Great Valentine’s Day Ideas for Newlyweds

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Are you looking for a special or exciting idea to help celebrate your first Valentine’s Day as a married couple? If you are newlyweds, it can be difficult to know exactly how to approach this year’s Valentine’s Day festivities. Every couple approaches this holiday differently.

For some couples, celebrating the day of love is a downright necessity. Others prefer avoiding the hectic rush, chocolates and restaurant reservations. Additionally, finances may be an important consideration for Valentine’s Day as you recover from the expenses of your wedding ceremony, reception, and honeymoon.

Whether you want to go all out or keep things simple, here are a few great Valentine’s Day ideas for newlyweds.

Go on a Date

It’s an oldie, but a goody! As newlyweds, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the traditional dinner date on Valentine’s Day. Depending on your lifestyle, your involvement in wedding planning, and your current financial situation, it may have been a while since the two of you actually had a night out alone together.

Consider going to one of your favorite places or the location of one of your most memorable dates. A reservation at your favorite restaurant followed by a movie might be exactly what you need. Looking for a cheaper alternative? Make your favorite meal and rent a movie, or you could just Netflix and chill after a delicious meal together.

A woman holds a rose and embraces her husband

Make a Valentine’s Day Care Package

Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day doesn’t always fall on a weekend. Even when it does fall on the weekend, it can be difficult to match up schedules between you and your partner. If you and your spouse won’t be able to spend any significant amount of time together on the day in question, consider making Valentine’s Day care packages for each other. These boxes can be decorated and filled with romantic items, sentimental gifts, and delicious snacks to keep you thinking of each other all day long. As an added bonus (or challenge), set a price limit that you both must adhere to.

Five Senses Gift Challenge

Do you prefer to purchase gifts but want to spice up the exchange up a little? Commit to a five senses gift challenge! With this challenge, you’ll need to buy each other five separate gifts. Each gift should correspond with one of the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. The budget for the gifts can be set to suit any financial situation and you’ll both have a blast hunting for the perfect items. Take turns exchanging the gifts one at a time. It will be fun to go through all the gifts you’ve selected for one another.

Handmade Gifts

Handmade gifts are a great way to show your partner that you care. Whether it’s a scarf or socks that you’ve knitted, something you make in the workshop or a hand-drawn portrait of your partner, handmade gifts are almost always going to be a cherished gift that your partner keeps long past the holiday.

A man ties a bow on a handmade gift

Prepare a Special Meal

A special meal is a great way to show your partner how much you care. Try to handle the planning, shopping, preparing and cleaning. Your partner is going to really appreciate all of the effort you’ve made to make their Valentine’s Day meal extra special. Preparing his favorite dish or perhaps making her something she’s never had before, is a great way to show your partner that you want to spoil him or her.

There’s a lot of attention around the purchase of traditional gifts given on Valentine’s Day such as candy, flowers, and jewelry. With a little creativity and imagination, you can make the holiday special and treat your partner to something they will remember for a long time to come.

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