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Frugal Valentines Day Gift Ideas

By on Feb 4, 2013 in Saving Money | 19 comments

valentines day scratch off cardValentines Day is right around the corner and finding the right gift on a budget can be a challenge. According to a NRF survey, on average people spend $126.03 on Valentines Day. If that is not within your budget then you should consider the following 10 gift ideas.

Scratch Off Valentines Card – This option gives you the ability to determine what activities to put on the card. Some common and less expensive ideas are breakfast in bed, picnic in the park, etc. For step-by-step instructions on how to make them see How-To Scratch-Off Valentine Card.

Flowers – I am sure that this isn’t the first time you thought about getting flowers on Valentines Day, however, it is a great go-to gift when you are having a difficult time figuring out what to get. Use this code (retailmenot15) to get 15% off at 1800Flowers.com

Scavenger Hunt – If your significant other is into adventure then this may be your ticket. It does involve a fair amount of work so before you commit to it,  check out How to Hold a Valentines Day Scavenger Hunt.

Box of Chocolates – I am not sure if this gift can stand on its own, but if you want to bundle it with another gift like flowers, then you might have a winning combination. And for less than $10 for some Ghirardelli Valentine’s Chocolate Squares, you can’t go wrong.

Photo Book – Have you ever seen a personalized photo book and thought to yourself, ‘wow, that looks amazing! I should make one of those sometime’. If so, now might be that time. Right now Mixbook.com is offering a photo book deal for Valentines Day for $19. Don’t procrastinate on this one because the deals ends 2/4/2013 at midnight.

A Clean House – Perhaps both of you work full-time and find it hard to keep a clean house. Consider paying a company to come do a deep clean and put a personalized voucher in a Valentines card to let your significant other know. Oh yeah, the beautiful thing about this gift is that you both benefit from this one.

Quality Time – If you have not read the book, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, you should. One of the love languages according to the book is Quality Time. Figure out what your significant other thinks is quality time and then do that on Valentines Day.

A Movie Night – With so many options to watch new release movies at a relatively low-cost, this is a no brainer. Get a Redbox movie, a bag of popcorn and you are good to go. For more ideas see How to Watch Movies for Cheap.

Check off items on the honey do list – Have you been procrastinating on getting things done around the house. Perhaps this is the time to push through and get it all done.

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Do you have any frugal Valentines Day gift ideas? If so, share them in the comment section below.

    19 Comments

  1. Some great ideas here mate that I never thought of. My wife would be all over the clean house bit, who wouldn’t be. lol…

    Canadian Budget Binder

    February 4, 2013

    • I agree, who wouldn’t want a clean house? Thanks for stopping by Mr. CBB!

      Deacon

      February 4, 2013

  2. I always love a good box of chocolates :)

    Michelle

    February 4, 2013

    • Glad to hear it. It is good to know that these gift ideas are actually worthwhile :)

      Deacon

      February 4, 2013

  3. A clean house…………that would be an awesome Valentine’s gift!

    Holly@ClubThrifty

    February 4, 2013

      • That is classic! Glad I could help you figure out what Holly wants for Valentines Day :)

        Deacon

        February 4, 2013

  4. We usually exchange token gifts that are meaningful to each of us. I like oatmeal raisin cookies and she like s Sees candy. I pick out about 4-6 pieces of candy she likes.

    krantcents

    February 4, 2013

    • Oatmeal cookies are my favorite! I might have to mention that one to my wife as well.

      Deacon

      February 4, 2013

  5. Great post, Deacon. Love the little scratch-off cards! I’ll be sharing them (along with this post) on my Valentine’s Day post. Also, $126 on Valentine’s Day? That seems ridiculous to me, but maybe we’re just too cheap. :-)

    Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    February 5, 2013

    • Yeah, I thought $126 was high as well. I am just glad my wife is happy without me having to spend that much money.

      Deacon

      February 5, 2013

  6. For me a single red rose would do it. Years ago my now ex surprised me with just that, a single red rose in a vase, when I came home after work.

    Linda H

    February 6, 2013

    • Isn’t it amazing how just a single red rose will brighten a person’s day? I know that would make my wife’s day as well.

      Deacon

      February 7, 2013

      • Years ago Kenny Rogers had a song out called “Buy Me A Rose”. Check out the lyrics and you’ll see what a woman wants most in her life, whether it be Valentines Day or any day.

        Linda H

        February 7, 2013

  7. i think the best gift is a night away from the kids!

    Amanda Geering

    February 8, 2013

    • Hey Amanda! We don’t have kids yet but I could see how that would be a good gift. I hope your able to make that happen this Valentines Day :)

      Deacon

      February 8, 2013

  8. Best gift, quality time with my husband and children. Loveopoly is pretty fun too;)

    Erin

    February 8, 2013

    • Loveopoly? I have never heard of that. I will have to check that out!

      Deacon

      February 8, 2013

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