Cupid’s arrow is about to hit and stores are pulling our heartstrings, persuading us to purchase lavish gifts for our loved ones. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy your partner’s love (that’s free!) Below is a selection I’ve put together of Valentine’s gift ideas that cost from zero to £28.50 giving your partner a day to remember.
Valentine’s gifts for her
‘If music be the food of love’ then creating an album with their favourite tunes could be the perfect solution. Either grab their MP3 player and download ten tracks or load them via a player like iTunes on to a CD-R. There are many companies to get your songs from including Amazon and iTunes – a typical cost per song is 89p. My favourite was the whole album of Les Misérables for £6.99, but whether that’s apt for Valentine’s is another matter!
Avoiding the petrol station flowers is a must, so with a bit of forward planning you can pop into John Lewis and buy this scented candle set with diffuser, including pomegranate, wisteria and white tea for £15.
Perfume has long been one of the best Valentine’s gift ideas however prices can vary massively between stores. For example, why pay £48 for 50ml of DKNY Red Delicious with one major high street store when you can get it for under £21 via www.cheapsmells.co.uk.
How about a Valentine’s evening to remember? I’ve heard whispers of plenty of Valentine’s meal deals with the various supermarkets – look out for tasty treats that include starter, main, desert and a bottle of wine to wash it all down with. You can then sit down and watch her favourite movie. Not got it on DVD? Get it online! You could stream it via Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. In fact, you can get 30 days of Amazon Instant Video for nothing if you get a 30 day free trial for Amazon Prime – which means your movies for the next month could cost you nothing at all.
Why not buy a magazine subscription for her favourite glossy? Examples include Top Santé or Zest. From as little as £3 for three issues (you would need to cancel the Direct Debit after the trial) you are winning all the way.
Valentine’s gifts for him
A personalised gift is always treasured and so is a man’s mobile phone. How about getting them an iPhone cover with a picture of you and/or the children on the back? Priced around £13 including postage with Bonusprint.
Men like to pamper themselves as well, so one of the favourite Valentine’s gift ideas is a skincare kit from The Body Shop Body Shop, where you can get 40% off online by using code 14317.
Many men like their cars, but buying them a shiny new Porsche Boxster would be a smidgen out of this article’s price range; however 5 issues of Top Gear via buysubscriptions.com can be had for just £5 (price goes up to £19.99 for the next 6 issues, but that’s still 29% cheaper than the newsagent). Or you can just order the first five for £5, but remember to cancel your direct debit in time.
He’ll have no excuse not to call you to say he is running late if he has this Duracell 3 hour emergency phone charger. Best price is via Amazon who do it for under £10. It is compatible with iPhone, Blackberry, iPod, most MP3 players and other smartphones.
For chocoholics why not treat them to some luxurious Hotel Chocolat? You can taste their delights without breaking the bank. Make sure you input the code HC15VJ10 when purchasing for 10% off.
Some of the best Valentine’s gift ideas in this article are free. Why not create a voucher and hand it to your partner on Valentine’s Day entitling them to a one-hour massage? If you did want to splash out to make it extra special, why not try this calming massage oil from The Body Shop for £8 (don’t forget to use code 14317 for an extra discount).
Prices will change over time, so if you find different or better prices, or want to recommend your own Valentine’s gift ideas then please put your comments below.
Marc Lockley is a coach and money saving writer. He is the author of How To Pay Less For More, a book showing people how to negotiate in shops, showrooms and even with the boss over working part-time. As a dad of two, Marc values his work/life balance and is a dab hand at using money saving techniques to keep the bills down.