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13 – Interesting and budget-friendly ways to surprise your valentine

Valentine’s Day is one day in the year dedicated to couples. Romance is in the air, and whether you’re sixteen or sixty, you’re bound to be affected by it. It’s a day to surprise your valentine with a wonderful, thoughtful gift. It’s the thought that counts and you need not make a dent in your bank balance to make your Valentine happy. A gift which is inexpensive, yet shows how much you care has much greater value. Here’s a list of some budget-friendly gifts for your valentine. Better yet, some of the gifts are things you can give every day to keep the spark and romance alive:

1. Weekly date

dating couple

Starting with this valentine, commit to spending quality time with your partner. It could be just feeding the birds in the park or a fancy outing – the idea is to enjoy the company of your partner. And what could be a better day to start this if not on Valentine’s day? Don’t forget some flowers and chocolates though!

2. Give him/her a much-needed rest

Give your loved one some much-needed rest – do all the chores, clean up the house, so that she can put up her feet for a day and enjoy relaxing on the couch. If you are married for decades and seem to have lost the spark, this is the best way to surprise your valentine.

3. Write poems

write poems

Write poems for her/him. If you’re not the poetic type, just write your feelings for him/her. Heartfelt feelings on paper are better than a poem and would make him/her feel really special. Besides, they don’t cost a thing. Yet they are truly valuable.

4. Visit an amusement park

Amusement parks are fun and cheap. You would be just as happy as giddy teenagers in love as you enjoy the different rides and feel the thrill again.

5. Cook a romantic meal

romantic meal

You can cook your partner’s favourite meal on Valentine’s day. Light some scented candles and take out your best china. With romantic music playing in the background, you can’t go wrong.  Strawberries and cream or some fondue chocolate is a great dessert your that loved one would love to have. Your Valentine will certainly be blown away by your efforts!

6. Pick some wildflowers

Flowers speak their own language – pick some pretty wildflowers if you can, or select her favourite flowers to make a personalized bouquet.

7. Plan a sunset picnic

sunset picnic

Get a babysitter if you have kids and surprise your loved one with a picnic at sunset. The food need not be elaborate; and wait for the stars. Enjoy some vino under the stars – and when the moment’s right, surprise your valentine with a gift!

8. Make a CD of his/her favourite songs

This is one gift which never grows old – whether you’re a teenager or a middle-aged human; you can make a CD of his/her favourite numbers.

9. Create a digital album


Collect the photos of the both of you offline or social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram and create a lovely digital book of memories. You could add some music to make it more personal and write about the times when you felt really close to him/her.

10. Go crazy and shout out your love…

…online. Instead of shouting from the cliff tops, declare your love online. Tweet about it and get others to retweet it! Valentine’s Day is the day you can be a little cheesy, and can also be forgiven for it! You might even put up a sign on your lawn declaring your eternal love for your soulmate.

11. Breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed

Start the day with breakfast in bed. Add a lovely flower too! Women love to be pampered, and breakfast in bed tops the list when it comes to pampering tactics. Make a cute effort on this special day and surprise your valentine.

12. Watch a classic romance movie at home

Snuggle up and watch classic romantic movies to rekindle sweet memories with your significant other.

13. Recreate the magic


If you remember the first time you went on a date with him/her, recreate the magic of the first date. Dress up for the occasion and don’t forget the flowers.

Valentine’s Day gifts need not be pricey at all. Express your feelings with interesting, thoughtful gifts which say you care.


Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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