Having the perfect Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that you need to spend a fortune on your partner.
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate your romance and make your other half feel special. It shouldn’t matter how much money you spend as long as you are together… but a nice present certainly goes a long way.
Remember, the simplest things can go a long way in your relationship.
So, if you’re struggling to think of something amazing, keep reading and we’ll help you make this Valentine’s Day your best one yet.
Listen Out for Clues and Ideas
One of the best things to do throughout your relationship is to listen.
Make a mental note of all the key things your significant other mentions, write them down if you need to but make sure they don’t find it.
Anything you pick up can help you come up with present ideas. Then the next time a celebration comes up, you already have a ready-made, super-cool ideas list that will blow your partner away.
You can also ask family or friends for ideas. Your partner may have mentioned something to them recently that they might not have told you; somewhere they would love to go, an activity they would like to try, or a gift that they’ve had their eye on.
Make sure you can 100% trust who you ask so they won’t spill the beans. If you think they might slip ip, then don’t ask them.
Have a Reasonable Budget in Mind
I know you probably think your partner deserves the world and it would be nice to have the spare cash to spoil them rotten.
Unfortunately, for most of us we simply can’t afford to, so it’s important that you to yourself a reasonable budget.….
A clever idea if you don’t want to spend a lot is to agree a budget with your partner that you won’t exceed and you both must stick to it.
This can be quite fun, and you’ll be surprised how far your money will stretch.
Let’s Get Planning
The amount of planning needed depends on what you’ve decided to do.
time to figure out what to do for your perfect Valentine’s Day. There are endless possibilities and it can be hard to figure out what suits you best.
I have compiled a breakdown of some ideas to impress your loved one.
Surprise Them with a Holiday
A holiday is a huge surprise and is a wonderful gift for your loved one.
You need to do a lot of planning and saving to pull off the perfect holiday as a Valentine’s Day surprise, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be achieved.
Thinking of going
There are some great discounts available to NHS and healthcare staff on romantic breaks. There are so many destinations that are associated with romance, Paris, Rome, and many more.
If you looking to escape on a romantic retreat, then Superbreak might have just what you are looking for. Not only do they have an exclusive 10% NHS discount, but they have also added discounts for theatre, concert, and sightseeing tickets.
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An Active Day Out
A day out can be just as special as a holiday.
There are 100’s of things you can choose for a special day out. Go for an adrenaline-fueled day at their favourite theme park; challenge them to a few games of bowling followed by some fun in the arcade; go for a romantic, wintery boat ride in the local park. The possibilities are endless.
A Romantic Day/Night Out
You can book a meal at their favourite restaurant or try somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go to but not got around to it.
During the day you could go for a woodland walk or perhaps visit your favourite city/ town. Take them shopping and let them pick out that one thing they’ve been eyeing up.
No matter how you decide to be romantic, they will appreciate the effort.
Special Experience Days
Do you want to really impress your significant other? Of course, you do!
Experience days are a fantastic idea for a Valentine’s Day gift. There are so many activities to choose from that will show you have really made an effort. Activities such as spa treatments, going to the theatre, afternoon tea, or perhaps something more daring like a hot air balloon or a track day experience.
A Cheap Date
Sometimes cheap dates are the best.
A trip to the fair to get some candy floss might sound like the perfect day to you while finishing it off with fish and chips on the promenade.
Just because it a cheap date doesn’t mean I can’t be romantic.
Another romantic idea is a drive-through movie if there’s one close to you. Pack your blankets, get cosy, and watch a great film. If it’s warm enough, you could even pack some munchies and have a late-night picnic looking up at the stars.
A Stay at Home Date
If you don’t fancy going out this year you can still have the perfect day from the comfort of your own home.
Kick the day off with a special breakfast in bed and snuggle up for an extra-long lie in.
During the day, there are so many activities that you can do together that you wouldn’t normally get to do.
You could have a film day and make a blanket fort. Have a picnic in your living room with all your favourite foods. Bake a cake for dessert. Put some music on a have a laugh with a dance-off competition.
Spend the day like you have no responsibility and just have fun together.
