Of all the things you could do for a loved one, the gift of your time will probably be the most cherished. Here are five simple, easy-to-implement ideas that will help you stay within your budget and bring a smile to someone special.
Candlelit Dinner at Home
Put the kids to bed early and have a candlelit dinner in the privacy of your own home. Make it extra special by getting dressed up and using your fine china – even if you’re serving Chinese take-out.
Dessert and Coffee (or Wine)
If you really want to go out but don’t want to splurge on an expensive meal, just have coffee and dessert at your favorite restaurant.
Spend some time together at a local park, museum, or coffee shop, where you can often find live entertainment. Or visit some antique shops and stroll down memory lane of another era.
Skip the Roses
A dozen roses on Valentine’s Day are outrageously expensive; plus they don’t have a very long shelf life. On the other hand, mixed bouquets are very beautiful and last much longer. Another romantic touch is to give a single rose with a card, romantic movie, CD, or love letter.
In this day of texting and emails, nothing is more romantic than a sincere love letter from the heart – and hand. That means taking a pen to paper and scribbling out your innermost thoughts about your loved one and how much you cherish him or her.