Valentine's Day is near, and your wallet is already empty. The thought of spending money on an expensive gift or dinner out on the town has your heart pitter-pattering, and not because of the feeling you get when you look into your partner's eyes. Do one or more of the following to treat your sweetie on Valentine's Day without spending a fortune.
Create a coupon book full of homemade "coupons" that your valentine can cash in at any time. Try things like "good for one morning of breakfast in bed" or "use this token to have the remote for the evening," and throw a few more good ones in, like "a night out without the kids" or "dinner at your restaurant of choice." You'll have the perfect book of IOUs.
If you and your mate rarely devote the evenings to each other, the promise of a massage before bed could be the perfect gift. Pick up a lotion that doesn't have too strong of a smell, dim the lights, and help him relax the night away before you both slip into bed.
When's the last time you and your partner spent time just having fun together? Dedicate the evening to a few games. You could play the typical stuff like charades or Monopoly, or you could spice things up a bit with a sexy scavenger hunt or strip poker.
Take some time to go through those photos you've been storing since your relationship began and use a program like Powerpoint, Shutterfly or One True Media to put the story of your time together to music. Your significant other will love the thought you put into capturing all of your photographs in one place.
Have you saved ticket stubs from your first date or the flowers from when he proposed? Create a memory album with little mementos of your time together. You can pick up a blank album and a roll of double-stick tape for less than the cost of tomorrow's lunch and create a new memory he will never forget.
Write love notes to your special someone and hide them in places he is sure to find them. Maybe his pants pocket, on his dashboard or in his coat... Find different spots so that he gets to discover your tokens of affection all day long.
Make plans for a dinner in, but don't just make your typical meal — cook together or make a dinner he loves. Wait until after the kids are in bed and eat under candlelight, or dress up for the occasion, even though you aren't planning to leave the house.
If you have kids, give them the camera and let them ask you questions about your mate. Give them a few ideas to start with and improvise from there. Giving your special someone a video to watch that includes all the reasons you love him is the perfect personal gift.
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