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Inexpensive Last Minute Valentine’s Gift Ideas For The Budget Minded

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Inexpensive Last Minute Valentine's Gift Ideas For The Budget Minded

It has been a whirlwind start to 2020 and January is already over. That means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you are like me, you have just realized how quickly it is coming. We should be doing things throughout the year to show our loved ones how much we care. This day, however, is the day we have chosen to single out over others. There are more than likely many of you, like me, who live on a tight budget. This means going all out with grand gestures is not an option. If you are also a procrastinator (cough, cough), then you want to find something quickly. Preferably without spending a fortune on shipping. This does not mean you cannot put together something sweet and meaningful. You can still make your significant other’s Valentine’s Day special. Check out these inexpensive last minute Valentine’s gift ideas.

Love Isn't Always Pretty...

Every February 14th, people around the world celebrate their love for one another. Common practices include exchanging cards, flowers, candies, and gifts. This day was not always so tame, however. There are a few different origin stories for our modern Valentine’s Day. As with quite a few of our modern traditions, these have roots in the Roman Empire.

From February 13th through the 15th, the Romans celebrated the festival of Lupercalia. The festival would start out with mail participants ritually sacrificing goats and dogs. The female participants, to enhance fertility, would line up to and whipped by the men wielding the pelts of those animals. During the drunken festivities, a lottery occurred. It would match the men and women together as couples until the end of the festival.

Another origin involves the Roman Emperor Claudius II. In the 3rd century, he played a role in the history of the day by martyring two men named Valentine. This occurred on February the 14th, though in different years. The first, Valentine of Rome, was a priest who refused to obey Claudius’ edict. He proclaimed young men, in order to make them better soldiers, could not be married. There was also Valentine of Terni. His murder occurred under similar circumstances. There has been reason to suggest that these may both have been the same man. Despite this, the Catholic Church still lists these two Saints separately.

Love Isn't Always Pretty...

Every February 14th, people around the world celebrate their love for one another. Common practices include exchanging cards, flowers, candies, and gifts. This day was not always so tame, however. There are a few different origin stories for our modern Valentine’s Day. As with quite a few of our modern traditions, these have roots in the Roman Empire.

From February 13th through the 15th, the Romans celebrated the festival of Lupercalia. The festival would start out with mail participants ritually sacrificing goats and dogs. The female participants, to enhance fertility, would line up to and whipped by the men wielding the pelts of those animals. During the drunken festivities, a lottery occurred. It would match the men and women together as couples until the end of the festival.

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Another origin involves the Roman Emperor Claudius II. In the 3rd century, he played a role in the history of the day by martyring two men named Valentine. This occurred on February the 14th, though in different years. The first, Valentine of Rome, was a priest who refused to obey Claudius’ edict. He proclaimed young men, in order to make them better soldiers, could not be married. There was also Valentine of Terni. His murder occurred under similar circumstances. There has been reason to suggest that these may both have been the same man. Despite this, the Catholic Church still lists these two Saints separately.

Modernizing The Day Of Love

There are many modern holidays that have their roots in ancient festivals and Valentine’s Day is no different. In the 5th century the festival of Lupercalia toned down a bit. It found itself wrapped into the fold of the Catholic Church. Pope Gelasius I declared it as Saint Valentine’s Day. This was part of a millennia long effort by the Church to transform old Pagan festivals into Christian celebrations. There are still aspects of the old that carry through to modern times. They have, however, morphed into much more socially acceptable ways.

Another modern concept of Valentine’s Day still has a root in the legend of Valentine of Rome. The story goes like this. While imprisoned by Claudius, he fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. On the day of his execution, wrote her a love letter. This serves as the basis for exchanging Valentines with one other. Through the ages monarchs and Popes romanticized he celebration even further. The likes of Shakespeare and Chaucer intervened leading to what eventually became the traditions we celebrate today.

Modernizing The Day Of Love

There are many modern holidays that have their roots in ancient festivals and Valentine’s Day is no different. In the 5th century the festival of Lupercalia toned down a bit. It found itself wrapped into the fold of the Catholic Church. Pope Gelasius I declared it as Saint Valentine’s Day. This was part of a millennia long effort by the Church to transform old Pagan festivals into Christian celebrations. There are still aspects of the old that carry through to modern times. They have, however, morphed into much more socially acceptable ways.

