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Ten Free Ways To Say "I Love You" This Valentine's Day

Updated on January 15, 2014
Love shouldn't hurt your piggy bank.
Love shouldn't hurt your piggy bank. | Source

Happy Valentine's Day!

With all of the other financial obligations and due dates that you have on your plate, wouldn't it be nice to know that this year you do not have to lay down big money to impress your sweetie? We all want to make a good impression on our loved one but sometimes an empty wallet can get in the way. Fret not, you can fulfill your sweetie's Valentine's Day wishes even with a dusty wallet if you are willing to put in the time and effort.

Let's face it. If your guy or gal truly loves you as much as you love them then they will appreciate your creativity and the personalized touch. It may also be possible that you may alleviate the pressure from them, as well, from making a huge purchase that they cannot afford either. Commit to keeping gifts between $0 and $25.

Consider these low cost present options before you go out and sell your soul to cupid. These ideas are simple, cheap or free, and really give you the opportunity to prove that you are romantic and thoughtful.

Bringing a new pet, young or old, into the home for Valentine's Day is a great way to show your sensitive side.
Bringing a new pet, young or old, into the home for Valentine's Day is a great way to show your sensitive side. | Source

#10 - Adopt or Rescue a Pet

Who doesn't want a kitty or pup to love? Pets have a way of providing constant love and affection towards the entire family. Adopting a pet through a private organization may have some small fees involved with the adoption process. However, "free pet" classified adds on websites like can match you up with a friendly little critter that your honey will adore.


  • If your sweetie does not like animals but you do, this is not the right Valentine's Day gift.
  • If you are not fully committed to properly caring for a new pet, this is not the right Valentine's Day gift.
  • If you travel often or spend extended periods of the day away from home, this is not the right Valentine's Day gift.
  • If you are expecting a certain breed or a newborn pet, this is not the right Valentine's Day gift. Be open to a pet, young or old, that needs love!

Valentine's Compliment Video

#9 - A Compliment Per Day For One Month

We almost always compliment our loved one on Valentine's Day but how many of us can actually say that we do this every single day. Sometimes making someone feel loved is as simple as saying, "You look amazing today" or "You are a fantastic kisser." In a card, which should be handmade, promise to give him or her a compliment every single day for a month (or even for a year, if you are ambitious).

For that extra special touch, prepare a collection of all of the compliments that you've given over the month, write them each on a stone with a Sharpie, and fill a glass mason jar with the stones. Add some fresh flowers to the enhance your gift. Put a bow on it and you're done.

Write your compliments on rocks and add them to a mason jar or vase.  Then add freshly picked flowers.
Write your compliments on rocks and add them to a mason jar or vase. Then add freshly picked flowers. | Source

#8 - Use Your Talents To Do or Make Something Special

Guys and girls, your Valentine's Day gift doesn't have to be perfect because LOVE IS NOT PERFECT. Don't be afraid of looking silly or even corny. What better day to humble yourself for the love of your life? If your gift is less than perfect it will be one to be remembered. That's the point isn't it? You want your sweetie to see you as vulnerable, just for that one moment in time, so that they know they've got your love and attention. It will make them feel ever so special to be serenaded or presented with something made from your own two loving hands - the same hands that wrap around their body every time you kiss them.

Hand-write a personal poem
Hand-write a personal poem
Sing a love song
Sing a love song
Bake a cake
Bake a cake
Be crafty and have fun with it
Be crafty and have fun with it

Possible Coupon Ideas

  • Foot or back rub
  • Wash your car
  • Run your bath
  • Do your chores for a day
  • Run your errands for a day
  • Take care of the kids all day
  • Dinner of your choice on me
  • No nagging or complaining today
  • Walk the dog
  • Take out the trash
  • Wild-card coupon - lover's choice
  • Hanky panky playtime (wink, wink)

#7 - Lover's Coupon Book

Create a coupon book filled with enough coupons for your cutey to cash in during a time of need. I recommend about 20 or more coupons. Coupons can be duplicated depending on how much you are willing to do.

You can personalize the coupon book by adding graphics or cute sayings. Make it colorful and attractive because you want your cutey to know that you have, in fact , put a lot of effort into the gift. Cheap doesn't mean cheesy.

Spice it up by adding a "Wild-card Coupon" which can be anything that your lover chooses (within reason, okay).

