3 Valentine’s Day Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

As you well know, February is coming up soon, and that means Valentine’s Day is on its way! While you may already be tired out by all the red and pink, (why do stores have to put out the merchandise right after Christmas?!) it is important to celebrate the day with those you love.

While many think of Valentine’s Day as a couples’ holiday, it is a prime opportunity to spend time with your family and do something special to remind them how much you love them. Life gets so busy, and we let the days pass without really taking time to slow down and enjoy our families. Minor holidays like this can serve as a reminder to be mindful about how we interact with our loved ones.

Now, I know we just had some holidays that probably hit your pocketbook pretty hard. But doing something special for your family on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! Many times, the traditions and presents are the most memorable are the simplest.

Candy hearts valentine's day
But please, please! No candy hearts! Bleh!

Here are 3 great, cost-effective Valentine’s Day ideas to make it special for your family:

1. Valentine’s Day Breakfast Extravaganza

Now, I know that many people don’t like waking up early for breakfast, but you don’t have to do it in the morning. There is nothing better than breakfast for dinner when you are least expecting it. Throw in some pink sprinkles, dye your pancakes pink, make some pink whipped cream! If you’re not into food-dye, you can make whatever your preference is, but the key here is to surprise the family with something they aren’t expecting with something a bit out of the norm.

Here are some excellent recipes to get you inspired:

Don’t those all look scrumptious!

2. Love notes

I love you note Valentine's Day
Credit: Steven Depolo

Maybe you hate breakfast foods, or just don’t have the time to make a meal like that. A great idea is to take paper, any paper, cut out some hearts and write a short little note about what you love about each of your family members. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy or Pinterest-worthy. It just has to come from the heart. It may be cheesy, but we all need reminded why we’re loved every once in a while.

3. Valentine’s Day Dance Party

Ok, this one might be a bit crazy, but I think it is a fun idea! Make a playlist on Spotify of some of the cheesiest, upbeat love songs you can find, and host an impromptu dance party in your living room! If you have older kids, they may look at you like you’re crazy. But, it might be the thing that gets your family out of their everyday routine for 15 minutes. Go all out; break out your favorite dance moves. If it’s a day worth celebrating, why not dance a bit?


I know that as parents, we are all insanely busy. Taking the time to celebrate minor holidays like Valentine’s Day sometimes seems unnecessary, but I think taking the time to make the day a bit more special is worth it.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family? What is your favorite tradition?

Let us know in the comments below or send us an email to snuggleosophy@gmail.com!

Caitlin is the managing director of Snuggleosophy and the mother of 1-1/2 year old Amanda. She has lived as an expat in Santiago, Chile for the past 7 years and speaks English and Spanish fluently. She loves to promote reading for children starting from birth as well as multilingual and multicultural parenting. For her day job, she is a pricing and transportation analyst for international freight.

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