Let’s face it: Valentines Day is quickly approaching, and if you have a significant other, he or she will probably expect something. Instead of forking over your hard earned cash on roses that won’t last a week, consider these thoughtful, yet unique, creative Valentines Day gift ideas for her and for him. Unattached? Don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to have fun on this holiday that is all about the love.
What to give her?
Alright, listen up. If you have a girlfriend on February 14th, then you really do have to get her something (even if she insists you shouldn’t spend a lot of money). Although a homemade card created during your last class of the day is both economical and time-saving, it probably won’t gain any points in the romance department. But don’t worry. Just check out some of these unique ideas that still tell your sweetie she is important to you:
- A houseplant and a book on how to care for it says so much more than roses ever could. Just think about it. Roses die after a week. How long do houseplants live for? If she has any pets, just make sure to get a plant that is non-toxic to animals.
- Create a coupon book filled with little things you could do to make your sweetheart’s day a little bit brighter—a hug, a home-cooked meal, a night where she gets to pick the movie.
- Fill a basket with inexpensive but thoughtful goodies, like candles, a framed picture of the two of you, a book of poems, etc.
- Write her a love song or poem. If you opt for this gift, follow some advice from The College Survival Handbook‘s “5 Cheap Gifts for Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s,” posted February 14, 2012. “Be sure to throw some fun bits in with your lyrics. This will help cut through that odd, ‘not sure if you’re playing around or honestly think this song is good’, feeling.”
For more fun, unique, yet inexpensive (did I mention last minute) gifts for your gal, check out UniversityChic‘s, “Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Chic College Girl.”
What to give him?
Okay, now, pay attention. Men are some of the hardest people to buy for, and, let’s be honest, he may not actually be expecting anything on February 14. So, surprise him anyway and show him how much you care. Try out one of these fun, unconventional ideas:
- Make a “care package” with all of his favorite goodies — from popcorn and beef jerky to a gift card for his favorite pizza place. This will show your guy that you know him so well!
- Create a compilation of written messages or love letters — for some awesome ideas in this department, check out Lovelyish‘s “4 Creative (and Super Cheap!) Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas” from February 08, 2011.
- Make him a meal or some homemade sweets. Didn’t your mother always tell you that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?
- Create a scavenger hunt that leads him all over campus and ends at a special place for the two of you (where you had your first kiss, outside the dorm where you met, the building where he asked you out after class). Just be sure to make the clues somewhat easy so you won’t be waiting alone all night!
For more ideas about what to get your guy, visit College Lifestyles‘ “DIY: Valentine’s Day for Him.”
Celebrating with friends
Maybe you and your friends are going solo this Valentine’s Day. No worries. You can still have a great time — and maybe even get a cute new gift. Consider one of these fun, quirky options:
- Have a Valentines Day get together — at a dorm, apartment, restaurant, wherever — and do a gift exchange. Each person must buy a gift under $10, and then you trade via a White Elephant gift exchange. And you didn’t think you were going to have any fun on Valentines Day!
- Agree on a “no gifts” policy. Then, go out for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks and agree on who buys what (i.e. I buy the coffee, you buy the bagels, they buy the dessert.)
- Do something sweet for all of your friends. You could leave a note on her dorm room door telling her how great she is or stop by his apartment with a case of his favorite beverage. Either way, this gesture will only help your friendship grow stronger.
Showing your creativity
Regardless if you need to get a gift for your special someone or your best pal, creativity can go a long way. Check out Everything Etsy‘s “101 Handmade Valentine’s Day Ideas,” posted by Kim Layton. Here, you can find ideas for everything from creating your own unique candy wrappers to a Valentine tree — without spending a small fortune.
So get your creative juices flowing and make something unique for your special someone. Happy Valentines Day!