While Valentine’s Day can be a fun and romantic holiday, it can also be stressful. The once-a-year holiday for lovers creates enormous pressure to buy expensive gifts, flowers, chocolates, and meals for our partners. These cheap Valentine’s Day ideas offer some creative ways to please your lover without breaking the bank.
1. Movie Night
A good film has the potential to make us feel excited, happy, and aroused, and what better way to get in the mood for romance than cuddling up for a movie night with your honey. Skipping the theater means skipping the line and expensive tickets as well a chance to be close, and should your movie pick bring up some steamy feelings, privacy is always within reach. You can always rely on classics like The Notebook (2004) for a little romance, or spice things up with a more kinky film like Bound (1996), Weekend (2011), or Secretary (2002). If a movie seems too ordinary, invest in an erotic novel or find erotic fiction online and read it to each other. Exploring erotica can build intimacy and trust, and you may even find some new, sexy things to try out.
2. Sexy Coupons
Many of us struggle to find the right gifts for our lovers on Valentine’s Day – should it be sexy? Cute? Practical? Getting a thoughtful gift can be hard, but it never has to be expensive. Sticking to your budget doesn’t mean that your gift can’t be perfect, so try some homemade coupons for tasks and favors. From a foot rub to doing the dishes for a week to a blindfolded orgasm, the possibilities are endless. Whenever your lover needs a little extra, they simply redeem their voucher, and your Valentine’s Day gift keeps on giving. Make sure your coupons are creative, thoughtful, and for tasks you are comfortable doing.
3. Home Spa Experience
A nice day at the spa is a fantastic treat for Valentine’s Day, but it can be pricey. Treat yourself and your partner to a spa treatment at home instead. Essential oils such as rose, lavender, and jasmine are affordable and erotic, and can be used for a sensual massages or baths. A home spa experience will make your lover feel relaxed and cared for, and provides plenty of opportunity for steamy encounters. Those who are single this Valentine’s Day can treat themselves, too. Sweeten up your holiday by making yourself a DIY face mask using oatmeal and honey or coconut oil and brown sugar.
4. An Aphrodisiac Dinner for Two
Going out to eat on Valentine’s Day can be pricey, crowded, and chaotic. Instead, try making a meal together with ingredients guaranteed to titillate. Cooking together can be an intimate and rewarding experience on its own, and certain foods are proven to increase sexual pleasure and libido. Asparagus and avocados are packed with vitamin E, which aids in the production of testosterone and estrogen, and oysters, salmon, and walnuts can boost hormone production too.
Add some hot chili peppers to literally spice things up, as eating capsaicin releases endorphins. And finally, try the best aphrodisiac of them all for desert – chocolate. Dipping fruits like cherries, strawberries, and pomegranates can help increase blood flow, which increases sensitivity to touch.
No matter who you’re spending Valentine’s Day with this year, you don’t need to spend all of your money. If diamonds are out of your budget this year, these four cheap Valentine’s Day ideas can help bring some spark into your relationship and sex life – without draining your bank account.