A Rose Plant
Cut roses are nice, but they don't last long. Give your sweetie a rose plant instead, and your gift will be enjoyed on Valentine's Day and for many years to come.
An ExperienceSometimes an experience is better than stuff. Sign you and your Valentine up for a cooking class, dance lessons or another shared experience. Rec centers and community colleges have lots of cheap classes to choose from.
Forgo the expensive store-bought chocolates in favor of a less costly homemade confection:
Remember how much fun it was to exchange Valentines when you were a kid? It can be just as fun today. Make up a bunch of Valentines for your significant other. Then, find a creative way to deliver them. Extra points if you make a Valentine box to go with them.
Gather all the ticket stubs, love letters, special photos and other items that chronicle your relationship, and assemble them in a scrapbook.
A Home-Cooked Dinner
Skip the crowds and the big bill by having your Valentine's dinner at home. Not sure what to serve? Give fondue a try: