Who says you can only show love and affection on Valentine’s Day? Not me. It’s the little things that count and I believe there are many ways to show someone you love them.
So how do you show someone you love them without breaking the bank or looking like a cliche’? It’s probably easier than you think. Just remember what made you fall in love with that person in the first place and continue doing the things you used to do from the beginning.
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Here are 21 Romantic Ways to Show Someone You Love Them – Without Breaking the Bank
I don’t believe that the only way to show love is to buy expensive gifts. Showing you care is one of the most important things you can do to keep your relationship healthy. There are thousands of ways to express your love for someone and the great news is that most of them are free (or pretty inexpensive).
Thankfully, you don’t need a thousand ways to show someone you care about that you love them. To help you out, here are a few.
Write Them a Love Letter or Poem
Anyone can buy a Hallmark card but does it really say to your partner what they mean to you? I seriously doubt it.
So, pull out a pen and paper and write a letter or a love poem. It doesn’t matter how cheesy it; they will love it because it is unique and straight from the heart.
Create a Photo Collage
Gather up a few of the best photos of you together and create a photo collage. You can have them developed at the local Walgreens or Walmart and assemble them yourself or design the collage online.
You can fancy up a cheap frame with items from the craft or dollar store. A great place for photo ideas is Pinterest.
Cook Their Favorite Dish
I love lasagna, but I hate all the time and effort it takes to put together. The same with seafood. Think of your partner’s favorite dish and make it for them to enjoy when they get home from a long day of work.
Hate to cook? Order take-out and serve the food in fancy dishes paired with their favorite wine. What’s even more romantic? Participate in a cooking class or prepare a meal together.
Serve Them Breakfast in Bed
Do you know how good it feels to wake up with breakfast served right to your lap? Talk about heaven. Serve breakfast on pretty dishes with colorful fruit and beverage.
Add a note on the tray with the reasons why this person is special to you. Here are 10 romantic breakfast recipes you might want to try out this weekend.
Create a Scavenger Hunt with a Surprise at the End
I love scavenger hunts and enjoy how you can customize the clues to fit any situation. Lead with questions that not only give hints to where the next clue is but has special meaning to your relationship.
You can be as creative as you want to be, with a body massage or the like as the big prize at the end. Romance can be fun and an activity such as this can bring you closer together.
Recreate Your First Date or Most Special Memory
Try to take your partner to the place where it all started – your first date. What if you want to recreate your honeymoon in Italy? No problem. Bring Italy to them and recreate the most memorable parts of your trip.
Getting creative with the decor and including music for the ambiance is a great way to show love.
Give Them Your Undivided Attention
No matter how frivolous or boring their talk is about their coworker and her annoying laugh, take the time to hear them out. I mean like really listen. Look at them while their talking, acknowledge their frustration, and ask questions when appropriate. This includes putting down the phone and turning off the television.
Nothing feels better than the feeling that your partner is paying attention to you and is really listening to what you have to say.
Plan a Night With a Theme
Showing someone that you love them doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. Just the attention alone is what most of us crave anyways. When planning your dates, become creative and plan it around their favorite holiday or event.
My friend loves the Harlem Renaissance and her boyfriend (now husband) planned an entire day around this era, which included a trip to an art museum, a free jazz concert, and a book of poems from Langston Hughes. Talk about a romantic and memorable night.
Have a Movie Night
A night at the movie theater can cost you an arm and a leg. By the time you settle into your seats you have a stank attitude because you just spent $50+ on gas, tickets, and snacks. Next time, you can spend a quarter of that renting a movie to watch at home.
You can cook dinner or just find some awesome toppings for your popcorn and snuggle on the sofa. Need some movie themed date night ideas? Here are a few here.
Meet Up for Lunch
You can save money at your favorite restaurant if you go during their lunch hours. The lunch menu at most restaurants is cheaper than their dinner one. That’s fine. The portions may be a little smaller, but you can still enjoy a nice meal without busting your budget.
Go See a Play
I am a lover of the arts and enjoy going to musicals, concerts, and plays. What prevents me from going more often is the fact that it can be pretty expensive. In fact, we recently went to a comedy show that cost us $200 for two tickets!
Look into your parks and recreation department for low-cost plays (concerts in the park if weather permits), as well as the arts’ departments at local high schools and colleges. You’ll be amazed at the level of talent you can find (some even for free).
You can show someone you love them without spending a lot of money (besides anyone can buy flowers and candy, so be original). If you’re looking for more ideas, read my post Fun and Cheap Date Night Ideas.
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