February 3, 2021

7 Affordable Ways to Spread the Love This Valentine's Day


Love is in the air, and once again, it's time to show your favorite people how much you care.

Whether you plan to enjoy a romantic evening with a partner or use the day to love your friends and family, Valentine's presents us with an opportunity to let others know we value them.

Best of all, you don't have to spend a lot of money to communicate your feelings. Investing time and creativity often reveals more than just plunking down a chunk of change for a pricey gift.

We came up with seven ways to help you spread the love this year. Not one of them will break the bank:

1. Create a culinary feast for your special people.

You don't have to be Rachel Ray or Gordon Ramsay to pull this off. A hot and saucy one-pot dish of cheesy spaghetti can have you wolfing down dinner like Lady and the Tramp. A more health-conscious Valentine's Day approach — and one your vegan friends can appreciate, too — is strawberry ravioli with balsamic and basil. Gifts of food always seem more pleasing when tied with a bright ribbon, adorned with a fresh flower, or paired with a favorite bubbly.

Romantic Man Surprising Young Woman With Bouquet Of Flowers

2. Surprise a girl pal with fresh flowers.

The language of flowers can speak to the heart like little else. You don't have to limit yourself to fresh-cut botanicals, either. An orchid, a pot of succulents, or an African violet in a charming container can all let your bestie or your girlfriend know how much you appreciate her. Local nurseries often offer the heartiest selections, but you can sometimes find healthy plants at department stores and groceries.

3. Mail a note of appreciation

— handwritten, of course — to someone you admire. Did you ever tell that middle school teacher, college prof, or athletic coach how much he or she meant to you? If not, this might be the Valentine's Day to pick up a pack of creative stationery at your local card shop and share warm thoughts through your pen. If you and your boo are celebrating together, you can draft your notes at the same time and share stories about the people who loved you well.

Trick or Treat Kids Wearing Masks

4. Present your friend, mom, sister, or partner with a cozy gift.

At Triodream, we're offering a special V-Day discount — buy one robe and get 50% of your second robe. This deal lets you gift two of your favorite ladies with a chance to sit in the lap of luxury. Or keep one as a cozy present for yourself — don't worry, we won't tell!

Elderly grandparents communicating with adult granddaughter using video call

5. Call your parents or other important adults in your life.

Moms, dads, grandparents, and other caregivers invest their time, money, and energy to help us mature into responsible (but fun-loving) adults. The month of love provides the perfect excuse to dial them up for a chat and a chance to say "thank you." (And no, texts, emails, and social media messages don't count. Let your biggest cheerleaders hear your voice on the line.)

6. Sort through your closet.

Donate anything that's the wrong size or that you just don't wear anymore. You probably already know that Goodwill and the Salvation Army make excellent drop-off locations for gently worn tops, pants, and shoes. But did you know you can help even more people by donating your used brassiere to Free the Girls? This organization will pass along your shapewear to a woman in the developing world who has experienced sex trafficking. These women resell bras to achieve financial independence.

Set of chocolate truffle made of dark and milk chocolate

7. Don’t forget about yourself.

You need to love the one-and-only you just like you love the ones around you. So treat your body to a cute outfit, splurge on a piece of dark chocolate, or binge-watch your favorite show. You deserve it!

8. Bonus Tip: Spread the love through chalk.

Love and connect with others through chalk art. You can decorate your own fence and sidewalks for your neighbors to enjoy. Then, take a walk around the block with some chalk in your pocket, and leave a short message or picture for a friend.

We could all use a little more love right now, don't you think? This Valentine's Day, take the time to avish love on all your favorite people.

Remember, too, that love doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

It just requires a little heart.

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