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Gifts from the Heart That Won’t Break the Bank

Cookies with hearts cut out

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show someone special how much they mean to you. But making the day memorable doesn’t mean you have to spend a bundle. Here are a few ideas for sweet Valentine’s Day gifts from the heart that won’t blow your budget:

Make a unique gift basket

Think about what sets your sweetie’s heart on fire and make a themed basket. Is he a movie buff? Does she love spending time outdoors? Is your loved one into all chocolate, all the time? Choose a theme and have some fun. Collect items, arrange in a basket and top with a bow. This is a thoughtful and easy way to show you are paying attention.

Leave a love note trail

Leave a series of love notes in a scavenger hunt that leads to a surprise, like a bottle of wine or small gift. Your notes can recognize memorable moments in your past such as what you ate on your first date, the first movie you saw together or the first thing you bought together as a couple. Or plant notes in a scavenger hunt around your community that ends in a toast where you first met. Be creative.

Make a photo gift

Take a special photo of the two of you and turn it into a gift – like a coffee mug, magnet, calendar or mouse pad. Use an online service where you can upload your photo or send your photo digitally to a local store with a photo center and have your gift made there.

Bake something

There’s something about home-baked goods that will warm anyone’s heart. Make some cookies, brownies or your loved one’s favorite treats and pack them into a tin or a pretty box. If you are culinary-challenged, head to the refrigerated cookie dough in your grocer’s freezer for a handy shortcut. Your kitchen will smell great and you’ll put a smile on someone’s face.

Give the gift of time

Make a gift certificate or coupon book good for a small task or service that your loved one will appreciate. Here’s some ideas: walking the dog, washing the car or cleaning the bathroom. Give a back rub, a hand massage or an offer to organize a closet. Think about what your special someone would like that would be a nice treat.

Give a flowering plant

Instead of a pricey bouquet of flowers that will wilt within days, show your undying love with a flowering plant. Pick one with pretty blooms and slip it into a decorative pot or gather it in red or silver wrapping paper and tie with a ribbon. With a green thumb and a little water, your flowers will demonstrate your long-lasting devotion.

When in doubt, go chocolate

A bag of chocolate candy melts from your local craft store or grocery can go a long way in making a unique handcrafted gift. Melt some in a cup in your microwave to create your own chocolate covered strawberries. If your sweetie favors salty and sweet, try dipping pretzels or ridged potato chips. Lay your creations on wax paper to set, then package in a festive tin.

Put your devotion down in words

Sometimes the best gifts come from the heart, not the shopping mall. Write your loved one a letter telling them how much they mean to you. If you want to get creative, write a poem or compose a song. Whether it’s silly, wacky or sentimental, your special someone will appreciate the time you put into it.

Taking the time to create a unique Valentine’s Day gift for the special person in your life will help make the day memorable.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.