To some, Valentine’s Day is the epitome of romance and a perfect opportunity to express their love for their significant other. Whereas for others, the imminent arrival of this occasion fills them with dread as they are afraid of disappointing their partners or reminded of their singlehood. After all, nothing is quite as nerve-wracking as your companion not liking the gift or the surprise that you prepared. Or the feeling of loneliness at the thought of having no one to spend the special day with.
Coupled with the blatant advertising about the importance of V-day all around us, it’s no wonder that most of us teeter between feeling a sense of aversion or trepidation. We are repeatedly told over and over again that to showcase our affection, we have to fork out lots of money to get elaborate presents like jewellery or artisanal chocolate. Or enjoy a gourmet dinner together at a swanky restaurant. So, for cash-strapped individuals, Valentine’s Day can seem like a nightmare. Just looking at the prices of various gifts leaves our palms sweaty and hearts racing.
Often, this is also accompanied by numerous sleepless nights, head-scratching and a general sense of restlessness about finding a suitable present or venue within the given budget. For some of us, the accumulated stress and anxiety about Valentine’s Day is even reflected in our physical outlook and health. We suddenly find ourselves plagued with acne outbreaks, headaches as well as a rapidly expanding waistline due to all the ‘stress-eating’. To make things worse, in an attempt to get rid of all these pesky zits, we poke, prod and pick at them, hence increasing the possibility of sunken in acne scars and dark marks developing. Asides from that, other skin issues that we may have such as eczema and atopic dermatitis also tend to resurface during this period of heightened stress, making our skin dry, red and itchy. As for those who are single, thinking about being the odd one out of the happily matched up couples makes them feel dejected. As such, they actively avoid popular spots, out of fear they might feel left out.
Well, if you are feeling down, you will be glad to know this – contrary to belief, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a grand, passionate affair and it isn’t just limited to couples. Plus, there are many ways to celebrate the occasion that doesn’t break the bank and helps you to earn ‘brownie points’ for originality. With that in mind, here are 4 affordable ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Prospective Valentine’s Day Ideas That Are Easy On Your Wallet
When making arrangements and deciding on the perfect V-day present and date for your loved one, it’s important that you factor in their likes and dislikes. It might seem like a no-brainer but you will be surprised by how many people are guilty of committing this mistake due to time constraints or lack of familiarity.
This is especially so for new couples that are spending their first Valentine’s Day together. Therefore, a tip would be to discuss your ideal date and gift with your partner and finding a common ground that will make both parties happy. Alternatively, if you worried that this will take the element of surprise out of the equation, you can also research about your partner’s interests by browsing their social media or enlisting the help of their acquaintances. For long-time or married couples, you can jazz up your usual Valentine’s Day celebrations by trying out new experiences. Whereas for singles, why not use this opportunity to show your appreciation for your friends and family by spending time together?
Ultimately, the most important thing when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day is that you have an enjoyable time with the person or people that you love. The extent of the extravagance of the venue, activity or gift should take a backseat. In light of this, here are some budget-friendly ways to spend V-Day:
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than lying in the arms of your significant other while admiring the breathtakingly beautiful constellations in the night sky? It’s romantic, fuss-free and a great way to get up-close with nature amidst the bustling city life. If your partner is into astrology, you can take it further up a notch by bringing him or her to an observatory. With all the telescopes, binoculars and astronomy equipment, they are sure to get a wonderful view of the night sky.
Enjoying A Cosy Home-Made Dinner
Instead of shelling out big bucks for a five-course meal at a posh restaurant, why not opt to cook together instead? You will not only be able to enjoy more privacy but can customise your dinner menu according to your needs and preferences. Plus, nothing is quite as satisfying as eating something that is made with the joint effort of you and your other half.
Have A Home Spa Day
Sit back, unwind and relax right in the comfort of your own home. Bring out the scented candles, diffusers and massage oils and create the perfect sanctuary for you and your loved one(s). Comforting and therapeutic, it’s a perfect chance to bond with each other and the best part is that you don’t even have to get all dolled up. Simply slap on some facial sheet masks to momentarily conceal any irksome zits or annoying pitted pimple marks and put on fluffy bathrobes and you’re all set.
Seize the opportunity to constantly be in close proximity with each other by going roller skating. As you skate, link arms or hold hands with your partner while simultaneously appreciating the surrounding sights and sounds.