14 Budget Friendly Valentine Gift Ideas

I don’t know about you guys but I’m in the midst of Valentine’s Day preparations. To be totally honest, it kind of snuck up on me this year. How I feel about Valentine’s Day is the same way I feel about Christmas Day. I feel like the spirit of the day should be celebrated throughout the year. There is so much pressure to “get it all right” on that “one particular day” and showing someone you love them can be tons of fun all year long. This list of 14 Valentine Gift Ideas is a celebration of love in action, which is the best kind of love. It’s also budget friendly and perfect for anyone in your life you care about…

Write a Love Note – place a handwritten note on the bathroom mirror, lunch box, car seat, pillow, purse, computer keyboard, backpack or any place your Valentine will be sure to find your love note. My sweet friend, Liz made this one.

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Pack a Lunch – use heart shaped cookie cutters to create festive sandwiches or pack a lunch filled with food items that are red or pink.

Celebrate Nature – give the gift of nature… flowers that grow in your garden, houseplants, fruit from the fruit trees in your back yard, rocks from your special hiking spot…you get the idea. My little sister gave me a collection of shells from our favorite beach in a glass jar with a note that still makes me cry some 18 years later.

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Pick Up After Yourself – you should do this anyway but if you don’t this is a great and unexpected gift. I swear it would take me an hour less to clean each day if everyone just put their clothes in the laundry basket already or threw the tea bags from hot tea in the trash can instead of leaving them in the sink…keeping it real guys, just saying.

Make the Bed – I know a lot of you are like me and make the bed every morning. Wouldn’t it be so nice if while you were in the shower getting ready for work someone surprised you with the bed already made? Think about how thrilled your little would be if they got to skip that chore for just one day. Best Mom Ever!

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Give a Dinner Basket – create a dinner basket that has heart shaped pasta, marinara sauce, cheese, herbs, oil, a crusty loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, dessert and the recipient’s favorite movie.

Bake a Sweet Treat – I have a serious sweet tooth so Valentines Day is right up my alley. Bake something sweet and place it in a festive tin to give to friends, neighbors, coworkers or teachers.

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Make them Something They Want or Need– there are so many things you can make a loved one…pillows, signs, pantry drawers, farmers market tote bags, a piece of art, a lamp, furniture, pottery, scarves, blankets, laundry soap, or baskets. Use your best gifts to make them something special.

Buy Vintage – some of my favorite gifts have come from the thrift store, old barn or an antique mall. Give a gift of ironstone, glass, scales, tarnished trophies, metal tool boxes or transferware to the collector you love.

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Draw a Bath – believe me, drawing someone a bath filled with bubbles, bath bombs, oils or whatever they use will feel like a luxury. Make sure they have something to drink, a magazine, candles, robe and fluffy towels too. Bonus points if you can keep the littles from knocking on the door saying, “What are you doing in there without me Mom?”

Give the Gift of Your Time – this gift may not seem like very much but the impact is huge. Help a friend rake leaves, babysit your sister’s kids, make a chicken pot pie for a neighbor or take your mom to the beach for the afternoon. The gift of your time is priceless.

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Host an Indoor Carpet Picnic – find a cozy spot in your living room, bring all your favorite outdoor picnic foods and drinks, lay a blanket down, add lots of pillows and enjoy.

Kick it Old School – make them breakfast in bed, a mixed cd, a journal, frame a photo, give a recipe filled box or give a scrapbook of special memories.

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This one is probably THE most important one on the list…
BE FULLY PRESENT – when you’re taking the time to be with a loved one REALLY be with them in the moment. If you’re worried about a client or thinking about everything you have to do when you get home, it totally ruins the time you have together. Put your phone aside (I’m saying this because phubbing {phone snubbing}) is an actual thing and enjoy those that you love.

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Valentine’s Day comes once a year but you have the ability to show love in action for 364 days. How cool is that! I hope these ideas have helped and your weekend is totally fabulous.

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Many blessings,



  1. Liz Bonin says

    You are so sweet to have held onto that little Valentine ❤️ I love the thought that simple gestures can be the best way to show our love for others. And you’re right, it should be everyday, not just once a year. Have a lovely weekend dear friend❤️Xx Liz

    • says

      I keep this Valentine next to a few notes my mom and sisters have given me. It was one of those great out of the blue surprises that always makes me smile. Sending you big hugs and full hearts for our friendship, CoCo