So many ways to say I Love You. Here’s a selection of budget friendly ideas that are easy to create, easy on the wallet. And, easy to give all year round! Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day to tell someone how much you love them!
Say It In an eCard
Sometimes all you need is that perfect card. The one that so eloquently states how you feel. That speaks the message you want to say. There’s sure to be a card that suits your style at your local Hallmark, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS or grocery store. Don’t have time for the local store? Waited until the very last possible minute? Your loved one lives far away? Send an eCard! It’s easy, fast, and in many cases, doesn’t cost anything.
My two favorite online eCard sites are:
Rattlebox – Fun, silly, or just plain goofy your style? Free fits your budget? Rattlebox has an eCard for you! It’s chock full of just about any kind of card for just about every occasion and for just about everyone on your list. Want a little “something else” to go your Rattlebox card? Include an iGift Card. It’s even easier than making the card!
JustWink – Whether sending a card across town or across the country, JustWink has you covered. Whether it’s the season of love, or just because you are a hopeless romantic, a romantic eCard from JustWink is sure to make Cupid smile. And your loved one too! Romantic just not your style? Don’t worry – there’s other, less mushy cards too.
Learn more about Rattle box at Shake Up Your eCards With Rattlebox!
Say It With Edible Sweet Delights
Top off a romantic evening, or an evening filled with kids and laughter, with one of these delightfully sweet treats. And best of all, every one of them is easy to make and won’t break the bank. I promise! I’m neither a cook nor a baker by any stretch of the truth, and I can create each and every one of these. So you can too.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
A classic favorite! With just a few simple ingredients, starting with fresh strawberries and dipping chocolate, you are all set to create beautiful, oh-so-delicious, and mostly healthy, yummy treats. You can simple with just chocolate, or go “all fancy” and add nuts or sprinkles. drizzle across some melted caramel or white chocolate, even sprinkle on cocoa powder for a doubly-chocolate delight.
I use Dolce Frutta for my dipping chocolate because it’s easy, everything is in one container, and it’s reasonably priced. You can also make your own dipping chocolate. Check out Allrecipe, The Food Network or other recipe sites for dipping chocolate recipes.
Strawberries not your sweetie’s favorite? This recipe also works well with pretzels, apple slices, bananas, potato chips – be creative!
I “Heart” You Brownie Bites
Whether you make brownies from scratch, or brownies from a box, these inexpensive treats can easily be turned into a “heartfelt” dessert. Armed with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, change a simple pan of brownies into a plateful of decadent delight. Once the brownies cool, use the cookie cutter to cut out the hearts. Then sprinkle powdered sugar or cocoa on top for a delightfully yummy after-dinner treat. Or frost the brownies and add candy hearts on top. Get really fancy and drizzle melted caramel over them. Everything’s better with drizzled caramel, right? Oh, and those leftover brownie pieces? Your treat for making this creation!
No cookie cutter? Use a muffin pan and make individual sized brownie bites or simply cut squares and make Brownie Pops.
Need more details? Here’s two recipes for you: Martha Stewart’s Brownie Hearts from scratch, and Betty Crocker’s Caramel Drizzled Brownie Hearts from a box mix.
Cupcakes Got Heart
This one is truly easy! All you need is a box of your favorite cake mix, frosting, cupcake liners and chocolate kisses or candy hearts for the final touch. Or if you’re extra ambitious, you can top off that cupcake with heart-shaped brownie bites. Follow the same process as above but use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter. Yum! My boys love this one!
Prefer to make your cupcakes from scratch? Martha Stewart’s Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Multicolored Frosting is easy to make, and quite tasty.
Say It With Crafty Style
Stylishly Romantic Candy and Flowers
This easy to create Candy and Tulip Bouquet from Martha Stewart is sure to please! All you need are two glass vases, your candy of choice, and tulips or other favorite flowers. Red Hots and Candy Hearts are great choices. You could also switch out the candies for wrapped chocolate kisses.
Want something that will last beyond a few days? Use marbles in various shades of red and pink. Be creative! There’s lots of ways to put this simply beautiful vase together.
A Picture Says It All
Frame a favorite photo. Or frame a favorite saying! A red frame, complete with hearts, is perfect for your favorite photo or favorite saying. It’s also easy to make. Another idea? Frame your sweetie in a ring of sweethearts. All you need is a sturdy piece of cardboard, glue, and a box of candy hearts. Oh, and a favorite photo or saying too!
Say It With A Date Night In
Plan a romantic evening “in” with a Romantic Movies gift box. Place your favorite romantic movie, two bottles of favorite bubbly, sweet or salty treat, or other romantic fare, into a basket. All the ingredients you need to create your very own Date Night In basket can be found at your local craft store, grocery store, Walmart, Target or similar store.
To get you started on that Date Night basket, here’s collection of Romantic movies.
Say It From From The Kids
Let’em know he’s hands down the best! Have the kids trace their hands on various shades of red and pink construction paper and cut them out. Then write fun sayings on each one. Get creative and attach wrapped tasty treats like lollipops, chocolate kisses, candy hearts, or other sweet treat.
Nothing says I Love You like paper hearts from the kids! Cut out paper hearts and add a bit of candy goodness with candy hearts or red hots. Place in an envelope and hide in fun, easy to find spots around the house. Say I Love You from every room!
How do you say I Love You to your someone special? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Photos from Flickr via Jeff_Golden, JustWink, The Food Network, Martha Stewart, Betty Crocker, Cupcakes Take The Cake, Better Homes & Garden.