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Author: Greater Bank

7 Valentine’s Day ideas to keep you from breaking the bank

Still feel like splurging and getting Bae a gift for Valentine's Day? Check out our hints for gift ideas that cupid himself would love.
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Things to do on Valentine's Day

If you’re looking for ways to wow Bae on Valentine’s Day without breaking the budget, take a look at our top 7 suggestions.

1. Re-enact your first date

Take a nostalgic stroll down memory lane with your S.O. this Valentine’s Day by re-enacting your first date. Surprise them by taking them back to where sparks first flew and your love was forged. For every detail you remember, the more meaningful this gesture will be. (Maybe leave out the awkward conversation gaps or spinach in your teeth this time, though?)

2. Best seats in the house

Going to the movies can be expensive, so why not plan ahead by surprising your Valentine with the latest (romantic) new release, a bag of popcorn and blanket to curl up under while you relax on the couch. This Valentine’s Day activity takes little effort, but is thoughtful and perfect for any homebody couple.

3. Wake up to breakfast

Always an inexpensive winner; breakfast in bed will have your partner in a good mood from the moment they open their eyes. You can’t go wrong with tropical fruit, pancakes, freshly brewed coffee and a selection of their favourite handpicked flowers.

4. The classic picnic

Hike to a picturesque picnic spot to watch the sun set, while you nibble on a charcuterie board. Then lie on a picnic blanket under the stars and point out constellations, (if you don’t know any, check out the Skyview App for a cheat sheet), all while munching on homemade chocolate covered strawberries. Certain to be more memorable than dinner at your standard restaurant! There’s a reason picnics are so iconic – just don’t forget the mosquito repellent. | Greater Bank, love experts (clearly...)

5. Surprise them at work

This may take a bit of planning, but surprising your Valentine with a lunch date could make their day. With Valentine’s Day on a Thursday this year, it can be difficult to fill your Valentine’s Day with romance if you and/or your beau work full-time. We recommend visiting them at work and taking them out to a surprise lunch! Just be sure their calendar is free.

6. Pamper at home

Spoil your Valentine this year by creating a romantic oasis in your home. We’re talking a candlelit set-up with Ed Sheeran playing in the background and their favourite home-cooked meal. Of course, it should be followed by tiramisu for dessert and a foot massage to finish the evening. Pampering at home can be opulent on a budget.

7. Get cultured

See if any bars or restaurants will have live music on Valentine’s Day. The presence of live musicians can transform an everyday bar into a romantic and memorable after work Valentine’s Day treat for both you and your partner. Rather than forking out money for fine dining, take in drinks and a show and end the night with a short, starry night stroll for ice cream.

The truth is that for many people it’s not the price of the gesture, but the sentiment behind it. The most important thing is that you’re celebrating this special day, and your relationship, together. If you still feel like splurging and getting your Valentine a gift this year, then check out our Valentine’s Day gift ideas on a budget.