Budget-Friendly Gifts: Creative Birthday Gifts & Ideas on a Budget

It’s your significant other’s birthday in one week and like most college students, you are strapped for cash.

You have been asking all of your friends what you should buy, but only cliché presents are mentioned. Your goal is to give a present that is unique to your relationship, while also being kind to your wallet.

The following are some cute options which are not only romantic gifts, but also cute activities you can do together on a birthday. All of these will be sure to help you save money, while bringing you even closer to your loved one.

Couple Kissing

Play the love game

Talk to your partner that morning and tell him/her the rules.

Each time he/she texts or calls you that day, you have to share one reason you like him/her. This game is great because it reminds both of you why you fell for those baby blue eyes and quirky sense of humor.

You can even turn it into a scavenger hunt with clues and all sorts of fun along the way.

Bake something tasty together

The only gift sweeter than a plateful of chocolate chip cookies is watching your date struggle to measure out exactly one quarter cup of flour. This fun activity will definitely bring some laughs and fun to your night.

Pick up the ingredients before your significant other comes over so everything is set before he/she gets there. Set up some aprons, cooking utensils and even some champagne or wine to celebrate while you cook.

While you’re baking or cooking together, throw on your favorite music, movie or something that the two of you share a love for. Talk about old times and great memories as you build new ones together.

Make a mixed CD

This idea has been passed down for years between couples and it remains one of the best creations on a budget.

Why are CDs so great? Each time your partner gets in their car, turns on their iTunes or iPod, that playlist will come on and he/she will smile thinking of you and the wonderful times you have had together.

A picture is worth a thousand words (literally)

Take a photo of the two of you and place it in a frame. Add a twist by writing a message on the back telling the story of why you loved the day the picture was taken.

It doesn’t have to be a thousand words, but even a few quick sentences about why you love him/her and how much you care. Every time he/she looks at he picture, your significant other will be reminded of how the two of you feel about one another.

Couple Kissing from Marie Claire

Make a stack of love coupons

These should be good until the next birthday and then they expire.

Some cute favors you could offer include the choice of which movie you will go see or a whole day of free kisses whenever your significant other requests.

If you want to get more personal, add a romantic touch to one or more of the coupons by offering a massage for your partner, cooking him/her dinner or doing something he/she likes in the bedroom.

Remember: No matter what you give, it’s the thought that counts!

The awesome thing about many of these gifts and activities is they will make both you and your partner happy; expect your already strong connection to become stronger and your love to thrive after this birthday.

By participating in celebratory behavior, you are able to create new memories of the two of you as a couple.

This birthday will be a present to both of you!

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