By Melissa Uhles
Looking for cheap gifts for your kids, spouse or partner this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered.
Grocery stores are brimming with chocolate heart confections. When you add flowers and dinner to all that, Valentine's Day can be hard on the wallet. Here's a solution: 12 gift ideas that will put a smile on your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or child’s face for under ten bucks.
12 Cute Valentine's Day Gifts Under $10 Bucks
By the way, if you don’t get something for your kids on Valentine’s Day, I think that’s A-OK. They get Valentine’s at school and they are still eating through their Christmas candy, right?
Ideas for Spouses or Partners
- Give a hot book.
Read Fifty Shades of Grey or our romance novel, The Proposition aloud to your partner and see where the night takes you. P.S. If you are a single mama, this is a good gift to give yourself on Valentine’s Day or go to the grocery store on Tuesdays, it’s full of firemen buying groceries. You’re welcome!
- Create a surprise
Surprise your handyman or lady with a toolbox or small flower pot filled with pink and red M&M's.
- Give a symbol of your growing love, a plant.
Flowers die but a plant might live for years. Every time your sweetheart looks at it, he/she will be reminded of your thoughtfulness. We still have a living plant from ten years ago before we were married. I say it’s our love and my ability to remember to water it that keeps it alive. And believe me, I don’t have a green thumb.
- Write 52 things you love about your Valentine on slips of paper.
Stash these in a mason jar. Each week your honey will have a sweet thought to jump start his/her week. I borrowed this idea from my sister in law and will have to actually try it one of these days.
- Make a gift basket with items purchased at the dollar store.
Fill a basket with wine glasses, sparkling cider, cheese, crackers and chocolate. Bring a blanket and present the basket at the beach, a park or the living room floor for a romantic snack.
- Learn his love language
If you are married or in a long term relationship, gifting Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages could be a real game changer. This book’s premise is that we naturally show love to our partner in ways we like to be loved. Often this doesn’t work because your partner may have another “love language.”
Ideas for kids
- Make the kiddos some pink playdough.
Here's a few recipes to get you started. All of the ingredients are probably things you already have around the house: Flour, oil, salt, water, food coloring and cream of tartar. Well, you may not have cream of tartar on hand but you can buy it in the spice aisle of your grocery store.
- Bake heart shaped sugar cookies.
I like unfrosted sugar cookies but if the kids wanna get involved, you can let them frost them with red, white and pink frosting. It all depends on your tolerance for mess making.
- If you have a fireplace, why not start a fire and roast some marshmallows?
Get a chocolate bar, graham crackers and have a summer treat on a winter's day. Or you can microwave smores if you don’t live in a cool climate. Just pop the graham cracker with a marshmallow on top in the microwave for ten seconds, drop the chocolate on top and squish with another cracker.
- Give a book.
I find it’s easy to justify spending money on a book for my son because it’s not candy or a toy. The key is to give them one they are excited about. We have an awesome list of book ideas for introverts here. If you have a little girl, check out our list of books to boost girl power.
- Storage bins are what I’m giving this year to my Lego fanatic.
This may not thrill every child but he loves to sort. I’ve also found that stores sometimes have these items on sale this time of year.
- Pokemon booster packs or small Lego sets can also be found for under $10.
If you want something that costs nothing, download our FREE PRINTABLE children’s story SKUNK NEEDS SPACE. It’s perfect for ages 3-6.
Hopefully these ideas have sparked your gift giving creativity. Let this February 14th bring you joy and love regardless of what you give and receive. Valentine's Day is just another opportunity to show those we love how much we care about them.
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What did we miss? We’d love to hear your Valentine’s Day gift ideas in the comments.