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Inexpensive Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

lastminutevalentinesdaygiftsValentine’s Day is finally here and if you’ve been following us here at TalkingCents, you’ve probably prepared a great day for your special someone filled with thoughtful inexpensive gifts, fun budget-friendly activities, or an affordable and delicious dinner.  

If you haven’t planned anything yet, don’t fret! It’s never too late. Just remember that last-minute shopping doesn’t have to lead to expensive purchases and more credit card debt.  Check out these ideas for last-minute gifts sure to impress that special someone without breaking the bank:

Start sifting through old photos of you and your significant other. Choose your favorites, throw them on a memory stick, and head to your local CVS or Target. You can create personalized photo books, greeting cards, collages, picture movie DVDs, etc. The options are endless and usually pretty inexpensive. You can even print photos right from Facebook. Use this Kodak Picture Kiosk locator to find a kiosk at a store closest to you. The best part is that many of these projects can be done in a quick amount of time, so head out on your lunch break to get started and swing by on your way home to pick up the finished product.


Don’t have dinner reservations? No problem. If you or your significant other is determined to go out on Valentine’s Day, you can check sites like Groupon and LivingSocial for last-minute Valentine’s Day deals on everything from dinner to wine tastings to massages and even painting or dance lessons.

Bake your loved one’s favorite dessert. Check sites like Pinterest for creative ideas on how to jazz up even the simplest desserts like a vanilla cake. It’s also not too late to start cooking a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner. (Check out this post for cheap and easy recipes for bruschetta, Italian chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts, and a homemade ice cream topping.)


Are you feeling particularly creative and ambitious? Write your loved one a song or poem. Knit them a pair of mittens. Make a scrapbook. Remember it’s the thought that counts.

Buy tickets to an event your loved one has wanted to attend. If the event is far enough away, you will be able to score a great deal. Don’t forget to check daily deal sites and places like StubHub to score the best price. Package the tickets up nicely in a festive gift box (try the Dollar Store) so your loved one has something to open.

Finally…don’t forget the card!

And if all else fails and you’re in a pickle of what to get your valentine at the last minute, don’t do this!

How do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget this year? Have you used any of our ideas?


Madison is a Marketing Communications & Programs Associate at ACCC. She is excited to share her tips on saving money and being financially responsible here on the Talking Cents blog!

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