Frugal and Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts

If you want to give frugal and thoughtful Valentine's Day gifts, you’ll need to look past all the hype and think outside the box with these ideas.Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you haven’t gotten a gift for your significant other yet or if you’re stumped on what to give them don’t worry.

Some couples don’t even exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day to eliminate the stress and avoid spending unwanted money. However, other couples really like the idea of exchanging gifts.

My husband is one of those people who likes to help out and go out of his way to get meaningful gifts and I love that about him. He’s a giver, so I encourage it.

At the same time, we don’t get stressed out on Valentine’s Day because it’s just one day. Plus, there are plenty of ways to find frugal Valentine’s Day gifts, or give without spending any money at all.

Special Favor Coupon Book

This is a cool idea I saw on a T.V. show actually but I think many people do it for various different occasions. Basically, you can create a book including ‘coupons’ that your partner can redeem whenever they want.

Each coupon will list a favor or chore you can do for them like wash the dishes for one night, cook dinner, do laundry, provide a foot massage etc. If you’re going to create and give this gift, you have to be willing to do the favor with a pleasant attitude whenever your partner asks, or else it won’t really work.

Sometimes instead of flowers and chocolate, your partner may be more than happy just to receive some extra help on a day when they’re burnt out and need to relax.

Custom Playlist

If your significant other likes to listen to the best melodicas, you can create a free custom playlist for him or her on sites like YouTube,, or If they are a runner or listen to music on their daily commute, they’ll love this simple gift.

One year, I created a playlist for my husband that included our favorite love songs since he is really into music.

If your significant other uses iTunes, you may even want to pick up a $20 iTunes gift card instead.

Trip to the Spa

This might not be as frugal as the other options, but going to the spa isn’t a regular occurrence for most people. This can make the gift even more special. Going to the spa sounds like a dream to me, but every time the opportunity presents itself I put it off for another time.

Putting off self-care is common for so many of us. While some might argue that a man made holiday shouldn’t be the only thing that motivates you to treat yourself and your partner, the sales offered during this time certainly can.

Spa treatments and massages will be on sale during this time to entice couples who are in need of a romantic retreat so if a spa day has always been on your bucket list, you may be able to score a deal.

You can also search on sites like Groupon or LivingSocial for spa deals nearby so you’ll only have to pay a fraction of the normal price.

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DIY Bath Salts and Bath Bombs

Can’t afford the spa right now? No problem. You can easily create your own scented bath salts and bath bombs to give to your partner for Valentine’s Day.

Warm baths are relaxing and can help ease aching muscles. When you DIY, it’s great because you know exactly what is going into the item you’re creating.

You can even pick up the supplies and sit down with your partner and make bath bombs for each other together.

Fix Something Small That Has Been on The To-Do List Forever

We all have things that have been on our ‘fix-it list’ for what seems like ages. Maybe there’s a closet door or a stuffy sink that needs to fixed. Maybe something small broke on the inside of your car and needs to be fixed.

You might make a mental note about these things but never seem to find the time to get around to dealing with them. If you’ve been hearing your partner complain about something for a while, take the initiative to see if you can fix it for them.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.

Baked Goods

Baked goods are so much better and more meaningful than store bought treats any day. If your significant other has a sweet tooth, this can be a great and delicious token gift especially if you have kids as well.

I stopped buying my son toys, stuffed animals, and books for Valentine’s Day since he already has plenty of those things and now resort to baking one of his favorite treats like brownies or cookies.

You can use Valentine’s Day themed bake ware and decorating supplies at the dollar store.

Think Outside the Box

Realize that as long as you know your partner well, there’s no need to stress out over finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and you can keep it simple. It’s important to realize that holidays are great for retailers who like to hype up their products and services.

If you want to give frugal and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts, you’ll need to look past all that and think outside the box.

How do you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you exchange gifts?