Enhance your Together Tickets by adding in clever phrases or words for 'location', 'seat', and 'time'.
Enhance your Together Tickets by adding in clever phrases or words for 'location', 'seat', and 'time'. | Source

#6 - Give "Together" Gifts

Give the gift of time together with "Together Tickets". Everyone wants more time to be alone with the one they love. Time can be the most valuable free gift of all. Hand-make or print tickets for things that you promise to do together. Possible ideas for together tickets are:

  • Watch a sunrise or sunset
  • Make a meal together
  • Read a book together at bedtime
  • Go see a play together
  • Take a walk together

This is one gift that can be very precious to couples with hectic schedules. You will be pleasantly surprised when you see his or her face light up when they receive "Together Tickets".

This Valentine Tree will bring tears to someone's eyes
This Valentine Tree will bring tears to someone's eyes | Source

#5 - The Valentine Tree

Make a list of all of the reasons why you love him or her. Write each reason on a red paper heart. Turn the red paper heart into an ornament by tying string through a hole in the top center of the heart. Hang the heart ornaments from a tree in your front yard or backyard for your honey to see when they arrive home. What a beautiful surprise!

Keep Calm and unplug electronics for just one weekend together
Keep Calm and unplug electronics for just one weekend together | Source

#4 - Plan an Unplugged Weekend

I know. I know. You just can't miss your calls or stay off of your electronics for more than a few hours at a time. That's what makes this gift so special. Plan some fun activities for Valentine's Day weekend without your cell phones and other electronics. Once you get through the cold sweats associated with electronics addiction, you can reminisce about the times when couples actually had to talk to EACH OTHER on a date.

Don't worry. Candy Crush, Call of Duty, Facebook, and Twitter will still be there when you come back. You can spend all of Monday catching up if you'd like. Just give your love your undivided attention for one weekend and ask him or her to do the same.

Sample Slideshow - One Thousand Years by Christina Perry

#3 - Create a Slideshow

Use programs such as Front Row or PowerPoint to create a stunning visual presentation for your babe. Fill it with phrases, clip art, videos, music, and photos that you've accumulated during your relationship.

This gift can be saved and presented on YouTube or on your personal device. It can be emailed personally, presented on an LCD projector during alone time, or posted on your social media platform as a way of declaring your love for your partner. How ever you create it and present it, it's definitely going to leave a lasting impression on your loved one.

Example of a handmade menu for your Valentine's Day homemade dinner
Example of a handmade menu for your Valentine's Day homemade dinner | Source

#2 - Recreate Your Favorite Restaurant In the House

Can't afford your favorite restaurant right now? That's okay. Bring it to your home. That is to say, decorate your kitchen or dining room to resemble your favorite eatery or make up a restaurant that reflects your unique love for one another. For example: Casa de Thomas Restaurante or Chez Robinson's Bistro. Hey, whatever's clever.

You can even take it one step further and hand make or print personalized menus and fancy place settings. You can be as elaborate or as simple as you'd like.

Helpful Hint: Indoor Christmas lights strung around the kitchen or dining room really add a nice feel to the occasion. Candles are always a plus.

Leave a trail of kisses from the door to the bedroom
Leave a trail of kisses from the door to the bedroom | Source
Post this sign on the bedroom door
Post this sign on the bedroom door | Source

#1 - Trail of Kisses

Leave a trail of Hersey's Kisses from the home entrance all the way to the bedroom. Use your creativity to place special instructions or a map at the start of the trail. Those special instructions, should your lover choose to accept the mission, may be very fruitful at the end because that's where you'll be waiting with real hugs and kisses.

Naughty Tip: Every so often, throughout your trail, strategically place a picture of yourself. Make sure each progressing picture reveals a little bit more skin as he or she moves along the trail. Don't reveal the complete package (wink, wink) until the bedroom door opens. Then it's party time!

Closing Thoughts

Just's not about the quantity of the gift. It's all about the quality of the gift. Enjoy the simple pleasures of being in love. Not having any money should NEVER be an excuse for not showing your partner a lot of free love this Valentine's Day. Good luck, plan well, and enjoy.

Tell me about your favorite and most memorable free gift. I'd love to hear from you.

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      4 years ago

      Very nice! Thanks

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Some great ideas here! I've done a few of them and I often do special poems for birthdays and, yes, Valentines' Day. I agree with you that hand-made gifts and personal touches make such a difference; it means that you've thought about it instead of just gone out and spent a few quid.

      Brill! Ann


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