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10 Cheap, Fun, Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas that are Simple and Adorable

Make Your Own Inexpensive Valentine's Day Gifts

My boyfriend and I rarely spend money on Valentine’s Day. To me, people should celebrate their relationships all year long, and this particular holiday has a way of sadly leaving out about half the population. Still, if you feel you want to commemorate the occasion, don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money just because commercialism says it should be so. Here are cheap—and romantic—Valentine’s Day ideas.

1. Write a Poem

My boyfriend and I sometimes do something on Valentine’s Day but often do not. One thing we often have done, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, is jot down a little poem…in a card, typed up or not, or even on a folded over piece of paper. This is one of the sweetest, most original and romantic Valentine gifts I can think of. And it doesn’t cost a dime.

Consider writing a Valentine's Day haiku, a short form of poetry that is fun to write.

2. Make a Card

Use your own poem to write in a homemade greeting card. Use plain or colored paper, and decorate it by coloring, or attaching items such as ribbons or lace. Another option is to look at those cards at the dollar stores that are sold at two for a dollar. I’ve found some of the neatest cards there, and they sure are cheap.

3. Bake a Dessert

Baking for the occasion is another inexpensive idea. Try your hand at cookies or cupcakes from scratch or from a store-bought mix. If you want to splurge, purchase a heart-shaped cake pan or cookie cutter to shape your dessert. Top with red frosting, and even multi-colored or chocolate sprinkles for an added touch. The heart-shaped baking pan may cost you a few bucks one year, but you’ll have it every year thereafter.

4. Make Homemade Redeemable Coupons

Make a coupon booklet or just a few. Cut out your coupons on colored paper, and write on them anything you want your special one to be able to redeem over the course of the next year. Include expiration dates, if you’d like. Coupon ideas include a 30-minute massage, a homemade dinner, a baked dessert, a meal out to a restaurant of his or her choice, a free car wash, or anything else your special someone might appreciate. If you’re married with children, consider a coupon to take the kids out for an evening to give your spouse some alone time.

5. Plan a Picnic

Weather permitting, you can plan a picnic outdoors, but even in cold weather, an indoor picnic could be fun. Pack the picnic basket with sandwiches and sodas, grapes and wine, and any other type of food your heart desires. Spread out a blanket in a room full of lit candles and enjoy a romantic picnic.

6. Make Dinner at Home

You don’t have to spend money at an expensive restaurant to have a romantic dinner for two. As with the picnic, atmosphere is key with romance. Dress up, light those candles, and cook at home. Cook a simple, inexpensive meal, and splurge on the wine or champagne! Even if you do splurge for steaks, they will cost much less than if purchased at a restaurant.

7. Make a Music CD

Many of us remember making cassette tape recordings of our favorite songs. Some of us made a tape for a special someone. Hey, go back in time and record your favorite love songs for him or her, but this time you can upgrade from the cassette tape.

8. Frame a Picture

Frame a picture of the two of you together. You can even buy cute pictures frames for just a dollar at dollar stores. This inexpensive gift is a continual visual reminder of what your relationship means to each other.

9. Give Children’s Valentine’s Day Cards

Buy the valentines that kids give to each other. There is a whole box full that you can surprise your sweetie with all year long. I have used somemyself that say things like “You’re sweet” or “I miss you” and other simple expressions that I still surprise my boyfriend with now and then.

10. Give a Sentimental Something

Number ten is vague but means a lot. Pick up something at a flea market or antique store that might not cost much but means something to the person who receives it. Perhaps he or she has a special collection of unique buttons or matchbooks. Keep your eyes open all year long, and you might pick up something cheap at a yard sale. I’ve also bought things after Valentine’s Day for a fraction of their cost for the next year.

It’s really not about the amount of money one spends on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps “less is better,” as it’s the thought behind the gift that really does count.


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 17, 2015:

Thanks, MarleneB! My boyfriend and I always keep it simple. :-)

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 13, 2015:

These are all great ideas - perfect for sharing.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 25, 2014:

Lovedoctor--Chocolate covered roses sounds good!:-) Thanks for reading!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 23, 2014:

tillsontitan--I totally agree. The personal gifts are the best, even if they cost nothing. :-)

lovedoctor926 on January 23, 2014:

These are very creative romantic Valentines Day ideas. I like the romantic dinner for two idea. The frame a picture of the two of you is a nice thought that any guy will appreciate. We want chocolate covered roses, jewelry or perfume. Lol. Great hub. thanks for the haiku idea. Going over to bubblews and writing a few.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 23, 2014:

Cyndi, you're getting carried away! LOL. You should at least write a poem! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 22, 2014:

MG Singh--That's probably smart! I don't much either. :-)

Mary Craig from New York on January 22, 2014:

Thanks for sharing your ideas Victoria. Great ideas by the way. The more personal a gift, the more important and the more we remember it.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 22, 2014:

Oh, I like this. :) We rarely do the Valentine's Day thing but aww, now I want to write a poem. And make a coupon book. And bake a dessert. Wonderful ideas. Up and shared. :)

MG Singh from UAE on January 21, 2014:

Interesting post, though 90% Indians do not celebrate Valentines day

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 15, 2012:

You're welcome, DietForDiabetic!

