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Valentine's Day doesn't have to put you in red

Published On: Jan 12 2012 02:31:55 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2012 09:20:13 AM CST
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By Amy Brantley, Contributing Writer

For the most part, Valentine's Day is an expensive holiday. This is because expensive chocolates and flowers -- not to mention romantic dinners and getaways -- can run you well over $100.

Indeed, it is possible for some Valentine's Day events to run closer to $1,000. But with today's troubled economy, many couples are rethinking their Valentine's Day gift giving. After all, it's the thought that counts, and it is possible to show you care without breaking the bank.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

The Web site RomanceStuck.com has some suggestions for Valentine's Day activities and gifts that cost less than $10. Some, like love coupons or a prescription for love, seem a little corny. (But there's nothing wrong with that. Some couples love that.)

Other ideas on the list include a spa night at home. Buy bubble bath and scented candles and give each other massages. It's romantic, and you can buy most of what you need for under $10.

Body Desserts

You can buy body butter or body chocolate and enjoy a spicy night. No need for a getaway.

The idea that you can turn your ordinary home into something extraordinary is the point of Valentine's Day, and the basis for true love. There's no need to go somewhere else for a sensual experience that you can have right at home.

More Inexpensive Valentine's Day Ideas

You don't have to limit yourself to $10. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day on a budget of $10-$50. Instead of going out for dinner, make dinner together. TheRomantic.com offers a variety of great recipes designed to help set the mood and even encourage amor.

You can create a menu, cook and serve dinner together, and then spend a relaxing evening with just the two of you.

It is also worth noting that you do not have to spend a great deal on gifts for each other. Instead of a bouquet of roses, consider a single, long-stemmed rose. This is a very romantic gesture. Make sure it is accompanied by a heartfelt note or letter. Dark chocolate also can be found for $2 a bar.

Let that be your gift instead of springing for a large and expensive assortment.

You also can put together a box of small but meaningful gifts based on the things that your significant other enjoys. A favorite magazine, the book he or she has been wanting, a favorite food or treat, or a favorite beverage, along with a gift certificate to a favorite store, could be included. Or comfort items such as a stress ball, back scratcher or a neck pillow could be given.

The idea is to show that you pay attention to the little things that increase small, everyday pleasures.

The important thing is that you are together. Valentine's Day does not need to be an expensive ordeal. Indeed, the economy may force you to be more thoughtful, choosing more meaningful gifts and activities for a budget Valentine's Day.