Hello 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 ProFlowers.com. 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. Β 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.

Looking for the perfect Valentines Day gift on a budget? Here are some tips to help save you from your lover's wrath, as well as save you some coin.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?