5 Fun and Frugal Last Minute Valentine Gifts for Him

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Let’s be real – Valentine’s Day is a gal’s holiday. Finding perfect last minute valentine gifts for him that are  frugal is the trifecta of gift giving; it won’t be easy. It’s difficult to know what to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’ve waited until the last minute AND you’re trying to be frugal.

Sometimes, the hardest part is knowing what to get him. Rest assured, Frugal Rules is here to help. I’m going to share a few frugal gift ideas that I’ve used myself over the years to find gifts for my husband that he ended up enjoying. Hopefully, these five frugal last minute valentine gifts will help you in your quest to do the same.


Related: If you’re looking for some ideas for some last minute Valentine gifts for that special woman in your life, you can check out the post here.


#1 – Pick a Personalized Frugal Accessory or Gadget Gift


Does your man like to play guitar – then look no further for one of your last minute Valentine gifts. Get him a guitar picks. If he plays drums, pick up a pair of sticks for him. Then, personalize them by writing him a special message on the sticks and pics. Is he a bookworm? Look for or make him a bookmark or grab a book light for his paper books or eReader.

Heck, you could make a ‘Book Lover’s’ gift package complete with highlighters, candy or nuts to munch on and the aforementioned items, all of which are frugal, fun, easy to find and well-suited for last minute valentine gifts. The key is to think little, ordinary and personal. When packaged together and presented with a thoughtful card, your man will see you put time and thought into his Valentine’s Day gift, and should feel loved and appreciated, which is ultimately what you’re trying to achieve.


Related: If the man in your life is a reader, Amazon is running great deals on the Kindle! You can buy a basic Kindle for $59 or buy a Kindle Fire for $84!


#2 – Amazon fire TV Stick 


Does your man enjoy to watch a show at the end of a long day but hates having a cable bill to deal with? This is where the Amazon Fire TV Stick can be one of the great last minute Valentine gifts he’ll love.

With the Amazon Fire TV Stick he can plug it in to your TV and have unlimited access to the Amazon Prime library. In addition to that, you can also watch from channels like ESPN Go, A&E, the History Channel, HBO Go (coming soon) and many more. If you’re looking for options other than the Fire TV Stick you can get something very similar in quality and price with the Google Chromecast.

 #3 – Two Last Minute Valentine Gifts for Your Sports Nut


If your man loves all things sports like mine does, then these two frugal, last minute valentine gifts ideas should do the trick this Valentine’s Day. Get him a subscription to a magazine – either electronic if he has a Kindle, iPad or other e-reader, or paper.

If he likes ESPN or Sports Illustrated, you may even be able to score him a subscription to “ESPN The Magazine” for free as I did by getting him my other frugal sports gift idea – a subscription to ESPN Insider. I chose the two year option for about $30 and he loves it. It’s seriously one of the best gifts (last minute or otherwise) I think I’ve ever given Mr. Frugal Rules. :-) With spring and summer upcoming, many men may be looking for new sports gear for their favorite team which can make a great last minute Valentines gift.

#4 – get him something for the grill 


If you’re husband enjoys grilling as much as mine then anything to use while doing so will be one of the best last minute Valentine gifts to consider. I’ve bought Mr. Frugal Rules a number of grilling accessories and items in the past and they always go over well. Grilling might only be considered a summertime activity, but if you have a gas grill then it still works in February. :-)

BBQ sauce is always a popular gift, which is why I’ve given Mr. Frugal Rules the 4-pack BBQ gift set from Pinky’s Kitchen in the past as he loves it. Other solid options that work well as last minute Valentine gifts are the Cuisinart Grill Kit or the John Wayne Spice Rub Gift Set for the grill lover in your life.

#5- Bake a Cake (or Brownies or Cookies or Candy)


The night before you and your husband or boyfriend are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day, turn your kitchen into his personal bakery. If you like to bake, this is a fun, frugal Valentine’s Day gift idea. If I was going to do this for Mr. Frugal Rules, for example, I would make my killer brownies since they’re his favorite desert that I make. Buy a red or Valentine’s Day themed plate, place the brownies, cookies, candy, cupcakes or whatever you decide to bake on the plate, wrap it up and place a bow on top.

If Valentine’s Day falls on a week day and you feel comfortable doing it, surprise him at work by dropping the plate and a small note off to him there. He’ll surely be the envy of his co-workers and you will have accomplished your goal of giving him some satisfying last minute valentine gifts!

Another option is to pair this sweet treat with a gift card from to a favorite store of his so he can purchase something for himself.

The Sentiment Behind Frugal Last Minute Valentine Gifts


Frugal and cheap are two different sentiments. Frugal gifts pack value for their cost; cheap Valentine’s Day gifts are just, well…cheap. You know the difference. Look for a good deal, not necessarily a cheap product. Remember that the goal of Valentine’s Day gift giving is to make the man in your life feel loved.

Valentine’s Day is a special day (albeit probably contrived by the greeting card industry to make billions off us each year) that we get to show that special someone in our lives just how much we love them. Take advantage of it as an opportunity to remind yourself, and him, what you love, appreciate, respect, and admire about him.


What’s are some of the best last minute valentine gifts you’ve given the man in your life?


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