Cheap and Thoughtful Valentine’s Gift Alternative

Just over a month into the second term, funds seem to be diminishing rather quickly, whether it’s down to a few too many nights out, or indulging in the sales. We’re all aware that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and how expensive those flowers or that bottle of perfume are. For those of you singletons there’s no need to worry because you can treat it like any other day, but for those of you in relationships, fear not – I have an inexpensive solution to the perfect Valentine’s gift.

All you need to get started is a scrapbook, some glue and personal items such as photos or tickets from places you’ve been together

You don’t necessarily have to break the bank when trying to buy something to showcase your love for your other half. Small thoughtful gifts are the way forward when dealing with a very tight student budget. A scrapbook full of memories and pictures is a simple, yet meaningful gift which has a minimal price tag. Your loved one will appreciate the time and effort that has gone into this gift and it’s something sentimental that they can keep looking over.

You’ll only need a few essentials in order to produce this scrapbook. ALDI offer an incredibly cheap printed photo service where you can bag 60 photos for around £3. If you don’t own a glue stick then one of your flatmates or surrounding flats is bound to, and you can grab a scrapbook from most high street stationary stores. Doesn’t sound too hard, does it?

This is hands down the perfect gift for any girl. You might doubt whether you can pull this idea off for your boyfriend, but you may be surprised at his inner soppy soul. It doesn’t have to be full of mushy words and love poems, but pictures are memories and memories are always worth remembering. This means you don’t have to gently break the news that you can’t afford a present, because this way, you can.

Nicole Cottrell