Frugal Last Minute Valentine’s Gifts

It’s Valentine’s Day! What? You forgot? The restaurants are booked, you don’t have a lot of money, and you really want to impress your sweetheart. What’s a person to do?

Fortunately I have a few frugal and fun ideas to impress the special person in your life. I’ve even tried a few of these myself with a lot of success. So if you haven’ t prepared, pick one of these gifts, and go with it!

Ladies: What to Give Your Man

  • A reason you love him for every inch of him. Grab a roll of calculator tape and measure out a piece as long as your man is tall. For every inch on the tape, list a reason that you love him. I’ve done this one before. At about 3 feet, you start to come up with some really unique reasons for loving your guy. My then-fiance, now husband was really impressed.
  • Make a special dinner….and present yourself as the dessert. This one never fails. For special dinners in the past, I’ve made Cornish Game Hens for two or Calzones (with cream cheese and artichoke hearts…yum!). If you have children, make it a late dinner, after they’re in bed.
  • Leave a love note on your husband’s car while he’s at work. He’ll be surprised when he leaves for lunch or for home. If you want to really turn up the heat, make a promise of a VERY romantic evening at home.

Men: What to Give Your Woman

  • Write her a love letter. I always love getting letters from my husband. I reread them when I’m having a bad day.
  • Sing her a song. If you have any musical ability whatsoever, woo your woman with a love song. A couple of my favorites are I Will Be Here by Stephen Curtis Chapman and If You Could See What I See by Geoff Moore and the Distance (our wedding song). I melt every time I hear those songs.
  • Plan a special date at home after the kids are in bed. Candles, a bubble bath, and romantic music. That’s really all you need, isn’t it?

Whatever you decide to do, make sure your spouse knows that he/she is loved and appreciated….not only today, but every day.

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day?


By , on Feb 14, 2008
Lynnae McCoy I'm Lynnae, wife of one and stay-at-home mom of two. I'm committed to getting out of debt by being frugal with my choices in life.


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  1. I made my husband steak with mushrooms tonight for dinner. I hate mushrooms, so if that’s not an expression of love, I don’t know what is! He, on the other hand, is wrangling all three kids into the bath and in their pyjamas- what a great present!

  2. I love all those ideas! How fun! The measuring tape idea is very sweet. :)
    And I always love to hear my husband sing! Sometimes he takes out the guitar and starts playing and singing for me. He says he’s not good, but I love it anyway! :)

  3. Matt:

    Our plan is to cook dinner together at home. We can team up and make one killer meal (not to mention we both like to cook). I also got my wife some roses and she got us both heart shaped mugs with little bears in them. Both little gifts weren’t all that expensive and the dinner won’t be much either.

  4. My hubby did the sweetest thing this morning. There were 3 roses in the bathroom when I got up. Later, I found 3 more by my breakfast bowl, 3 more by my hot chocolate mug, and 3 more by the front door! Each set of flowers was in a plastic water bottle with a handmade wrapper on it where he wrote something sweet. Awwww :)

  5. Kaye:

    Thanks for the tips! I am adding you to my list of great V-day ideas (it was yesterday’s blog, but I’m updating it with some new links today).

  6. I will be making my wife dinner and desert tonight and maybe I will try out some of your tips!! Thanks for sharing…

  7. LJ:

    The calculator tape is a really great idea!
    We normally never do “gifts” on Valentine’s Day-it’s what I call a “Hallmark Holiday”-and advertisers dream.
    We usually do only homemade gifts. I make my Hubby’s favorite-Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake in a heart shape and save it for after the kids go to bed! Get’s him every time!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!


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