Top the day off with the perfect evening and cook your partner their delicious meal. Ask them what they want or surprise them with something you’ll know they love. Light the candles, pop the wine open and put some love songs on.
Dress to Impress
Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or your one hundred and first; you need to look good.
Making the effort counts and just because you know your partner loves you, doesn’t mean you should put just as much effort to look good as you would on your first date.
For men, there is no smarter option than a suit. This obviously depends on the type of venue that you’re going to, but a well-dressed man always impresses.
You can pick up a great suit at a fantastic price from Moss Bros. who are offering up to 50% off plus an extra 20% healthcare staff discount..
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the ladies. Every woman loves feeling beautiful. NHS and Healthcare staff can get up to 50% off plus an extra 10% off a huge range of clothing at Dorothy Perkins, so you can pick out a show stopping new outfit.
What’s a new outfit without new makeup, right? You want to look perfect on the night, so a new coat of lipstick will go a long way.
You can pick up some bargains with our exclusive Benefit Cosmetics NHS and healthcare discount and get a fabulous 10% off.
There no excuses if you’re having a stay at home date either! You could buy some matching pyjamas for a cosy night in, or if you’re cooking a meal at home you can still get glammed up in a new outfit. It will make things feel even more special.
Why don’t you check out Joules? You can get an exclusive 15% NHS and healthcare staff discount and save on everything from fancy outfits to cosy pyjamas and lounge wear.
No matter what your plans are, a new outfit never hurt anyone.
Choosing the Perfect Present
If you have got a big day planned out, the best way to start it is by giving your loved one presents and card.
Clintons have a huge range of cards and you can get up to 50% off sale and 22% off non-sale items with our discount code.
Cards aren’t the only thing they have to offer though. They have a whole section dedicated to valentine’s day gifts. Pick up some beautiful gifts such as candles, gift sets, mugs and teddies. There’s even the option to gift wrap anything you order.
Another great gift is perfume or aftershave. We have a great offer at Fragrance Direct from all your favourite brands, including Paco Rabanne, HUGO BOSS, Elemis, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs. They are offering up to off for healthcare staff. They also have a wide range of products including perfume, skin care, hair products, and electricals.
Spice Up Your Life
Everyone knows Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to get passionate with your loved one.
Love honey have just what you need to put the cherry on top of your perfect day. They are offering up to 50% off sale and exclusive 20% healthcare staff discount.
They have a range of items to spice up your night. Surprise your partner by going the extra mile and knowing what makes them tick.
My Perfect Valentine’s Day
This is my idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day. Feel free to use this as a guide and change and adapt it to suit you.
Before Valentine’s Day:
- Find out what your partner likes/wants.
- Plan anything big first. e.g. holidays.
- Order presents, flowers, and card.
- Book any days off.
On the day:
- Breakfast in bed. You know them the best. Cook their favourite breakfast, whether that’s a full English breakfast or fluffy pancakes and syrup. Go that extra mile to show them how much you love them.
- Give them gifts, flowers and a card while in bed. Put effort into the card. A simple action can make a huge difference.
- Tell your partner your plan for the day, unless you want to keep it as a surprise. Get them excited for the day you’ve planned.
- Help them choose their outfit. You know what you have planned so help them pick out their outfit.
- Time for your date. A cute stroll into town, a boat ride, shopping, going the theatre, or staying home and making the most of each other’s company.
- After your exciting day, get your partner ready for the night you have planned.
- Be on time for all reservations.
- On the flipside, if you are staying at home make you set the table up to make it feel just as special.
- After your long day, head home to chill out for the night.
- Perhaps run your partner a hot bubble bath to help end the night right.
- Lay out some new pyjamas.
- Enjoy the rest of the night either cuddled up to your partner or have a night of passion that you won’t forget.
There is no budget too big or too small to show your partner how much you love them. Whether you stay in and make the most of each other’s company or you jet off for a city break abroad for a weekend of romance; as long as you can show them how much they mean to you, that’s is all that matters.
Spoil your partner in your own way. With love, with flowers, or with presents.
You know your relationship better than anyone else so make the most of every second on this special day.
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Jess is our Digital Marketing Apprentice who loves making creative content to help healthcare staff save money.
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