It's a cliché, but it's true: ladies love flowers, chocolate and candy. They love these things so much that on Valentine's Day, the average man will spend nearly $160 on gifts for his significant other. But the typical holiday gifts of flowers and candy will likely be gone within a few days of the celebration. This year, why not save your budget on Valentine's Day and find some fun gifts that are practical, inexpensive and useful all year long? Depending on her lifestyle, habits and hobbies, you can find gifts to suit nearly any taste.
Jewelry may be on your shopping list, but you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to give a beautiful and quality gift to your girl. Sterling silver pieces can be found for less than $15 at online retailers. Don't overlook the brick-and-mortar stores when searching for deals, either. Many have slashed their jewelry items by as much as 70% for the holiday, so look locally and scan the ads in the newspaper or online. Another treasure trove of quality jewelry can be found at local consignment shops. Giving jewelry doesn't mean you have to run your credit card up to its limit; your purchase can be something simple, yet meaningful to her.
Create a special moment for your romantic partner. Perhaps taking a long, relaxing bath is one of her favorite things to do. Handmade soaps decorated with hearts and in assorted scents will run you less than $10, and glycerin soaps engraved with her initials will cost you just over $12. These soaps are organic, come in a gift box and offer truly unique fragrances like green tea and citrus. For the ultimate touch of true romance, run her a bath and float rose petal soaps on the water.
The soaps are available through Amazon.com and come in rose and vanilla scents. They are biodegradable, melt slowly in the hot water and cost around $20 for a box. Light some candles, turn on some soft music and you have given a romantic gift that didn't cost you a fortune and is certain to be remembered long after the holiday.
Make a Deal
Coupon books from online book retailers make a fun gift that can be used all year. These books allow her to select from coupons that offer her a dinner out or her favorite home-cooked meal, an uninterrupted night with the remote control or the ability to have you do any number of household chores. Many of these coupon books have lovely romantic sayings that you can tear out and leave in her purse, on her mirror or on her pillow. You can choose from dozens of different books, and most retail for less than $20.
The Practical Geek
Want to remind her daily that she has your heart? How about with a coffee mug that lights up a bright red heart on its side when filled with a hot liquid? Every morning, she will see that glowing heart and know all year long how much she means to you.
If your special someone is never without her digital camera, she'll appreciate a molded camera case. Like a cell phone cover, this case protects her camera and comes in fashionable colors like hot pink and bold blue. It costs $15.
If your Valentine likes to spend time outdoors in the garden, consider a hat with effective UV protection. These hats come in many colors and styles and cost just under $20. Saving her from a sunburn or skin cancer just might be the ultimate romantic gift.
Gift Basket Goodies
Gift baskets filled with fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, wine, cheese and other edible goodies are a great option instead of the usual box of candy. You can find baskets filled with heart-shaped cookies and other tasty treats. Another great gift is coffee in assorted flavors, which will run you about $13 for a small variety pack.
The Bottom Line
Celebrating Valentine's Day doesn't have to break the bank, and it doesn't have to include traditional gifts that won't last longer than week. The amount spent on a gift will never be as valuable as choosing something that is as unique as your Valentine. Be creative, shop selectively and find a special gift that won't shatter your budget, but just might capture her heart.