Most of us are more about emotional value over material value in a relationship, and more likely to appreciate a thoughtful date over an expensive one. If you care about someone or are serious about developing a romantic connection with them, how much money they spend to take you out is not on your list of priorities: authenticity is more important than dollars. Or, if you’re a little strapped for cash yourself, there is no need to fork over even $50 for a meaningful, beautiful day to keep the romance moving, whether it’s a budding romance or a long-term relationship that just needs maintenance.

romantic picnic date idea
Picnics never went out of style.

If you show up with a picnic basket (that you put some effort into making) and your authentic self, your date is sure to be intrigued. It’s a little old school, but this courtship effort will be noticed. Add little details that make it tailor-made, such as your date’s favorite dessert or sandwich; they’ll be impressed you listened and remembered.

sightseeing date idea
Sightseeing.

Sight-seeing is romantic and timeless. It also creates moments that you are going to remember the rest of your life. Sharing those moments with someone you care about will leave a lasting memory. Take a ferry ride. See a monument or museum. Wherever you are, there is a likely a cool place you can go, see the beauty of nature or architecture for free or at the very most for cheap.

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Gifts don’t have to be expensive.

There are ways to give a thoughtful, meaningful gift without breaking the bank. Pick up some discounted flowers from the store. Bring them their favorite fast food for lunch. Surprise them by making them their favorite meal. Even just leaving a tiny note, “you’re beautiful.” (Heck, make a game out of it and lead your partner on a scavenger hunt of thoughtful notes.) A gift comes from the heart, not the pocketbook. In the end, it’s about the thought, not the money you spent. Also, something handmade will last longer with more sentimental value than anything a store.


Photo albums.

This can be great for if the romance is new or going long and strong! For a new romance, you can use photos of all the places that you’d like to see together; it’s absolutely heartwarming and shows the person you’re dating that you’re serious about them. For the couple that has been places, make an album of all the places you’ve been together and get as many photo’s of the two of you there as possible to include. This will let your partner know that you really value these experiences and these memories you had with them, and that is real romance.

Think With Your Heart.

You know your date or partner better than we do, if you think with your heart, you might be able to come up with something better than what’s on this list. FanC designs loves romance, and would love to hear your ideas for romance on a budget! Leave us a comment below!

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