It’s your choice: you can spend a lot of money on music-themed Valentine’s Day gifts, or you can be creative and personalize an experience for your Significant Other for little or no outlay. Either way, on this day the cliche “It’s the thought that counts” is certainly true!
Cheap thrills (free to less than $30)
The gift of time. Take off the afternoon or the entire day, ditch the cell phones, and spend some uninterrupted time together listening to music. Let your S.O. pick the tunes and the food to order in.
Create a playlist of “your” songs. Bonus points for choreographing some dance moves to those songs.
See one of the current movies that feature great scores. Pick one that your S.O. would like (even if you’re on edge to see The Lego Batman Movie). Try La La Land for old-time musical lovers, Manchester by the Bay for chorale lovers (note: this study on grief isn’t the most upbeat pick for Valentine’s Day, just sayin’), Lion for a suspenseful classical soundtrack.
A free concert. Okay, this is hard to pull off if you live in a rural area where concerts on a February Tuesday are rare. But check out nearby colleges and universities for concerts the weekend before the big day. If you live in a populated area, there’re probably several bars or other venues with live music.
Free tours of symphony halls or other musical venues. This is somewhat educational but if your S.O. is into learning be creative and think of music-related businesses that would be happy to furnish a tour. Call ahead to find out when tours are given or if you can arrange a special walk-through.
Reach in the ole’ wallet. Concert posters, headphones, bluetooth turntables…
Do you have more ideas to add for great gifts for music lovers?