Frugal Valentine's Day Gifts

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.

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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 15, 2010

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.

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He loved it.

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February 2, 2007

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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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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January 28, 2009

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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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 4, 2005

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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February 4, 2005

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".

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You get the idea.

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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 13, 2008

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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July 1, 2005

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

What are your favorite ideas for your Valentines Day gifts or activities?

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Anonymous
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.

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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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By jj (Guest Post)
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:

best.valentinesgift.ever.com/

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September 21, 2015

This is a page about making an "I love you because..." jar. A jar or other container filled with the many reasons you love the recipient makes a unique and treasured gift.

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