Guest Post By: Maile Proctor
So, you and your sweetheart are in that new “honeymoon phase” of marriage and approaching your first Valentine’s Day together. As newlyweds, the budget is often tight, but that shouldn’t prevent you from creating a memorable experience. Think outside the champagne and dozen roses for a Valentine’s Day worth cherishing for years to come. These unique gift ideas will spark romance, inspiration and deeper connection to get you both in the mood for love.
Note: Most of these budget-friendly gift ideas are also great for engaged couples who are looking for ways to say “I love you” without breaking the bank!
Year of Dates
For the creative couple who appreciates handmade gifts and quality time, this DIY project combines both in one meaningful memento. Organize an entire “year of dates” for your spouse. Come up with pre-planned in activities that you can on a monthly basis. It’s a sweet, Valentine’s Day surprise, and also a fun way to ensure you make time for togetherness all year long.
Add artistic and thoughtful touches by decorating 12 envelopes and tucking a card inside each one that details the experience. Keep the dates unique (think: cooking classes, improv shows or nature hikes), and include a mixture of both at-home and away-from-home ideas.
His & Her Mugs
For the affectionate couple who takes pride in their newlywed status, these coffee mugs are personalized with your shared last name, representing a lifetime of unity. Choose the color, font and words on each made-to-order porcelain mug, then savor a morning ritual together as Mr. and Mrs.
There is also an option to have the date of your wedding inscribed on the back. Ideal for displaying in the kitchen and posting on Instagram, of course, this gift is guaranteed to delight both your spouse’s taste for java and penchant for romance.
For the classic couple who enjoys a time-honored tradition, indulge one another’s sweet tooth with a Valentine’s Day essential—the cocoa bean. A recent nationwide survey indicates that almost 33% of Americans associate this season with chocolate treats, and your spouse is likely no exception.
Whether milk, dark or white chocolate, this decadent confection will make hearts flutter and taste buds sing. You can even boost the amoré factor by feeding each other truffles or chocolate-covered strawberries in the bedroom. This dessert is a known aphrodisiac, after all.
For the quirky couple who keeps the relationship lighthearted and humorous, make a statement with these charming “Taken” t-shirts and declare your commitment to the world. Even if you and your spouse aren’t the “sentimental” type, you’ll feel like a matched-set in this trendy loungewear, perfect for an intimate evening of wine, Netflix and casual banter.
The distressed, relaxed-fit material is made for cuddling on the couch, sharing a laugh, unwinding from distractions and reconnecting.
For the extroverted couple who is never lacking in conversation starters, this tabletop game offers an excuse to stretch those vocal chords and learn more about your spouse in the process.
Use the deck of cards to ask each other thought-provoking questions. The topics will help you bond and discover those nuances which make you similar and different. The most passionate lovers are the closest friends, so these questions will bring to mind that attraction, companionship and trust you’ve found in each other.
For the nostalgic couple who cherishes memories over materials, surprise your spouse with a keepsake of your first meeting or another major milestone. This wall decor is personalized with a heart-shaped map of the location of your first date, engagement or wedding, and inscribed with your names and other custom wording. The vintage design and matte finish gives this artwork a “shabby-chic” touch—the ideal accent for a cozy newlywed nest. This poignant reminder symbolizes how your relationship began and how you’ve both grown together during the years.
Are you celebrating your first married Valentine’s Day as a married or engaged couple? How are you planning to spoil each other on this special occasion? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below!