If you’re searching for Valentine’s Day activities for you and your partner, you know they can get pricey. But the reality is, there are plenty of ways to save money and show your love. Here are ten great gift ideas that won’t break the bank — or your partner’s heart.
Head to the Museum
Lots of museums offer free admission, or ask for a minimal donation. Find one or two of these and make a day of it. Walking hand in hand through a quiet museum can be surprisingly romantic, along with offering plenty to talk about.
Make a Scavenger Hunt
Start by picking a theme — maybe you want to recreate the elements of a first date or lead your partner to a big Valentine’s Day gift. Come up with clues that will take you and your date all over town.
Learn a Magic Trick
Head to a website like goodtricks.net and choose a bit of card, coin or other sleight of hand magic to learn together. Picking up the nuances of a magic trick can be a serious challenge, but having your own “magician’s assistant” should help.
Be a Tourist
Start with an Internet search for “your city + tourism.” You’ll find all sorts of fun sites and activities you never even knew your city offered, and many of them won’t cost a thing! If nothing else, exploring your city together is sure to give you some great stories.
Experiment in the Kitchen
Open up the cupboards and see what’s hidden in the back. What kind of wacky meals can you put together without a recipe? Get a little messy and have a little fun, but remember, you have to eat whatever you make!
Play a Sport
Throw a football. Toss a Frisbee. Kick a hacky sack. Just get outside and be active together. Round things out with a picnic in the park. Your body and your relationship will thank you.
Whatever your game is — chess, checkers, Parcheesi — pull it out of the cupboard and center your evening around it. The competition found in a little one-on-one gaming is a great way to keep things spicy.
Whether it’s a two-mile jog, a hundred jumping jacks or just a push-up contest, working out together will get your blood and endorphins moving. Finish your team training with a healthy meal.
It’s important to take care of each other, but sometimes it’s just as important to take a day to care for others. And watching your favorite person serve soup to people in need may remind you why you fell for him or her in the first place.
Spa Night at Home
You don’t have to clean out your pockets to pamper yourselves. Stay in for the night and make a romantic meal together, opening a bottle of wine or champagne and lighting some candles. After dinner, put on relaxing music and trade massages.