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

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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.

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Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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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iloveallrecipes 4 years ago

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

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!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

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!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Swetankraj 4 years ago from India

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Try some, Swetankraj! Thanks for the votes!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

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.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

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!!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

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


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

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.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

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


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

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

Voted up:) I LOVED it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

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 profile image

Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

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!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


Jackie 4 years ago

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 :) http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/TheBudgetDiet/cupi...


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Jackie. A poem is the best!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

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!


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

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.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Hawkstryker 4 years ago from England

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Hreichel 4 years ago from Northwestern Pennsylvania

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 :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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adomcruze 4 years ago

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.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


Alex 4 years ago

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! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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!


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


mygiftsvalentineday 4 years ago

great idea...

i also found many cool ideas for Valentine's day gifts from here http://mygiftsvalentineday.com/

:)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for the comments and the additional ideas, mygiftsvalentineday.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

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


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA

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!

VOTED UP AND SHARING!

Thank you for writing it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

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


Victoria Lynn profile image

Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Jaspals 4 years ago from India / Australia

Interesting ideas. Voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Jaspals! Much appreciated!


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DietForDiabetics 4 years ago

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


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, DietForDiabetic!


MG Singh profile image

MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

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


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

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. :)


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

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.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


lovedoctor926 2 years ago

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.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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


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MarleneB 22 months ago from Northern California, USA

These are all great ideas - perfect for sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 22 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

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

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