If you’re looking for some Valentine’s Day gift ideas that don’t end when the chocolate is gone, here are five home improvement projects that cost as much as dinner (but stick around after the check).
Cleanliness is Next to Lovingness
For a family with young kids, the simple things matter most — like a Lego-free floor and a Cheerio-free sofa. As a Valentine’s Day surprise, consider giving your sweetheart an organizational overhaul. Coming home to a spick-and-span house is worth its weight in gold. Or chocolate. Or roses.
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Show Your Oven Some Lovin’
The wine is flowing, the food is simmering…and the two-week-old pizza cheese you forgot to clean up is smoking. Nothing ruins a romantic, home-cooked meal like an unruly oven. As a token of your eternal love, give your spouse the gift of a squeaky-clean oven— inside and out. Your smoke detectors (and special somebody) will thank you.
The Best Gifts Come in….Cans?
Ok, maybe this isn’t always true, but a fresh coat of paint in your living room is a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift (for your home and your spouse). A quick painting project is also a surprisingly romantic way to spend time with your main squeeze — everyone looks cute with a little paint on their nose *wink.
Roses are Red
Gardens are Green
A Gift to Your Yard
Is Your Lover’s Prized Dream
If your special somebody has a green thumb, there’s no better “I love you” than some Valentine’s Day yard work. Clear out tree limbs and leaves from flowerbeds, plant a few bulbs, sculpt your hedges in your lover’s likeness — it’s up to you. But a little work in the yard never goes unnoticed.
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Hang some Art — No Beret Necessary
Even if you don’t consider yourself an “art” person, a blank wall decked-out with a few interesting paintings is the perfect Valentine’s surprise. Mix antique store finds with contemporary prints to create a neutral aesthetic that’s as pleasing as it is relaxed. Who knows, maybe a beret is appropriate after all.