Practical ways to make Valentines Day special (and cheap)

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and it certainly comes with lots of pressure, expectations, and overpriced bouquets. Husbands, this is super important. If your wife says she doesn’t want anything for Valentine’s Day, don’t believe her. I definitely lean on the side of thinking Valentine’s Day can be a tad overrated and overpriced, however, I embrace it and try to make it special in non-cliché ways. You can do the same! February 14th can be more than life-sized stuffed animals, heart shaped chocolates (babe, if you’re reading this, you know chocolate is still the way to my heart), and $50 roses. As a couple, you have freedom to tailor this Hallmark Holiday into something that is meaningful to you both. Here are a three practical ways to make Valentine’s special without breaking the bank:

Make “Dinner-time Discussion” notecards
Doesn’t matter how long you’ve been married, it is so important to ask your spouse questions and learn more about them EVERY SINGLE DAY. Sometimes we get caught up in the business of our daily tasks that we forget to take time to study our spouse!
Some fun “Dinner-time Discussion” points could be:

  1. What hobbies are life-giving to you that you wish you had more time for? What are some life-draining areas in your life?
  2. What is your spiritual gift? If they have trouble answering this, encourage your spouse and tell them what spiritual gift you see in them.
  3. What desires do you have that we haven’t discussed before?
  4. What can I do to provide you with comfort and encouragement when you are hurt, worried, or disappointed?
  5. What is your favorite activity to do together?
  6. What is one way I show love to you that you appreciate?

Frame your fav photo
This is so easy AND cheap, so no excuses. :) Search your spouses Instagram and Facebook archives and find a photo that is special to the both of you—maybe it is a current photo or maybe it is a throwback from when you first started dating, or on honeymoon, etc. Gentlemen, you can go to the nearest Walgreens or Costco and print a photo for like twenty cents, then hit up HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, or Fred Meyer for a five-dollar frame. Boom. She will love this.

Make Your Own DateBox
My biggest piece of advice is stay in on Valentine’s Day, although it is the prime night to people watch and point out all the “first date” couples, it isn’t that worth it. You can really go above and beyond and following these easy steps and create your OWN Datebox (inspired by

Step One: Find a shoebox and fill with goodies for a date-night in!

For the movie-going couple

  1. Redbox movie
  2. Popcorn & M&M’s
  3. Favorite drink

For the foodie couple:

  1. Recipe card
  2. Fixings to make a new meal
  3. “Dinner-time Discussion” notecards

For the couple that really needs a spa

  1. Lotion
  2. Candle
  3. Romantic playlist

If you still aren’t convinced and don’t want to support a “cliché” holiday, maybe try these things a few days before Valentine’s. After all, the point is to celebrate your marriage as God desires, date your spouse, and learn more about them each day. Please share in the comments below what your favorite Valentine's day tradition is!