Affordable Ways To Say I Love You

I’m a self-confessed lover of romantic gestures and cheesy media constructed holidays like Valentine’s Day. However, one thing I can truly appreciate is that if we indulge in all these commercial holidays, we are inevitably left financially torn by the number of gifts we have to buy.

I personally feel like Valentine’s Day is one of the hardest holidays in terms of deciding what to get someone. If you wish to stray away from flowers, chocolates and a card, what are you left with? These gifts are at the forefront of every supermarket currently and it’s hard to even begin thinking about any individual and unique gifts that you can get your significant other.

I like to think of myself as a very good present buyer but I could be very wrong about this! and I wanted to come up with a little list of affordable gifts for this time of year – in case you are in the mood, and in the market, for spoiling someone you care about.

If you’re interested, I have done a few Valentine’s Day and Relationship style posts before including:

20 Date Ideas
Under £20: 36 Date Ideas
How To Keep The Spark In Long Distance Relationships
My Valentine’s Day

I’ve included a few things you can buy and a few ideas that you can make or do yourself if you’re feeling a little creative!

Order Their Favourite Meal

I think one of the obvious things about Valentine’s Day is that you’re very aware of the distance between yourself and the person you love if you’re apart. To bridge that gap, sometimes the best thing to do is order their favourite food for them when they get in from work or have had a bad day. They’re guaranteed to know that you’ve been thinking about them and who doesn’t love a Chinese?! This gift doesn’t just apply to long-distance couples, obviously! Ordering in a loved one’s favourite meal (or attempting to make it yourself) is a great sign of love. It may seem like an obvious gift but it honestly makes me so happy whenever Adam orders me a little treat to my house whenever I need cheering up and I know he would feel the same way!


This may just be the kind of present I am obsessed with but I think couple’s pillowcases are so sweet. A few years ago I bought Adam the infamous “her side, his side” bedding just to reaffirm that I should, rightfully so, have 80% of his king size bed. What I have seen recently are these great pillowcase sets that are great for a little present. If you are moving in with your partner soon, I feel like this would be a really sweet present if you’re not into gushy, romantic gifts. The ones in this photo are from John Lewis and will set you back £12. I have linked them here if you’re interested. John Lewis also has ‘Beauty and Beast’ and ‘Mr and Mrs’ covers that are just as great. You can also find so many personalised and adorable versions on Etsy if you want to take a look.

Date Jar

If you aren’t fancying buying anything, a date jar is a perfect DIY gift that will only take an afternoon. Date jars are all over Pinterest and there are some great guides on how to make the perfect ones for you. I have seen some that colour-coordinate which are right up my street. For example, pink being indoor activities, blue being outdoor activities and so on. If you have the time, I think this is a great addition. Date jars are perfect for people who want to mix up what they do when they get to spend some time with their partner and you can come up with so many different ideas that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Anything from making your own pizzas, to going for a walk to ice skating. Perfect for avoiding the odd tiff too!

Mr and Mrs Related Gifts

Mr and Mrs/Mr and Mr/Mrs and Mrs gifts are great little gifts to get someone for Valentine’s Day. Something like these two John Lewis marble coasters can be a lovely little addition to your house without being too cheesy. They’re slightly pricey for a coaster at £8 each, but who doesn’t love marble homewares!? I also love the fact that you can buy his and hers separately, making it perfect for different gendered couples, as opposed to the typical heterosexual options. This his is linked here, and her, here, if you’re interested. There are, obviously, so many more different takes on the ‘Mr and Mrs’ gifts and I found a few more favourites which I had to include. These sleek passport holders are a must, for example, as well as being a perfect hint towards some time away in the future! I also love this initialled plant pot which is perfect to give as a gift with their favourite plant or flowers in.These also double up as great wedding gifts too.


Coordinates Keyring

I have a massive love for gifts that feature coordinates and so I had to mention one on this list. I think they are one of the most thoughtful presents you can give, or receive, because they are special to you two and can have a lovely meaning behind them. You could use them to showcase the place where you met, where you said I love you, where you got engaged or your favourite holiday you’ve been on together. There are loads of possibilities and the receipent is guaranteed to feel special because you’ve chosen a particular moment in your shared history to focus on as one of your favourites. Which really, is dead sweet. These are on Not On The High Street for £6 keyring but I have seen several places do similar things. You could also get a necklace or bracelet if a wasn’t for you.

I hope that gives you guys an idea of the kind of little gifts you can make or give to to somebody to let them know you love them! Are you doing anything for Valentine’s Day? Have you bought or made any presents that you love? I would really like to know!



  1. February 6, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Pizza and I’m happy 😄 your posts are still not showing up, I’ve missed so many of them. Catching up now xx .

    • ellamaygarrett
      February 14, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      Amen! Hahaha, you’re joking 🙁 I have tried everything to fix it and kind of accepted that I can’t do anything now 🙁 xx

      • February 14, 2018 / 6:10 pm

        I don’t understand it either… ☹ xx

  2. February 7, 2018 / 5:50 am

    For Valentines, I quite like the classic idea of chocolate/card/flowers! It’s definitely up to you guys in the couple over what kind of gift you’d like to get the other! It’s quite a fun experience 🙂

    • ellamaygarrett
      February 14, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      I got some flowers today, a traditional 12 red roses! Bless him! xx

  3. February 8, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    Such cute ideas! I prefer a much more simpler day (and to be splurged and splurge on some random date or ten through out the year; p) and these are perfect for that! <3

    • ellamaygarrett
      February 14, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Ahh that’s exactly what I like! xx

  4. February 13, 2018 / 5:54 am

    I love this post! The date jar idea is so cute and perfect if you want to mix things up and do something different 🙂 The big spoon, little spoon pillowcases are adorable x

    • ellamaygarrett
      February 14, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      Aw thank you so much! I thought they were such cute ideas too! xx

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