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Cheap but Awesome Valentine's Day Ideas

Updated on February 24, 2018

Diamond Candles

If diamonds really are a girl’s best friend then this candle is truly a treasure. For only $24.95 plus tax and shipping, you can buy one of several scented candles that have a diamond ring hidden inside. Each ring is valued between $10-$5,000, which means you could have a small fortune hidden away. The size of the ring included cannot be picked out but Diamond Candles states the candles have rings of all the common sizes. According their website it takes approximately 10-15 hours for the candle to melt down to the ring. If you don’t want to wait you can use a spoon to scoop the ring out once the wax gets soft.

Groupon.com

For the couple that wants anything from a romantic dinner to a weekend away, Groupon.com has some amazing ideas for up to 75% off. Some of the nation wide Valentine’s Day deals include: Custom-Made Photo Books from My Publisher, a Sterling Silver Heart-Shaped Monogramed Pendant or a 9-piece Whiskey Stone Set. If you’re looking for more of a weekend getaway, Groupon.com can help with those as well. For the wine lovers, there is a 2-Night Stay with VIP Wine Tastings at Best Western Sonoma Valley Innor a 3, 5, or 7 nights All-Inclusive Stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Groupon.com also has ideas customized for the area you live near. In the Los Angeles area for example, Groupon.com has offers of wine tasting for two for $30 and Movie, Popcorn and Soda for two at $18. If one is a baseball fan there is Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training, which is $8 per person.

LivingSocial.com

Romantic ideas and deals can be found at Living Social.com. They have nation wide deals on everything from beautiful bouquets from Proflowers.com ($15 for a $30 gift card), a stunning Swarovski “Forever Love” bracelet from Shonabella for $19 to adorable aprons for the cook in your life for $13. Living Social also has deals for all price ranges on local sporting events like hockey and basketball games and restaurants. If you’re partner doesn’t care for flowers or jewelry, Living Social has deals on Gourmet Cookies & Gifts from Cheryl's, or a cheese making kit from Standing Stone Farms, both of these gifts are $15 each.

The Getty Center

The Main Entrance to the Getty Center
The Main Entrance to the Getty Center | Source

The Getty Center, California

For the outdoorsy couple in Los Angeles, The Getty Center offers amazing views of art and the city of Los Angeles. The Getty Center allows guests to bring their own food or purchase some at the several stands or restaurants. There are several gardens at the Getty Center that make for a romantic picnic spot. The Getty Center has many kinds of walking tours throughout the day for those who want to learn about the art collection and grounds. There is only a $15 parking fee to attend The Getty Center making it a great place to have a picnic and see some truly breathtaking views of Los Angeles.

The Getty Center

Art at the Getty Center
Art at the Getty Center | Source
Art at the Getty Center
Art at the Getty Center | Source
Some of the gardens at The Getty Center
Some of the gardens at The Getty Center | Source

The Los Angeles Arboretum, California

If flowers seem like the perfect gift, then the Los Angeles Arboretum is a beautiful way to spend the day. Admission is $8 per person and for those whom want to take the special Valentine’s Day Love Potion Tram Tour it will be an additional $8 per person. Space is limited on the tram tour so reservations are required. While there are several places it eat inside the arboretum, bringing your own food isn’t allowed. However, since you can get through the entirety of the arboretum in about 4 hours, this could be a great place to visit before or after a romantic meal. The Los Angeles Arboretum is 127 acres of gardens and waterfalls filled beauty, perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

While Michigan may hardly seem like a place you want to go in the winter, Mackinac (pronounced MAK-in-aw) Island can be a truly spectacular winder wonderland. It is true that many of the shops will be closed for the winter, several of hotels, such as The Cottage Inn of Mackinac and nearby in Mackinac City the Hamilton Inn Select, are open. A short ride in an air taxi will take you to the island that has wonderful views of the frozen lake as well as some of the best fudge in the United States. Mackinac Island doesn’t allow motorized vehicles, except those used for emergency purposes. Mackinac Island has several events happening Valentine’s Day weekend including a chili-cook off to keep you warm and a cross-country ski trails for when you want to see the snow-covered island in all it’s beauty.

Mackinac Island

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