Time has flown since the New Year. Can you believe that Valentine’s Day will be here this weekend? If you want to get your partner a gift, but haven’t had the time yet, don’t worry.
If may not seem like it, but you still have plenty of time to make, buy, or plan the perfect Valentine’s Day and gifts for your special someone. And even though it’s a bit last minute, you don’t have to forego your budget to show your partner that you care.
By taking advantage of some of the amazing military discounts available to military personnel, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your time and your money on your partner this Valentine’s Day.
If you’re fresh out of ideas, check out this list of budget-friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will help you to make your Valentine’s Day both memorable and budget-friendly.
Make a Homemade Valentine
Are you crafty and love making homemade goodies or crafts to give to your loved one? Homemade gifts often mean much more to the recipient than any store bought gift. If you’re an artist, paint your partner a picture of the place you first met. If you’re great at baking, you’re in luck, because it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to whip out your partner’s favorite Valentine’s Day treats.
Whether you need paint, woodworking materials, jewelry supplies, cake-making essentials, or any other crafting supplies for your one of a kind Valentine, you can get everything you need with a military discount at Michael’s Craft Store.
Send a Valentine’s Day Gift While You’re Away
Even if you’re thousands of miles away on deployment, or simply on duty and unable to spend the day with your special someone, you can show them that you’re thinking of them by having a gift delivered.
Shari’s Berries both delivers gifts ordered online and offers a special discount to service members, which will save you some money. Also, if you have access to a USO center, you can receive a military discount for gifts ordered from Harry and David. So even though you may not be home, you can still shower your partner with chocolate and special gifts this Valentine’s Day.
Able to Have a Romantic Weekend Getaway?
Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend this year, so it’s the perfect time to get away for a romantic weekend. You can save money on your hotel stay by booking a room with a company that offers military discounts.
Best western will give you a reduced rate on your room, if you present an official identification card or your work orders at the time of check in. You can also snag inexpensive rooms at on-base or military affiliated hotels and find other discounted hotel stays at either your local USO center or MWR installation.
Have a Valentine’s Day Date Night
Do you have kids, and you’re unable to get away for the weekend? Hire a sitter for a Valentine’s Day date night instead. If you don’t yet have a trusted sitter, as a member of the military, you can take advantage of a discounted Sittercity.com membership and find the perfect babysitter to watch your kids while you have a relaxing evening out. So find yourself a babysitter and go out to dinner, enjoy a round of bowling on base, or simply go enjoy a museum together.
See a Play or Enjoy a Night of Laughs
What better time to go see a play or show together than on Valentine’s Day? Service members, their families, and veterans are eligible to receive a discount through the Blue Star Theatres program. You can also get a discount to certain Funny Bone Comedy Clubs and Restaurants.
If live shows or theater aren’t your thing, remember that most movie theaters offer a military discount to service members and sometimes even their family members.
Valentine’s Day for the Outdoorsy Couple
If you’d rather go for a hike than exchange paper hearts and bouquets of flowers, celebrate Valentine’s Day by exploring a new park together instead. Take advantage of your free annual pass to any national park or federal recreational land by simply showing your military ID. You can even make the outing romantic by packing a picnic lunch to share on your hike together.
Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on “traditional” Valentine’s Day gifts to have a fun and romantic holiday. Chances are, if you’re active duty especially, you’re not home as much as your partner wishes you were. If you happen to be home on Valentine’s Day this year, take advantage of a quiet, inexpensive night in. Pick up some steaks and a bottle of wine, watch a movie together, or play a friendly (or competitive) board game together.
If All Else Fails, Spend Time, Not Money
Remember, most people in a romantic relationship would rather spend time with their partner than receive expensive gifts. So if you’re home and on a budget, plan a special, inexpensive outing together. Take advantage of free passes for military members to parks and theaters and create memories together.
If you can’t be home for Valentine’s Day this year, if possible, FaceTime, Skype, or simply call so that your loved one can see your face or hear your voice. And if you’re in a zone where email and phone calls aren’t always possible, write a handwritten love letter, letting your partner know how much you love and appreciate them. A letter from your hands to theirs will mean more than any chocolate, flowers, or Valentine’s Day gifts.
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What are your favorite budget-friendly Valentine’s Day gifts?