Where do you stand on Valentine’s Day celebrations?
I fall in the “I love my husband, but I’m not going to spend $100 on flowers” category. Nor do I want expensive flowers sent to me. I’ve told Scott if he’s going to spend $100 on a present for me, it should be a gift card.
Or a pony.
I try to get him a card every year — the finnier, the better. We also buy little gifts for our kids, mainly because this time of year is pretty blah. Waking up to a small gift at breakfast is a fun way to make it better.
That being said, I got a kick out of this PR pitch from consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch for quick and inexpensive Valentine’s Day presents. If you don’t know what to do on Thursday, maybe one of her tips will inspire you.
8 Lazy Ways to Impress Your Valentine by Andrea Woroch
Right or wrong, men typically spend more on Valentine’s Day than women. The National Retail Federation estimates guys will spend over $175 on the holiday, while women will shell out just over $88. And here we’re told love doesn’t cost a thing!
Despite these estimates, you don’t have to put a lot of money or effort into making your sweetie feel loved this Thursday. Consider these eight lazy gift ideas and come out smelling like a rose this Feb. 14.
1. Online Flowers
Online flower delivery sites make Valentine’s Day gifting easy, especially with same-day delivery options for procrastinators. You’ll pay a premium for roses, however, so look beyond this Feb. 14 favorite for less costly options. For example, you can send your sweetie a beautiful bouquet of 20 tulips for just $30, where one dozen roses will cost you double. If you’re not sure which delivery site to go with, check out this clip from Yahoo! Shopping for their recommendation.
2. Digital Gift Cards
Forget running to the mall to pick up a gift card — you can order them online and print them right from your computer or send to your lover’s email instantly. You can even save on digital gift cards by buying them at a discount from GiftCardGranny.com. The popular marketplace features an entire section of online gift cards to stores like Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works and more for up to 15-percent off.
3. Box of Beauty
BirchBox offers monthly deliveries of high-end beauty and lifestyle samples from top brands so your sweetheart can discover new products right from home. Place an order online and choose a 3-month for $30, 6-month for $60 or a 12-month subscription for $110. It’s a great gift that serves as monthly reminder for how amazing you are.
4. Wine of the Month
If your Valentine loves vino, look no further than a gift subscription to a wine-of-the-month club. It’s an effortless gift that keeps on giving, plus you’ll likely benefit from the purchase since you’ll no doubt get a taste of a new bottle each month. Use this Wine.com coupon code to save 10 percent on your purchase.
5. Printable Greeting Cards
Everyone loves a card on Valentine’s Day so don’t skip it because you’re too lazy to drive to the store. Print them right from home through sites like GreetingIsland.com, where you can select from several styles and add a personal note. They offer an entire category devoted to love and romance, so just click and print!
6. Homemade Sweets
There’s nothing easier than dipping strawberries into melted chocolate. Pick up a container of fresh strawberries, a bag of dark chocolate chips and a bottle of bubbly on your way home from work. Follow these easy instructions and impress your date with a romantic dessert that takes you less than 10 minutes to prepare. You can even take your chocolate-dipped strawberries to the next level by rolling them in chopped nuts or shredded coconut.
7. Frame a Memory
What may seem like a boring gift is actually the most precious. Framing a favorite memory with a sweet note is all it takes to make your special someone feel loved. Print a picture from your home computer and pick up a classic frame from your local drugstore or discount retailer. The gift will likely cost you less than $10 but will make a much bigger impression.
8. Gift of Gourmet
Fruit arrangements and cookie bouquets are always a hit, but they typically come with a high price tag. Consider picking up a gourmet gift basket at warehouse stores for less. Sam’s Club has a great collection for every craving, including sweet and savory selections complete with a festive teddy bear.