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Another modern concept of Valentine’s Day still has a root in the legend of Valentine of Rome. The story goes like this. While imprisoned by Claudius, he fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. On the day of his execution, wrote her a love letter. This serves as the basis for exchanging Valentines with one other. Through the ages monarchs and Popes romanticized he celebration even further. The likes of Shakespeare and Chaucer intervened leading to what eventually became the traditions we celebrate today.

Inexpensive Gifts For Her

Sure, you may be on a budget. This does not mean you cannot show your loved one how much they mean to you. Find a lovely and special item you can put your own twist. The special lady in your life will appreciate it. Giver her your heart with these inexpensive last minute Valentine’s gift ideas for her.

Decorative Distressed Decorative Terra Cotta Plate
Decorative Distressed Decorative Terra Cotta Plate
Decorative Distressed Decorative Terra Cotta Plate

This Decorative Distressed Decorative Terra Cotta Plate can be used a décor, a jewelry holder, or whatever small item you can think of. Present it to your loved one with a special card on a special day.

From Creative Co-Op.

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Bath and Body Spa Gift Basket
Bath and Body Spa Gift Basket
Bath and Body Spa Gift Basket

Spa days are a great way to relax, but we all can't afford to do them often enough. This Bath and Body Spa Gift Basket will let you give your special someone, along with a homemade coupon for one day of stress free luxury, the chance to melt away the stress at home.

From Lovetee.

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Customized Sign Gifts For Valentine’s Day
Customized Sign Gifts For Valentine’s Day
Customized Sign Gifts For Valentine’s Day

You can go out and buy something generic that looks great, but why not give your someone special something customized just for them? Order one of these beautiful Customized Sign Gifts For Valentine's Day with their name or a special message. It will quickly become one of their most treasured items.

From Nail It Art.

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Inexpensive Gifts For Him

Valentine’s Day is not just for the ladies. Although they may not show it at times, guys need love too. Show him how much you care by giving him something he will love to use all the time. He will appreciate the gesture more than you may realize. Any one of these inexpensive last minute Valentine’s gift ideas for him will make the day great.

Collegiate Cruiser Tumblers With Lid And Straw
Collegiate Cruiser Tumblers With Lid And Straw
Collegiate Cruiser Tumblers With Lid And Straw

This one's for the sports fans out there. Give the gift of team spirit with these Collegiate Cruiser Tumblers With Lid And Straw. They are great for hanging around the house, going to the tail gate, or just for your everyday commute.

From Simple Modern.

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Star Wars Yoda One For Me Graphic T-Shirt
Star Wars Yoda One For Me Graphic T-Shirt
Star Wars Yoda One For Me Graphic T-Shirt

What is Valentine's Day good for if you can't have fun. Here's an Star Wars Yoda One For Me Graphic T-Shirt to show your significant other how much you care and let your geek flag fly at the same time!

From the Star Wars Store.

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Men’s Daily Revitalizing Hair Care
Men’s Daily Revitalizing Hair Care
Men’s Daily Revitalizing Hair Care

Sometimes guys may make fun of the care routines engaged in by the other side, but they do like to look their best none the less. This Men’s Daily Revitalizing Hair Care gift set is a great way to give them something you know they will appreciate and use.

From Brickell Men's Products.

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Inexpensive Gifts For The Little Ones

For those who have children in their lives, Valentine’s Day can be a special opportunity to show them that you care. Give them something to brag to their friends about when they head off to school. They will love you for it just as much as you will love showing how much you care. Even if they are too cool to show it. Let them rock on with these inexpensive last minute Valentine’s gift ideas for kids.

Leather Journal With Semi-Precious Stones
Leather Journal With Semi-Precious Stones
Leather Journal With Semi-Precious Stones

Give your youth a special gift and encourage them to write with this Leather Journal With Semi-Precious Stones. Having a way to look back at the lessons they've learned can be an important tool and this is a great way to get them started off in style.

From Rustic Town.

