7 Affordable Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And you may think it’s all about flower giving and fancy dinners, Japan celebrated this special day somewhat differently from other countries.
In Japan, don’t expect a bouquet of roses from your romantic partner. Rather a box of chocolate is considered a romantic gesture. If you expect to receive a gift from a man, you are mistaken. Women usually give chocolates to the male figures in their life- their husbands, boyfriends, or male boss and co-workers. In return when White Day ( celebrated every March 14) comes, women receive chocolates and other feminine gift items from men. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day can be celebrated the way you want it to be– whether it’s between a romantic partner, family members, or even yourself!
Business connecting to Valentine’s Day is booming. There is so much pressure from corporations telling you to spend and buy things to show love. And here in Japan again, February means the chocolate industry is in full swing.
Forget expensive chocolates and useless Valentine knick-knacks! You can truly celebrate this day (if you really give importance to this day) by creating unforgettable and fun memories to last for years to come.
Here are ways to celebrate this special day.
1. Create your own fancy dinner at home
If you have a balcony, patio, or garden at your house, convert this space into a romantic spot–a table for two, candles, champagne, balloons, and Valentine’s day banner. If you don’t have time to cook, you can always order special Valentine’s Day dishes from your favorite restaurant.
No special dinner is complete without dressing up. It enhances the meaning of the occasion but is still on a budget.
2. Schedule a movie night with your partner at home
Watching movies together with a box of popcorn and a few rounds of mocktails is truly romantic and easy on the pocket. To add some spice on your movie nights, dress up like you’re going to an actual movie date! Dim the lights and use candles or fairy lights!
3. Get outdoors
If you’re an outdoor person, grab your hiking shoes and hike with your partner. On this occasion, this is not another ordinary day to hike so add a little excitement to your activity. Pack some sandwiches and go on a picnic.
There are lots of hiking trails and parks that are absolutely free.
4. Visit a museum
Museums are an affordable and fun way to increase your knowledge. If your date loves art or history, a conversation around these topics is a great way to break the ice and get to know each other.
5. Watch the sunset together
If you live near the sea or mountain, you are blessed with amazing views of the sunset. Not everyone has the chance to view this natural phenomenon. Call your partner and have a cup of latte (if it’s cold in your area) or a homemade cocktail (if you live in a tropical place).
6. Make your own chocolate treats/ confectioneries
You can customize your own chocolates! Chocolate bars in bulk sizes are available. Melt the chocolate bar into a heated pan over boiling water. When it is completely melted, pour the mixture over silicone cups or chocolate aluminum wrappers and top with your favorite sugar sprinkles. Wrap in fancy wrappers with ribbon. You can customize the cacao content as well by combining milk and bitter chocolate bars. You can give these chocolates to your friends, partner or children.
7. Have a stroll at the flower park
No flowers to give or receive? No worries! With just a few dollars or free entrance, you have the whole flower park to yourself. Most flower parks have affordable entrances and you can spend the whole day within the park. Dress your best and snap selfies with the love of your life!
If you are single or living alone, there’s no need to be lonely and feeling left out as there are tons of virtual and online activities for you to increase social interactions. Try virtual tours and enjoy exploring faraway lands without leaving your home.
Valentine’s Day should be fun and memorable. There might be lots of popular and exciting activities but it can hurt your budget if you have financial goals to set. Creating your own memories in a unique way with the one you love surely lasts for many years to come!