Whether you’re planning to spoil your S.O. or do a “Galentine’s Day” with the girls, there are plenty of options to fit your budget this holiday. Your relationship status doesn’t matter, but your budget might! We’ve compiled a list of fun ideas on a scale of wallet-friendly to extra AF.
1. Mail a letter to someone special.
If you’re striving for something mushy, look no further than The Notebook for some inspiration. A handwritten letter truly comes from the heart and not the wallet.
Cost estimate: $0.55 for the stamp, and maybe a few bucks for a card
2. Ditch the romcoms!
Host an anti-Valentine’s Day themed movie night with friends. Mix it up with some horrors, Disney movies, or a Marvel marathon. Keep the food costs down by arranging a little potluck for snacks and treats (maybe even on-theme, if you’re really doing the most).
Cost estimate: $5-10 for a snack or treat (we know somebody has the Netflix hookup)
3. Host a homemade spa day with friends.
We have two words: treat yourself. If you want to go all out this Valentine’s Day, the sky is the limit for a spa day with the squad. Make chocolate covered strawberries and fancy cocktails, light some candles, do face masks, and turn up the '90s love songs.
Cost estimate: $10-20 per person for food, drinks, or supplies
4. Forget the diamond ring and find a hidden gem.
Swap the half-off apps at your usual chain restaurant for a local joint. You might find a similar price for something unique and authentic. Try a coffee house, ice cream shop, food truck…you know, that place that looks cool, but you’ve been too busy to give it a chance. Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to discover a hidden gem and maybe even start a new tradition.
Cost estimate: Approx. $20
5. Go axe throwing!
Do something new and exciting for a similar cost to the same ole’ dinner and movie date. If you have a long-time lover or old group of friends, axe-throwing could make the perfect new adventure. Plus, this Chicago location even allows you to bring your own food and drinks!
Cost estimate: $35 – $45 per person
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