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Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday to celebrate and shhh, you can still have a fabulous time, without breaking the bank!
Yes, it is fun to have a date with your special someone, but I have found that it is also super fun to give a special Valentine to the kids in your life or someone who needs a little encouragement.
Actually, giving a sweet gift without expecting anything in return is one of the most enjoyable things I do. Making someone else’s day is such a blessing to me as the giver.
Here is a collection of treats, gifts, and crafts you can give to all the special people in your life or have at your Valentine’s Day party, even on a limited budget. Enjoy!
What is it about a special treat that brightens the day?
You can split each recipe as a Valentine’s gifts for several people, making the cost per gift even cheaper. Or if you are having party, these are awesome items to include on your menu and will impress your guests!
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Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Skewers
You had me at Strawberries and the Chocolate! I love the look of anything on a skewer, and these Valentine’s Day Skewers are no exception.
At $5 to make 8 skewers and only three ingredients, you can easily assemble them for a classy presentation! These would be great as a gift for friends or to share at your party.
Oh goodness! These treats look so yummy, do I have to wait for Valentine's day? I think I might just make them this weekend.
Photo credit by Around My Family Table. Used with Permission.
Valentine Cookie Bark
While giving gifts is not about you, you will definitely make a great impression when you give Valentine Cookie Bark to your friends. Valentine candy corn and other candies make this cookie bark super festive!
This recipe will easily make 12-16 servings for $10 and can be gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free for those who have food allergies, but still need a sweet Valentine's treat.
Valentines Candy CornM&M's Valentine - Milk Chocolate Candies Cupid's Mix, 11.4 OZ Bag - Pack of 2Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Bar, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, 4-Ounce Bars (Pack of 6)Wilton Sweetheart 6-Cell Valentine Sprinkles Mix
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
The chocolate-y and salty combination of these Chocolate Dipped Pretzels will make anyone's day! This is an easy gift for kids to help make and at $8 for 30, you can make a lot to give as Valentine's gifts.
Put a couple dipped pretzels into a zip lock bag and tie a ribbon around to have a very in-expensive, beautiful gift.
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Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Bar, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, 4-Ounce Bars (Pack of 6)Wilton Micro Hearts Sprinkle Mix Bottle, 3-1/2-OunceSnyder's of Hanover Old Fashioned Pretzel Rods, 27 Ounce
Valentine's Cinnamon Snack Mix
Who can resist digging into a snack mix? This Valentine's Cinnamon Snack Mix is such a fun twist on snack mix by using popcorn, pretzels, and red hot cinnamon candies,
You will make a big batch for $10, perfect for a party or a lot of Valentine's to bag and hand out.
Tip: This recipe can be made gluten-free and vegan.
Cinnamon Imperials Candy~ Red Hots ~ 2 Lbs ~ by Yankee TraderSnyder's of Hanover Mini Pretzel - 16 ozAmish Country Popcorn, 1Lb Bags, Set of 3
Chocolate Strawberry Butter Bars
Chocolate and Strawberries get me every time! It is a perfect combination for Valentine's Day and these Chocolate Strawberry Butter bars look delicious!
A couple bars wrapped up will make a fantastically unique Valentine's Day gift if you want to brighten someone's day. This recipe uses ingredients you probably already have on hand, with the addition of strawberry preserves and strawberry M&M's®, and only costs $10 for 16 bars
Don't these bars look fabulous?
M & M's White Cheesecake Flavored for Valentine's DaySmucker's Strawberry Preserves - 18 ozM&M's Valentine - Milk Chocolate Candies Cupid's Mix, 11.4 OZ Bag - Pack of 2
Valentine's Day and chocolate go hand in hand. You will definitely win the most amazing gift award when your sweetie finds out that you made these chocolate-y gifts.
Photo credit by Kathleen Aherne . Used with Permission.
Dark Chocolate Hearts
It isn't Valentine's Day without chocolate! And did you know you can make your own Dark Chocolate Hearts?
Umm, can you say impressive? At $4 for 12 pieces, I don't think you can find a better deal if you bought already made chocolates.
This recipe uses fresh ginger, but you could add your choice of nuts, dried fruit, flavorings, sea salt, etc. for endless combinations. A heart mold will make your chocolates look stunning and then just wrap them in foil before giving.
Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold PanKirkland Signature Pure Sea Salt, 30 OunceWilton Foil Candy Wrappers, 4 by 4-Inch, Gold, 50-PackTrader Joes Freeze Dried Fruit Assortment Bundle
Photo credit by Back to the Book Nutrition . Used with Permission.
