Here’s a newsflash for men out there looking for Valentine gift ideas for your wife or girlfriend…you only have a few days left. In fact, Valentine’s Day is next Friday 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, but you do need to get something that shows the special lady in your life you love and appreciate her and which fits her personality. 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 and well-received.
*Related: Check out my other post if you’re looking for last minute Valentines gifts for that special woman in your life.
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.
You can take this a step further and make it into a coffee basket, so to speak, with a new mug or travel mug, a coffee grinder and even a gift card to a local coffee shop. Believe it or not, this is one of the most liked Valentine gift ideas I’ve come up with for my wife and it’s incredibly easy to put together.
Does She Like to Smell Good?
Ok, that is a somewhat stupid question but it can be a great Valentine gift idea if you’re in a pinch. This has not always been the easiest for me though, as I HATE going into Bath and Body Works or The Body Shop and finding something for my wife as I always feel lost. Thankfully I’ve gotten to know my wife pretty well over the years and know what she likes.
I also get around going to the mall by doing this shopping online. Not only do I not have to deal with the sales reps (err…lotion mongers) but I can almost always find a deal on Retailmenot or by doing a quick Google search for coupon codes. I’m not cheap by any means, but if I can pair a discount with one of my Valentine gift ideas then even better.
Surprise Her With a Shopping Trip
This is a newer idea I’ve come up with for Mrs. Frugal Rules and have used it for a few different holidays, including Valentine’s Day. It might be a cop out to some, but my wife loves being able to go out on her own and buy a thing or two she has been wanting without having to deal with three kids screaming at or hanging off of her.
For her past birthday she really wanted a new pair of sunglasses, so I gave her the afternoon to go spend however she wanted and to take whatever time she wanted to buy a nice pair of sunglasses. If you’re in a quandary to come up with some Valentine gift ideas, try this out as it’ll likely be a hit.
Jewelry, With a Twist
I know…jewelry and Valentine’s Day…real original! Jewelry is also not the most frugal Valentine’s gift idea you can come up with. There are options you can look at though and not necessarily break the bank. The key, as with any of these Valentine gift ideas, is to make it personal to your wife in order for it to be well-received. In the case of Mrs. Frugal Rules, she loves watches. I could get her a ring or bracelet and it would be loved, but she absolutely adores watches. I’ve bought one or two for her in the past and you’d think I gave her a bar of gold as she loves them so much. Cheap, no, but a great gift none the less.
Of Course, Flowers
I know, another original Valentine gift idea. That said, what is Valentine’s Day without some sort of flowers? I do hate how retailers jack up the rates just to take advantage of one blasted day, but you do what you gotta do. With that in mind, I’m always looking for deals on flowers and can usually find something somewhat decently priced, or you can always go the Costco route and get something reasonable. If budget is a concern, you can still usually get something for your wife – even a singular rose or two as the last thing you want to do is hurt your wife’s feelings if she does enjoy receiving flowers.
If your wife works in an office, try having the flowers delivered there as I know Mrs. Frugal Rules always loved that when she worked in the office. If you want to go the extra mile, you could always hand deliver them yourself and even take her out for a surprise lunch. Trust me men, it’ll be very well received.
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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