DietForDiabetics on February 14, 2012:

Very useful hub! Great ideas! Thanks for the info...

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2012:

Thanks, Jaspals! Much appreciated!

Jaspal Singh from India / Australia on February 13, 2012:

Interesting ideas. Voted up.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2012:

Thanks, Angela! The picnic is different, so it could make an impact! :-)

Angela Kane from Las Vegas, Nevada on February 13, 2012:

Very good ideas, I especially like the picnic plan. That sounds like a very different and good idea.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2012:

You're welcome, Jessi! I'm going to use some of the ideas myself! Thanks for reading, voting, and sharing! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2012:

Wow, Sunshine, thanks! :-)Cool comment!

Jessica Rangel from Lancaster, CA on February 13, 2012:

This is a GREAT Hub. Especially for someone like me that struggles to find a great gift at the last minute. I may just steal some of these ideas, and use them myself this V-day! Good HUb!


Thank you for writing it!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 13, 2012:

You have such great ideas. When I grow up I want to be like you:)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 12, 2012:

Thanks for the comments and the additional ideas, mygiftsvalentineday.

mygiftsvalentineday on February 11, 2012:

great idea...

i also found many cool ideas for Valentine's day gifts from here


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

Poohgrammar, thanks up and up and up! :-) Glad you like these ideas!

Poohgranma from On the edge on February 09, 2012:

I love these ideas! Great hub, voted up up and up!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

Alex--my favorite gifts are the love notes that I get sometimes. Just a few words that thrill my heart. It's heart-warming. Thanks for your comments!

Alex on February 08, 2012:

Best ideas I have come across, others have been so cheesy! I don't agree with 'adomcruze' I have been with my boyfriend for 8 years and my favorite gifts are always his love letters and handmade things, he buys more commercial things throughout the entire year so it's nice to get something cute like this every so often! :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 03, 2012:

adomcruze---You don't like the ideas after marriage? Rib rab things? I like your terminology. haha. Hope your Valentine's Day is good!

Adom Cruze on February 02, 2012:

These all idea's seems nice before marriage. After 6 years of wedding, it's good to do some earning work rather than to spend time in these rib rab things. I am sorry but it's my own thinking. Oh !

Let me say thanks for sharing.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 31, 2012:

Cute idea, Hreichel! That might be fun for couples, too!

Heather Reichel from Northwestern Pennsylvania on January 31, 2012:

I wanted to add one thing- a tradition my mom started with my sister and I when we were young- for my kids I do a valentine's day scavenger hunt. Little notes and clues around the house that they have to follow for their prize. But the rules are- they have to work together... There are clues that apply to only one of them so to reach the end all three have to cooperate. My husband and I do not do anything for each other- out gift is to watch the kids as they scramble through the house .. The oldest is now 16 and still enjoys the challenge. Of course as they get older the hunt has to be harder. The prizes very on the budget for the year... One year it was very simple a little heart box of chocolates for each of them. One year they got a wii game to share... Although they like the prize - you can tell they really enjoy the hunt :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 30, 2012:

Go for it, Hawkstryker! Stay out of trouble! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2012:

Anamika--I'm with you--the sentiment and feelings expressed mean more than anything!!!! Thanks for commenting.

Matt Dawes from England on January 29, 2012:

Very useful hub Victoria. It should help keep me out of trouble!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2012:

Kris--I still enjoying writing notes in those little kids valentines to my sweetheart now. It's fun! Thanks for the comments!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on January 28, 2012:

I have got all except the 4, 8 and 9... But not as Valentines gift. I have always looked at the feelings or affection of the person than the value of a gift and anything done for me means a lot to me.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on January 26, 2012:

Great inexpensive and many meaningful ideas- love them. I remember how much fun I had handwriting out the valentine's to all my classmates and family when we were kids. It was something I looked forward to every year!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 23, 2012:

Thanks, Jackie. A poem is the best!

