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.


Photo courtesy of: Evobrained


*Edited from original post on February 5, 2013

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