Five Valentine’s Gifts that Won’t Break the Bank

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Valentine’s Day is celebrated by millions of people every year, inspiring nearly 6 million couples to get engaged and 58 million pounds of chocolate to be consumed.

Although some people feel that the holiday has become too commercial, it’s still a good excuse to do something special for your significant other. However, that doesn’t need to include spending on pricey gifts. Take a look at Valentine gift ideas that are both thoughtful and easy on the budget.

For the Foodie

Foodie’s love quality and appreciate the detail that goes into preparing a dish, which is why they often like to cook for themselves. If your Valentine fits this description, take him or her to a unique restaurant, brewery or winery to sample the local flavors. Or stay in and prepare a special meal with gourmet style recipes.

If you prefer to give a wrapped gift, something like a salt block can be an unexpected surprise, as most people don’t typically already own one. Or choose from gourmet food made right here in Nevada.

The Outdoorsy Type

If your Valentine loves the outdoors , how about planning a local adventure, like hiking, snow shoeing, or even soaking in natural hot springs.  For more ideas, take a look at these cold weather activities, or if the weather is nice, you may want to try a fun outdoor game. In any case, top off the day with a tasty picnic (which the previously mentioned foodies would enjoy, too!)

The Sportsaholic

Is your significant other a sports fanatic? Then consider something branded with their favorite team, like a collar for their dog or an etched beer mug. Or if you really want to get personal, check out these DIY projects on Pinterest.   Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a handmade gift that supports the team!

The Movie Junkie

For the movie lover in your life, consider a gift basket complete with theatre-style popcorn, candy, soda, and a DVD of a movie they’ve wanted to see.  Or present them with preordered D-Box movie theater seats for that big-screen action film that just came out. In home or in theatre, a movie date night is a fun way to spend time with your Valentine.

The Spa Lover

You may not think of spa style gifts as budget friendly, though you don’t have to give a high-end spa experience to make someone feel pampered. A basket filled with locally-made soap or bath salts, candles, a bottle of wine, and chocolates makes for a creative and romantic gift, while supporting your local businesses.

For other fun ideas and crafts that you can do with your family to make your Valentine’s special, check out Greater Nevada’s holiday board on Pinterest.