The Perfect Valentines Day Gift…and a Giveaway!

The Perfect Valentines Day GiftHello again Thriftaholics! Welcome back to Club Thrifty. Today we are going to talk about finding the perfect Valentines Day gift for that special someone in your life…and I’m not talking about your dog. I’m talking about the one you’ll hopefully get a little smootchie smootchie from on the 14th. So buckle up because we are about to take a wild Valentiney ride.


Valentines Day Gift Tip #1: Don’t Fall for Smoke Screens

This first tip is especially for the guys out there. While some of you may be lucky enough to have your significant other tell you what they want, I’m guessing that many of you are in the same boat that I am. After being together for many years now, it is really difficult to buy gifts for my wife. Whenever I ask her what she wants, she usually responds with the old, “I don’t really want anything.”


OK. Stop right there. Do not – I repeat – DO NOT be fooled by this statement.


If you have heard this, you need to stop, drop, and listen. The lady is not telling you what she really means. Using my years of experience, I’m going to decipher this little nugget for you. What she is really saying is, “If you’re expecting a little somethin’ somethin’, you better know me well enough to get me a Valentines Day gift I’ll love. Otherwise, you’re gonna be S.O.L. son.” This becomes even more tricky if she enjoys being frugal – like my wife. Regardless, don’t fall for the trap of not getting anything. Trust me, you’ll never live it down.


Valentines Day Gift Tip #2: Try Something Unique

Flowers are always a good Valentines Day gift. Even if you aren’t in town to celebrate with your honey, you can still send flowers through companies like However, in my book, chocolates are even better. Everybody loves chocolates, especially on Valentines Day, right? One of the best Valentines Day gifts that I ever gave was a batch of chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries. It was something that was unique, delicious, and showed that I had put some thought into it prior to giving the gift. In the interest of full disclosure, we do receive compensation if you click the link and buy the berries. However, I wouldn’t promote them if I didn’t think they were beautiful and delicious!


These days, you can find all kinds of interesting gifts on the internet. You can personalize nearly any gift these days at Personal Creations.  M&Ms even has a fresh takes on a classic favorite. They allow you to personalize a box of M&Ms and the candies inside. If putting her name on candy doesn’t say love, I don’t know what does.


Valentines Day Gift Tip #3: Stick to a Budget

Nothing squashes a romantic evening quite like a collections call does. Make sure to have a Valentines Day gift budget, and stick to it. There is nothing romantic about drowning in debt and paying off those 12 dozen roses and bottle of Cristal for the next 3 months.


If you are on a tight budget, there are still plenty of ways to make Valentines Day special. Maybe you can cook a great meal at home and enjoy it by candlelight. Perhaps you can give your honey a set of “coupons,” each one promising a special treat that can be redeemed at a later time. Perhaps a beautiful drawing or a special note/poem is more your style. These are all things that don’t cost much, but they are ways that you can tell that special person how much you care.


So, what are your tips for Valentines Day gifts? Do you have any rules or spending limits?


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About Greg

Greg Johnson is a proud husband, father, and debt crusader who is in the process of becoming debt free. He is the co-founder of the personal finance website Club Thrifty, where he brings the awesome sauce each and every day.


  1. I take a similar approach. Trying something unique is always the best way to go, and I love how the internet has given us an endless number of “unique” ideas for gifts and things we supposedly need ;) My wife loves chocolate so that makes it pretty easy to buy a present for her.
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  2. Personalized candy is so cool! I went to a wedding where they had their two initials on M&Ms, too cute.
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  3. Love the post! We have a set limit of what to spend and I try and make mine a little unique for my wife. Flowers are always nice, but I find when I get a little creative with the gift it means much more to her.
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  4. Anytime I say I don’t want anything, it means hopefully you’ve been paying attention to what I like, so you can get me something nice. I don’t know why us girls do that! It’s like we expect him to read our minds.
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  5. “I don’t really want anything” translates as… “What I’d really like is for you to do the dishes, mop the floor, iron your clothes, and bring me a cup of tea and biscotti, please.” At least that’s in our house. =)
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  6. When we celebrated Vday we used to always set ourselves a limit so that we couldn’t go crazy with spending money.
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  7. Great post, Greg. It’s obvious you’ve been married long enough to know better. :-). As for us, Rick is beyond frugal, so he won’t want anything but a nice dinner cooked at home. As for me, I’d love it this year if Rick would dig up some money out of his personal account and put it towards our debt payoff. Romantic, I know. :-)
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  8. I definitely need to be more unique! I’m so boring when it comes to giving presents.
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  9. Sticking to a budget can be tough but if you plan in advance, it is possible. I posted 10 frugal gift ideas today for anyone who is interested :)
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  10. If my guy friends go out with girly girls, I usually suggest a gift certificate for a mani or pedi since it’s fairly practical if they go habitually. It seems to work in their favor, and it’s probably comparable to flowers (I’m guessing, I don’t buy either myself).
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  11. The wife and I are not big into this day. It is over-commercialized and it has just lost meaning. I like to take time to cook and handle everything my wife would do, so she doesn’t have to.
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  12. Great job translating the “woman code” for I don’t want anything. If there’s anything you should know, it’s that – yes, they do! Fortunately for me our recent home renovations are going to count as a double dip for both Christmas and Valentines day!
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  13. Yeah my wife is very tough to shop for. What’s worse is her birthday is the day before Valentines Day, so I have to make is something at least half way decent.

    As far as the budget I kept things down to $30 bucks this year and got her a bluetooth because she is always looking at mine. Thanks for the tips.

    • Yikes! You’re kind of in the same boat as me. Holly’s birthday is in January, so I’ve got all of our major gift buying events within 6 weeks.

  14. It helps to have a spouse that appreciates what I do vs. some othe fantasy. Years ago, we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home. I make it romantic by firing up the fireplace and light some candles. I always buy flowers, but they are just a nice bouquet ($6-7) and I bring a nice dinner ($25-30 for two) home. The tV goes off and we have a nice evening together.
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  15. Shane Curtis says:

    This coming Valentine’s day, I wanted to give my loved ones something really unique. Instead of giving my mom bouquet of flowers, I am thinking of making her a bouquet of cupcake flowers, because she loves cupcakes also.
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  16. We have never really gotten into buying gifts for Valentine’s Day. It would suit us just fine to get a babysitter and have a nice quiet dinner without the kids. Ah bliss…no kids for two hours :) I’m getting fired up just thinking about it. Better go make those reservations!
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  17. One of the advantages of knowing how to cook is being able to prepare a nice Valentine’s inner for your lady. Buy some high quality meat and wine and get to work.

    If you’re particularly adventurous you can make homemade chocolates. Truffles aren’t that hard with a little practice. Mine don’t look as perfect as those made by professionals, but they taste great.

    And yes, you still need to buy the roses.
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  18. Hahaha….love the bit about smoke screens!

    Happy to be co-hosting with you :)
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  19. For my wife and I, Valentines Day is a great excuse to go out for a nice dinner and hire a babysitter. Although we don’t typically do this on V-Day but on the weekend after.
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  20. My best Valentine’s day gift would be a takeout dinnerfrom the taco truck and a backrub from the bf. Roses die, jewelry is expensive and chocolate (well OK add chocolate to the dinner and backrub and we’ve got one great Valentine’s day)
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  21. Okay – I’d actually just like to give – or receive – the stormtrooper with a heart. Preferably in LEGO form. :)
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  22. I love getting flowers, but it makes it extra special if he sends them to me at work or somewhere where everyone else will be able to see them and be jealous. Is this petty? Oh, well.
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