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A Valentine’s Day First

I told ya’ll last week that I boycott dinner at fancy restaurants for Valentine’s Day and the reasons why. I wanted to follow-up and tell you that even though I’m not spending Valentine’s Day with my love it doesn’t mean that he’s forgotten. He’s so supportive and loving of my quirks that I wanted to do something different for Valentine’s Day.

Last year, we spent Valentine’s Day in NYC at a concert and had a ball. Remember this cute shot? Yeah, it was pretty great.


We still didn’t go out for Valentine’s Day to dinner. We had a couple of slices of NY pizza and just enjoyed the day sightseeing. We went back to the hotel and I fell asleep before the concert and then we went and had a great time.

This year since we are in an official relationship, I told him that I wanted us to do something different. I told him that it was our first real Valentine’s Day as a couple, but more importantly I wanted to suggest something that I’ve never done for Valentine’s Day. He said, “Okay.”

I told him that our gift giving limit is $20.00 maximum. No more. I told him that I would allow $21.20 to cover any tax but I didn’t want any expensive gifts. I told him that I want him to show me how he feels about me for $20.00. Let’s keep it real. He laughed and said cool.

Now, I know ya’ll are probably thinking that I’m crazy, but I’m not. Trust me. I’ve received diamond tennis bracelets, handbags, shoes, perfume, expensive chocolates, etc for Valentine’s Day. But, I never had someone think about the gifts that they had to give to express their love to someone with a $20.00 cap limit.

This means that you need to really think about the person you’re dating. What is it that you want them to know/think about how you feel about them? What can you do to show your feelings to someone in $20.00?

I’m glad you asked. Here are some quick ideas.

For the woman that you love – why not remind her to love herself each and every day by giving her this cute key chain?

Love You More Tassel Key Chain – $8.00


What about for the wonderful love that loves to write? Why not give them this personal journal and on the first page write a love letter to them?

Love Me Journal – $10.00


If you really want to give her jewelry, what about these?

10kt Yellow Gold Diamond Stud Earrings – $19.99


If you want to do something together – why not think about a book about the two of you that you can complete together and have for years to come?

Me, You, Us Book – $18.50



Here’s another great book if you two want to see how your relationship grows. It’s a 3 year journal.

Our Q&A a Day: 3 Year Journal for 2 People


See, there’s a lot of cute things you can do for your mate for under $20.00. I just hope that my gift includes a love letter. Hint, Hint!


  1. Love all of these suggestions. Our anniversary and valentines day are a week a part so we just combine it. I am not a huge fan of commercial holidays. I think love should be shown always πŸ™‚

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    1. Probably. But, I wanted to give him ideas to start thinking outside of the box and realizing that he could get me something nice for less than $20.00. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.


  2. Great suggestions, I know where you’re coming from , it’s not about the money it’s the idea behind the gift. Plus I bet if he didn’t have any money to spend you would still be happy with him. It takes maturity to reach that level where money is not the focus but pure love. This got me thinking, great post ❀

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  3. Wow, I love the idea of giving a personal journal and writing a letter on the first page.βœ¨πŸ’• I would loveee if someone ever did that for me lol.

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  4. Great ideas! I love the thought process of being forced to think about who you are dating and not hiding behind the money. I feel like it’s such a win-win because the people don’t have to spend much and they also get something more real out of it. Le sigh, I wish more things in life were this simple. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. LOL, thank you. I’m excited to see what he comes up with and I’m sure he’s excited to see what I come up with. No gift cards are allowed. He can make something or buy something.


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