20 Simple Valentine’s Day Gifts Your Sweetheart Will Love

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Quick And Simple Valentine’s Day Gifts Can Mean A Lot!

If you have put off buying that Valentine’s Day gift, don’t fret; it’s not Valentine’s Day yet! There’s still time for us procrastinators to come up with a meaningful gift without having to spend a fortune or come up with something elaborate.

I have compiled some last minute Valentine’s Day ideas and quick Valentine’s gifts that won’t break the bank, but that your sweetheart will surely appreciate. After all, it’s really the thought that counts, and even simple Valentine’s Day gifts can mean the world to those you love!

20 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas & Simple Gifts They’ll Love

surprise love notes written on heart shaped paper

1. Surprise Love Notes

Grab a package of heart-shaped Post-it notes from the grocery store, write down things you love about him or her and scatter them throughout the house. They will love it! (Need some ideas? Check this post from Lana at With A Touch Of Luxe.)

2. Bake A Cake (Or Brownies, Or Cookies!)

If you like to bake, this is a fun, frugal Valentine’s Day gift idea. If Valentine’s Day falls on a week day, surprise him or her at work by dropping off a plate of their favorite goodies and a note. They’ll surely be the envy of co-workers! Bonus points for making them heart-shaped!

giant candy bar card on a red poster board

3. Giant Candy Bar Card

One of my favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him is to put together a big card (made with poster board or foam core board) with candy bars attached and cute candy bar sayings. These are so much fun to do! The only hard part is resisting the urge to eat the candy!

4. Make A Pinterest Board

Looking for out of the box Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Look no further than a bespoke Pinterest board! Fill it with images, videos, and websites that speak to your significant other’s interests or that will make them smile.

candy on skewers put in a vase to look like a bouquet

5. Candy Bouquet

This is a quick Valentine’s Day gift bouquet I made for my husband last year. I was definitely in a “last minute” situation, but luckily I tend to thrive under pressure. :-) He loved it!

Related: Valentine’s Day Sour Cream Cookies

6. Make A Valentine With Household Items

Turn everyday items into a gift with a well-placed pun and a few simple supplies.

  • “I donut know what I would do without you!” – donut
  • “I love you a latte!” – Starbucks bottled drink
  • “I get a charge out of you!” – AA batteries
  • “You are the highlight of my life!” – highlighter pen
  • “I am stuck on you!” – glue or stickers
  • “You are the icing on my cake!” – cupcake
  • “I’m bananas for you!” – banana or banana bread
woman writing on a rom-com checklist

7. Have A Netflix Night

Turn on Netflix, queue up When Harry Met Sally (or your rom-com of choice), and enjoy a night snuggled up together on the couch. My Rom-Com Checklist could come in handy here!

8. Valentine’s Day Crossword Puzzle

Go to Education.com and create a free customized crossword that incorporates words and clues from your relationship. For example: 3 Down: What you hate to take out. Answer: Garbage.

woman sitting at a desk and listening to a romantic playlist on an Echo Show

9. Make A Romantic Playlist (Or Borrow Mine!)

Make a romantic playlist of your favorite love songs as a thoughtful throwback to the mixtapes we used to make “back in the day.” It’s a gift that will last well beyond Valentine’s Day and doesn’t cost a cent to make. (Feel free to use my Valentine’s Day Playlist instead — your secret is safe with me!)

10. Opening Day Tickets

Baseball season is just around the corner, so why not surprise the sports fan in your life with tickets to opening day? Put the tickets in a Valentine’s Day card, or pair it with a t-shirt or hat.

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11. Frame It Up!

Here’s one of my favorite quick Valentine’s gifts: download a free printable (there are lots and lots to be found on Pinterest) and put it in a frame. I love this particular quote! :-)

12. Take The Day Off From Parenting

Plan ahead to have the kids stay with Grandma or another relative overnight on Valentine’s Day (or around then — it doesn’t hurt to be flexible!) This will give you both some “alone time” to focus on each other, and to sleep in!

milk with red heart ice cubes and heart shaped donuts

13. Heartfelt Romantic Breakfast

Wake up extra early and start Valentine’s Day off special with a batch of heart-shaped pancakes! Just pour the batter in the frying pan in a free-form heart shape and serve with strawberries and whipped cream. This would definitely show your loved one how much you care.

Related: A Simple And Festive Valentine Breakfast

14. Play Tourist In Your Home Town

Plan some touristy activities that you and your honey have never gotten around to doing, and don’t be embarrassed to take a zillion corny couples pictures.

indoor picnic set-up on a living room floor

15. A Winter Picnic

Take a picnic blanket (or even a sheet) and set up a romantic picnic in your living room. Feature food from your favorite deli or gourmet shop, and maybe a fancy beverage. You could also make your picnic an outing, like parking your car at a scenic overlook.

16. Spread The Love

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, so consider branching out from romance into charity and friendship. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, send flowers to nursing home residents, or contact a local women’s shelters to ask how you can best show love to those who live and work there. Little things can make all the difference for people who are in need of a little extra love.

woman ironing on a ironing board

17. Do The Chores They Dislike

Is there a chore that your partner typically does? Is there something he/she has been meaning to do, but hasn’t found the time to do it? For Valentine’s Day, do something that will make your significant other’s life easier. Organize the garage. Take over laundry duties for a week/month. You get the idea.

18. A Dozen Roses + A Dozen Dates

Turn the traditional “a dozen roses” into something extra special. Think of 12 date ideas that suit the both of you, write those down in a card, and gift the card along with a dozen roses. Good Housekeeping has 100 Creative Date Ideas that can help you brainstorm.

Want to score extra Valentine points? Have them delivered at work. It will make your beloved’s co-workers sigh at your thoughtfulness and leave your sweetheart smiling.

woman sitting on the edge of a tub and drinking cucumber water

19. The Gift Of Pure Relaxation

If you’ve waited until the very last minute for a gift, a gift card for a massage is a fast option that doesn’t require you to wait for delivery! If you really want to kick up the romance factor, make it a gift certificate for a couple’s massage. Most spas these days offer gift cards or gift certificates!

20. Go Beyond The Chocolates

Chocolate-covered strawberries are my absolute favorite! If you have never tried these, you are missing out. My husband always buys me a dozen for Valentine’s Day. They are divine!

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