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Girls Long Sleeve Pullover Love Heart Sweater
Girls Long Sleeve Pullover Love Heart Sweater
Girls Long Sleeve Pullover Love Heart Sweater

This adorable Girls Long Sleeve Pullover Love Heart Sweater is a great way to show your daughter how much you care and give her something to show off at school. Let her get the day started in style.

From Kid Nation.

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I Steal Hearts Valentine’s Day Dinosaur Graphic T-Shirt
I Steal Hearts Valentine’s Day Dinosaur Graphic T-Shirt
I Steal Hearts Valentine’s Day Dinosaur Graphic T-Shirt

Boys will be boys and what boy doesn't like dinosaurs at some point? Help them be the best heart stealer they can be. Send them off into their day looking cute and stylish in this I Steal Hearts Valentine's Day Dinosaur Graphic T-Shirt.

From Valentine's Day Dinosaur For Kids.

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Inexpensive Gifts For Our Furry Companions

Pet owners all know that we cannot forget our four-legged children on Valentine’s Day. We already show these special creatures love and affection every day. It still warms our hearts to give them something you know they will enjoy on a special day like this. They will flip out over any of these inexpensive last minute Valentine’s gift ideas for pets.

Heart Attack Catnip Filled Cat Toy
Heart Attack Catnip Filled Cat Toy
Heart Attack Catnip Filled Cat Toy

Send your kitty into catnip coma with this cute little Heart Attack Catnip Filled Cat Toy. They will love it and love you for it!

From Yeowww!

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All-Natural Scented Dual Layer Dog Bone
All-Natural Scented Dual Layer Dog Bone
All-Natural Scented Dual Layer Dog Bone

Dogs love their chew toys and we love that they chew up the toys instead of our stuff (mostly). Go with the flow with this All-Natural Scented Dual Layer Dog Bone with all the right sensory aspects to keep your dog happy for hours.

From Playology.

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Valentine’s Day Cat Collar Three Pack
Valentine’s Day Cat Collar Three Pack
Valentine’s Day Cat Collar Three Pack

Why not let your kitty wear something appropriate for Valentine's day? Not only are these cat collars totally cute, you may just want to keep any of these Valentine's Day Cat Collar Three Pack on them for a long while.

From Lamphyface.

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Valentine’s Day Dog Reversible Bandana Two Pack
Valentine’s Day Dog Reversible Bandana Two Pack
Valentine’s Day Dog Reversible Bandana Two Pack

Let your dog strut it's stuff proudly with Valentine's Day Dog Reversible Bandana Two Pack that go straight off the cuteness scale. They may not know what day it is but they will definitely feel something special.

From KZHAREEN.

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Inexpensive Gifts For The, Um, Funny?

We all know the corny, dad joke prone people. Perhaps you are even one of them? Valentine’s Day is absolutely the perfect time to let your dork flag fly high and proud. Give you significant other one of these hysterical t-shirts. Show them know how special they are to you. Just let the bad jokes fly with these inexpensive last minute hysterical Valentine’s gift ideas.

Funny Freaking Awesome Girlfriend Graphic T-Shirt
Funny Freaking Awesome Girlfriend Graphic T-Shirt
Funny Freaking Awesome Girlfriend Graphic T-Shirt

This Funny Freaking Awesome Girlfriend Graphic T-Shirt is one that can be worn with pride to let the world know how lucky you are to have an awesome significant other.

From Valentine Tee.

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Funny I Have Awesome Boyfriend Graphic T-Shirt
Funny I Have Awesome Boyfriend Graphic T-Shirt
Funny I Have Awesome Boyfriend Graphic T-Shirt

This ladies cut Funny I Have Awesome Boyfriend Graphic T-Shirt is the perfect way to let your significant other know how important they are in just your quirky style.

From Valentine's Day Girlfriend Boyfriend Gift.

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No Sweat, You've Got This!

The year is absolutely flying by quickly this time around. You have not gotten around to planning Valentine’s Day yet. This does not mean you have to give up doing something special. You also do not have to skip out just because you are living on a dime. Hopefully, these ideas have given you someplace to start. You can still show your special someone just how much you care in a way that is uniquely yours. Just remember, it is the thought that counts, though creativity can greatly enhance the effect! I hope these inexpensive last minute Valentine’s gift ideas helped you out.

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