With February 14th around the corner, have you thought of what to get your loved ones? Does it seem out of your budget range? Expensive gifts don’t always express an extraordinary love message. Sometimes the best and most heart fulfilling gift is one that comes with creativity. Thinking out of the box for your loved ones on this special day will be much more noticed and appreciated.

There is no reason to break your budget for a special holiday when you can be frugal and enjoy the presences of the person next to you.

Sometimes, it's the little things

Why go into debt with an expensive piece of jewelry when you can give a personalized gift that is worth a thousand words?

Creativity is key. With a couple of ideas, you are sure to come up with a striking gift for anyone on your list. Whether it be a big red card with a personalized message inside or a homemade breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day. Finding those heartstrings to tug on a start.

Being frugal nowadays has become a trend. It has opened the eyes of many people to living comfortably with a set budget for a debt-free life.

Valentine's day for him

Put together 3 jars of love

It is simple to decorate mason jars with notes inside that expresses his great qualities. This gift will bring smiles to his face with every note that is opened.

Another jar can consist of “love coupons” whether it be a 30-minute massage or a special homemade dinner. There are endless ideas when it comes to making a mason jar gift with thoughtful notes.

With a couple of padded red hearts super glued to the outside of the jar and decorative confetti paper inside it can even make a nice decoration for your home.

(3) 16 oz mason jar - Hobby Lobby $3.99 each (on sale)

(1) Small red heart padded decorations (24 count) - Etsy $2.70

(1) Small red glitter confetti hearts (50 count) - Etsy $2.49

Total Price: $17.16

Sweet treats for the win

Yummy, who doesn't have a sweet tooth when it comes to Valentine’s Day treats? Make a red velvet cupcake mix and place batter in a non-stick heart shaped pan. When the cupcakes are finished baking, stick a pink party pick on it with an “I love you” note written on each. This is perfect for a personalized homemade dessert.

(1) Red velvet cupcake mix - Walmart $1.44 (price may vary)

(1) Non-stick heart shaped cupcake pan - Bed Bath & Beyond $5.99

(1) Pink party picks - cupcake toppers (24 count) - Etsy $4.50

Total Price: $11.93

Balloon chandeliers

Huh? When chandeliers come to mind you think of an expensive purchase. Not when they are made out of balloons though! It is so simple to make a great statement of love with this thoughtful gift. All you need is 15 balloons of your desired color, filled with helium and 15 4x6 pictures of him or of both together. On the top of each picture poke a tiny hole where you can tie the balloon string to so it stays in place and doesn't fly up (shown in the picture below). This gift is a great way to surprise your significant other on their way in the door.

(1) Red balloons (15 count) - Party City $2.99

(15) Personalized 4x6 photos - CVS $0.33 each

Total Price: $7.94

A balloon chandelier is a great Valentine's Day gift when you're on a budget

Rare beer right to your door!

A special touch to your partner's favorite drink is a great way to put a smile on their face. Tavour was founded in 2013, they deliver rare beers from thousands of breweries across the country. All you do is download the app and every day you'll have access to 2 beers that are not found in your area. They deliver right to your door for one flat fee no matter how much you buy, it is not a subscription model and monthly ordering is not required. Pretty cool, huh?

Tavour flat fee - $14.90

Total Price: $14.90

Valentine's day for her

Mason mug bouquets

A bouquet of a dozen roses is so cliché! Don't get her that for the 5th year in a row, we've got a better idea for you. Make your own bouquet of flowers for her, it's simple and more personable. Grab her favorite flowers from the store and a colorful mason jar mugs to stick them in with some water. Perfect!

(1) Mason jar mugs (4 count) - Amazon $16.99

(1) Bouquet of flowers - (price may vary)

Total Price: 23.99

Mason mug bouquets are a low-cost Valentine's Day gift


Homemade body scrub

Who would not fall in love with a body scrub made from scratch? I'll wait… oh, right - no one! It is a perfect gift to give to your significant other and it only takes 4 ingredients to create. All you need is 1 cup cane sugar, 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries, 3/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil, and 1 tbsp vanilla extract.
Click here for full directions.

(1) Cane sugar - Brandless $3.00

(1) Freeze-dried strawberries - Target $3.99

(1) Organic virgin coconut oil - Brandless $3.00

(1) Vanilla extract - Walmart $5.84

Total Price: $15.83

Love coupons

Oh, this is a must! Come on, guys. She wants a day off from doing dishes, cleaning the house and doing laundry. Make her a coupon book out of construction paper and decorative stickers so she can pull out the “no laundry day” whenever she's having a rough day. It is a cute little gift that’ll make a giggle come out as she's reading all the fun things she can take advantage of.

(1) Construction paper - Staples $1.99

(1) Personalized Valentines stickers - Etsy $6

Final Price - $7.99

Personalized love letter

There is no better way to express your love than to write a love letter with nothing but honest and appreciative words for her. It is difficult to express your love for one another every day so by writing a letter shows reassurance and brings up a spark that may have been hiding for a little bit. A meaningful “I love you” can go a long way with one another.

A love letter is the best Valentine's Day gift

Valentine's day ideas for kids

Perfect DIY heart crayons

Perfect gift for our little humans! If you have kids you can find crayon nubs at the bottom of every crayon bin you own. The kids don’t use the broken crayons much but you can make something out of them that they will fall in love with. All you need is a heart-shaped baking pan, throw in all the nubs (cut to half an inch if necessary) and put it in the oven to melt for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. And… just like that - colorful heart shaped crayons!
Click here for full directions.

(1) Non-stick heart shaped cupcake pan - Bed Bath & Beyond $5.99

Total Price: $5.99

Homemade chocolate covered strawberries

How do you get a pink heart with a bear for your teenage son? It is a little difficult to please little ones of all ages but we've found the perfect gift for them! Thinking as a parent, strawberries are healthy and quite tasty - but special occasions call for some sugar, right? Chocolate covered strawberries with drawings of sports balls would catch your teenager's eye.

(1) 2lb Strawberries - Walmart $3-6

(1) Ghirardelli Chocolate White Chocolate Melts - Walmart $4.19

(1) Baker's Real Milk Chocolate Dipping Chocolate - Walmart $2.54

Total Price: $9.73

Homemade chocolate covered strawberries are great for Valentine's Day

The perfect flower for your teenage princess

Making the perfect gift for someone so special doesn't have to be super pricey. All it takes is a small vase, fill it up with heart-shaped sweet tarts and inside goes her favorite colored roses. Flowers makes girls feel important.

(1) Small Glass Vase - Save on Crafts $2.99

(1) Sweetheart Candies - Amazon 9.99

(1) Half-Dozen Roses - (price may vary)