Now & Later Romantic Gift Ideas
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This time of year you may be looking for gift ideas for someone special in your life. Maybe you’ve been together for years, maybe you’ve only recently gotten together. For those of us on a budget the pressure to give someone a gift can be overwhelming.
So how can you show that special person in your life that you care, make it personal, and not break the bank?
When you’re short on time, you may have one or two stores where you can stop to get supplies and limited time to put it all together.
Here are a few DIY and personal ideas to get you started:
1. Jar of Joy
Label for outside of Jar
Optional: lid decoration
Message = “A kiss/heart for every day we’re apart”
2. Passionate Picture Frame
Picture, map, or decorative paper
White erase marker,
Message = “I love you because______”
3. Fishing Lure of Love
Tackle box or pill box
Fish themed candy for ‘bait’
Message = “I’m hooked on you”
4. Beloved Box
One Box (romantic themed)
Something sentimental that means something to you both.
Fillers: Candle, flower petals, card, candies, chocolates etc…
5. Sense and Sensuality
5 small matching bags/boxes filled with one gift for each sense
Taste – treats
Touch – soft, satin, lace
Smell – candle, incense, perfume
Hear – music, or playlist options
See – something you want to see on your significant other
When you’ve got a little more time and money together here are a few experiences you can put together that are sure to make a happy home.
The Hotel Experience:
Turn your bedroom into a hotel suite.
a nicely made bed
flowers as many as you can
The Spa Experience
White/off-white towels and sheets to pull off the spa look
Lightly scented candles or incense
Relaxing mix of music that is at least one to two hours long
Massage oils (unscented if you’ve used scented candles/heated oils are best)
Do some massage techniques in advance to top off this experience or hire a private masseuse for a couples massage (they bring their own tables 🙂
The Dance Experience
Sign up for dance lessons. This is a tried and true method for getting closer and gives you at least a month of weekly date nights.
There are all kinds of options available. I suggest one that incorporates a variety of dances including meringue, salsa, waltz, foxtrot, and the tango.
As a final date: go out and show off your new dancing skills.
The Game Experience
This is fun because it incorporates DIYs and personalized messages. Here are a few examples.
Jenga for lovers
Game suggestion jar
52 card pick up lines
RPG games for the digitally inclined
The Scavenger Hunt Experience
I put this one last because it is my favorite and most well received. It also takes the most time and money to pull off.
First, you have to map out your hunt and decide on the radius of your lover’s travel and time it will take to get from one thing to the next.
Remember, what you choose to hide, letters, gifts, clues, are all up to you.
This can be a citywide, neighborhood, or a home experience, you decide.
Want more ideas? Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page for more romantic gift ideas and images not shown here. In a long distance relationship? Check out our ideas here.