Jackie on January 23, 2012:

These are so great! You should definitely add your ideas to this list of Cupid on a Budget..I would love a poem as a gift on Valentine's Day :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 22, 2012:

Thanks, Jeannie! Better get busy cornering that guy. Time is getting away. :-) Thanks for the vote!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 22, 2012:

carter--You're right about people not wanting to spend much money these days, and, for Valentine's Day, there are so many things to do without spending much--or any--money at all! Glad you liked the tips!

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on January 22, 2012:

These are really cute ideas. Now I just need to corner the guy I am dating for Valentine's Day so we can do some of these activities. Voted up!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 22, 2012:

RealHousewife--Well, if you did them all, it would still be pretty cheap. :-) Thanks for the vote up and the "LOVED it!"

Mary from Cronulla NSW on January 22, 2012:

Thanks Victoria for your great ideas, many people don't have the money for expensive gifts this year with the sting of the recession, your ideas are very helpful.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 22, 2012:

Thanks, prasetio30! Affordable is good! Thanks for the vote!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 21, 2012:

Great ideas! I could choose one or two or pick them all! Lol

Voted up:) I LOVED it!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 21, 2012:

All your ideas are quite affordable and I believe that we all love your idea. I believe that "Valentine's Day" will looks so beautiful. Thanks for share with us. Rated up!

Love and peace, Prasetio

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 19, 2012:

Funny, Vinaya, what you said about "cheap." LOL I do think inexpensive, sentimental gifts mean a lot! No money--or very little--necessary! Thanks for reading!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 19, 2012:

teaches--thanks! I've done the picnic idea outside. I've yet to try it inside, but I think it would be really fun!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 18, 2012:

When I read the title I thought, you have used cheap word in derogatory sense. LOL

Well your article is very interesting in a sense that we don't have to be very rich when it comes to gift our lovers. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas.

Dianna Mendez on January 18, 2012:

All great ideas for making the day meaningful. I like the picnic suggestion.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 18, 2012:

randomcreative--You're welcome about my linking to your greeting card hub. I feel we hubbers should help each other out. Thanks for your nice comments about my hub.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 18, 2012:

Ruchira, good luck with the poem. I'm glad you like that idea. Thanks for the brilliant and awesome votes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 18, 2012:

drbj--You're welcome. I'm glad you liked the ideas. Thanks for the comments!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 18, 2012:

My husband and I don't spend a lot of money on Valentine's Day either. It's the thought that counts. Thanks for all of the great suggestions and for linking to my greeting card hub.

Ruchira from United States on January 18, 2012:

Bunch of good ideas, victoria.

Thanks to you..I might write a poem for my better half this valentine :)

voted up as brilliant and awesome!!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 17, 2012:

I like all the Valentine gifts you have cited, Victoria, but my favorites are the dessrt (chocolate or chocolate chip cookies would be nice) and the handmade coupon books. They would be unique and very special. Thank you for these notable reminders.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 17, 2012:

Try some, Swetankraj! Thanks for the votes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 17, 2012:

TransferAmerica--Thanks! I do hope you'll try them! :-)

Swetank Raj from India on January 17, 2012:

Very awesome ideas. Gonna try two - three points. Great hub - voted up and useful!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 16, 2012:

Do it, alissaroberts, if the hubby would be happy! thanks for the votes!

Alissa Roberts from Normandy, TN on January 16, 2012:

These are all great ideas for v-day! I should do the steak and dessert this year for my hubby - he would be so happy :) Great hub - voted up and useful!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 16, 2012:

Thanks, Sunshine! I love homemade gifts! But, you're right in that a side order of chocolate doesn't hurt either. hahaha! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 16, 2012:

Thanks, Alecia! I love anything with food, too. Dining at home is so much fun, too, I think!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 16, 2012:

Great ideas Vicki! I totally agree with you...a homemade gift from the heart is the best gift anyone could give (plus a side order of chocolate, ok a main course will do)! Voted UP and Awesome!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 16, 2012:

iloveallrecipes--Homemade cards are very special! I think I'll make one this year for my honey, too! With a poem I write in it!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 16, 2012:

You have some cool ideas! I especially love anything food related. Great hub!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 16, 2012:

Thanks, Susan. I like the coupon book idea, too! :-)

iloveallrecipes on January 16, 2012:

i am interested in this hub. I oft make handmade card to present to my honey. That work was very significant.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 16, 2012:

I like all of your ideas. I remember one year I made my husband a coupon book. It had back rubs, wash car coupon, and other fun coupons in it.

Thanks for some great ideas for Valentine's Day.

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