Valentine's Day is filled with so many pressures. The pressure to classify personal relationships, pressure to be intimate, pressure to go out to dinner and of course to spend money. While reading this article will do nothing to eliminate these pressures, I will certainly hope that you will feel more at ease about the upcoming holiday.
Flowers are quite beautiful and a pleasure to receive. But if sending a bouquet of flowers is not in your budget this year, consider taking your loved one to a beautiful botanical garden. Some gardens are absolutely free and others have free admission on certain days or hours of the week. Just check your local listings and websites for details. Alternately, you can give your sweetheart a "save the date" coupon to plant your own personal garden in the spring. This option can be personalized to include favorite plants or flowers, favorite colors for thecoming blooms and even herbs are an option. One can spend a small fortune on a vase of flowers that may only last a week or a take some time and create a memory that will last way beyond Valentines.
Ok, I love chocolate just as much as the next person. But if a fancy box of confections is not in your budget then I have a simple solution. Go to the grocery store and buy a box of cake mix and some icing and make your own "chocolately" treat. I have seen cake mixes for just under a dollar at times. I guarantee your loved one will appreciate the effort. If you want to be even more romantic, consider baking the cake together. A romantic interlude may be in your immediate future if you include some sexy lingerie in that baking class. However, if baking is not part of your DNA then here is another option: go to a candy store and pick up some of your sweetheart's nostalgic favorites. They will be elated when they open a bag filled with sweet goodies that are sometimes hard to find.
Most holidays are surrounded by some type of food as part of the celebration. For Valentine's Day, confectionaries and fancy dinners are all the rage. But instead of trying to get a table at a stuffy restaurant with hundreds of other love birds, try cooking a special candle lit dinner at home instead. A simple internet search will produce several recipes to choose from. Some websites even allow you to search the recipe database, based on ingredients. Thus, you can customize your romantic meal according to what you have on hand.
Perfume and Card
Still searching for the right card for your loved one? How about writing a letter? A lost art form I know, but so impactful. Nothing says I love you like a letter from the heart. No one can say your words better than you can. Too make it extra personal you can put some of your perfume or cologne on the paper so that whenever your sweetie smells it, they will think of you. If sending this to a family member, consider putting the beautifully written letter in a frame that can be displayed for all to see.