Celebrate your special love story with a Valentine’s to remember. This holiday doesn’t have to cost a fortune to feel wonderfully romantic. If you’re on a budget, you can still treat your significant other to memorable Valentine’s Day gifts and activities. Look to these date ideas for inspiration:

Write a Love Note

In an age of email and social media, the classic love note may seem like something of a relic. If anything, however, the love letter has become even more impactful than it was in the past, because loved ones know how much easier it is to shoot a quick message digitally.

Use beautiful stationery and explain what, exactly, you love so much about your significant other — and why that love is bound to endure. Present this alongside chocolates or cupcakes, and you’ll be a Valentine’s hero.

A Valentine's Day love note.

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Get Festive With Valentine’s Decor

If you’re like many people, you make a habit of decorating your home or apartment beautifully for the holidays or even Halloween — only to abandon the effort the rest of the year.

Why should you miss out on whimsical decor during the month of February? This is the perfect opportunity to set the tone for a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Stock up on red and pink decor, including plenty of hearts and cupids. Don’t forget lovey-dovey quotes that remind you why Valentine’s is so special.

Level up your Valentine’s decor with unexpected displays that convey the importance of this love-filled day. Cutouts are perfect for a larger-than-life display. These could feature your significant other but might also highlight a favorite movie or TV character. You can also achieve an instant room makeover with custom decals or removable wall murals.


Plan a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Add a little childlike wonder to Valentine’s by planning a scavenger hunt. This should heavily feature personalized clues that are meaningful to you and your sweetheart. It should be just challenging enough to make your partner think critically — but not so tough that it feels frustrating. Don’t forget to provide a special prize for a job well done.

Husband and wife standee.

Prepare a Feast During a Cooking Date Night

Eating out on Valentine’s can be a pain. Many restaurants switch to expensive tasting menus and require reservations well in advance. Thankfully, you don’t need to rely on local restaurants to enjoy a gourmet meal together.

Cooking can be a wonderfully romantic and tasty affair. If you try a new recipe together, you can enjoy both dinner and a unique date night while also leveling up your cooking skills. After you’ve created an amazing meal, set the scene with candles, a bottle of wine, and soothing music.


Pick or Plant Flowers

Classic red roses can be prohibitively expensive. Depending on your climate, you could easily pick equally gorgeous flowers from your own backyard and arrange your own bouquet. Display these in a vase and enjoy the beautiful scents they bring to your home.

Another option? Planting flowers that reflect your growing love. Decorate a flower pot all on your own — and show the same tender care for the budding flowers that you express on a daily basis for your sweetheart.


Enjoy a Movie Night at Home

Skip the lines at the local cinema and, instead, create a cozier and more relaxing alternative within the comfort of your own home. Select a few tasty snacks to amp up the occasion. Popcorn is always a winner, of course, but Valentine’s-themed options such as freshly baked heart-shaped cookies will also be appreciated. Choose a romantic movie in advance so you don’t waste precious time scrolling through Netflix.

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Create Sweet Treats

Find a recipe for treats that are even sweeter than your true love. Opt for the most indulgent dessert you can handle on your own. You may be surprised to discover that some of the most decadent options aren’t all that difficult to create at home.

From truffles to chocolate-dipped strawberries, there is no shortage of tasty treats you can create for the ultimate Valentine’s surprise. Enjoy these together on the big day, or pack a box for your sweetheart to sample as he or she sees fit.


Plan a Fun Game Night

If you enjoy playing board games together, this could be the perfect activity for your at-home Valentine’s date. Many games are great for two, although you’re also welcome to invite another couple to join the action for a double date. Go all-out with a complex strategy game that immerses you in another world — or keep it simple with a classic, such as Sorry, Clue, or Scrabble.


Create DIY Gifts

Some couples quickly realize that ‘traditional’ gifts such as jewelry start to feel more like an obligation than a treat. Often, the least expensive tokens of your love are also the most special — particularly if they’re created by your talented partner. Thoughtful gift ideas include:

  • Scrapbooks
  • Ornaments
  • Bath bombs
  • Photo frames

A handmade Valentine’s Day card is also an excellent option; draw a picture or scrapbook your own card to share a special message on V-Day.

Take a Romantic Stroll

A simple walk can be one of the most romantic and memorable activities imaginable. Choose somewhere special — a path in the area’s most beautiful park, for example, or a historic neighborhood with beautiful architecture.

Bundle up and brave the cold, if necessary — you can always end your stroll at a local coffee shop and grab a hot beverage together. If you prefer something a bit more active, take your date to the next level and go hiking. Those endorphins will bring you a lot of joy, as will the lovely views and, most importantly, the opportunity to spend quality time with the person you love most.


Plan a Creative & Romantic Valentine’s Day

As you find new and original ways to say “I love you,” feel free to add standees, BigHeads, or decals to your Valentine’s festivities. We offer a variety of unique solutions at Cardboard Cutout Standees. Upload an image when you’re ready to get started, or get in touch to learn more.


  • Jason Frank

    Jason Frank is the Co-Founder and Vice President at Cardboard Cutout Standees. After 25 years of selling factory automation he started the company with one of his college roommates. The company has grown to one of the largest providers of large format custom printed products in the United States. Along with the namesake cardboard cutout standees, they also provide BigHeads, Point of Purchase Displays, Wall Murals, and Wall Decals to a diverse client base across the US and Canada. When not focused on the business, you usually find Jason either on the road biking or our in the woods and fields of western Wisconsin.

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