5 Fun and Frugal Last Minute Valentines Gifts For Her

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We all know that trying to be frugal when getting last minute Valentines gifts for your wife or girlfriend can be a challenge, but we can all try, right? The fact is that Valentine’s Day really is much more of a holiday meant for the ladies and while it may be propagated by the greeting card industry, why not show your special lady you love her with a nice Valentines gift?

Now if you have put off buying that Valentine’s Day gift, don’t fret; it’s not Valentine’s Day yet! The beauty is that a lot of these last minute Valentines gifts are not exclusive to Valentine’s Day, but can be used as last minute gift ideas at any point in the year. Ultimately, it really should come down to the thought you’ve put in to the gift, and making it personal, as opposed to spending a certain amount of money. That said, here are some popular Valentine gift ideas for that special woman in your life.

*Related: If you’re looking for last minute Valentines gifts for that special man in your life, you can check out those possibilities here.


Massages are also a very popular Valentine’s Day gift for women, and who can blame them – they are awesome! Massages vary wildly in price and you want to make sure that you get your wife a nice massage package. Many businesses know this and offer specials for those looking for last minute Valentines gifts that can be quite a good deal. On a side note, these are also popular through Daily Deal sites. If you do buy one through a Daily Deal site make sure and read the fine print before purchasing.

Think Again of Flowers 

What woman does not like receiving flowers, and on Valentine’s Day no less? I don’t know about you, but I have found that many florists hike up the prices on most flowers, especially roses on Valentine’s Day. I have found somewhat of a way around this in going to Costco. I know Costco doesn’t exactly scream romance, but I do love shopping there. Many Costco locations sell flowers, including roses and other arrangements.

If the woman in your life likes flowers other than roses then you’re in luck as they sell nice arrangements for under $25. Last Valentine’s Day, my wife had just given birth to our youngest child the week before Valentine’s Day and Costco ended up being a lifesaver when I was looking for last minute Valentines gifts for my wife. I got her a nice bouquet of flowers and some cheese she’d shown interest in a few weeks earlier and she loved them. If Costco is not an option and your wife has a flower garden another last minute Valentines gift idea could be a handmade bouquet of fresh cut flowers from your backyard (as long as your wife is ok with them being cut of course :-)).

Make Her Dinner

While making your wife or girlfriend dinner may not classify as one of those last minute Valentines gifts you can purchase, for many it will be just as popular. Speaking from experience, my wife works hard and having one less dinner to prepare means a lot to her. Step up to the plate and make a nice meal with wine and a little candlelight to create a romantic atmosphere. If you have children, consider including them in the festivities as an opportunity for the whole family to make Mom feel special and loved. What I like about this option is that it can be much more personal than many of the other last minute Valentines gifts.

Give Her the Day Off

Let’s face it, most of the women in our lives work hard. They work a lot harder than many of us men and as a result simply do not have much time to themselves. One of my favorite last minute Valentines gifts to give to my wife is to let her have a day to herself. This can be whatever she wants it to be. If she wants to go have coffee or lunch with a friend she can do that. If she wants to go shopping by herself she can do that. The possibilities are up to you and what you think your wife or girlfriend would like. If you have children, you’ll get a special glimpse into what she deals with every day and should end the day with even greater respect for all that she does.

Make Her a Candy Basket Filled with Last Minute Valentines Gifts

What if your loved one does not like chocolate? I know, it sort of goes hand in hand with Valentine’s Day, but it is possible. We can tend to buy a box of chocolates and a bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day without thinking and thus possibly put no real time into it. If your wife or girlfriend likes candy other than chocolate you may find yourself looking for other last minute Valentines gifts, and you can still deliver. If you know what her favorite candies are then you can buy some smaller portions of the selected candies and arrange it into a nice basket for her. This not only gives her variety but also shows that you took the time to think of something a little more creative to give her.


What are your favorite last minute Valentine gift ideas? Do you have any other last minute Valentines gifts that you would add to this list? Make sure to come back tomorrow as Mrs. Frugal Rules shares some last minute Valentines gifts for that man in your life.


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*Edited from original post on February 5, 2013

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56 comments on “5 Fun and Frugal Last Minute Valentines Gifts For Her

  1. John, not sure if you have them where you are, but Trader Joe’s always has great flowers at cheap prices too. And LOVE both the making dinner idea and the “day to yourself idea”, both are a huge blessing to most moms.

