For many of us, 2020 was a hard year both emotionally and financially, and I, myself, have found it hard to create special memories with my significant other on a budget. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I am starting to feel that stress even more.
Because of this, I have curated a list of some gift ideas that you can make for your significant other this Valentine’s Day to make it as special as possible- and on a budget!
One of my favorite gifts to give anyone, whether it is my partner, a friend or family member, is a photo book.
To me, there is something so special about looking back at old memories that we may have forgotten about.
One way to make a photo book extra special is to make a scrapbook. Spend your free time decorating your most recent memories with some stickers, colors and side notes that will show your significant other how important they are to you and the memories you make together.
2. DIY Star Map
One gift that has been trending in the past year are star maps. Although you can buy a printed, framed star map online, one unique way to put your own twist on the star map is to make one yourself.
In fact, I did this last year and my significant other loves it. With a little pain, twinkle lights and a canvas, you can make a beautiful, bright star map that differs from the others and makes your gift to them extra special.
3. Travel Map
If you and your partner are frequent travelers and you see traveling as special bonding moments with your partner, then a great way to remember those memories is to make a travel map.
Draw out the world, country or state that you and your partner have traveled to and want to travel to in the future, and cut out pictures from your travels to glue in each region.
As time goes on and you travel more and more, you can add new pictures to your map and the gift can become a great bonding moment full of your favorite memories.
4. 14 Handwritten Letters
One of the easiest and cheapest gifts to give your partner is to write special love letters that you can give them each day leading up to Valentine’s Day.
This gift is especially special for those whose love language is Words of Affirmation.
5. Valentine’s Weekend Road Trip Itinerary
If you wanted to travel for this Valentine’s Day but Covid-19 has put your original plans on hold, a fun way to still get out of the house and travel is to take a short road trip to a place where you and your partner have not gone yet.
To make is extra special, you can plan the whole trip, including the meals, pitstops and activities, for them and make an itinerary for the whole weekend. Let them know that you have taken the extra mile (pun intended) to give them an unforgettable weekend.
6. Custom Calendar
Although it is now a month into 2021, a fun and inexpensive gift to make for your significant other is a custom calendar.
When your partner is not around, take some fun photos of you or use pictures of you together to make a calendar that they can hang up in their office or kitchen.
This is a great way to get a little fun and creative gift that will put a big smile on their face.
7. Memory Frame Box
If you are anything like me, then you might keep little “artifacts” from the special moments you and your significant other have spent together.
If you would like to keep those “artifacts” in a special place, you can place them in a shadow box and give it to your significant other for Valentine’s Day.
This is such a fun gift because you can continuously add to it and remember all your memories throughout your time together whenever you look through it.
8. Year of Dates
If you never want to let this Valentine’s Day end, a great idea to go the extra mile is to prepare 12 dates over the next year.
Plan one date per month that you and your partner can look forward to and let them know what days they will be over the next year.
This is a great idea for those who tend to be busy and have a hard time making time for each other.
9. Handwritten Letter in a Frame
One way to remind your significant other that you will love them and be there for them no matter what, is to write a special love letter and frame it to keep it from being lost or destroyed.
Whenever they miss you or need a reminder of how much you love them, they can look in the frame and read your special words that they will have forever.
10. Travel Money Jar
Although Covid-19 has put a pin in our travel plans, that does not mean that we will never be able to travel again.
A cute and fun gift for you and your partner to participate in together is to make a travel jar where you and your partner put money in every now and then to save up for a trip that you will have chosen yourself, or together, and placed on the top of the jar.
11. Specialized Wine Box
Every year, there are plenty of people that show off the rose-petal-filled room that leads to the bathroom that they have created for their significant other for this special day. A great gift idea that can go along with this idea is to put together a box of goodies like candles, chocolate strawberries, champagne and, of course, rose pedals that can be in the bathroom when they walk in.
This is a great idea if you wish to have a private, romantic and intimate night with your significant other.
12. Movie Box
One of the biggest things I miss now that Covid-19 has come into our lives, are movie theatres.
If you and your partner are missing this same feeling, you can bring the movie theatre to them.
Make a box filled with matching pajamas, their favorite candy, some fresh homemade popcorn, their favorite drinks, and a movie (either a physical DVD or a picture of the downloaded movie) for you to enjoy together.
If you want to go the extra mile, you can always purchase a projector and a white sheet to really make it feel like the theatre!
13. Music Playlist
Another free gift to make for your partner is to create a music playlist with songs that make you think of them. They will feel seen and appreciated, knowing that you think of them in such a special way. You can also spend Valentine’s Day dancing to the music and bond with one another of an extra special level.
14. Bake a Cake
If you are a god in the kitchen and want to make something that you and your partner can enjoy together on Valentine’s Day, a wonderful idea is to bake a cake and go on a cute picnic. You can also freeze some of the cake and eat it in the future and remember the special day you spent together.
For more Valentine’s Day gift ideas that don’t require you to get a little crafty, click here to read all about my Valentine’s Gift Ideas of 2021.
No matter what you plan to do this Valentine’s Day or what gift you get for your partner, remember that the day is meant to celebrate and appreciate your love for each other.
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