So, is that time of the year when you must buy gifts, chocolates, balloons and celebrate love: Valentine’s Day. Well, maybe you don’t have to, but you probably will. Nonetheless, Valentine’s is highly influenced by capitalism, as Christmas. You feel pressured to buy merchandise as if there is no other way to express your love than giving your partner a fancy watch or the latest laptop. And I get it, I’m not judging. There is nothing wrong with going shopping and acquiring a gift for those we love. However, if you are short on budget and you cannot buy fine jewelry, it doesn’t mean your Valentine’s day is over. In fact, most of us would rather have experiences full of emotions, efforts and details than the latest technology on the market. The previous ones can’t be bought in a store. Here are several Valentine’s date ideas that go beyond materialism.
Fly a kite together
First, you could make the kite along with your partner. There are multiple tutorials on YouTube. Truthfully, we are not used to creating something with our hands, that will have a function later. But what is a relationship based on if not in constructing things together? After you are finished with your kite, go to the park to test it. Flying a kite is something many people did as kids but forgot as they grew up. So, when you do it, it brings a lovely nostalgic memory. Teamwork, trust, accomplishment… All of these by making and flying a simple kite.
Take a walk
By the lake or by the river. Better yet, go hiking. Although hiking is not an activity for everyone if you are into outdoor activities, this is essential. Before you start your path turn off your phone or put it in airplane mode. It will let your partner know you are setting aside that special time for them. Engage in all possible ways with your partner: talk, joke, help each other through difficult paths, take pictures, eat and stop to admire the view. You might think you have walked alongside your partner on multiple occasions, nevertheless, this is not just about walking, it’s about engaging.
Go on a Road trip
Road trips! You may or may not plan your stops. Nonetheless, you should have a destination, a highlight. Pack snacks and meals, towels, bathing suits, a change of clothes, cash and a camera. Routine can be really dulling. You might forget how important your partner is and how you truly feel about him or her. Therefore, let this experience be full of spontaneity. Connect with your partner: know or re-know them. Get exposed to nature and take the stress and rush out of your relationship at least for a day.
Cook dinner at your home
Dinning out during Valentine’s can be expensive, stressful and truthfully, boring. So, instead of going out, prepare a special dinner at home. If you have no experience in the kitchen, don´t worry the internet has you covered. You can prepare multiple side dishes and main plate. Or if you rather have a more rustic version, do a barbecue. Take the time know the tastes of your partner and don’t forget to add the most important ingredient: love.
Do a bonfire and roast some marshmallows
This is probably one of my favorites. It is so modest and yet, so nostalgic: bonfires. You can light one either in your backyard or a camping park. Sit with you partner under the stars, remembrance good times, exchange childhood stories, curiosities and questions while you roast marshmallows. Make the night about both of you, without worries or stress. If you want to try an extra dynamic, write into a paper something sweet and after reading it to your partner, burn it up in the bonfire so it stays forever in your memories.
Turn your “Guagua” in a hanging spot
If you have an SUV or a Pick-Up, you can turn the trunk into a traveling living room. Lay a few comforters on the bottom of it, decor with cushions and stuffed animals. If you have lights or lanterns, hang them around your trunk. After, you can drive to a high city viewpoint. There, you can use your trunk to sit and relax while you watch the view. Get away from the city craziness and enjoy the quietness, the laughs and stories. You will enjoy it more if you bring along snacks. You can complete the night by lighting sparklers. This is an example of how the place is insignificant as long as you are with the right people.
The truth is there are hundreds of things you could on Valentine´s Day. These are simple budget friendly ideas to help those who can´t seem to think of something to make the day memorable. The highest investment you must do for the previous listed experiences is time. As long as you have a moment and willingness to generate memories with your partner these will work out for you. You could still go for the jewelry, there is nothing wrong with that. However, let love flow through everything you do. Love and good memories should not be limited to one day of the year. Instead it ought to be present in our hearts. How do you spend your Valentine’s day?
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