How to Charm Your Valentine Without the Pretty Penny

Written by Madelyn Gastelum, Reporter

Valentine’s Day when you were younger was an easy holiday, you would wake up in the morning to a bag full of goodies that you could go and take for each person in your class. Now that you are a college student, the holiday of hearts is a little harder to figure out. Instead of 20 $1 gifts you feel the pressure of getting one gift worth $20 or more. You don’t have to break your bank this February! There are a lot of fun things that you can do with your college student budget.

The DIY to Their Heart

Consider DIY’s for this holiday and maybe make a gift for your significant other. If they like candy try to think of a creative way to give them their treats! You can make a miniature sweetheart pinata and fill it with the candy of the holiday “Sweet Hearts”. This simple DIY can be found on the DIY network and is a low cost project!

If they like bath bombs and over luxury soaps you can make them a heart shaped bath bomb. The easy low cost recipe is on arts&crafts& almost everything on the recipe can be found within your home already. You can add a nice touch by making them into a heart shape with a heart baking pan that can be found at your local dollar store.

A DIY succulent garden is the perfect gift for your green thumbed significant other. The directions on how to make your prickly garden a warm gift can be found at With a quick trip to a local dollar store and a nearby plant nursery you can make someone’s valentines day.

Valentine’s Day In LA

Of course, there are always the last second Valentine’s Trips. So if you’re looking for a night out on the town that won’t break the bank there are a lot of different events and pop-ups happening in LA for the weekend.

Pop up museums are the hottest tickets, like the Museum of Ice Cream. Valentine’s day is no exception, so if your special someone likes good photo locations for Instagram and wants to stay with the theme of hearts LA’s newest pop-up “The Heart Museum” is the perfect place. This museum will be here for a limited time staring Valentine’s Day and ending Sunday 17th. The museum offers tons of heart exhibits including a secret hearts garden at the end of the tour. Along with your ticket each night will have an exclusive offering including a meal and drinks. The tickets are free! So talk about some bang for your buck you can register for tickets now through If you want a fun pop-up but not one exclusive to Valentine’s day you can try the Museum of Illusions with tickets starting at $8.

The holiday is all about spending time together but do not fall short with a day of “Netflix and Chillin” impress your valentine with a rooftop movie. The Montalban Theater is hosting rooftop movies all Valentine’s weekend long. Tickets for the movies are starting at $18, snacks and drinks will also be sold or you can bring your own! All of the movies will start just after sunset at 8:15pm. The Theater will kick off the marathon of love movies with “Casablanca” Valentines Day Night, the “Notebook” on Friday night, and “Romeo and Juliet” on Saturday night.