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Last minute alternative Valentine’s Day gifts

Happy Valentine's Day
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What’s a blog without a mention of Valentine’s Day…?

Have you forgotten to get your special someone a gift? Strapped for cash? 0r perhaps you’re just not a fan of the commercial craziness that comes around every 14th February and want to do something more meaningful than just a teddy from Clinton’s…? Either way, here are some ideas for alternative gifts – all of which can be arranged at the last minute.

1. Cook a special meal

If you’re anything like me (a total cooking novice with a chef for a husband) actually cooking any meal is a special event in itself! But seriously. If you’ve already got food in, this need not cost a fortune. Check out some of the great food blogs knocking around including A Girl Called Jack and The Skint Foodie for recipes on a budget. If it’s the actual cooking you’re worried about, all of the supermarkets do meal deals for any budget: for example, Tesco Finest‘s is £10 for 3 courses plus wine; or for a less fancy option, they have curry, pizza and oriental options for £6 (two sides and two mains). If you want to push the boat out a little, M&S‘s special Valentine’s Menu is £20 for a 3 course meal plus wine and chocolates.

2. Love cheques

You can find examples of these all over the place, for example at MSE or on the Tatertots and Jello blog, or you can just make your own! basically a set of IOUs for anything you like, romantic or other-wise.

3. Donate to charity on their behalf

Do they have a charity close to their heart? perhaps one that has helped them or someone they love? Not only are you helping others by sharing the love, but it will show how much you listen…

4. Married? Print and frame your wedding vows

This will earn some serious brownie points and can be done quite simply and quickly. Lots of companies can provide a design, print and frame service (you’ll find lots on Etsy or but why not do it yourself using Word, or Photoshop (if you have access)? You could probably repurpose a frame you already have.

5. Start a new habit

Sorry for being soppy! But sometimes in relationships you can take love for granted. My husband and I take the time to tell each other every day, sometimes a few times a day, how much we love each other. If you’ve got out of the habit, maybe it’s time to start?


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


  1. I hope you had a good Valentine’s Day! I liked all your tips on last minute Valentine’s gifts!

    • Jen Jen

      It was lovely thank you! I was meant to be cooking a meal for my husband (see point #1) but he surprised me and had already prepared a 3 course meal – with candles, flowers, balloons…. I’m a lucky girl 😉

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