work? Or made the time to prepare all your favourites for breakfast and enjoy it on your own? While this Valentine’s Day doesn’t fall on a better day (uuggghhh Monday’s), make an effort of waking up earlier, whip out a savoury breakfast, and you both can enjoy breakfast in bed.
2. Or Dinner
If you or your significant other are not morning people, a dinner date at home is also a perfect idea. Get your shopping in advance and have it waiting for you at home. Prepare your favourites, light a few scented candles to set that romantic mood, and a music play to accompany you. Don’t forget to add some sweet treats to the mix.
3. Home Spa Treatment
A luxurious spa treatment might be out of the question, but it doesn’t mean it’s inaccessible. One option is acquiring the services from a mobile spa. Numerous providers can provide various services in the comfort of your home. Alternatively, you can settle on DIY, get the necessary items, like facial masks, massage oils, body scrubbers, bath salts and bath balls, and you both get to work *wink*.
4. Gift Hampers
If your loved one prefers gift giving, you can never go wrong with a gift hamper. Think of what they love to do, products they like and things they have wanted but have not gotten around to getting. You can also have a gift hamper for everyday items, like skincare products, assorted tea blends, artisan chocolates and sweet-tooth delights, or a fruit basket to keep them healthy during the week.
5. Go Hiking
Do you love travelling and exploring the outdoors? While it might not be within your budget to travel to any destination this Valentine’s Day, you can always organise a hike within your locality. Don’t forget to pack your loved ones favourite desserts and drinks for the road.
Do you have a favourite spot you’ve not been to in a while? Or is there one where you’d love to spend a few hours of your day, lazy around, talk about your plans and enjoy each others company? A picnic would be an excellent Valentine’s Day idea for such. While you can make snacks and drinks at home or buy them, you can also hire service providers who have carved a niche in offering picnic services. All you have to do is say what you what, how you want it and where. Leave the planning and provision of snacks to them and just show up.
See! It doesn’t have to be complicated. There are numerous ways to celebrate your loved ones on a budget. The key to any spending is to mind your pocket. Don’t get into debt. Instead, work within your means.