Last Minute Frugal Valentine's Day Gifts
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Last Minute Frugal Valentine’s Day Gifts

Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Need a last minute, frugal, gift idea for Valentine's Day?  Try some of these non-traditional gift ideas that show your love for your sweetheart.Valentine’s Day is coming up fast. Have you found the perfect gift for your significant other? If not, you are running out of time. Here are a few Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are frugal and sure to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Easy Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

A Day Off
You don’t have any control over your partner’s work schedule, but you can still give him or her a day off from parenting. Plan ahead, and arrange to have the kids visit Grandma on Valentine’s Day and stay overnight. This will give you both some “alone time” to focus on each other. It also will allow both of you to sleep in the next day. The day off doesn’t necessarily have to happen on Valentine’s Day. Move it to fit around your work schedules.

Love Notes
Put a little love note into your spouse’s lunchbox on Valentine’s Day. This will be really easy if you are the person who prepares lunches in your household. Get a small piece of paper and write a quick “Valentine Card” greeting. It can be simple as “I love you.” When was the last time you sent each other a hand written love note? It will be an unexpected surprise that shows that your thoughts are with your “sweetie”.

Finish the “Honey -Do” List
Has your significant other created a list of things that he or she would really like you to fix? These lists tend to include things that around the house that are in need of repair. This week, spend time working through your “Honey-Do” list. Get those projects completed!

Your efforts will not go unnoticed. This non-traditional Valentine’s Day gift shows that you really were listening when you were assigned those tasks. There are many people who feel loved when their partner shows that he or she was paying attention to their requests. It is so nice to be heard!

A Clean House
Never underestimate how important it is to have a nice, clean, house! Pick a day when your partner is going to be gone for several hours in a row. Take the opportunity to clean the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedroom. Everything looks so much better clean than cluttered and dirty.

Your partner will be pleased that he or she doesn’t have to do those chores this week. There are some people who have difficultly feeling “romantic” if their house isn’t clean. Having a super-clean home can make it feel like you are in a nice hotel and on vacation.

Flowers and Candy
Sometimes, the traditional Valentine’s Day gift is the way to go. Pick some up from a grocery store, and you can get a nice gift for an inexpensive price. There are people who will be quite disappointed their partner doesn’t give them flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day. This simple gift shows your love for your sweetheart and also makes it clear that you did not forget about Valentine’s Day.

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