Last minute free Valentine's Day gift ideas

By Will Chen on 14 February 2007 (Updated 13 February 2012) 20 comments

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It's Valentine's Day and you don't have a gift. How could you know that when the evil girlfriend said "let's not exchange gifts this year," she actually meant "if I don't get anything you will never see any part of me naked again, ever!"

Here are some deaperate great last minute free gift ideas to keep the nakedness coming.

Origami stars

Origami stars are very easy to make. If you've never done it before, check out this helpful video:

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Obviously it is not enough to just make a bunch of stars. You have to show that you've put some thought into it. My suggestions:

  1. Make the stars out of old wrapping paper that your girlfriend used to wrap your gifts. What? You don't save your girlfriend's wrapping paper? Oh well, do what you can.
  2. The number of stars should mean something. It should match an anniversary date, her birthday, the date you guys met, the license plate number of the car in which your son was conceived, etc.
  3. This is the clincher. Before you make the stars, write a romantic note on each little strip. The message should be something specific. Need inspiration? Check out this website.

Chocolate covered strawberries

It's a bit of a Valentine's Day cliché, but with the right presentation you can create something wonderful that rivals anything store bought.

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Of course, if you have a little bit more time on your hands you are better off preparing a full course meal.

My gift is my song and this one's for you

If this doesn't melt her heart, I think you should get a new girlfriend.

into the dark

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Photo by ButterflySha

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Guest's picture

Great ideas! The funny thing is, I wrote almost the identical message on my blog this morning...if your valentine says don't get me anything this year she really means, "I better get something this year!" I guess despite previous reports males really are advancing in translating the female language.

Will Chen's picture

we'll sell the decoder ring and make a forutne!

Andrea Karim's picture

When I say "Don't get me anything", I really and truly mean it.

Oh, god. Does this make me a man?

Lynn Truong's picture

andrea, you are destroying the image of what a girl is to men - irrational, unpredictable, demanding, and never-to-be-understood. if they knew girls like you were out there, they would be forced to be MEN and not put up with that crap.

 

Andrea Karim's picture

I'm sorry, Lynn! I didn't even check the Female Bylaws, and just thoughtlessly went ahead and posted without considering what this could mean for the future of dating. What I MEANT to say was:

"I love diamonds, and my boyfriend HAS to get me some. Like, OHMYGOD, I love chocolate, too. And roses. But I don't expect them. I just really LIKE them, you know?"

Will Chen's picture

.... we would propose to them.

 

Andrea Karim's picture

You all talk a good talk, but when it comes to marrying a ball-busting kind of gal who likes to drive fast and eschews compressed carbon, you run.

Oh, god. Am I going off on an anti-man rant right now? On Valentine's Day? That ain't right.

Lynn Truong's picture

I was going to bash that statement too but didn't want to come off sounding like a man hater. Thanks for stepping up again, Andrea. When confronted with a woman who is actually independent and no-nonsense, men get confused. they think they'd love to find that girl who doesn't care about vday or diamonds but it's actually easier to be that guy who tolerates it so they can pat each other on the back for it.

Sarah Winfrey's picture

Saying no present=wanting no present

Chocolate is good, but more as a food group and less as a gift.  Besides, my mom sends me chocolate!

Roses ARE fun, but the not-cut-and-therefore-not-dead tulips I got this morning are better.

Diamonds...well, as long as we get to design the ring and at least some of them are old (inherited from another ring), I'll take them.  I also love emeralds, rubies and...anything vivid. 

Creativity goes a long way! 

Andrea Karim's picture

The status quo isn't as confusing as trying to break new ground with a woman who can drink you under the table and beat you at arm-wrestling, I guess. It goes both ways - I say I want a sensitive guy, but the sensitive guys I've met have long hair and waaaaay too much interest in things like Buddhism. Chakras on a first date = not hot.

I'm actually not entirely sure what point I was trying to make there. I've had a lot of caffeine today.

Lynn Truong's picture

the senstive guys i've met have short hair, but they're moody, needy, and cry a lot = not hot.

Andrea Karim's picture

And then there's manic depressive.

I KNEW I should have run that piece of socring free Prozac in Mexico for V-Day! My timing is so off!

Will Chen's picture
Will Chen

Chakras on a first date = not hot.

Chakras for tantric lovin' = hot? 

Andrea Karim's picture

Every girl is different, I suppose, but I actually have never met a woman with all her marbles who thought that tantra was more than simply hilarious. All my girlfriends agree that what makes a man a good lover isn't his deep-breathing technique.

You can't seem me, but I'm winking alot, and air-nudging you, Will. 

Will Chen's picture
Will Chen

You crack me up Andrea.  You also make me feel dirty.  But mostly the cracking up part is good.

Andrea Karim's picture

You're just afraid to admit it, Thong Boy. I've got your number.

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Chris

I love finding creative Valentines Day gifts that are totally unique.

www.sandmessage.com

Finding unusual gift ideas can be a lot of fun. Whether it's for Valentines day or some other occasion, I get a real kick out of finding something quite unique.

It's a Valentines Day message written in sand, accompanied by a special certificate recording the message. A momentary sandmessage of love.

All that's needed from you is to dream up the most creative and romantic Valentines message that you can that will set your mans heart racing.

The perfect way to deliver a romantic Valentines day message. It's about as romantic as it gets.

Myscha Theriault's picture

Major class and bonus points for homemade gifting. Bonus? Quick and affordable.

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Mandi

When did men become such chicks? The "sensitive guy" thing has been overdone, and they are soooo scared of any woman can out-man them. Also, when I say no gifts, I mean no gifts. Unfortunately for me, I am married to a man who every year we agree to no gifts, thenhe gets me one. When I tell him I didn't get him anything due to the prior agreement, he is hurt. Why are men so emotional?!?!?!? Oh and what should I get him since it is the night before, I have no money or energy, and I don't want to see that sad face again tomorrow?

Guest's picture

I think its okay for a women to spoil her man with gifts after they get married. Until then I believe the guy should spoil the women with gifts because after marriage most men forget about gifts treating his wife like a queen. A great Valentine gift for him is anything practical like Wii, games, sports memorabilia etc.