Dates & gifts on a student budget don’t have to be a headache

It always means more when you can see the thought and effort in a present. The execution doesn't have to be top-notch, it just has to be from you.

It always means more when you can see the thought and effort in a present. The execution doesn’t have to be top-notch, it just has to be from you.

VALENTINE’S Day has sprung upon us again, as it always does with little warning. It still feels a little too soon after Christmas; term has only just started again, and the last thing you dreamed you have to be thinking of is Valentine’s Day.

As I have always said, it should be a day of being together with whoever your other half is. You don’t need a day specified to this every year to actually enjoy being together – yes it is nice to have that extra something – but you also don’t need to be sucked into any marketing campaigns to spend ridiculous amounts of money. If you still want to keep the day semi-conventional, not to fear; we at ASM are here to help you with some creative gift and date ideas to keep the romance, but without breaking the bank.

In terms of gifts, there is no point blowing the bank on expensive chocolates and huge bears if you don’t have the cash. No one with their head screwed on will expect you to do this. Why don’t you make your other half a card from scratch instead of buying one? If they can see you have gone to all this effort to put the time into making it special then you will be on to a winner.

You could also take an old shoe box and cover it in pictures of you two together and fill it with your partner’s favourite things. This does not have to be expensive, and I’m sure it will make them happy. Alternatively, you could just make some vouchers for things like, ‘you get to pick the film’ or ‘I will make your favourite dinner’. It doesn’t have to be expensive it just needs to be thoughtful. You do not need to spend £30 on Interflora.

When it comes to dates, again you can keep the costs down. A walk by the prom is free, as is a walk to Borth. Yes, Borth isn’t as brilliant as Aber but the walk there will keep you occupied for a while and it will be a nice time to spend together away from the bustle of uni life.

If you are going for a walk, please dress sensibly. This may not take your fancy – if not, you can eat in and cook for each other. You can still do a steak dinner inside. If you happen to be single this year, hit the town with your girls/boys – get glammed up and own it. Don’t be ashamed to go out, this day is for everyone, regardless of whether or not they are in a relationship or not.

Whatever you have planned, or actually end up doing, have a brilliant day, on behalf of all of us at ASM!