If you are a minimalist or aspiring to be and looking to make the most of Valentine’s Day without the pressure of spending a lot, here are a few suggestions to mark the day.
If you do buy a gift- opt for consumables: Flowers, chocolates or a bottle of their favourite booze- anything that can be used up will probably be welcome if you have decided to do gifts this year. Other classic gifts like jewellery, teddy bears and ornaments might not be so well received as presents such as this require your partner to find a place for it in your home and then there’s the upkeep which they may not want.
Go for a romantic walk: Pick somewhere local where you have never been before, wrap up warm and take a stroll hand in hand. Talk about your relationship and what plans you have for the future to make it very focused on the pair of you. You might not have the opportunity to do this on other occasions so use the time wisely. You could even take a picnic to eat in the outdoors if you know that there will be tables to stop at on your way around.
Cook a meal together: Settle on what you would like to eat on the eve of Valentine’s Day, source the ingredients and cook it together. Or one of you could take on the responsibility and treat the other by cooking something solo that you rarely eat. If you’re more of a morning couple, switch your big meal of the day to breakfast and cook something that will set you up for whatever your other plans are. For couples with a sweet tooth, why not bake a cake or cookies together in the shape of a heart?
Get a take away: If neither of you is blessed in the kitchen, you could always just order in your favourite take-away or something you’ve never tried before, then all you have to do is set the table with your best cutlery, table cloth, crockery and light a candle for the perfect Valentine’s Day atmosphere.
Watch a movie together: You are bound to have something that you’ve saved on your wishlist to watch at a later date. If so, make the time on Valentine’s Day to snuggle up on the couch and watch something you both want to see. If that’s a romantic comedy- great, however if another genre is more your thing, enjoy!
Give each other vouchers: Vouchers are a great gift because they cost nothing but your time to deliver the goods! You could hand write these or create them on the computer but they take very little effort on your part. Then your partner can cash in their voucher at any point throughout the year until they expire on the following Valentine’s Day. The promises could be anything from a foot rub to a back massage or a weekend away once the restrictions have lifted.
Have an early night: If you have busy work schedules or children, chances are you won’t get a lot of time to spend on each other. So, instead of staying up till the late hours watching ‘just one more’ episode of your favourite show, switch it off and go to bed. Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily have to mean sex, but touching, cuddling, kissing and talking while you lay in each others arms can all be worthwhile things to do when you only have each other to focus on.
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