Loveland is famously known as the Sweetheart City, so there’s no better place to celebrate a day of love. Valentine’s Day can be special whether people stay home in their cozy Loveland apartment rentals with their love or get dressed up for a night out on the town with girlfriends. Making Valentine’s Day memorable can easily be done with those you love, regardless of your budget.
Whether you’re planning on having a light-hearted galentines, a sweet family V-day, or a day full of romance with your significant other, there are so many ways that you can make this Valentine’s Day both special and affordable.
Focus More on the Thought That Counts
So often people get caught up in finding the best gift, but Valentine’s Day should be about the love behind the gift, not its price tag. Remember that the perfect present doesn’t have to cost a small fortune; it just has to come from the heart. Instead of looking for the biggest gift, think about something that will be meaningful to your loved ones.
Take Your Love Outside
For couples that share a common love for the great outdoors, a Valentine’s Day hike would be a beautiful way to spend the day. Colorado is often a snowy wonderland in February, making a hike uniquely magical. Get bundled up, head out on your favorite trail and experience it in a whole new way. With the beauty of the snow, you’ll find that even a cold hike can be romantic.
Homemade Romantic Dinner for Two
There’s no rule that says a romantic dinner has to take place at a fancy restaurant. The perfect dinner for two often takes place at home with no other couples around. Restaurants are packed every February 14th, so instead of putting your name on a waitlist, put something in the oven and cook up something special. You can try out that new recipe you saw on Pinterest, whip up your loved one’s favorite dish, or even order a heart-shaped pizza to share.
Notes of Affection
For those whose love language is “words of affirmation,” why not fill their day with notes of love and affection? Whether it’s a love letter or sticky notes throughout the house with cute, cheeky messages, your significant other will surely feel loved. You can even extend this to your children with Valentine’s Day cards like the ones they receive in school. Filling someone’s day with small reminders of why you love them will surely make the people you love feel special and cared for.
Get Creative With Your Date Night
If you’re looking to for a fun date night whether with your boyfriend, girlfriend or just a group of your best friends, think about doing something other than the typical dinner and a movie. A Valentine’s date night out doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to be a big elaborate plan. Sign up for a local paint and sip class, sing your heart out at your favorite karaoke bar, visit your favorite museum, or knock down pins instead of hearts at a nearby bowling alley. For a list of 25 cheap, last-minute date night ideas click here.
Stay Home and Cuddle Up
Many couples live very busy lives, so a date night won’t sound appealing. If you need a night in with the man or woman you love, Valentine’s Day is the perfect night to cuddle up on the couch or in bed. Watch your favorite movies, play a game, or just enjoy a bottle of wine while you just talk about life or reminisce on your favorite memories.
Plan a Family Game Night
Parents of young children often find it difficult to go out on Valentine’s Day. Either you can’t find a babysitter or you don’t want to pay a babysitter and then go out and spend money on a date. So, instead of making Valentine’s Day a special event for just mom and dad, make it a fun night for the whole family with some of your favorite games. You could even invite other families to share in the love of some family-friendly competition.
Love in Action
While many people’s love language is words, others feel loved through acts of service. For these people, for example, stay-at-home moms, the most meaningful way to make Valentine’s Day special is to spoil them by living out your love through small actions. Some ideas could be putting away laundry, buying groceries for the week, taking over bath time, filling up their gas tank, or sweeping the house. These little acts of love may seem meaningless to you, but will show more sentiment than you imagine.
Plan a Day of Friendly Therapy
Even though Valentine’s Day is meant to be all about love, there are many people who just don’t love the day. If you have a friend who recently went through a breakup or a family member who hasn’t found that special someone, you might plan a fun day to help take their mind off of it. For many women, a day of shopping or pampering with friends can help ease the hurt of love lost. Or maybe a round of golf with your buddies is a better way to get through the day.
Love Thy Neighbor
Valentine’s Day isn’t exclusive for couples, so make the day about showing love to others. As a couple, as a family, or on your own, there are so many ways for you to make Valentine’s Day special for someone else and show them that they are loved. For more ideas on ways to volunteer this Valentine’s Day click here or see this gallery of volunteer date ideas.