Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas to Keep You Out of the Store

by on February 13, 2012 · 14 comments

There is a growing movement for the Anti-Valentine’s Day. Who isn’t a little tired of being plastered with flower bouquet advertising pop-ups, commercials that tie the amount of your love with the amount you spend on a piece of jewelry, and having to make reservations at overly-crowded restaurants so that you and your loved one can “celebrate your love”? Flowers, gifts, and eating out are all wonderful at times, but I think what leaves the bitter taste in people’s mouths is the idea that we are told we all have to partake of these things on the same day each year in order to show our love to someone. It’s simply not so!

I say that if there is any chance to show a loved one how much they mean to you, then you should take it. But does it have to cost money? No—expressing your love to someone does not have to cost a dime. Rather than be Anti-Valentine’s Day, you could instead choose to show your love to someone this Valentine’s Day without entering a store (score bonus points by using these ideas sporadically throughout the year!). Here are some ideas:

  • Set-up a Scavenger Hunt: This past Easter Paul and I were supposed to go to PA for a baby shower I was hosting and to visit my family together. Last minute his company nixed our plans, and I ended up going alone. I wanted to show Paul how much I cared about him, so I made an Easter Egg Hunt around the house that began with an envelope he was not allowed to open until Easter morning. He was surprised and excited! You can do the same on Valentine’s Day, but hide hearts or little messages instead.
  • Give a Deluxe Home Massage: Offering a massage is always appreciated, but you can also add some glam to it and show your loved one how much thought you have put into them. First off, brush up on your massage skills with some free instruction. Then, find a comfortable and warm part of your home (increase the heat, use a space heater, or light a fire if need be). If you have some smooth pebbles (check out your landscaping), you can give a hot stone massage. Use oils on hand (baby oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, vegetable oil) to make your own massage oil.  Warm up the oil/lotion, towels, etc. to create a very relaxing atmosphere. Light a few candles and enjoy!
  • Write a Letter: I’ve mentioned before how the art of letter-writing is dying in lieu of texting and typing. Writing your sweetheart a letter in your own handwriting to express something to them can impact them greater than purchasing a card at the store. Use your best penmanship (my handwriting is horrible, but if I try hard enough than others can read it) and add a little something special to it. Fold your letter in a cute way, fill the inside of it with handmade confetti, give the outside a big ol’ smooch with some lipstick, add some perfume/cologne, etc.
  • Bottle Homemade Sugar Scrub: We save glass jars from spaghetti sauce, salsa, etc. You can use an old glass jar to hold some homemade sugar scrub. Stick a label on it and wrap it with a bow.
  • Finish Something You’ve Been Promising: We have a cabinet door that would not stay closed for the last two years in our kitchen. Talk about annoying! The other day Paul installed a magnet thingy and now it stays closed. I cannot tell you how happy that little act made me! Is there something that you have been promising to complete around your apartment or house? Working on this (and completing it) will show how much you care.
  • Send Snippets of Poetry: Throughout the day, send a line or two of a romantic poem you have chosen. If nothing else, it will leave your partner guessing! This could be over email, through text, over voicemail, etc.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

101 Centavos

A timely post, Amanda. A little original poetry goes a long way.
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Amanda L Grossman

I think we could all use a little more poetry in our lives! I know I have not read any or written any for too many years.
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John | Married (with Debt)

I think if I finished up some things I’ve been promising I’d be a winner. Great post to keep me out of Walgreens.
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Thomas - Ways to Invest Money

The deluxe home message would surely get my wife’s approval. Might actually try the scavenger hunt to do something different.
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FruGal

Paul absolutely loved the scavenger hunt…and I loved doing it for him!

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Krantcents

My wife just made me my favorite (oatmeal raisin) cookies. We usually bring dinner in, eat by candlelight and light the fireplace (weather permitting). We have been doing this for years, it may not be anti valentine, but just our way of celebrating.
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Amanda L Grossman

Sounds lovely! Enjoy the evening together.
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Jon - Free Money Wisdom

Great ideas. I love homemade and thoughtful gifts. I did splurge this V-day and bought my fiancee diamond earrings. She wanted to wear them for our upcoming wedding. She actually wrote an article for my website about V-day from a lady’s perspective. She had similar ideas as you!
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FruGal

I’ll have to check out! I’m sure the diamonds will look lovely at your wedding. The cost was partially off-set by that free honeymoon you won anyway…;).

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Matt

Great suggestions Amanda. I thoroughly enjoyed your opening comments about Valentine’s Day. I e-mailed this post to a friend who seemed to take offense to MY Valentine’s post. His thoughts are exactly the same as yours.
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FruGal

Thanks Matt! I’ll have to check out your post:).

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Barb Friedberg

I made a video card with 10 things I love about you. My hubby absolutely went wild!!!
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FruGal

Such a great idea!

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