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Cheap Valentine's Day Gifts for Him and Her

Posted on 2/7/2013 12:25 EST

With Christmas more than a month behind us, you might think you were done with gifts for a while. Think again. Valentine's Day arrives on February 14 and a survey by the National Retail Federation found that people who celebrate this holiday will spend an average $126.03 on gifts this year. Although such largesse may serve as an acute economic stimulus package, as a declaration of love, it's really not necessary.

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There's a lot of truth to the old maxim that gifts from the heart are the ones most cherished. This year present your special someone with a gift made by your own hand. Following are a few ideas for cheap and unique Valentine's Day gifts for him and her.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Him.

Take your guy on a trip down memory lane with a unique Valentine's Day gift that's far from saccharine and sappy. A collage of old photographs combined with current images is a personal demonstration of your affection. Or, create a love-song mix CD or MP3 playlist. As you listen together, relive memorable moments and renew the shared experience.

It's often said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Preparing your special guy's favorite dish is the obvious route but for a more unique Valentine's Day gift add a bit of pizazz. Bake heart-shaped cookies or pastries using inexpensive heart cut-outs and/or whip up some homemade chocolate truffles. Here's an excellent recipe from Food Network.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Her.

For your special gal, stick to a simple but unique Valentine's Day gift. Traditional presents like flowers and chocolates may seem compelling but a little more effort on your part - particularly if the result helps alleviate everyday stress - will be most welcome. Start with a romantic home-cooked meal coupled with wine and glowing candles. Afterwards, give a relaxing massage or draw a rose petal-infused bath with homemade bath salts. If you do decide on a bouquet of flowers, pair it with chocolate-dipped strawberries. Pricey to buy, these delectable treats are easy to make at home.

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Valentine's Day Gifts for Anyone.

Coupon cards are a unique gift for Valentine's Day that can be totally personalized for him or her. About.com offers an array of free love coupons and voucher printouts and templates. Just fill in the blanks with whatever you can give - a free massage, a week's relief from house cleaning or outdoor chores, an afternoon of child care so your loved one can enjoy a bit of "me" time, and so on.

In this fast-paced and high-tech world, the handwritten note is fast becoming a remnant of another century. A genuine and heartfelt letter is a truly unique Valentine's Day gift that can provide special pleasure for writer and recipient. And if you've forgotten how to write with a pen, punt and go electronic.

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