Have a lotta love in your heart, but not a lot of loot to back it up? Not to worry — the most romantic Valentine’s Day gifts require imagination, not money.
“Think back on the most treasured gifts you’ve received,” says Laura Shanahan, a New York consumer-tips columnist. “Chances are they were the most thoughtful, not the most costly.” Here are a few of her tips for Valentine’s gifts that show the most caring, not the most cash:
1. An appointment book with one date filled in — that of a romantic getaway for the two of you. It doesn’t have to be a Caribbean cruise. A day of “playing hooky” together at an out-of-the-way park and a back table at a dim bistro are perfect for creating that loving feeling.
2. For the married Valentines… a gift certificate for your honey’s choice of pampering treatments performed by you. A massage, shampoo, and a bubble bath with room service — their wish is your command.
3. A heart-shaped box from card or novelty store. Place a handwritten note inside: “Contains 365 blown kisses just for you — take one a day.”
4. Another great married Valentines idea – pajamas for the two of you. He wears the pants, she wears the top.
5. A cozy picnic. Never mind the snow. Lay out a blanket on the living room floor. Don’t forget the candles.
6. Sweep your sweetie off his or her feet with tickets to a ballroom dancing class so you can stay cheek to cheek all year round.
7. Indoor “sky writing” is a great way to say I love you to that special someone. Simply make a poster with a declaration of your devotion and tape it to the ceiling right over the bed. It will be the first thing your sweetheart will see upon wakening Valentine’s Day — and your final, sweet-dreams message.
8. A dozen red balloons. Before you blow them up, insert tiny trinkets or love notes. Give the blown-up, treasure-filled results to your beloved for a popping good time.
9. A blank journal you’ll head “Reasons I Love You.” Every reason will have it’s own page.