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When it comes to Valentine's Day, John and I never really make a big deal of it. As far as we are concerned we don't need one day a year to show each other that we are in love... we do that all year round! That's not to say we don't celebrate at all though, we just try to keep to a budget and not go overboard on gifts. Here are a few budget friendly gift ideas for the love of your life that you can buy this year.
Get the basics...
I have been very fortunate to receive some beautiful bouquets from John over the years and they may be cliché but they are the perfect gift on Valentine's Day. They can be massively over priced at this time of year, however, so be sure to shop around or have a look at your local market (which is where John always finds the best flowers in bargain bouquets!)
Chocolate is one of my guilty pleasures. Of you saw my Insta stories on my birthday you will know that I got a big basket full of chocolate for my birthday, so I am 100% sure this is a fabulous gift idea at any point of the year; but especially on Valentine's Day!
Write them a love note...
In a Card!
Writing a card can be just as lovely a gift as any other that you would wrap up, as long as you fill it with love. Whether you write a smile message with reasons you love your partner or get super creative and write a little poem, a card is a great way to express your feelings about your partner.
On a light box!
If you follow my Facebook page or Twitter feed you will probably have seen me using my Get Gingersnap speech bubble light box... I love changing the message over and Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to do so once again. I haven't decided what I am going to write yet but I'm pretty sure that it will be super soppy!
Invest in something useful...
Especially if you can get it personalised!
Gifts Online 4 U have a website full of fabulous gift ideas for every occasion and recipient. I love their personalised pint glasses* which are not only useful gifts but given the fact that they have a personalisation option they will always be unique for you. From including a little message of love to a relationship established date these gifts are the perfect reminder of the love you and your partner have.
Itty Bitty Gifts...
To be honest I think that the amazing Itty Bitty Lady and the Tramp went down better with my girls than my husband... but I too love them!
I think the best thing about the Itty Bitty range, however, is the fact that they come in so many different characters so you can pick the couple that most represents you and your partner... from Belle and the Beast to Hans Solo and Princess Leia.
Make them something special...
Especially if you have children that can help out!
For many parents like me, the ultimate sign of the love you have for each other is creating a family; so getting your children to join you in making a homemade frame with a family photo or a heart shaped hanging decoration covered in sparkle is bound to put a smile on your partner's face.
Give them time...
One of my favourite things is being able to chill out in a nice hot bubble bath, complete with music, candles and a face mask. The likelihood of me being able to do this more than a couple of times a year, however, is slim. Having two children, a husband, a house, a blog, a business and freelance writing to take care of means that the time I have it super limited.
If I can be given an hour or two to pamper myself without s child trying to dive into my bath or asking for something I would be happy enough... The best thing about this gift is it is free, all you need to do is let your partner know you will take care of things for a couple of hours.
There are so many ways that you can spend time together that won't cost the earth... from sitting down for a movie night together with a takeaway to popping to a local pub that offers breakfasts for under a tenner per person. The reality is it doesn't matter where you go, or what you do, it's all about being together.
Whether you make a big deal out of Valentine's Day or, like John and me prefer to just do something small because you do stuff for each other all year round; there is no need for the gifts you give to break the bank. Hopefully these budget friendly gift ideas will help you give the perfect gift this Valentine's Day!
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