Valentine’s Day brings up a variety of emotions for many people, and there are countless ways to celebrate. It can be intimidating and frustrating to find a gift that’s perfect for your special someone, especially when you have to spend money to do it. This collection of ideas will be your one-stop solution for Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your sweetheart – easy, fast, and absolutely FREE!
Here are some creative ideas to make your Valentine’s Day memorable this year without having to dig into your pocketbook.
Make a book. Write down all the things you love about your significant other and find pictures to cut out from magazines to decorate it, or draw your own if you’re the artsy type. A personalized gift from the heart is always one of our most popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Check out this website for Valentine’s Day stock photos you can use to personalize your book.
Write a poem or song. If you’re the creative type, or even if you’re not, a poem is a sweet way to show your love. Poems don’t have to rhyme – look up different types of poems, such as haiku. Check out this site for poetry examples and ideas, and if you’re looking for templates, this website offers several options. Shape poems are a great idea – and one of our very best Valentine’s Day gift ideas is to make a heart-shaped poem! Learn how to do this here!
Write down favorite memories of your time together. There are many ideas you could do with this, such as placing each memory on a piece of paper and filling a jar with them, then having your partner pick them out and read them out loud. You could also both do this together and read your lists out loud to each other by a cozy fireplace and drink of choice in hand. The possibilities are endless! This blog may give you some inspiration to make it perfect for your sweetheart. You could also do a fun collage using pictures from the above stock photo site, and combine it with an easy photo editing program such as PicsArt. For PicsArt tutorials, click here.
Give each other a massage. Everyone loves a nice back massage. If you have some on hand, massage oil is recommended, but coconut oil works well too. If you don’t have any oil on hand, give a soaking foot bath and foot rub in a warm water bath, or use plenty of lotion to avoid skin rubbing. Of course, you want to follow simple safety tips (great informational video here!) and tips for giving a great massage here.
Prepare dinner together at home and eat by candlelight after the kids are asleep. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You could make it completely silly by making heart-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, or you could make it fancy (but affordable!) with these delicious but frugal recipe ideas. Above all, focus on your time together and make it fun.
Place small notes of appreciation and love around the house for your partner to find. The notes can be anything – a thank you note, a coupon to redeem (such as “Good for 1 date night” or “Redeem for 10 kisses.”), things you love about your relationship, etc. Be creative! Sometimes, these simple messages are some of the best Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
Put together a slideshow of your favorite pictures. You don’t have to be computer savvy in order to do this. You can even add a special song to it that means a lot to you as a couple. Windows Movie Maker is an excellent but simple program you can use. If you need extra help there are online tutorials and tips you can find through a simple Internet search, or you can view tips here and here.
If you’re married, partially relive your big day. Dress up and recite your vows to each other. Share special memories and pictures of the two of you. Dance to your favorite songs. You can find free Valentine’s Day playlists on Amazon Prime if you’re a member, Spotify, or Pandora. You can also build your own free playlist on YouTube if you don’t have a membership to any of the aforementioned sites. Some sites like this one offer free love songs through an online radio station.
Take a walk. This can be done anywhere, but some ideas are local parks, your own neighborhood, along a local beach or lake, or even a mall. Hold hands while you walk and stay close to each other. Have a conversation, or take in your surroundings and simply be with each other and enjoy your time together. Spending quality time together can be a great gift, especially if you’re both busy and don’t normally have a lot of time to get away. Even if you have children, they can go with you, or you could arrange for a friend or family member to watch them for an hour while you spend time with your mate.
If your partner normally does certain chores around the house, give them the gift of service by doing those chores for them. Most people would jump at the chance to avoid a night of folding laundry or emptying the dishwasher, and they will certainly appreciate having some time off!
If you’re not familiar with the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, you and your partner can take the free assessment here and discover what makes each of you tick. You can then take the above ideas and personalize them to your sweetheart’s strongest love language. Everyone loves to be spoken to in their own love language, especially when it’s incorporated into your Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Knowing and practicing your partner’s love language is a sure way to keep your relationship healthy and strong.