10 Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gestures

Mon, Feb 2, 2009

Dating Tips, Romance

Everyone loves to receive a Valentine’s Day gesture. Even those that claim it’s silly or a waste of money often feel disappointed if they don’t receive something on Valentine’s Day.

February 14th is a day to celebrate love, whether you simply admire someone you have never been out with or have been married for 60 years.

The secret to a well received valentine gesture is originality, that doesn’t mean do something that has never been done before, just make whatever you give personal. Anyone can send a free ecard or buy a box of Thorntons chocolates but with a little thought and next to no money, if any at all, you can make that special someone feel even more special this valentines day.

1. Love List

Write out all the reasons you love your partner, from the funny way they wrinkle their nose when they laugh to how special they make you feel when they tell you they love you.This is a far better way to appreciate your partner than copying a poem off the internet.

2. Computer Art

Grab your laptop and start designing. You can design a personal Valentine card, a newspaper, a sales leaflet (with you as the object for sale) or an old fashioned love letter. No need to be artistic, there is plenty of software to help you along. No imagination? Just print out I love you 100 times in different colours.

3. Kitchen Roll Love Letter

With a black marker pen write love messages along the length of a kitchen roll. Unroll it along the floor from the door they wil enter to where you are .. it’s a treasure trail and the treasure is you.

4. Music Mix

Whether it’s a cd or mp3 file, put together a great mix of love songs and slip it into a drawer or their bag .. a great one if you fancy someone in the office but haven’t told them yet. Don’t forget to record a personal message at the beginning.

5. Love Vouchers

Write out a few personal vouchers for your sweetheart, they can include such favours as breakfast in bed, a massage or your turn to do the dishes. Let your partner cash them in over time but be prepared to accept the vouchers and do your bit whenever they are cashed in.

6. Box of Hearts

Line a gift box with red tissue paper and then fill it with loose love heart sweets. While you are snuggled together on the sofa you can read the silly messages as you eat them.

7. Naughty Notes

Write out a number of naughty notes and hide them … not too well, you do want him or her to find them. Pop them in coat pockets, under the windscreen wipers of their car, their desk drawer or their fridge.

8. Paper Petals

Get some red paper or thin card and cut out hearts and rose petals, scatter them over over the dinner table or on and around your bed. Add some candles for mood and you have a romantic night for two.

9. Romantic Ringtone

Download a mobile phone ringtone and pop it onto their phone, every time someone calls them they will think of you.

10. Short Story

If you are feeling creative write a short story, make sure you and your partner are the lead characters destined to find love. Each year together you can add a new chapter to the story.

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Romantic Gestures, Romantic Gifts

10 Responses to “10 Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gestures”

  1. Nicole (2 comments.) Says:

    I always wonder about giving (and receiving) gifts on Valentine’s Day. It feels like my love is being bought and sold. I would always prefer an intimate night with my guy over a card or flowers. And there’s nothing better than unexpected flowers versus “oh i have to get my girlfriend something because it’s valentine’s day” Maybe that’s just me though.

    Nicole’s last blog post..Are You Chemically Compatible?

  2. Sally Says:

    It’s certainly not just you Nicole, the kitchen roll love letter came from my ex husband, I woke up one day to find a kitchen roll trail leading from the bedroom to the breakfast table. He had make breakfast and picked flowers from the garden … it was so much more special than a shop bought gift and it wasn’t even Valentine’s day!!

  3. Kirsty Says:

    One thing that I did last year was write down ‘I love you’ in loads of different languages and put each one into an envelope. I then put the envelopes from the front door all the way to the bedroon, as my boyfriend opened each one he didnt know what they ment until the last one, which was in english and he knew what the 30 envelopes before that one ment. He said it was the most romantic thing ever! not to mention, i was rewarded :)

  4. Sally Says:

    What a fantastic idea Kirsty, thank you for sharing that with us and I am sure others will follow your experience now and be rewarded!!

  5. R. Thompson (1 comments.) Says:

    This is really a valuable post. Thank you! :D and.. keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you

  6. Simon from Kitchen Fitter Bicester (1 comments.) Says:

    I think out of those items – the love list has to be the most special. Its so personal and so intimate. People love hearing about what people like about them, it soothes insecurities, and they can read it whenever they feel insecure in the future.

  7. Nicola from Valentines Gift (1 comments.) Says:

    What i lovely idea! I must admit i have tried a few of these before. The scattering of the petals, the cheeky messages but after time i have begin to run out of ideas. I think i may have to try the kitchen roll love letter next or maybe even the love vouchers. And kirsty your idea of the i love you in the different languages, think i may yhave to use that one at our wedding. Thank you very much for sharing :)

  8. Ray from creative valentine ideas (1 comments.) Says:

    One of the best valentine gestures I have found is the following:

    (1) Take some anti-fog spray and spray on the mirror of the bathroom that gets fogged up when a shower is taken.
    (2) Take a Q-tip and write a valentine day message in the area where the anti-fog spray was put on.
    (3) When the shower fogs up the mirror your message will show up.

    Some people have claimed to use Rain-x anti fog spray for the best results.
    Ray@creative valentine ideas´s last blog ..Valentine’s Day – Marriage Proposal Time? My ComLuv Profile

  9. Sally Says:

    Hi Ray, what a lovely tip thank you for sharing it. How do you get the anti-fog spray off your mirror though?

  10. Billy from Conservatories West Dulwich (1 comments.) Says:

    I think it is another money making scheme, but you still feel as if you have to do something for valentines day. I do like your idea with the love list and I think my partner would really like and appreciate something like that.