Frugal Valentine's Day Gifts

It's easy to go overboard buying gifts for your sweetheart on Valentine's day. As much as they love receiving gifts, the price much less important than the sentiment. This is a guide about frugal Valentine's day gifts.


January 19, 2015 Flag

I can't think of a more special gift that shows someone how much you love them. Plus, it's easy to make and very inexpensive. Score! This jar would make a nice present for your significant other, a special friend, your kids, your mom or dad. You can personalize them for whoever is on your "special" list.

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  • a jar: store bought or a pickle jar, popcorn jar, etc. that has been cleaned out
  • paper to decorate the jar
  • paper strips or heart shaped notes
  • pens, markers, stickers, whatever you want to use to decorate the jar


  1. Make a label for your jar and adhere it to the jar with glue or tape. Or you could use a glass paint pen to write directly on the jar.
  2. If your jar lid has writing on it or isn't too nice, you could spray paint it or even modge podge pretty paper onto it.
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  4. On a piece of paper, write down all the reasons why you love that person. I like to make the list first so I can remember what I've written. You can write generic things such as, "You have a great smile" or "You are so nice". Add a personalized touch, such as "You change the baby's diapers without complaining!". Fond memories, "I had the best time hiking with you in Yosemite. There's no one else I would have rather gone with". You could even look up quotes online about friends, kids, significant others, etc.
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  6. On strips of paper or heart-shaped notes, write down all your reasons.
  7. Fold them up and put inside the jar.
  8. Enjoy seeing the smile on your loved one's face when they open the jar!
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January 20, 20150 found this helpful

If someone ever gave me one of these, well, I can't think of a better gift in the world! How precious to have a jar full of loving and special thoughts. If I could give 12 thumbs up for this project I would. This is an amazing idea. Inexpensive yet priceless. Fabulous!

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February 2, 2010 Flag
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This would be perfect for Valentines Day treats whether for your partner, family, friends, or neighbors.

I heard the idea about replacing fortune cookie fortunes with your own fortune and decided to investigate online how to do it. I was really skeptical about whether all of the ideas were really workable so I purchased a box of LaChoy fortune cookies and proceeded to test.

Well, turned out that trying to pull the original fortune out with tweezers wouldn't work because the hole wasn't large enough and the tweezers broke the cookies. I tried two other ideas I read online to soften the cookie by steaming or microwaving but alas those ideas didn't work either and there was no way to pull out the original fortune.

Well, not one to give up, I went to the Chinese restaurant down the street and explained what I was trying to do and they donated a few to me. Guess what? The holes in theirs were large enough to pull the fortune out with tweezers! I proceeded to make my own fortunes appropriate for who I am giving them to for Valentines Day and folded them and placed them inside the cookies using the tweezers.

Of course, it's not Valentine's Day yet but I am sure they'll be a hit ;-)

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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February 3, 20100 found this helpful

I did this to tell my parents and in-laws that we were expecting our first child! It was a huge hit. We took them out to eat at a Chinese restaurant & then had the waiter bring the fortune cookies that I had put "we are having a baby!" inside.

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

What a sweet idea, literally! If you wanted, I'd imagine you could even get the recipe for fortune cookies online (most recipe sites should have it) and make the cookies, too.

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February 10, 20100 found this helpful

It's easy to make fortune cookies! I made them for my wedding six years ago. I made two batches -- one traditional almond flavor, and one chocolate (Martha Stewart's recipes.) Then I cut circles of the diameter I wanted out of thin craft foam sheets. Using the foam sheet as a template, I spread the batter with a metal spatula to get an even thickness. Only bake a few at at time so that you have time to shape them, inserting fortunes, before they cool. You may want to wear gloves to do this. I printed out our favorite verses and put one in each cookie, along with our names and the date. I put one almond cookie and one chocolate cookie in a small chinese takeout carton (that I had covered in toile), to which I attached a streamer with the guest's name as a place card. It was a fun project (depending on your nerves the week of your wedding!) and a memorable favor!

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February 15, 2010 Flag
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One Valentine's Day for my husband, I made a CD with a slide show of favorite pics over the years. I added music and a loving note at the end of the slide show, printed a CD label with a pretty picture and gave it to him for Valentines Day. He loved it.

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January 28, 2009 Flag
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My sweetie is not into big gifts, fancy cards, or other holiday kitsch so this Valentine's day I am showing my love for him in a very heartfelt way. I made a heart pattern that will fit on a 3x3 inch post-it note.

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February 13, 2006 Flag

For a frugal Valentine gift to your honey, make a favorite meal that they enjoy. Then have their favorite movies ready (I get them at the library or rent them)...

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February 14, 2012 Flag
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This year, I made homemade valentines using magazine cutouts and cardstock I had on hand, unused postcards from trips taken together and printouts of valentine graphics on craft sites. So the cost of the card is free.

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February 2, 2007 Flag
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Today, I started what I am calling the "14 Days of Valentine". I am leaving a pink paper heart and a small chocolate heart on my husband's pillow every day.

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February 19, 2009 Flag

For Valentine's Day, I cut out a decorative arrangement from a glossy magazine (in this case of feathers and ribbon with a cupid, actually) and then mounted it with spray adhesive on some cardboard I had saved.

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February 4, 2005 Flag
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Here is a great way to tell your loved one why you love them. On your computer write sentences like "I love how you love me", "I love your eyes", "I love how you play with the kids". You get the idea.

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February 13, 2008 Flag
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I have eleven grandchildren, ages 13 years to 3 months old, so even buying cards for holidays can become expensive. I love to send out something small to each child. In January, I scored a cheap alternative to Valentine's Day cards at my local grocery store.

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February 4, 2005 Flag
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Instead of paper valentines, buy some flower seeds at the dollar store (usually 6-10/$1) and give them to your friends with a note that says something like - "MY LOVE FOR YOU GROWS AND GROWS!"

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July 1, 2005 Flag
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For a cheap way to say I Love You to someone special, take an eraser and write a special message such as I Love You with maybe a heart or something on the bathroom mirror.

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February 11, 2002 Flag
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What are your favorite ideas for your Valentines Day gifts or activities?

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February 12, 20020 found this helpful

You don't need to be artistic to create your own Valentine card. Use old newspapers and magazines, cut out words, phrases and images to make a romantic or funny Valentine message. Paste your message on a big, red heart cut from construction paper.

Put on your reddest lipstick, pucker up and kiss several a sheet of plain, white paper. Repeat until you get a good kiss print, then personalize with your Valentine message.

Many radio stations allow listeners to call in and dedicate songs. Find a local radio station that does, then phone in your dedication; make sure your sweetie is listening!

- Marianne

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January 16, 20080 found this helpful

I bought rose petals made a picnic lunch with wine and chocolate covered strawberries. I blind folded him and we went to then lake. I had a picnic blanket and candles set up by a fire for a romantic Valentine's surprise for my boyfriend and he loved it!

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January 25, 20080 found this helpful

This site has a good list of Valentine Day gifts and activities:

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