Most outrageous Valentine’s Day gift ideas – and affordable alternatives for you!
Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift that won’t break the bank.
Whether you’re in a committed relationship, spending the day with platonic friends or simply enjoying some time alone, Valentine’s Day is a holiday that, no matter how hard you try, is hardly impossible to ignore. From social media flooded with displays of affection to ubiquitous advertising campaigns and heart-shaped everything, February 14th is not a time any of us can forget. But what are some of the craziest, most outrageous ways in which people celebrate? We chose the most outrageous ones — and tell you how much they cost!
Outrageous Valentine Day gift idea: Trip to Paris
Even though it’s one of the most romantic destinations in the world, a trip to Paris is definitely also an expensive, and slightly outrageous, gift on Valentine’s Day. If you must do it, however, take a look at one of our latest blogs on 6 quick tips to save money when traveling abroad. Before you take off to the city of love with your mon cheri, make sure to budget and know how much you can truly afford.
Cost estimate: $2,605
Outrageous Valentine Day gift idea: Jewelry
When we think romantic gifts, we often think jewelry and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, there are people who take this to the next level on Valentine’s. In 2018, it is estimated that 19% of those celebrating Valentine’s gave jewelry, spending a total of $4.7 billion. A celebrity couple that went above and beyond are Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. In 2013 the rapper gifted his wife a $73,000 Cartier bracelet. What a way to say I love you!
Cost estimate: $175
Outrageous Valentine Day gift idea: Gifts of Experience
Gifting something that you can experience together as a couple is a fun, thoughtful idea. However, it can certainly get expensive when you’re buying everything for two. The National Retail Federation shared that “gifts of experience such as tickets to a concert or sporting event continue to be popular, sought by 42 percent of consumers, but only 24 percent plan to give one. Those 25-34 are the most likely to give such a gift at 41 percent.”
Cost Estimate: Varies depending on location and event.
Outrageous Valentine Day gift idea: Real Estate
The National Association of Realtors reported that in 2018, 65% of home buyers were married couples. So you can imagine that buying a house on Valentine’s Day might seem like a great idea … as long as it’s not a last minute purchase you can’t afford!
If you’re planning on surprising your loved one with a new house for Valentine’s Day, here’s how you should be budgeting for the roof over your head.
Even though we can’t deny that these grand gestures are beyond romantic, here are a few tips on more affordable ways to show your significant other how much you love them:
Less outrageous Valentine Day gift idea: Plan a Date Night In
Everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times to go out to eat (did you know that in 2015 OpenTable reported 2 million diners seated on Valentine’s day?). However, a way to save money on parking, cocktails, appetizers, and dessert is simply planning a romantic dinner at home! If you’ve read our blog post on the three rules of adulting, you know that cooking at home is a vital step to financial freedom. Cooking together can be fun and cheap!
Cost estimate: $20
Less outrageous Valentine Day gift idea: Skip the Flowers
On Valentine’s Day, Americans spend on average $2 billion on flowers, which accounts for 36% of the total holiday expenditure. Even though receiving flowers is always going to put a smile on someone’s face, this can be an expensive gift that will only last a few days and will cost you more on Valentine’s than most other days. Instead, consider sending flowers after Valentine’s Day. Delaying the gift will save you some money and it will still make the recipient feel special.
Cost estimate: $35
Less outrageous Valentine Day gift idea: Have a Movie Night
Enjoying a movie night with your loved ones is a fun and cheap way to spend Valentine’s Day! All you need is some popcorn, your coziest PJs and hopefully a consensus on what to watch. If you need help deciding, click here for some of the best Valentine’s Day movies of all time!
Cost estimate: $5
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