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Hooray! It’s Valentine’s Day and you’re in love. Crap! It’s secretly a totally commercialized holiday designed to deplete your bank account. No worries, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the world’s schmaltziest holiday on the uber cheaps.
Leave love notes on the bathroom mirror, on the laptop screen, inside the refrigerator, etc.
Tuck them into spots your honey will discover throughout the day (in his or her coat pockets, car, briefcase, etc.).
Wake up early and surprise your person with the best breakfast ever. (Bonus points if it’s heart-shaped.)
Get home early, bundle up and enjoy over a bottle of bubbles. (Psst: Prosecco is a great, cheap alternative to champers.)
Craving a romantic getaway? See if your pal with the beach house would like to “trade” for a weekend in the city.
Write a coupon for a 60-minute massage. Or closet reorganization. Or movie night of their choosing. (You get the idea.)
Set the table in your best linens and china and recreate a favorite meal from your travels together. (Perhaps the surprisingly inexpensive Moules et Frites from your trip to Provence?)
Mine your Spotify for all of “your songs” collected throughout your courtship, and send it to him at work.
Add bubbles, sprinkle with rose petals and light every candle you own. (So what if it’s a little cheesy.)
In other words, DIY your own chocolate-covered strawberries for a fraction of the cost.
...to go have a beer together at your local dive bar.
With travel mugs with spiked hot cocoa.
Stock up on popcorn, Milk Duds and soda, and watch an old rom com on Netflix.
And stay in bed together all damn day.
And give your S.O. a handmade Valentine and nostalgic box of Sweethearts.
Print a great picture of the two of you (yes, people still do that) and put it in a frame for his desk or bedside table.
Leave little clues containing cute memories and favorite candies around your home…then behold as your guy or lady goes scrambling to find that coffee mug you gave back in 2009.
#47: The victory dance he does when he’s done cleaning the kitchen.
Because all those giant teddy bears and heart shaped chocolate boxes will be 50 percent off.
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