Cheap Dates That Won’t Make You Look Like A Cheapskate: 9 Affordable Valentines Date Ideas

Valentines Day is almost here and what better excuse do you need for a midweek date night? My Husband and I will be spending it the way we do every year, watching horror movies and eating bacon flavoured everything. Whether you’re celebrating with your girlfriend, boyfriend, girl gang, family, the lads or your pet cat, you’ll be wanting a way to impress your date and if you blew your budget on a single rose Bachelor style, then you’ll be looking for some more affordable date ideas!

Picnic + Book

Pack a picnic basket full of your Valentines favourite foods and head to the beach, botanical gardens, park or even your own backyard. Surprise your date with a new book (Check out my last post to find out how to get your hands on a Penguin Classic for just $2.95) and make a new playlist for entertainment.

 

Learn To Cook Together

Set the table all fancy-like, blast some tunes, pour yourselves a red and learn how to cook a new meal together. If you can’t afford a $130+ cooking class then why not try one online? Jaime Oliver and Gordon Ramsay both have YouTube channels for beginner cooks. Make sure you watch the video the day before to make a list of all the ingredients that you’ll need.

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Games Night

If your Valentine isn’t a crazy competitive freak like me and is able to keep the sledging to mild insults, then the ultimate games night is just one Kmart trip away. They’ve got all of your favourite classic games like Jenga and Pickup Sticks from just $2.00.

 

Holey Moley Putt Putt Golf

As if Putt Putt wasn’t already fun enough, the geniuses at Holey Moley have taken this favourite childhood pastime and combined it with everyone’s favourite adult pastime… drinking! At only $16.50 a game and multiple locations around Australia, Holey Moley is the perfect Valentines date option. You can book online right here.

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A Night of Culture

Impress your date with a trip to your local Art Gallery and Museum. Check their websites for free events and exhibitions before you go.

If you’re a Brisbane local, the Queensland Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA) is screening The Mummy (1932) at 6:00pm and Morocco (1930) at 7:30pm for free! Finish the night with a stroll along the river or make your way to…

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Cowch Dessert Bar

Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar has two locations, Grey St South Bank and Pacific Fair. Sign up online before you go and you will receive a $10 bonus reward! The meals are beyond delicious and there is a wide range of affordable options including gluten and dairy free desserts.

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The Perfect Movie Night

Load up on snacks and get cosy at Cineplex, the cheapest cinemas in town at only $8.50 per adult. As if that’s not cheap enough, adult tickets are only $6.50 if you go to a weekday session before 6pm.

If you don’t live near a Cineplex why not sign up for a free Foxtel, Netflix or Stan trial, build a blanket fort and settle in for the perfect movie night in the comfort of your own home.

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Escape Room Experience

If you’re wanting to put your Valentines survival skills to the test, then the latest craze of Escape Rooms is the date for you. Prices vary but are around the $35.00 mark. If you’re looking for a discount then look no further than…

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Deals Extra

Deals Extra is home to the best deals available on the web! For a heavily discounted night out this is where you’ll find it. They’ve got deals on everything from stand up paddle boarding to fencing and of course restaurants and nights away. Deals only last a limited time but are updated daily!

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20 Affordable & Unique Valentines Gifts That Aren’t At All Lame ​

So Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you love it or hate it, the chances are, there is someone in your life who you love a little or like a lot and would really like to shower with gifts… however, if you are like me and are still recovering from Christmas then funds are tight. Never fear! It is possible to retain your ultimate gift giving status even when you are totally broke.

Here are 20 Affordable & Unique Valentines Gifts That Aren’t At All Lame

(Sorted from low to high because that’s how I roll when shopping online.)

1. Something Personal – $0.00

My secretly very talented friend Bryce drew these amazing pictures for his girlfriend and she loved them so much that she had them framed! If you are not this talented why not try your hand at some poetry… A is for awesome, L is for lovely, you went to primary school, you know how to do it! If music is more up your alley then create a super sick playlist that they can blast on their way to work. If all else fails everyone loves a good old inappropriate stick figure illustration.

2. Swizzels Giant Love Heart Roll – $1.60

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Honestly, you can’t go wrong with lollies and with these giant candy hearts from Candy Time you can express all those feels without having to say a word. You can even make a cute personalised message on the Swizzels website to go along with it.

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3. Penguin Little Black Classics – $2.95

These Little Black Classics by Penguin are perfect for the literary lover in your life. You can order them from Angus & Robertson Bookworld for just $2.95!

4. Doughnut Time – $6.95

Doughnuts… need I say more! Doughnut Time has the most amazingly, indulgent doughnuts on the planet and with gluten-free and vegan options you’re bound to find something for even the trickiest gift recipient. Individual doughnuts start at $6.95 or you can splurge and have a pack delivered by Foodora for $32.00.

