Fab & Frugal Valentine Ideas for the Hopeful Romantic

I don’t know about you but I refrain to utter hopeless romantic for the simple reason that it invites negativity. Hopeful romantic is more like it, don’t you think so?

~~> there goes moi in my deep-thinking self <~~ 

Valentine’s day is one week away. While the excitement is more obvious with women (what to wear on a date, etc.) why don’t we pamper our better- half with something that has more impact sans the high tag? Here are some fabulous yet frugal ideas.

Home spa. Light up some scented candles and play a relaxing music to complete the ambience. Then do a role-play. On that day you will be the most beautiful and sought-after masseuse or aesthetician for your customer man!

If you choose to surprise him with a massage, buy aromatherapy oil or make your own. Mix 1/2 cup olive oil with 6-10 drops of essential oil (lavender, orange, ylang ylang, etc).  You don’t need to be an expert in massage- if you know how to glide and slide your hands over the back, then you’re in it to win it; or turn to Youtube for quick reference on how to do simple Swedish massage.

Take it up a notch, do a facial, body or foot scrub. Visit my previous post  for some DIYs (Foot scrubs, Body scrubs)

Dinner for two at home. Set up your dining table and light up candles. There are countless recipes for dummies available at The Food Network. I like to watch Giada de Laurentii and Rachael Ray for their simple dishes. You can also try my Melt-In-Your-Mouth Steak ~ In a glass pan, put steak of your choice (porterhouse, ribeye, rib), sprinkle ground black pepper and dry basil. Pour 1/4 cup soy sauce and 1/2 cup water. Cover with aluminum foil, then bake at 325 degrees for two hours. Remove foil in the last 15 minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes, stir-fry vegetables or hot rice.

Tuck-a-love-note.  Write him a love note for heaven’s sake. Funny how we all started lovey-dovey in the beginning right? Surprise him with a love message hidden in his lunch box. Write your random thoughts, sweet or naughty it doesn’t matter mah dahling

Outdoor Fun. Trek, kayak, run, bike ~ whatever it is, devote a day  doing what you and your man loved the most. Reclaim the quality time babe!

But then again, if you want to treat him to something nice this Valentine, go ahead and spoil him. 


” If your man treats you like a queen, treat him like a king. If he treats you like shit, dump him in the trash because that’s where he resides” #innerbeast.

Hmmm…. I hope my king won’t read this post, otherwise it’s not a surprise anymore, hahaha!




  1. kalila
    February 9, 2012 / 4:52 pm

    great suggestions

    • February 9, 2012 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks so much.Happy Valentine's

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