Double Chocolate Body Butter
Are you in need of a luxurious gift to pamper a special Valentine? Look no further than this Double Chocolate Body Butter.
One recipe makes 16 oz of body butter for $16, and with Cocoa Butter and Cocoa powder making it so chocolate-y, you will have a hard time not eating it! Put the body butter into 4oz mason jars and instantly have four gifts to pamper someone.
This body butter smells delicious and is very nourishing for your skin; a little goes a long way.
Cocoa Butter Raw Pure FOOD Grade. 1 Lb Amazing Cacao Quality and Scent. Use for lotion, cream, lip balm, oil, stick or body butter. Dominican Grown.Ball Mason 4oz Quilted Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12Viva Naturals - The BEST Tasting Certified Organic Cacao Powder, 1 LB100% Organic Yellow Beeswax Pellets 1lb (16 oz) Premium Quality, Cosmetic Grade, Triple Filtered Bees Wax Pastilles Great for DIY Lip Balm Recipes Body Creams Lotions Deodorants By Mary Tylor Naturals
Valentine Day Crafts
Do you have kids in your life? They will love these Valentine's Day Crafts, which can also double as Valentine's Gifts for classmates or grandparents.
Photo credit by Schneider Peeps. Used with Permission.
How much fun is it to make your own crayons? These Heart Crayons are so cute and perfect for all the artists in your life, especially if you want to give a non-sugar Valentine.
This is a great way to use up all your broken crayon pieces and your kids can easily make these crayons. The only other thing you will need is a heart mold.
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Tip: If you use the same mold for food and non-food items, just make sure to wash very thoroughly between uses.
Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold PanCrayola Box of Crayons Non-Toxic Color Coloring School Supplies, 24 Count, 3 Pack (52-0024-3)
Photo credit by As Cute As a Bug's Ear. Used with Permission.
Valentine's Day Hand Print Love Tree
I love this fun craft you can make with your little Valentines! A Valentine's Day Hand Print Love Tree will give you a special afternoon of memories with your toddlers and preschoolers.
You can make several Love Tree pictures with washable paint to give to doting grandparents or other family members for a treasured Valentine's gift.
The supplies will only cost about $1 and you can easily make 4 or more pictures.
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Tip: Stock up on art supplies at the beginning of the school year, when they are at a great price, to use all year round.
Kids' Fun Brush Set 24 PC Use for All Paints Ages 6 to Adult by NicoleRoyal Langnickel 100-Sheet Drawing Essentials Artist Paper Pad, 9-Inch by 12-InchCrayola Washable Kid's Paint (6 count)
There is no reason you have to spend a lot of money on Valentine's Day to make it special.
All of these yummy treats, beautiful gifts, and simple crafts will help you enjoy giving all the more because they are easy on your wallet. Happy Valentine's Day!
Which Valentine Gift are you going to make?
Thank you to all the bloggers who contributed to this frugal Valentine's Day gift round-up!
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Angi @ SchneiderPeeps says
What a fun round up! I think I would be tempted to eat that double chocolate lotion..ha. Thanks for including our crayon craft among such wonderful ideas.
I know right? I bet the lotion smells delicious! Thank you for sharing your crayon craft, I love it!
Awesome list! And it’s making me so hungry 🙂 I hope I get some chocolate covered fruit this year, haha.
You made me laugh outright with your comment, Chonce. Putting the post together with all the yummy looking treats made me hungry too, though if I am to get any chocolate covered fruit, I will be following these recipes and making it myself. Hey, now that’s not a bad idea.
JoAnn @ Whimsicle says
Such awesome and yummy ideas!
Thanks! Your Chocolate Strawberry Butter Bars look ahhhmazing! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.
Charlene Asay says
What a fun round up. They all look great!
Thank you Charlene. I am getting excited about Valentine’s Day instead of trying to pick something up last minute, though my hubby prefers a bag of beef jerky, but it might be fun to make one of these desserts too.
Just Plain Marie says
Well, looking through that, I’d love to be your Valentine. 🙂 You’re definitely showing that it’s not necessary to spend a lot of money in order to treat someone.
Thank you so much for sharing with The Blogger’s Pit Stop.
– Marie, Blogger’s Pit Stop crew
You made me laugh Marie, thank you. I love doing little fun gifts, but I’m not really a gifts person so it can be hard to think of something to do, and it’s always nice when you can give without derailing your budget for the month.