Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and every year this time, people splurge and spend tons of money on expensive flowers, chocolates and over the top dinners. We’re here to tell you, it’s okay to spend less on Valentine’s Day this year, every year for that matter (see Channel 6 video below for this segment).
According to an annual U.S. National Retail Federation survey, the average U.S. consumer spent around $102 on Valentine’s Day gifts, meals and entertainment in 2009. Don’t get caught being average and spending too much on celebrating this year! Get creative and learn how you can save and still enjoy an amazing Valentine’s Day with the ones you love. After all it’s the thought that counts, not how much you spend. Catch me on Channel 6 (my last Channel 6 segment here) this Thursady morning at 8:20 am, when I will share some of my favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
Here are a few sweet Valentine’s Day gift ideas that prove that when you get a little creative with the whole family, you don’t have to spend a lot of money.
- Make LOVE coupons. They say actions speak louder than words, right? Create love coupons online at no cost that will offer your loved ones the ability to redeem special services, such as a big hug, help cleaning, a day at the party, or a day off! Just customize and print. We found a cute FREE Printable Valentine Coupon on LifeAsMom.com. Click here for the template.
- Get crafty with paper flowers. Roses seem to be priced high during the holiday of love, that’s because they are in high demand. Create beautiful and bountiful paper flowers that will have the same effect, if not better, for a fraction of the cost of a dozen red roses. Give as a bouquet or individually with a special gift tag as your Valentine, display in a bright vase to decorate your home. This is a fun craft activity for the whole family. Click here to learn how to make paper tissue flowers step-by-step for only $2.
- DIY chocolate-dipped strawberries. Buy your own chocolate in the grocery store (for example, Dolci Frutta costs just few dollars and comes in two flavors) and save up to 80%! The kids will love getting involved. This is a special treat for both parents and kids because who doesn’t love something sweet on Valentine’s Day. Making your own chocolate-dipped strawberries is affordable and fun. Pick your own juicy strawberries from the grocery store or at your local farmer’s market. Save even more by using your store circulars to find a 2-for-1 deal. Serve with apple cider for kids, champagne for mom and dad later.
- Make heart-shaped sandwiches. Make snack time fun by making heart shaped sandwiches using festive cookies. They come in different shapes for the holidays – the heart is quite fitting for Valentine’s Day of course.
- Make homemade cards. Cards are especially charming when they are made with love. Create cards using construction paper, markers, crayons, even photos. Save by using scrap paper, magazines and old cards. Here’s a fun Valentine’s Day photo card we found on Martha Stewart.com. Everyone loves photos of their kids, and nowadays we almost need an excuse to print them, this is the perfect one! You can usually get prints made for $0.35 or less or for free by printing from home. Homemade Valentine’s Day cards are great for displayed in a frame enjoy all year long.
- Look for local deals online. We all know the lightweight gifts are the most intriguing, right? We love checking out Deal Me in Today and finding local deals at up to 90% off such as ½-off at Prospect Bar and Grill perfect for date night, or San Diego Whale Watch offering ½-off tours for $19! Click on the widget to the right of this page for more deals. Use promo CODE Bargain Mama for an ADDITIONAL 20%-off!! In a couple easy steps you have a printable gift and you can even hint around to your honey about the spa treatments at over 50% off.
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