Ten Ways to Spread Love Under $10 This Valentine’s Day 💌

OK, raise your hand if you’ve ever gone over-the-top on Valentine’s Day. Whose guilty?

There’s no shame if you suddenly feel *seen*. In fact, the National Retail Federation reported that last year shoppers in the U.S. spent $1.7 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts just for our pets! 🐶

It’s easy to feel pressured to create extravagant gestures on this special day. But at Idea Chíc, we believe there is no reason to break the bank to show your appreciation to your loved ones. With our timeless, charming designs, our Valentine’s Day Cards are the perfect way to celebrate the day with your special someone – whether that be your significant other, a new crush, a family member, or a dear friend.

With many of us spending this Valentine’s Day at home, we rounded up the best budget-friendly craft or date ideas for you to celebrate the day with your love, family, or on a Galentine’s night. And better yet, we’ve matched each suggestion with our favorite Idea Chic cards. Enjoy! 💝

  • Go the Classic Route with Candy Hearts 😍
  • Our newest card, the Conversation Candy Hearts Greeting Card, offers a stylish, classic design to charm any special someone in your life. This sweet card pairs perfectly with a box of conversation hearts, or if you’re feeling extra daring, you could give your best shot at these Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies.



  • Make Breakfast in Bed 🍳
  • Is your spouse always running around doing a million things for the family? Surprise them this Valentine’s Day with breakfast in bed! Let them hit snooze once (or twice), awakening them only to welcome in the smell of fresh coffee and sizzling bacon and eggs. It will definitely make for a memorable break in the week. Plus, this pairs perfectly with our I Love You More Than… Greeting Card. 

  • Give a Puzzle Card + Game Night Challenge 🎲
  • Show you love your kids to pieces with our top-selling Valentine's Day Heart Puzzle Greeting Card. Each puzzle contains eight die-cut pieces that assemble into the shape of a heart with the message Happy Valentine’s Day in the center. This puzzle is a forever keepsake and can be framed as a permanent piece of artwork. This goes great with an invitation to a Game Night!

  • Create a You + Me Playlist 🎶
  • Make a playlist of you and your love’s special songs (bonus points if you’re old school and can conjure up a burnt CD or mixed tape!) This pairs wonderfully with our You + Me Letterpress Greeting Card. Perfect for your sweetheart who values simplicity. Not to mention each card is printed by hand on our vintage Chandler & Price letterpress providing a one-of-a-kind look and feel — just like your playlist.

  • Go Analog with a Drawing Challenge ✏️
  • Challenge your partner to a drawing date: each of you write down five different things to draw, then pick from a hat and get doodling! (Note: a bottle of wine may be helpful here 😉.) This date is best introduced with our Wishing You the Happiest Valentine's Day Vintage Banner Greeting Card. This card features a hand-drawn banner and a variety of classic stamp-like fonts — perfect for the creative inspo you’ll need to get sketching.

  • Pamper Away with an At-Home Spa Experience 💆
  • Create a menu of activities for you and your love, whether that be a bubble bath, massages, or face masks. Then gather all the candles into one cozy room, add fruit to a pitcher of ice water, and pull out your comfiest PJs for a relaxing night in. Don’t forget the sliced cucumbers for your eyes! This sweet experience is made complete with our Happy Valentine’s Day My Love Greeting Card.

  • Send Snail Mail and Photos 📬
  • Maybe with all the Holiday buzz you missed sending out Christmas cards… well  Valentine’s Day is another great reason to send photos, especially to grandparents! Print a few of your favorite photos (we recommend ones they haven’t seen on Facebook already) and send to Mom and Dad the old school way — in an envelope with a stamp. Sometimes we get so caught up in the digital space, we forget just how special it is to actually hold photographs. P.S. standard 4x6 photos fit perfectly in our Love Ya Mom Greeting Card or Love Ya Dad Greeting Card. 



  • Show You’re ‘Rooting’ For Your Loved One 🌱
  • Skip the flowers this year and go with seeds (our Bloom & Grow Wildflower Seed Tin is a great option!) If you’ve got a familiar love already in bloom, give your significant other the Grow Old Along with Me Greeting Card to celebrate the special day. This is a great pairing for a gardener or if you’re looking to start a new project together this spring. It’s a thoughtful way to say without saying that you believe the best is only yet to come.


  • Simply Say Thank You 🙏
  • Forget Cupid and the candy… is there anything sweeter than receiving a handwritten love note? Impress your partner with our darling Love Note Sewn with Red Thread Greeting Card. Writing why you are grateful for your loved one is sometimes all that is needed on this special day. A moment of sincere appreciation can go a long way — check out our #GratitudeGlow Challenge to learn more about the health benefits of a thank you. 

  • Don’t Forget Your Friends or Neighbors! 🍬
  • It’s easy to get swept up in romance on this day of the year. But we believe Valentine’s Day is an excuse to celebrate any type of love in your life! Surprise your friends with sweet notes on our Vintage Kids Valentines (note: we put these on sale to honor our ideas under $10!) or sweet little treats in our Valentine Treat Gift Slider Boxes (again, on sale for $10!) These two ideas are great for a Galentine’s night or spreading nostalgic vibes in your neighborhood or little one’s classroom. 


    How are you planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? We’d love to hear your ideas below, or tag us on social media at @ideachic! ⬇️

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