Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

By Maniyah Goodwine

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you haven’t planned a single thing for your partner. You’re panicking and stressed out. It’s always nice to show your partner (or even your friends) you care, but sometimes that’s hard when we’re in college between classes and pay days.

Here are some last minute, budget friendly ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Things to Do

  • See your city. There is nothing wrong with keeping it local. Go for a walk around your town and check out some spots you may have never seen before. At Rutgers, we have the downtown areas or the neighboring town Highland Park has plenty of small shops and beautiful scenery. You could also stop by our very own Zimmereli Art Museum on College Ave and check out the latest exhibits.
  • Skip the movie theater, grab some of your favorite snacks, and have a night in.
  • Cook together. You and your partner can cook a meal in the kitchen, or if you are competitive, set up a friendly contest to see who can make the best dessert.
  • Grab some fast food. There is nothing wrong with grabbing a quick and cheap bite and calling it a day. Many of those places offer student discounts.


  • Craft from the heart. Sentimental gifts can have just as much meaning as spending money on a material object. Some ideas of craft projects for your significant other could be:
    • Writing a love letter
    • Leaving post-it’s with inside jokes and kind things all over the house for them to find.
    • If you’re artistic, you could draw or paint something for your partner.
    • Customize a sweater or a mug.
  • Buy the basics. Get them their favorite soaps, lotions, or candy. A small gesture like getting them something they use frequently shows how thoughtful and observant you are.
  • Frame it. Print your favorite photo of you two and put it in a frame to remind your partner of an awesome memory you have together.
  • Do a chore. Take out the trash. Wash the dishes. Walk the dog. Do something to help out and brighten your partner’s mood.
  • Keep it simple. There’s nothing wrong with picking up those five-dollar heart-shaped boxes of chocolate from your local Walmart or Target!
  • Be selfless. Instead of showering each other in gifts, spread the love to those in need. Make Valentine’s day cards for patients in children’s hospitals or your local nursing homes.

Remember: you do not have to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It is purely a fun holiday and not mandatory. So if it’s not your thing, that’s cool too!