    Having the kids make cards is a biggie for me. It costs next to nothing and will be cherished forever. Great post!
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    • We got a Trader Joe’s about two years ago and you’re right that they have good flowers at a reasonable price as well. I like to do the kids making a card for mom as well, actually for any holiday is priceless and well loved.

  2. I like the “make her dinner” idea. I personally need to learn to cook more so that when I “cook” it’s more than frozen pizza or heating up frozen food : P My wife has started to learn to cook quite a few dishes and I feel bad that she’s the one that’s always cooking. If we weren’t on vacation for Valentine’s Day I would use that idea for sure.
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    • I hear you there DC! I can cook, but prefer to grill. I can grill pretty much anything, so it’s always nice to grill a nice steak or chicken. Throw some veggies on from the garden and you’ve got a great meal. :)

    • Thanks Jon! It can be tricky at times, but often you can find a good deal with them and they know men are looking for something to buy, so there can be some good deals to snag.

    • Amen Eddie! We view everyday as being special and really take a low key approach to the day. We’d much rather spend money on each other for our anniversary which is not far behind.

    • I agree, that is nuts! When I do buy flowers for the holiday it’s not usually roses but something like tulips or a nice arrangement that is much more reasonable in price.

    • I know…nothing says romance like a free sample and some bulk socks. ;) I think Mrs. Frugal Rules agrees that a day off is generally much preferred to some flowers that’ll die in a week.

    • I’ve not heard of that, but it does make sense. I agree Tushar, that it should be more regular than once a year, I like to do it much more frequently than that. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I cook every evening, so not sure how novel that’s going to be for my wife. I’ve booked her on a cup cake decorating course which I know she’s wanted to do for a while. Any thing you’ve but together yourself (like a bouquet of candy) will go down well.
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    • I generally don’t either Travis. Last year was special as we just had our youngest a few days prior. I like to be more creative in the flower giving and she love it when I just surprise her with flowers from time to time.

    • I probably buy them half of the time, but don’t buy roses as their just so freaking expensive. I’ve done the same thing for my wife and she always love it.

  4. I have never liked flowers on V-day or any other day. They don’t last and just make me sad when they die. A day off is awesome, a plant or just time together doing something fun. This year Mr. FBS and I couldn’t wait so we celebrated early. For the rest of February we get to joke around and say happy Valentine’s day every morning to remember we celebrated early. :)
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    • That’s a big part of the reason why I don’t like buying roses on V-day. Florists jack up the rates and then they’re gone in a few short days. We like to go the doing something together route as we get so little time together and is fun to do something a little different.

    • That’s just it Chris, it really is a greeting card holiday. We do something simple, but not over the top. I like the spontaneous things as well and generally makes it much more enjoyable/memorable.

    • I generally buy them, though not every year. Especially with how florists jack up the rates. I like to get something not as typical as roses and have them be more colorful in nature.

  5. You’re a smart husband, John. Any wife would be thrilled with those gifts. I agree that florists seem to increase the prices of roses during Valentine’s Day. Depending on where you live, a lot of farmer’s markets have beautiful flowers at great prices too. To me, the best gift is having a nice leisurely dinner with my husband where neither of us have to race off but can enjoy our time together.
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    • Thanks Shannon! :) That’s a great call on the Farmer’s Market, though not an option in my area. We like to be the same way in terms of having a nice casual dinner without having to worry about what needs to be done next.

  6. I’m a big fan of cooking dinner. You can splurge on top shelf ingredients and wine and still have a lower bill than a restaurant. As for flowers, I just buy them. It’s one of those situations where you’re better off spending the money. Find the cheapest thing that looks nice to her.

    I have also made truffles for valentines day before. They don’t look as nice as the store bought ones, but they do taste just as good.
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    • I like to cook dinner as well. I love to grill so when I cook it’s usually something nice on the grill. You can get 4 good sized file mignon’s at Costco for $20-25 total. At a restaurant you’ll pay at least $30 for one.

      Making your own truffles sounds like a great idea! Though, I fear mine would look terrible. :)

    • We don’t spend a whole lot either, other than a small gift or something. If we do go out it’ll be on the weekend so we can avoid the crowds and the higher prices due to the holiday.

  7. Depending on where you live, taking a walk in a park can be a frugal romantic way to spend Valentines day. There’s one near me that has a stream running through it. The snow and stream make for a beautiful scene.
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    • As a father of three little ones, that is one of the best things to give to your wife. We get so little peace & quiet these days that it’s always appreciated.

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