5. La La Land Valentine’s Day Cards – $6.95

These Australian made cards are so luxe and quirky that your loved one will want to frame them! Check out their online store lalalandshop.com.au, where you will find something to suit everyone, and trust me the struggle to pick just one is very real.

6. The Falcon Soap By Soap Cultcha – $8.00

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Never has there been a cooler and cleaner gift to impress your Star Wars lover with. You can find these Australian made Millennium Falcon soap bars and more online at Soap Cultcha’s Etsy store. May the suds be with you!

7. Soap & Glory Gift Pack – $9.00

Soap & Glory bringing us the budget beauty goods once again with these super cute gift sets. Both available for just $9.00 each from Mecca.

8. Mox & Co Earrings – $9.00

Brisbane based jewellery designer Mox & Co, create the most unique acrylic earrings at incredibly affordable prices. While you’re on their site be sure to check out their sale section to grab yourself an insane bargain. If your Valentine is into mermaids, flamingos or science then you absolutely need to check out their new Quirky Dangles statement pieces!

9. Alcoholder TraVino Spillproof Wine Sippy Cup – $14.95

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THIS IS A SIPPY CUP FOR WINE!!! You can order it online from the geniuses at Alcoholder… you’re welcome!

10. Frank & Oli Soy Candles – $15.00

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Frank & Oli create the most delicious soy candles in flavours that you have only dreamt of… Smokey Bacon anyone? I discovered this Brisbane based business last year and now I have one of their candles in every room of my house. They are amazing value with the 230ml jar available for just $15.00 with over 35 hours of burn time. You can find these little scents from heaven online at Frank & Oli’s Etsy store.

11. Lush Wild Gift Pack – $15.50

Drive your Valentine wild with this super fun gift pack from Lush. They’ll never want to leave the shower after discovering Lush’s signature Keen Green Moulding Machine cleansing dough!

12. Søciety6 Mug – $15.99

With designs from artists all over the world, you are sure to find the perfect mug for your lover online at Søciety6. There are mugs celebrating everything from Friends to the fall of the patriarchy and a percentage of each purchase goes directly to the artist.

13. Marvling Bros Hot Stuff In a Matchbox – $16.00

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Looking for a gift that’s as hot as you are? The Hot Stuff In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros. is available from Hard To Find and is guaranteed to add some spice to your love life.

14. Shortstory Sushi Socks – $16.95

Is your Valentine still rocking holy socks from the mid-00’s? Update their wardrobe with some seriously funky Sushi Socks, available online at Shortstory and Glue Store.

15.  Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub – $16.95

Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub - $16.95

A Nylon review claims that Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub “Very well may be the greatest body scrub of all time.” and they’re not wrong! This scrub will leave your lover’s skin feeling softer than a babies butt and smelling good enough to drink. It is available online at Frank Body or in-store at Mecca.

16. Kikki. K Leather Key Ring Heart – $16.95

Your Valentine won’t lose their keys again with this adorable leather keychain from Kikki.K! You can make it even more special with their new monogramming service for an extra $10.00. “But I don’t have an extra $10.00 Alex, that’s why I reading this article”, you say? Don’t worry I’ve got that covered too, sign up to Kikki.K online and you will receive an email containing a $10.00 welcome voucher.

17. Mrs. Fields Signature Heart Tin Cookie Cake – $19.95

Mrs. Fields Signature Heart Tin Cookie Cake - $19.95

If you think $19.95 is too much to spend on a cookie then you probably haven’t tried Mrs. Fields. The Signature Heart Tin Cookie Cake is available in nine different flavours and can be ordered online or in store.

18. “Where We Met” Prints By Pixel & Flourish – $20.00

Where We Met Prints By Pixel & Flourish - $20.00
If you are looking for something that is truly unique to you and your partner then look no further, for we have found the ultimate way to celebrate your serendipitous first encounter (or schoolies in my case).  You can order these gorgeous, Australian made, custom “Where We Met” prints from Pixel & Flourish’s Facebook page.

19. Rose Quartz Tusk Pendant by Kirsten Ash – $23.70

If you are wanting to spoil your loved one with something really special then check out the sale section on the Kirsten Ash website. There are hundreds of beautiful bespoke pieces on sale from as little as $17.70. The stunning small rose tusk quartz pendant featured above is 18k gold plated and is available for $23.70.

20. Personalised Plectrum Holder Keyring by Parkin & Lewis – $25.00

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This hand-stitched personalised plectrum holder keyring by Parkin & Lewis is perfect for the muso in your life. It is available online at Hard To Find, sign up while you’re there for lots of exclusive offers and discounts.

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