Cherrydtv brings you an article featuring 4 activities that you can do to celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day without over spending.
Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day has become an increasingly commercialised holiday time and one that can be an unwelcome hit to the back pocket. The price of a bouquet of red roses, a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, can surge 300% – 600%. Restaurants pack in the punters and overcharge for set-price meals. You can also bet the price of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to drop by 50% on February 15th. But before you surrender your hard-earned cash in celebration of romance, why not consider some more cost-effective ways to celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day? Here are four ideas to get you started.
In the 1980s, young lovers curated and recorded their favourite songs on a cassette tape as personalised presents for their sweethearts. With days of cassette tapes firmly behind us, the sentiment can live on in a digital playlist. When compiling your list of top tunes for a Valentine’s Day gift, it’s essential not just think about the songs that you like, but to choose the songs you know they will love. Like a love letter, the songs should be meaningful so select tunes that remind you of your someone special, those that take you back to the time you first met, and those you enjoy together. Take time to craft the perfect music flow to ensure your mixtape hits the right note.
In the era of Netflix and Amazon Prime, we have a plethora of great movies at our fingertips. What can be more romantic than snuggling up to watch some old or modern sentimental classics? Ghost, Love Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Dirty Dancing, and Titanic are just a few flicks that will get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day. To make your movie night even more special, string fairy lights above the sofa and light some scented candles. Find a cozy blanket to cuddle under and prepare some themed treats to get you in the mood for love. As dark chocolate can boost serotonin and release endorphins in the brain, take advantage of this natural high by preparing a chocolate fondue, complete with strawberries, melon balls, and marshmallows for dipping.
Just because the temperatures are lower than the summer months it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors. A walk in the woods, a stroll along the beach, or exploration of a city park can all culminate in a romantic winter picnic. It goes without saying, you will need to prepare for the elements when dining al fresco. Dress appropriately, layering on warm clothes that can be quickly put on or removed as temperatures fluctuate. You’ll also need something waterproof to sit on, so choose a picnic blanket with a water repellent backing to protect from dew. Fill a flask with great coffee to keep you warm on your romantic adventure.
Want to create a personalised gift that will pluck at the heart-strings of your better half? Take your love on a photographic journey that explores your relationship by creating a photo board. Try to uncover images you have not seen for a while (or at all). Dive into collections on your phone, social media, and by asking friends and family. A quick trip to the print shop, or use of an online service, will soon see your memories brought to Kodak Colour life. When it comes to showcasing your snaps, you can get as creative as you like. A straight-forward way to display your prints is as simple collage on a cork or pin board.
The most romantic gifts are the thoughtful ones that show you care. So, don’t splash the cash but get creative and make Valentine’s Day one to remember.