Celebrate Valentines Day with those you love by spending quality time with them and not giving an expensive gift. Don’t miss these family Valentines Day ideas. You will not only save money but have fun doing it too.
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My husband and I wanted to spend time with our kids during Valentines Day so we made our own traditions where we would cook the family’s favorite dinner or pick up something from a restaurant to eat at home as a family. We made it fun by decorating the table.
One year, my son was in the hospital on Valentines Day, so we brought as much of the tradition that we could to him.
Get Valentines Day ideas for families from the list below. Mix and match them to fit your family.
Family Valentines Day Ideas – Activities
Make your own scavenger hunt game.
It can be to find something:
with a heart
red ink pen
socks with hearts on them
The one, or team, with the most items found, wins.
It can be clues to find something that you have hidden:
#1 – Find a heart with the next clue where you brush your teeth.
#2 – Look for your next clue where you keep your shoes.
#3 – Find your next clue where you get your snacks.
#4 – Your next clue is waiting where you keep your socks.
The item hidden can be a small trinket or candy.
Cook Dinner Together
This can be fun to cook together and is cheaper than eating out at a restaurant. A great deal of restaurants will be busy on Valentines Day too, so you can avoid the crowds.
Make your own pizza is not only fun, but everyone can put just what they want on theirs. Instead of individual pizzas, a large rectangular one can be made with everyone having their own area dedicated just to them.
Pick up all the pizza toppings like pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, cheese, olives, etc that you like. Roll out the pizza dough and cover it with the pizza sauce, then let everyone put their pizza toppings on their designated area.
Decorate the table with paper hearts and candies. Eat together as a family.
Not interested in having to clean the kitchen? Pick up something as a take out meal to eat on your decorated table.
This is a great family activity and serves as an activity and part of the meal.
To make it simple, start with the frozen dough and just bake them. It’s fun for all ages to decorate them (and of course eat them!).
Another family valentines day idea is to take out a board game to play or play cards.
This is a great way to spend time together. Our family enjoyed playing board games and cards, but unfortunately, our weeks were often so busy with school, work, and activities, it didn’t work out to play games as much as I would have liked. Try a new game, Jenga and Uno are great.
Watch a movie at home. It can be something on TV, Redbox, or something similar.
Pick up some popcorn to pop and candy to go with it. Dollar stores sell the movie size candy at a reasonable price and that will make it special too.
Family Valentines Day Ideas – Gifts
Give coupons to each other. This was a big hit at our house. Some things you can’t put a price tag on.
You can make hand made coupons by using any piece of paper and writing on it. Follow it up with stickers or draw something festive on it and cut them to coupon size.
Make the coupons in a program called Canva. The free version can be used to do this. Download them to a pdf and print once you’re finished designing them. You can make the coupon saying anything you want.
You can make your own, or if you’re short on time, download these.
Click here to download the free coupons to give by signing up for our newsletter. Some are pre-printed with items such as not having to do a chore or getting control of the TV remote. There are others that have blanks so you can fill in what you want. Print on plain paper or heavier paper like cardstock.
Boxed Valentine’s Day Cards
Buy the little box of 30 or so valentine’s cards that cost around $2.00 (at least that was the last time I bought them).
We would use them to give a card with a special message to each other.
Decorate a small paper bag for each family member. Have everyone sign their name and maybe write a small message.
The little cards also made cute decorations for the table.
Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards
Have everyone make cards to give to each other. It’s a great way to make a craft together and tell others how much they mean to you.
If you’re on a budget, read this article on what not to buy for Valentine’s Day.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with family at home and save money. There are lots of family valentines day ideas to choose from. Spend time together playing games or watching movies. Cook dinner and eat together. Give coupons to each other or make cards and let each other know how much they mean to you. It’s about spending quality time together.
Happy Valentine’s Day!