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Crazy in Love
Valentine's Day is a great day to honor your sweetie with a special gift. But it's also the day that candy stores and florists jack up their prices in anticipation of the rush.
Don't feel you have to give an expensive present. You can give your sweetheart a nice romantic Valentine gift that says you love them while staying within budget at the same time. Yes, it really is possible! Keep on reading to find out how.
The Stuffed Animal
To have and to hold
Okay, it's been done before. But there's a reason the stuffed bear or kitty is still a favorite Valentine's Day gift. It's cute and adorable and you can hug it and snuggle it when your loved one is away. Not only that, but there are even a few ways to glam it up just a little bit!
Put a single rose between its paws or stick in a handwritten love note from you. It's all you really need to make the day magical. Come on, how can you resist that cute little face?
Swoon her with food
Surprise your partner with a romantic picnic. If you live in a climate where it's bearable outside in February, you're in luck. Pack a gourmet picnic basket for your sweetheart that involves all of his or her favorite foods.
Tuck in a bottle of wine or non-alcoholic cider, bring some nice wine glasses and a tablecloth or blanket to sit on, and your Valentine's Day is off to a great start.
Don't live somewhere where it is warm? That's okay too! There is still romance to be had, even on the living room floor. Lay out a nice blanket, prop up some candles (safely!) and have your picnic there.
It is just as romantic, and if you have a fireplace there, you score bonus points!
Faux is the next best thing
If you can't afford the real thing, go for fake. Diamonds are now being made in a simulant that looks just like the real thing and in some cases even better. You can find them online everywhere under "diamonique" or "diamond simulant." You'll be surprised at the large selection and at how large a stone you can get when you're shopping faux.
Look for rings or bracelets that are done in sterling silver with a platinum or gold overlay. It's the real thing next to the skin and it won't tarnish. Choose an engagement type style that she'll love and promise her a genuine diamond ring in the future.
No one at all will ever be able to tell the difference unless you tell them. (Tell her, of course, but no one else if you prefer to keep it a secret.)
Beautiful CZ Pieces
Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Twisted Chain Necklace, 16"
A Meal Cooked By You
Dare to step in the kitchen
If you've never once gone into the kitchen to whip up a feast, now's your big chance to impress him or her. Get out the pots and pans and find some recipes that you can cook online. It doesn't have to be expensive either! Pasta and salad can be romantic when you serve it via candlelight. Or, you can have food shipped to you like lobster tails that you only have to stick in the oven. Or you can order a few prime rib steaks that you only have to grill.
Many mail order catalogs and online stores offer next day shipping so your food will arrive fast and you can cook it up on Valentine's Day. Just realize that the prices are going to be higher on and around Valentine's Day, so order in January for a late January delivery and freeze your food until you need it.
Oh, and of course, don't forget the chocolate for dessert.
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How to Make a Romantic Dinner
A Personalized Bottle of Wine
Make a label for a bottle of wine that she loves. It could include a marriage proposal (how cute would that be!) or a love note that tells her how special she is.
Replace the old label (paste yours with a glue stick right over it) with your label and she'll be surprised and delighted.
Another way to go, is to order her a wine gift basket. It can come with chocolates, cookies, and lots of other tasty items that she will love. Plus, these aren't as expensive as you'd think that they'd be. You can find them online for really reasonable prices!
It Doesn't Mean Missing Out
Just because you don't want to (or can't afford to) spend a lot on a gift this year, doesn't mean that your gift is going to be perceived as crap!
As long as you put thought into your gift, your recipient is sure to enjoy what you give them.
Still not sure which way to go? Maybe think of a special time or memory that you have with that person. Where were you? What did you do? What happened that made it special? Then you can take that memory and spin it into something that will mean something to both of you for years to come.
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