8 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas On A Budget
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually have to break the bank to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating with your gal pals, your bae or just yourself (we like to call it ValenWINE’s Day) – a romantic holiday is the perfect occasion to express your love. And if you’re looking for an excuse to treat someone, here it is. But navigating gift giving can be tricky, especially if you’re on a budget.
Here are our budget-friendly gift ideas if you’re looking to save this Valentine’s Day.
Of all the expensive things to splurge on this Valentine’s Day, candy isn’t one of them. No matter the cost or brand, it all tastes delicious regardless. Plus nothing says “I Love You” quite like candy does. Just head over to your nearest Bulk Barn and pick out some of your favourite sweets. And be sure to pick up some of their nicer packaging as well for gifting.
Flowers are a Valentine’s Day gift go-to and can guarantee a smile out of your significant other. But you don’t have to spend every last penny on a bouquet to show you care. Although your love may last forever, flowers won’t so check out some of Toronto’s local florists like Tiny Flower or Ladybug Florists for more affordable flower options.
Don’t waste your money on pricey candles. It’s silly to spend a lot of money on something you literally light on fire. Save this Valentine’s Day with Voluspa Japonica candles from Anthropologie, coming in at a mere $10 each.
A price tag doesn’t make your bra and panty set; it all comes down to comfort and style. If you like the more expensive loungewear labels, then, by all means, treat yourself! But you don’t have to blow your budget to get cheeky lingerie. Try La Senza or Topshop if you’re looking for an affordable option.
Be ready for a kiss this Valentine’s Day with the perfect pillowy pout. Whether you’re expecting a kiss of the physical kind or of the chocolate variety – no judgement here – a lip scrub is the perfect affordable gift to give and receive. We suggest Lush’s Lip Scrub in Bubblegum for the sweetest pucker.
Around Valentine’s Day, it always seems that bakeries and chocolatiers up their prices. But don’t splurge on an expensive heart-shaped cake for your bae. Switch things up and make a dessert from scratch this year. Our go-to Valentine’s Day dessert? Chocolate covered strawberries, of course. They’re both affordable and easy to make!
Sometimes staying in can be better than a night out. Surprise your significant with a staycation this Valentine’s Day. Sleep in, build a pillow fort in the living room, watch black and white movies, drink endless cups of coffee, make dinner together, play board games – the list goes on. It may seem like the “cheap” option, but if you’re looking to save, a staycation makes for a fun and affordable Valentine’s Day.
It might not be the first gift idea that comes to mind, but purchasing something for your significant other’s home shows you care about them and their space.
Do you know any other great Valentine’s Day gift ideas on a budget? Let us know in the comments!
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Brooklyn is a Toronto-based journalist and if she isn’t writing, you can find her enjoying a nice glass of merlot. She is a lover of good books, Sunday brunches and running around the city with her girl gang. She’s your basic Blair Waldorf in a world of Jenny Humphrey’s. You can follow her on Twitter @BNeustaeter.