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5 Romantic Ideas for Your College Sweetheart

According to a 2013 USA Today report, nearly a third of all married couples meet their spouses in college, meaning that campus romance is alive and well.

This weekend, those romances will be on full display for as couples post status updates, “usies”, and gift pics on social media. Last year, people spent an average of $133 on Valentine’s Day gifts, totaling nearly $17 Billion dollars in sales revenue. College students aren’t known for having deep pockets, so here are some gifts ideas that will up the romance factor, while keeping the budget in check:


  1. Handwritten Letter: In researching this post, I asked my students what they’d like to receive for Valentine’s Day, and the overwhelming response was, “something from the heart.” Nothing says, “I love you” like taking the time to write, NOT TYPE, a letter of love to your significant other. A handwritten letter says that you’re thoughtful, sentimental, and sincere. Believe me, it will be valued far above flowers and chocolates.
  1. Picture Scrapbook:  Digital memories are great, but there’s something endearing about having a tangible keepsake of your time together.  Scroll through your phone, pick out some of your favorite pics, and send them to Walgreens, CVS, or Costco for print. Once the pictures are printed, pop over to your local craft store, and get a decorative album to hold your favorite memories. Feel free to add embellishments from your college or favorite team.
  1. Carpet Picnic: In most states, February is not an ideal time to be enjoying the great outdoors. In fact, in some states, it’s downright arctic! But just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t light a fire inside. You can recreate the picnic experience with a picnic blanket, picnic basket, fresh food, music, and enjoying one another’s company.
  1. Charm Bracelet: Now, even though money can’t buy love, a little bling ain’t never hurt nobody. Charm bracelets have become wildly popular because of their ability to be personalized, reflecting things that are special to the wearer. The most popular brand, Pandora, can be a pricey for student pockets, but they do offer leather and silver bands in the $45 – $75 range.
  1. Personalized Mugs: Whether its hot cocoa for snuggling, or coffee for studying, his and her mugs are a cute way to say, “I love you”. The personalization adds a special touch and lets the recipient know that this wasn’t a last minute drugstore grab.
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If you’re short on creativity, visiting sites like Pinterest, can provide tons of ideas to make your college sweetheart feel special. We’d love to hear your romantic gift ideas? Post them in the comments below.


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