How to Spend Valentine’s Day Without Breaking the Bank


A week from now and we’ll be celebrating the most romantic day of the year. But we know some of you are dreading Feb 14 because it doesn’t always go easy on the wallet. However, one study from Stanford University proved that the saying is indeed true: It’s the thought that counts!

So to make you love heart’s day even more, we’ve sourced a list of ideas on how to spend Valentine’s day without breaking the bank. This will definitely be your go-to-budget-list whether you’re a student saving a date night from your allowance; or a working professional who wants to get more bang for his bucks. Dive in and may we all enjoy this season of love!


Make it heart-felt with a DIY Valentine’s Party

There’s something about handcrafted work that makes it extra special. We recommend going the DIY route if you’re planning to throw a budget Valentine’s day party for your group of friends. National Book Store has a special section for party crafts and whatnots to make your celebration super memorable:

Party Banners, Balloons, and Tags

Party Banners and Balloons

Sweet Cupcake Toppers & Stickers

Party Cupcake Toppers


Cook a sumptuous Valentine’s Day dinner with your Beau!

Of course the party isn’t complete without the food. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a newbie, there’s always a chance to serve your loved ones a sumptuous Valentine’s dinner meal! Who knows you can even throw a dessert or two after you learn some easy baking and cooking recipes. Check out the Baking Mash-up:

Baking Mash-Up by Victoria Glass
Baking Mash-Up by Victoria Glass, ₱539

The fun way to create baked desserts is to mash them up! This cookbook helps you create a combination of your favorite sweets but without the double effort. It provides straightforward instructions on how to make the perfect hybrid treat for double the fun every time!


Extra colorful celebration with a bundle of Adult Coloring Books

adult coloring books

If your special someone enjoys his or her quiet space alone with adult coloring books, then a bundle of these is the perfect, thoughtful gift to give. We’ve especially featured movie posters, and renowned artists’ paintings in our latest line of coloring books. Prices start at only P100! So package them into a present and he or she will love you for it! Visit the adult coloring book section here.

Romantic Tip: Avail of our gift-wrapping service and you get a FREE personalized photo gift tag with you and your sweetheart! Check out the details here.


Because the brain is the sexiest part of the body!

Don’t be fooled with your eyes. Love gurus claim it is the brain that is the sexiest part of the body because that’s where we receive signals that boost our production of endorphins (to feel pleasure). Hooray for all the geeks out there because National Book Store has a special section for you this Valentine’s day. Check out our most recommended reads to give to your charming, geek lover:

Andrew’s Brain: A Novel

Andrew's Brain: A Novel
Andrew’s Brain: A Novel, ₱629

This brilliant novel by the author of Ragtime,The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March takes us on a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once, has been the inadvertent agent of disaster. Speaking from an unknown place and to an unknown interlocutor, Andrew is thinking, Andrew is talking, Andrew is telling the story of his life, his loves, and the events that have led him to this place and point in time. Buy a copy today for only P629.

Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After

Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After
Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After, ₱595

A guide for introverts who cherish solitude and crave togetherness.  If you’re introverted, dating and relationships can pose a unique set of challenges, from meeting potential mates and sustaining first-date chitchat to balancing togetherness and alone time when you have a partner. But just because you might not be comfortable in a joined-at-the-hip, finishing-each-other’s-sentences type of relationship doesn’t mean you want to be alone. Get this book to guide you in your love journey especially made for introverts! Small investment for only P595!

Popular: A Memoir, How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence

Popular: A Memoir, How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence
Popular: A Memoir, How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence, ₱459

One girl’s bold journey to learn what being popular is all about. Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. The Real-life results are hilarious, painful, and filled with unexpected surprises—but through it all, Maya’s positive approach helps her to reveal a new understanding of self-confidence, kindness, and acceptance. This is one awesome read to boost the confidence of your girlfriend. Go ahead and buy her a copy!


Write a journal of your love story

Daphne Journal
Daphne Journal, ₱199

Finally, we believe the written word is still the most romantic way of expressing your love. In this modern day of technology, less and less people are resorting to a pen-written note to say how they truly feel for another. Let this not stop you from journalling your own love story and sending it as a special gift for the love of your life. We guarantee, even if it may cheesy – those words will forever be cherished!

Pick the right space for your love story with these specialty journals from Daphne.

All set for Valentine’s Day? Go easy on your wallet and consider these cheap Valentine’s Day celebration ideas. But we have to warn you: Nothing’s cheap when it comes from the heart!

Get more Valentine’s day gift ideas from National Book Store. Shop online and we deliver your gifts free of charge to your sweetheart! Free photo gifts tags, too when you avail of our gift wrapping service.

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