Cheap and Meaningful Romantic Gifts

It need not cost a fortune to make your Valentine happy.It need not cost a fortune to make your Valentine happy.

Buying a gift for a significant other can be stressful. Wondering what he or she may want, or wondering if what you choose is appropriate or special enough, are stressful enough. Then there is the cost issue. You can't afford to buy something extravagant, and you aren't sure you can get away with spending a small amount on a gift and still come off as romantic. You've heard it a million times, though -- it's the thought that counts. Just honestly put your heart into a gift to make it meaningful and romantic.

The Music Playlist

The mix CD sounds like something straight out of high school, and it probably is. This inexpensive gift, however, can be appreciated by the sentimental side of your special someone if it is executed correctly. You can easily upgrade the idea to modern technology by creating a playlist for an iPod or MP3 player.

This key to success for a music mix is a good memory. The tracks should include special or significant songs that you listened to while you were dating. Remember the song that was playing the first time you slow danced together, the song playing during the first dance at your wedding or even a song that reminds you of the other person, whether they know it or not. If you have a computer with audio-editing software, you can record your own intros to the tracks to explain your thoughts on the songs. This will add a lot of sentimental value to the music and it will only cost a few dollars to complete.


Poetry and romance are close relatives. The beauty of romantic poetry can work wonders on the heart, and the perfect words may very well sweep your significant other off her feet.

Present poetry as a romantic gift in a number of inexpensive ways. Buy a book of poetry that you think expresses your feelings about someone, printi pages of poetry you find online or write down your own words -- all can be romantic. Perhaps the best words are the ones you write yourself. Take this project a step farther and have your own collection of poems about your significant other published by an on-demand publisher, and buy a copy to present as a gift. This will take some time, but it will be a gift he will always remember, and it costs very little.

Memory Jar

A jar full of memories may seem odd at first, as it is just a jar of any sort filled with folded pieces of paper. When curiosity strikes the recipient, she opens the jar and pulls out a piece of paper that holds a description of a memory from the past. This can be the day you people met, your first date, your wedding day or any other significant event.

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About the Author

Lee Morgan is a fiction writer and journalist. His writing has appeared for more than 15 years in many news publications including the "Tennesseean," the "Tampa Tribune," "West Hawaii Today," the "Honolulu Star Bulletin" and the "Dickson Herald," where he was sports editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.

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