Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine's Day Ideas

Written by Laura McGehee, Marketing Intern

February marks a popular holiday for those in a relationship. Buying flowers, chocolates, and gifts can get expensive, so we have come up with some ideas for creative and inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts and dates!

·         A box full of compliments or inspirational quotes- Great for a sensitive partner or someone who enjoys a good pick-me-up
·         Personalized m&ms- Put your anniversary or partners initials on these tasty treats
·         Coupons- Create a booklet containing coupons for anything from a home-cooked dinner to a back rub.  Extremely inexpensive yet thoughtful
·         Scavenger hunt- Create a scavenger hunt that sends your partner searching for his/her favorite goodies or to an ending point where you wait.  You can design it any way you like and your partner will be sure to appreciate your effort
·         Bake cookies or a heart shaped cake- A small but tasty gesture
·         Dinner at home- Getting a reservation at a nice restaurant can be a hassle and extremely pricey.  Take the time to look up your significant other’s favorite dish or a delicious recipe online or in a cookbook.  Homemade pizzas or sundaes make for an inexpensive and delicious meal
·         Fondue- Regular or even chocolate!
·         Gift basket filled with treats or gadgets- Gift baskets can be designed to accommodate any type of personality.  From the candy lovers to the movie buffs, creating a caring gift basket is an extremely easy gift
·         Ice skating- An alternative date that is fun and exciting
·         Picture frame- Find an old picture of you and your partner or take a new photo to frame
·         Gag gifts- Not every couple enjoys the stereotypical sappiness of Valentine’s Day.  If you and your partner like to make this holiday a little less serious, go for a funny gift that will have you two laughing
·         Favorite movie- You don’t have to pay $10 to see the latest flick in theaters! Head to a Redbox or search through a roommate’s movie collection to find a movie both of you will like
·         First date do over- If you have been with your significant other for awhile, take him/her back to where you had your first date
·         Cooking or dance class- A nonconventional date idea that could be beneficial for the both of you
·         Enlist the help of his/her friends and family- Plan the surprise your significant other is hoping for by asking friends or family members for ideas he/she will like
·         Playlist- Burn a playlist of songs you think he/she may like or ones that have meaning to the both of you
·         Make it Valentine’s week- Celebrate all week with small surprises for each other.  They don’t have to be expensive or elaborate, just a small reminder each day of your love
·         Get roses in her favorite color- Red roses are great, but getting flowers that are her favorite color can be more thoughtful
·         Make a memory box- Gather old ticket stubs or pictures and create a memory box for the time you have spent together
·         Complete a chore the other person hates to do- If your significant other hates to pump gas or grocery shop, offer to help them accomplish a dreaded task with your assistance
·         Surprises for a year- A cute idea I found via Pinterest: Put 12 envelopes in a basket, each one containing a surprise date request that the person can redeem once a month! Thoughtful and extremely creative
·         Indoor picnic- It may not be warm enough to dine outdoors, but a picnic can be made in the comfort of your dorm, house, or apartment
·         Anti-Valentine’s Day- Watch scary movies or comedies instead of your typical “chick flick”
·         Celebrate on a different day- Cheaper flowers and a less crowded restaurant may be a smart route for you and your mate.  Who says you can only celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th?

Don’t have a Valentine this year? Take this time to remind your friends and family how much you adore them.  These people can be just as important as a significant other and they will appreciate your thoughtfulness.  Good luck in your search for the perfect Valentine’s plans and remember, no matter what you do, give from the heart.

1 comment:

  1. These are great date ideas! Dates don't have to be always dinner outs but must be fun as well. Great post you got here. Thanks for the information that you've shared with your readers. :)

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