Love is blind but dating can be hard on the pocket. So can planning a romantic date night for your spouse. It can get tricky if you have other financial commitments for the family in mind.
And it can get especially hairy when it’s holiday season. Is all hope for love lost? Not quite yet. When it comes to gifts, it’s always the thought that counts. The gift counts too, of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your romantic ideas.
How do you say, “I Love You” when you’re on a budget? We’ve got 7 free romantic gift ideas for your spouse.
- Plan A “Night In”
Instead of getting the perfect wedding anniversary gifts for your spouse to express your love, having a night in can work wonders. Having a night in can really mean anything you think will make your spouse feel loved and special. So if they love Doctor Who, cook a scrumptious meal and plan to marathon the series.
If they love camping but it’s cold outside, build a fort of blankets and pillows and string up some market lights around while closing the main lights. Unhook the phone and bring out their favorite drink.
You’ll find yourself benefitting just as much as them from this idea.
- 2. Give Them a “Coupon Book”
When you’re strapped for cash, spend some time couponing.
No, not the old fogey coupon books. You don’t need to stash coupons or clip them. Get creative, instead, with this as a gift idea.
Make a small booklet of little “offers” you know your spouse will love. These can be “One Free Massage” or, “Painting Your Nails”, or even, “Play Your Favorite Video Game for An Evening”.
Your spouse gets this booklet to use whenever and wherever they want, no exceptions.
- Major Moments
This one takes a bit of planning and preparation in advance, so listen up. You don’t need to be at the start of your relationship to do this.
Over the next three to six months, collect anything you think is significant and write a note for yourself as to why it’s important. Collect these “markers” in a small box. These can be anything from movie ticket stubs to phone pictures, party favors, fortune cookie fortunes — it’s all fair game.
Collect these “relationship” scraps and arrange them in a small book, writing out the reasons why these moments were so special to you.
Then, title the book, “A Moment in Time With You”. Your spouse will be blown away by all the thought, hard work, preparation and love you’ve obviously put into it and be touched by the sentiment of significance.
- Leave a Paper Trail
Make a little trail of notes that lead to a special place in (or out!) of the house.
You can even involve friends to give your spouse the notes or “clues” or make the trail into a scavenger hunt.
At the end of the trail or hunt, meet them with a special surprise like a picnic in the park or some fun in the bedroom.
- Bring Her Breakfast In Bed
Nothing says “I love you” like “I want to pamper you”. In this case, bringing her breakfast in bed says both. Decorate the plate with little sprinkles or write out “I love you” in chocolate sauce. Brew her favorite coffee or whip up some hot chocolate. Then, bring her a tray armed with her food and a singular sweet flower.
A way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach but for a woman, it’s the gesture and thought.
- Have His Buddies Over
If it’s game day or he heads to his friend’s house for a round of cards, why not extend his social gathering into a gift? You can offer to host his friends for the big game or for game night and whip up a couple of snacks and appetizers.
- Have the “All Night” Talk
Remember when you first started going out? You probably had one (or a few) of those nights where all you did was talk through the night.
You were still getting to know each other and nothing was off-limits. Old flames, a theory of the universe and SNL episodes — everything and anything was fodder. You connected and bonded over shared similarities and wondered at your differences.
And then, all at once, you fell in love.
Well, it was about the communication, not the topics. One of the most romantic things you can do with your spouse is form that same sense of open communication again.
Really listen to each other. Spend the night talking and “catching up” like old friends. Play a board game or perhaps even a video game. Brew some coffee and stay up ’til 3 am.
Here, the intimacy you forge is the true present. This is one gift that will keep on giving for the next little while to come.