11 Last Minute Cheap Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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The old lovely Valentine’s Day, either you love it or you hate it. For me personally, I like the idea of Valentine’s Day, but not the expensive gift-giving. It’s more fun when you step away from the mindless consumption and show someone in a personal and creative way that you appreciate them. That’s why in this article we will talk about cheap Valentine’s Day gift ideas, that will make Valentine’s special without spending too much money.

Frugal Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas:


1. The Five Love Languages

The famous book The Five Love Languages teaches you how we all have a different love language. There are five forms:

  • Receiving Gifts: a gift with an emotional meaning behind it doesn’t have to be expensive
  • Quality time: time spent together without any distractions
  • Words of Affirmation: compliments and encouragement without being requested
  • Acts of Service: taking chores, making life easier by doing acts of service
  • Physical touch: holding hands, hugging, or kissing

While you might need quality time together, your partner might need acts of service. So while you are waiting for your loved one to go and watch some Netflix together, your partner might be cleaning the house and taking on the chores that you don’t like.

That’s why it’s very interesting to know each other’s’ love language so that you can show your love and affection in a way that is appreciated by your partner.

2. Replicate Your Favorite Date

In order to think of an appropriate Valentine’s gift, think about your most favorite moments with that person. Perhaps you had a great time together going for the local book store or go to the place your first met.

I love to go with my partner to the city I lived when I was studying, which is also the city where we first met. It feels like home for both of us, and it’s something nostalgic to do every once in a while!

3. Acts of Service

Does your sweetheart hate folding the laundry, cleaning up the house or making dinner? This year with Valentine’s Day, take over their chores as an act of service. It’s a small effort for you, that will be very much appreciated!

4. Write A Letter

Writing a letter on paper has something so so romantic around it! So surprise your sweetheart with a hand-written card this Valentine’s Day. Tell them what you love about them, your favorite memories together and why you appreciate them.

You can send your letter through the Loveland Remailing Program, where volunteers from Loveland, Colorado will stamp an additional verse to your Valentine’s Day letter.

If you don’t have a Valentine this year, don’t worry. I wrote a love letter to money this year – which is something that I can recommend you do to make your relationship with money more visible for yourself.

5. Flowers

All things considered, getting flowers is still a treat for many. Just buy flowers in your supermarket, they are much much cheaper compared to any florist.

If you like to treat your Valentine on some nice flowers, don’t worry. It’s important that you spend money on things that are important to you. If it’s something you value, please go ahead and buy them!

6. DIY Gift Basket

If you loved one like gifts, buying a gift basket might just make their day. Put in some matching coffee mugs (or tea mugs if you don’t drink caffeine), a card, some treats that they will love, a funny gift, and you’re set. That’s much easier and cheaper than buying flowers or going to the gift store.

7. Cook Together

I love cooking together! You can listen to music, have a glass of wine and every once in a while you check whether your meal is not burnt yet, great fun! I love homemade pizza (yes I call that cooking), anything with rice or some pasta. Don’t forget to get a nice wine (or beer, whatever you prefer) and some candles out, quality time guaranteed.

8. Take A Nice Long Walk

If you want to hit two birds in one stone, you can take a nice long walk together to get more fit. Walking is a great way to connect, since you have the time together to chat about whatever you want. While, at the same time, you’re getting fit.

If you and your loved one want to be more active together, one great gift can be a fitness tracker.

9. Go Local

I bet that in the city you live in, or a city close to you, there are tons of things that you can visit! Discover the city, walk around, visit museums or local landmarks. When you avoid expensive museums and don’t go out to eat for every meal of the day, this can be a pretty inexpensive day.

10. Go Ice Skating Or Roller Skating

Ice skating for sure will take you back to your high school days, or your first dates together. Admission is less than €10 mostly, plus the hot chocolate milk that you will definitely drink will also not break the bank.

If you don’t have an ice skating rink close to your house, go roller skating! Both activities will guarantee that you hold hands the entire time because it’s not possible to stay upright otherwise (wink wink).

11. It’s YOUR Valentine’s Day, Do Whatever You Want!

In the end, Valentine’s Day is not about the gift-giving in particular, it is about showing your loved ones that you care about them and that they are special for you. For some people, Valentine’s Day is just another day of the week. For others, however, it is special. In the last couple of years, there are more people saying that Valentine’s Day is just a Hallmark day. That might be true, but so is the concept of Christmas that we celebrate today, and we still give gifts and love spending the time together.

If you find it hard to come up with something, here are some great gift ideas for women who have everything!

What I’m trying to say here is this: if you love Valentine’s Day and you love gift-giving and spending time with your sweetheart on the 14th of February, that’s all good. If you don’t, that’s all good as well. Make the holiday optimal for you, enjoy!

If you want to educate your sweetheart financially, Rich Dad Poor Dad might be a good gift. A good read, while at the same time explaining what steps you should take to increase your financial literacy. Read my Rich Dad Poor Dad book review here!

My plans will probably be eating Ben & Jerry’s and watching a Christmas movie, because let’s be honest that is the real thing that I enjoy 1000% and what I’ll be doing every day when I FIRE.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

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