Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone.

For busy moms, the thought of getting all dressed up on a weeknight for the most romantic night of the year may sound way too exhausting. But rest assured, Dearly found a way for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day without all the unnecessary fuss.

Instead of pretending you love expensive flowers, chocolates, and jewelry when your family’s on a tight budget, here are some very practical suggestions to help you rethink a traditional Valentine’s Day celebration.

As an alternative, don’t shy away from self-love this Valentine’s Day.

Do something nice and cheap for yourself because you’re a mom and you deserve it! Not to mention this way you’ll actually get something you like.

1. A Relaxing Candle

You don’t need a fancy candle that’s obscenely expensive to help you wind down, breathe deep, and relax. Try Bath & Body Works, White Barn 3-Wick Candle. The delightful aroma packs a powerful punch for $24.50.

2. A Mama Juice Wine Glass

A Mama Juice Wine Glass is a definite must-have because the saying is pretty much right on. You need this to “wine” while your kids “whine” this Valentine’s Day, and it’s sold on Etsy for only $10.95 woot-woot!

3. A Mini Perfume Sampler

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Right now, this Sephora Perfume Sampler is $25 for 7 designer perfume samples and it comes with a scent certificate for a full-size bottle of your choice to be redeemed at a Sephora store. How will you ever choose just one?!

4. Fuzzy Slippers

For lazy days, nothing’s comfier than a soft pair of fluffy slippers. Check out J. Crew’s $20 faux fur slipper sale. Kick back at home in style on Valentine’s Day.

5. Silk Pillowcases

In desperate need of a nap? A silk pillowcase is the ultimate game-changer for sweet dreams. Do yourself a favor and buy two for $19 each!

6. Booze-Infused Ice Cream

Haagen-Dazs just announced it’s rolling out a new line of alcohol-infused ice cream. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite spirit and sweet treat. Sorry, this low alcohol content ice cream probably won’t get you tipsy.

7. Mom’s Ice Cream Spoon 

Etsy sellers and other retailers have made an official spoon for watching tv while eating a whole pint of ice cream. Moms, upgrade your Netflix-binge with a cute personalized accessory for only $15.

8. Tea It Yourself 

Unwind, relax, and rest with a cup of your own signature customized tea. Say goodbye to stress with a DIY herbal tea kit for $20.

9. A Supersoft Robe

After a long day, sometimes a mom just wants to throw on a super comfy plush robe to sit back and unwind. Kohl’s has robes on sale for $18.00.

Treat yourself to one of these practical gifts you’ll adore for under $25 bucks. 

About the author

Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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