Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! John and I don’t go all-out for the holiday, but we do enjoy an excuse to celebrate our love. In the past, we’ve both made dinner at home and gone out to eat at fancy steakhouses. While going out to eat on Valentine’s Day was fun, this year we’re opting to stay in. There’s really nothing better than being at home with the one I love – plus, let’s be honest, no one likes to be in crowded restaurants and spend money on overpriced food.
This past weekend, our local grocery store – Publix – had a Valentine’s Day tasting event. It may be pathetic, but yes, I planned my day around this event. Free samples of desserts, cheeses, wines and yummy food – yes please. We sampled a Blackened-Barbecue Shrimp Salad with Orange Dream Shakes that were both to die for, so that’s what we’re making on Saturday. We budgeted $50 for the meal, but if you look at the ingredients, it doesn’t look like it will cost more than $25 or so.
As far as gifts go, we sometimes exchange and sometimes don’t. It really depends on what’s going on with our financial situation at the time. The year we went to the steakhouse, we didn’t exchange, but normally we buy each other something small to exchange over dinner. John has also gone all-out before and surprised me with jewelry, candles and clothing. Even though I’m a saver, it’s a really sweet gesture to be surprised, regardless of cost 🙂
So, I thought it would be fun to create a little gift-guide for your loved ones. All of these ideas are affordable and less than $35!
Budget-friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas
I purchased the “What I love about you by me” book for John and am going to fill it out and give it to him for Valentine’s Day. Hopefully he is not reading this post, haha, but if so…at least my answers will be a surprise! The other ideas are things for me and things I may end up getting John and the girls (the wallet, pulled pork shredder and Curious George book). This week, the girls and I are going to bake some Valentine’s Day treats and possibly do a craft or two. I’ve always been a huge lover of holidays, but I will say with kids they are even more fun!
And finally…I have one more recommendation for any men out there who are really looking to “wow” their ladies. Has anyone heard of Diptyque candles? They sell them at Nordstroms and other high-end retailers, but they also sell them here on Amazon. They’re expensive ($60/candle) but supposedly they are the best smelling candles and the burn time is about 60 hours, which is worth the price to some people. Would you ever pay this for a candle?
What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?
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