You don’t have to give expensive gifts or eat at a fancy restaurant to show love and appreciation. Here are some budget-friendly ways to appreciate your partner on Valentines Day.
Firstly I want to say… we should show appreciation to our partners every day of the year! It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, it’s more about the little things you can do each day such as showing gratitude and expressing thanks. Moral of my story is… you don’t need to wait for Valentines Day!
Valentines Day doesn’t have to be about getting the biggest bunch of flowers at the office or dining at the best restaurant. Whether you celebrate it or not, Valentines Day can be a reminder to show your love and appreciation for your partner.
You really don’t need to spend a lot. Just doing something simple for them can make a huge difference to the way they feel. I always liked to share the love with the kids too, by popping heart chocolates or other treats in their lunchbox to make them feel special.
Here are some ways to share the love on Valentines Dsay
Have a picnic
Set up a blanket in your backyard, local park or the beach and enjoy a picnic platter or dinner together. You could make a pasta bake (pack it in a container in an insulated lunch bag to keep warm), fresh spring rolls or simply take a cheese platter and a bottle of wine (stored in a wine purse to keep cold).
Watch your wedding video
Plan a movie night and watch your wedding video or look at the photo album. This could be fun to share with the kids too and let them share in the love. Serve up some Salted Caramel Popcorn or your favourite snack food.
Book a massage
If your partner gets a sore back or just could do with some relaxation, surprise them with a booked massage or give them one yourself.
Put a sweet treat in their lunch
Make a batch of heart-shaped cookies and everyone in the family can enjoy a sweet treat on the day of love. If your partner is not a sugar fan, a simple note telling them you appreciate them is also a lovely gesture.
Do a chore they dislike
Does your partner hate washing their car or ironing their shirts? Do this task and let them know they’re off the hook. This will be especially well received by those whose love language is ‘acts of service’.
Stargaze over wine
After the kids are in bed, sit outside in the backyard or on your balcony and watch the stars. Enjoy your favourite drink and take some time out together.
Binge your favourite TV show
Give yourselves permission to veg on the couch and enjoy your favourite series. Sometimes a relaxing, stress-free night is exactly what you need.
Happy Valentines Day!