5 Great Valentine Gift Ideas for Your Wife

Valentine Gift Ideas

Here’s a newsflash for men out there looking for Valentine gift ideas for your wife or girlfriend…Valentine’s Day is not that far away. In fact, Valentine’s Day is in two short weeks and let’s face it, it really is a holiday for the ladies.

The first few years Mrs. Frugal Rules and I were married I was always looking for last minute Valentine gift ideas leading up to the day and have learned my lesson over the years that the amount of money spent doesn’t necessarily equate to a better” gift. What this wisdom has taught me is that you don’t really need to go all out and buy some lavish Valentine’s Day gift.

In fact, you can even choose not to exchange gifts like my wife and I do. However, I fully realize that not everyone feels that way and like to exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day. All that said, I thought I’d share some of the Valentine gift ideas I’ve come up with over the years that are both practical, relatively frugal and well-received.

bamboo bath caddy 


If your wife enjoys a hot bath at the end of a long day, and most do, the Bamboo Bath Caddy could be one of the best Valentine gift ideas you could give. I didn’t give this to my wife as a gift for Valentine’s Day as I got it for another holiday, but she has loved using it.

How the Caddy works is that it spans across your tub to act as a table or tray to put a variety of things on. It can be used to place things like a book, TV remote or drink on it without fear of dropping it in the tub. The construction is sturdy and lasted her a number of years so we’ve definitely got value out of it.


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Coffee can be one of the best valentine gift ideas


You might think coffee would be near the bottom of the list among Valentine’s Day gift ideas, but this can be a great gift for a coffee lover. I’ve done this for Mrs. Frugal Rules in the past and she loves it. She isn’t really a huge fan of Starbucks, so I go with some of the smaller local chains and get her a handful of different coffees she hasn’t tried before as she loves trying new brews.

One of the best Valentine gift ideas I’ve given though was making my own coffee basket. I gave one to my wife a few years ago and she loved it. I started with a Krups Coffee Grinder and included a coffee mug as well.

If you’re looking for coffee options, you can always go with a pound of Starbucks Pike Place Roast as that is one of their more popular offerings. If your wife prefers tea to coffee you can do a similar basket that includes a Stainless Mesh Tea Ball, a Stovetop Whistling Kettle and a tea sampler to get her started.

gift cards 


Ok, I know a gift card doesn’t scream romance or at the top of your Valentine gift ideas. However, if you do it right then it can be a hit with the recipient. I’ve actually found that Amazon is a great option to look at for gift cards.

You can always go the standby route of buying an Amazon gift card. What I’ve preferred to do in the past though is buy gift cards to different retailers on Amazon. Amazon has a wide variety of retailer gift cards available; such as Nordstrom’sSephoraAmerican Eagle and more. If you’re looking for last minute Valentine gift ideas then a gift card could help you in a pinch.



One of the best Valentine gift ideas I’ve used in the past, and use throughout the year, is giving Mrs. Frugal Rules the day off. Meaning, she gets to take the day off and go do whatever she wants to do and I stay home with the kids so she can enjoy that time to herself.

When I give time as a gift to my wife she has used it for a number of things like going out to do a little shopping for herself, having lunch with a friend or just going out for coffee on her own. The point is to allow her time to herself to do something she enjoys and have time to recharge. The best thing is that it can cost very little, but more importantly she feels appreciated.

candelabra wine bottle topper 


If you’re looking for Valentine gift ideas that both of you can enjoy, then the Candelabra Wine Bottle Topper can be a great way to do that. We prefer to stay in for Valentine’s as we’d rather not pay the increased prices for the evening as well as not having to fight the crowds.

If that describes you and your partner then the wine bottle topper could be a great way to make your meal at home a little more romantic. That’s also not to mention you can reuse it as much as you like. All you need is a few tea light candles and you’re good to go. If you throw in a favorite bottle of wine then it makes the gift that much better. :-)


What are some of the more creative Valentine gift ideas you have come up with? Do you set a budget for how much you spend on a Valentine’s Day present?


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