In times of uncertainty, love rules and that explains why more people than ever are looking forward to celebrating this Valentine’s Day. A survey by the National Retail Foundation found that nearly 73% of consumers planning to do something dedicated to love on this annual holiday think it is important given the current state of the pandemic.
If you’re still looking for ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day, here are 5 budget-friendly ways to spend the day at home with the people who matter most.
Conjure up a 5-star meal.
No need to order expensive take-away when you can cook your own delicious food right at home and cheaply. You can make this a little more exciting by signing up for an online cooking class at Sur La Table that will teach you how to make gnocchi, sushi, and other interesting dishes. The cost is only $ 29 per household and even your kids can join the cooking action. Just make sure to turn your sweat into something glittery before immersing yourself in your food to make the celebrations feel a little more festive.
Take advantage of the sale on love day.
Instead of surprising your partner or children with a Valentine’s Day gift, do some online shopping together so that special someone can choose what they really want. Given that many retailers are promoting both love day sales and presidential day deals, this is a great time to make big savings and have some great family bargain hunting fun. If you’re unsure of the types of deals to look out for, check out this list of 11 items to buy during CouponCabin.com’s Valentine’s Day sale.
DIY spa day.
You don’t need a day spa to feel rejuvenated. Turn your bed and bathroom into a relaxing haven – all you need is a few scented candles or an essential oil diffuser, a bubble bath, soothing music and a glass of champagne. Add an extra touch by wearing your robe and slippers and get something for your partner or kids so you can really get into spa mode. Then sit back and enjoy some beauty treatments – treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure, try a new face mask or scrub, and just relax all day.
Challenge everyone to a scavenger hunt.
Scavenger hunts are fun for all ages, and you can make them extra special by customizing them for Valentine’s Day. For example, you can place candy in places where you’ve shared hugs and kisses with your little ones, or have them try to find heart-shaped leaves or stones outside. Find other ideas and inspiration, check out Pinterest, or get yourself a free Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt that can be printed on sites like FoodFunFamily.com.
Discover a new city.
Traveling might not be an option right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore another country or city. Go online and find a virtual tour of a place you’ve always wanted to visit, like Hong Kong, Singapore, Florence and more. Sites like EpicTravelPlans.com have a list of the 17 best virtual tours of cities around the world to get started, or just search Youtube for free options that match your interest. Make a full day of it by serving food and drinks from the city you plan to travel to.