Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I am so excited because David and I plan to be together for the holiday. (This is our third Valentine’s Day.) I’m already thinking and planning what I’m going to wear, what special things we might do, what I’m going to bake, and, like many others I’m sure, what gift I want to give him. This is something I love to do. I love to give gifts. They may not be big, but I just love to give someone something that, I hope, they will like.
This is a little tricky for me, though. Me being a very girly girl, it’s hard for me to get my mind on track for buying David a gift. He’s all man. It’s tricky. In the end of course, I always come up with something I’m excited about, and so far, he’s been very happy.
So, while I was thinking about Valentine’s Day, I started thinking that I needed to post here again, and wanted to do a few valentine posts between now and then. David suggested that I should do one about valentines gifts, and with the day fast approaching and many of us on a budget, I thought this would be a good idea.
The post will be divided into categories as I share budget friendly gift ideas, and tips on buying the classic valentine gifts without breaking the bank. Let’s get started.
Chocolates: This might mean assorted chocolates, or it may mean your special someone’s favorite kind of chocolate they eat all year round. Even the better quality chocolates like Godiva and Lindt are not particularly pricey as valentine gifts go.
Sleepwear: This can range from inexpensive to very expensive. Depending on your tastes and where you shop. Right now, I happen to know they have nighties for women for like 8 dollars at Walmart. They’re not designer or anything, but some of them have sweet designs, and they are usually comfortable. The pjs for the women are around 15 for sets, haven’t priced mens. But, in my opinion, it’s a good idea for either of the sexes. Bathrobes are also nice.
DVD: These, again, can vary in price. But worthwhile DVDs can be purchased for as low as $5. Just keep in mind what your partner likes. Maybe find one that has a special meaning for the two of you. This can be combined nicely with popcorn, or with popcorn and chocolate for the promise of a special date night at home.
Music: This is similar to the DVD idea. You can find inexpensive CDs most anywhere that sells them. You can also download music at good prices, and from what I hear iTunes sometimes has some free downloads. Like many others, this idea is best when the CD has some sort of relevance to you both.
Something Personal: Maybe print off a picture of the two of you and put it in a frame. If you’re good at art, maybe create something and frame that. Post cards of places you’ve been or want to go… My man has talked some about the ocean and Hawaii so I bought him a beachy poster with a quote that spoke to me and put that in a frame.
Love Letters: Write them a love letter to show them how much you care. Really taking the time to sit down and do this is very valuable. Maybe, if you give a lot of forethought, you could even fill a small notebook or journal with love notes or thoughts about your special someone, or compliments, things you love about them, memories you have.
Bake Something: If you need ideas, checking out my food blog, Princess In The Kitchen, might be helpful. I’ll be posting what I’m baking for my man closer to Valentine’s Day.
Flowers: This can be very budget friendly or a total budget buster! You just have to know what you’re looking for and where. I love daisies. The first flowers I got from David were crazy daisies. You can actually find them in supermarkets. They’re brightly colored, I guess almost neon, dyed daisies. Mine had glitter on them, but yours don’t have to, and there are other inexpensive ones besides just daisies.
Crazy dasies, the first flowers David gave me. Our first Valentine's Day, 2010.
Jewelry: YES! I said it! Jewelry! There is an inexpensive way to buy jewelry. It’s true that it can be prohibitively expensive, but it is totally possible to buy a pretty piece of jewelry within almost anyone’s price range. I have some tips.
- Try fashion jewelry. It’s made to be worn as an accessory more so than an expensive piece of jewelry. They have neat, often showy designs, and can be very trendy or very classic. They’re very wearable.
- Women’s clothing stores often sell very inexpensive fashion jewelry, and sometimes even sell things with sterling, gemstones, the like.
- Shop around at stores like Walmart and Kmart and those places. It sounds worse than it is, people. They have some very nice things, and some not as nice things… If you have a good eye, and know what you’re looking for, you can find something worth buying that you can be proud to give. Get over stereotyping.
- Skip the gold, go for sterling. It’s far less expensive. With proper care, it can be very durable. I recently saw a very cute sterling silver necklace with diamond accents for $12. Which brings me to my next tip.
- Diamond accents! Jewelry with filigree and other designs in the silver mounting make small diamonds look showier. Also, a cluster of diamond chips can actually be very sparkly, and form unique designs.
Fragrance: Widely varying price ranges. There are also different kinds of fragrance options. Perfume, cologne, perfume solids, body sprays. I actually suggest buying a body spray. They can be a very inexpensive option. They’re available many places. I know I keep mentioning it but there’s Walmart, Kmart, Sears, Target… There’s Victoria’s Secret… Bath & Body Works… So many options. So many fragrances. An advantage to body spray is that it can be as strong or as subtle as a woman wants it to be. Most body sprays have a lighter scent, very subtle when applied sparingly. I happen to like this. They can also be layered (more of it sprayed on) to give a stronger scent.
Pocket knife: They make all different sorts of pocket knives and multi-tools in a wide range of designs and price ranges. It is possible to find interesting ones for budget friendly prices.
Flask: Another thing with a widely varying price range. These can be picked up for reasonable prices, though. You can even get them engraved sometimes.
Aftershave or cologne: This one is obvious, but what you might not know is that these don’t have to be expensive to smell good. If your man does like a pricier brand, consider buying a smaller bottle, shopping online, buying it at a place like Walmart, Kmart, Sears. They sell some brands that started out much more expensive and still have expensive counter parts. You might also check out this guide to drugstore colognes from AOM.
Other Men’s Grooming: There are also other options. Grooming kits, shave soap, men’s face wash, men’s moisturizer, and other cool things. I think these things are nice because good shaving products and moisturizers can do the same thing for men they do for women. Shaving can irritate the skin, and let’s face it, for many of us it’s still cold around valentine’s day. That can mean dry skin. Helping make your man more comfortable can be a cool idea, and just might help the two of you get closer. Kissing and cuddling are much more fun when your skin is happy.
Love Them Or Hate Them
There are some inexpensive gift ideas that aren’t hits across the board. Some people love them; I always have. But apparently, according to some articles I have read, some people don’t care for them at all. Let me just say, I really love them. Here they are.
Greeting Cards: Whether homemade or store bought, I love a card. I have kept the cards David has given me, and still look at them sometimes. He really knows how to buy a good card. Some people say they aren’t personal enough, but I disagree for two reasons.
- You can make cards for your special someone or buy cards that are blank inside and write your own message. In this way, I can’t imagine much that could be more personal.
- I know for a fact that when David gives me a card, he read through probably 50 others and carefully selected the exact card he felt was fitting. If it didn’t mean something to him, he wouldn’t give it to me.
Overall, I just think they’re a great option, and the person receiving them will know you put some thought into it when you chose one that speaks to you. They help keep you on budget, but they make a wonderful keepsake. Also, perhaps after a few years of being together, you can buy or decorate a special box to keep all those cards in.
Stuffed Animals: I LOVE the stuffed animals I have gotten, and I know a few other people who love stuffed animals as well. They’re fun, cute, lovable, and affordable. To me, this says that you are affectionate and want to spend your time cuddled up with your valentine.
Also from our first Valentine's Day together, 2010. I still love this little guy, and the big guy who gave him to me.
I hope this post can be helpful and enjoyable as we approach this time to love.