Create a Memorable Valentine’s Day on any Budget

This year, the National Retail Federation estimates that the average person will spend just over $160 on Valentine’s Day. That could include anything from boxes of chocolate to romantic dinners on the town.

But, what if you don’t have a big budget for the holiday this year and still want to show the one you love how much they mean to you? On the other hand, what if this is the year you really want to go all out and do something extravagant?

The good news? You can celebrate Valentine’s Day on any budget and it can still be special. Let’s look at three different “spending levels” and innovative ways you can let your partner know you love them.

Limited Budget? Get Creative!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a Valentine’s Day your partner will never forget. But, it may require some creativity. Instead of taking them out to a fancy dinner, surprise them by cooking a meal at home. Or, meet them at their work during the day with some flowers and take them out to lunch – it’s usually much cheaper than a dinner date, and won’t require reservations!

Don’t be afraid to let your playful and romantic side shine by setting up a scavenger hunt for your partner, either at home or around town. Give them clues that lead them to a homemade gift or event you have planned. Remember, it’s always the thought that counts.

Maintaining the Classics

If you tend to fall into the average “$160 budget,” there’s nothing wrong with tradition. Valentine’s Day might seem “cheesy” to some people, but there’s a reason the stores put out heart-shaped boxes of candy each year – because they always sell!

Embrace some of the corniness of the holiday with your partner. Get dressed up and go out to dinner. Buy them roses or a stuffed animal. Make them a mix-tape, if you’re feeling old school. Sure, you might roll your eyes at those old clichės any other time, but the holiday gives you an excuse to bring them to life and embrace them.

A Valentine’s Day Vacation

If your partner is expecting that standard box of chocolate (or maybe not expecting anything at all), this could be the perfect year to surprise them with a trip somewhere. A weekend getaway to a local bed and breakfast is always a classic, and you can focus on nothing but each other the entire time.

Or, do something spontaneous and exciting, like taking a trip to New York City! It’s one of the biggest tourist destinations in the U.S., you’ll never run out of things to do, and you can hit up some famous sites for adorable photos together. Sharing a kiss in Times Square? What’s more romantic than that?

If you really want to go all out, start your holiday planning now for a tropical vacation. Treating the person you love to a luxury vacation will undoubtedly not only be a surprise, but it can give you both some time to relax, refocus your relationship, and escape the winter weather for a while! Why not book a private boat charter in Grand Cayman to see the stingrays? Or, head to Hawaii for some epic snorkeling. Whether you want to lounge on the beach with your partner or go on a tropical adventure, surprising them with the trip of a lifetime will leave them speechless.

As you can see, you can make Valentine’s Day work for you on any budget. No matter how much you have to spend, be sure to get creative and keep the holiday focused on the love you have for your partner – that’s what they’ll really remember.