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Broke Folks Guide To Gift Giving: Valentine’s Day

Ashley Diaz, Social Media Editor

It is commonly said that money can’t buy you happiness, but can it buy you love?

//Ashley Diaz


Of course, money is an incredulous way to win someone’s heart, and if it works, it probably won’t last very long.


That being said, everyone loves to receive gifts, and with Valentine’s Day coming up, your loved ones are surely expecting something. However, it definitely does not have to break your bank to make their heart skip a beat.


Fear not, for I am here to help your wallet breathe and put a smile on your loved one’s face.


For these ideas, the person you’re giving a gift to doesn’t have to be your lover/partner; it could be your best friend, your siblings or even your grandmother. You can always personalize any of these ideas with inside jokes between you and the receiver.


First, there’s always the basic chocolate box you can get from any store. If you’re on a tight budget, you can go to your local dollar store and pick up a mini box from there. They are just as cute and tasty, at a fraction of the cost. 


You could also make a little bundle of all your loved one’s favorite chocolates. If they are not a fan of chocolate, it can always be replaced with sweets of their liking. For extra brownie points, you can make a little “flower” bouquet with the chocolates or sweets of your choosing. All you have to do is get the chocolate bundle, make it neat and tie tissue paper around it to make it look like a bouquet. If you are not crafty, putting the candy in a gift basket or tying a simple ribbon around it will work just fine.


You can also always go back to the classic love letter. Writing your feelings is always a great way to show someone how much you care about them. You can also write a poem, expressing what you love about them or a favorite memory.


You can also get cheap matching necklaces with each others initials. You can find this type of necklace in a shopping mall or order it online if you want to plan in advance.


Planning an inexpensive date is also a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. This can entail things like going on a small picnic with a homemade lunch or spending the day together watching movies and doing facemasks. 


Another creative idea that will not break your budget is making them a coupon book. In this booklet, you can include services such as a car wash, a foot massage, or even coupons to their favorite restaurants. The possibilities are endless and you can get creative with these coupons.


If you can’t find an idea that you like, the simple chocolate, bear, flower combo can still do the trick. Valentine’s Day is a holiday where your loved one wants to feel special and adored. Putting in some effort to appease the desires will surely make them feel appreciated


You do not have to run your money dry buying expensive things. By showing how much you care by putting effort into a gift, or even just paying attention to things they like by customizing the gift to their taste, you will show how much you cherish them. Although Valentine’s Day is the time to show love towards your significant other, don’t forget to give love to your wallet during Valentine’s day too. 


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