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Valentine’s Day is a little over a month away. I know. Uggghhhh. More gift giving. Whyyyyy???? I just finished putting away our Christmas decorations.

I am here to help! You may be recovering from holiday bills and buying Valentine’s Day gifts is probably the last thing on your mind. There’s no need to bust the bank to come up with a great Valentine’s Day gift.

Here are a bunch of cheap and FREE Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are sure to knock the socks off your special one.


They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Mine too. If you want to go out to dinner MAKE RESERVATIONS because it will be crazy busy that night.

If you don’t feel like eating out or want to do something cheaper prepare a homemade meal. You can make heart-shaped pizza, heart shaped burgers, your special one’s favorite meal, or something elegant. The supermarket by us steams lobsters upon request and they come out very good.

If you aren’t a good cook, buy food from your favorite food spot and eat in. Serve the food on real plates. The thought alone will be appreciated.

Set the mood by putting a table cloth on the table, lighting candles, and decorating with pink, red, and heart shaped décor.


Candy is a thoughtful and cheap Valentine’s Day gift. You can pick out your loved one’s favorites or get a custom made box from a chocolate store. I’m going to make the hubby the coconut clusters I made for his birthday, but in heart shaped molds.

Make your own chocolate covered strawberries and sprinkle with Valentine’s Day hearts for a wow factor.


Create your own coupon book for a cheap Valentine’s Day gift. Your special one can redeem coupons for hugs, kisses, a massage, cleaning, special date night, etc. Use your imagination.


Who doesn’t love a good back massage? Or foot massage if that’s your thing. Make it extra special by lighting candles and using scented body oils.


My husband surprises me randomly with flowers and usually buys me carnations or colorful bouquets because he knows they’re my favorite. Surprise your Valentine by sending them flowers at work or even at home.

Who says women can’t get men flowers? I am going to make my hubby a bouquet of bacon roses. Yes it’s a thing. All you need to do is roll the bacon up into spirals and secure with a toothpick. Bake in a muffin tin in the oven at 375 degrees fahrenheit for about 45 – 50 minutes until cooked. You can put them on long skewers in a vase or use fake flower stems from the dollar store.


A real cheap Valentine’s Day gift is a card. You don’t even have to buy one if you don’t want to spend the money. To me it’s the hand written note that makes the card special. Write what you appreciate about the person, a little poem, or just a note telling them how much you love them.

Using pink or red post it notes, write cute love notes and place them all over the house. Hide them in pockets, in lunch bags, under pillows.


Make a Valentine’s Day gift bag full of treats and little gifts. Put in conversation hearts, chocolates, lottery tickets, love notes. Anything that says hey, I like you a lot.


Plan an adventure for you and your Valentine to do together. Groupon offers a bunch of great discounts on getaways, classes, and events. They have wine tastings, chocolate making, spa specials, and other things that you can do as a couple.


This is one of my favorite cheap gifts. Give your valentine time to do whatever they want to do. For my husband I would watch the kids so he can go on a fishing trip. For me, I’d love for him to watch the kids so I can go get my nails done and maybe do a girl’s night out.

I think I’m going to hire a babysitter this year so that we can just spend some time together without the kids.


Do not underestimate the power of surprises. One year, my husband bought me something small, but it had been something I said I wanted way back. The fact that he remembered was what made the gift extra special.

One year I surprised my hubby with a smoker that I had sent to the house. It was a more expensive gift than what I would normally buy, but I saved up all my cash back and survey gift cards so it wasn’t a lot of cash out of pocket. They sent a HUGE box to the house and of course it said what it was all over the box. I was hoping it would be a surprise. My hubby texted me instantly saying a big package came in the mail and was super excited, assuming it was for him lol


A cheap Valentine’s Day gift can be just as good as an expensive gift. It should be creative, thoughtful, and specific to the person you’re giving it to.

Check out Groupon for deals on flowers, candy, classes, and adventures.

This year our budget is a bit tighter because we’ve been aggressively paying down our debt. I would like to just spend the day together eating good food and doing something fun rather than exchange gifts.

If you have the money in the budget I will post the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift guide here, broken down by different price points.

If you have any more cheap/free gift ideas please share with us below.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


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18 thoughts on “Cheap Valentine’s Day Gifts”

  1. My favorite from this list is time. I don’t need a fancy dinner or gifts, just spending time alone with my husband is good enough for me! Thanks for sharing!

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