Simple gifts for the thrifty valentine


by Natalie Tejeda / KENS 5

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 14 at 10:32 AM

Americans are expected to spend $17 billion on their sweethearts this Valentine's Day. But you don't have to break the bank to show your special someone that you care.

Here are some simple romantic ideas that will woo your lover's heart.


Start with some homemade chocolate-covered strawberries. The berries can be purchased at any local market for about $3. Then just get a can of the ready-to-melt chocolate and get busy in the kitchen.


Who doesn't love pizza? Make it a heart-shaped pizza on Valentine's Day and it's sure to be a hit for a romantic night at home. And at only $15 for the food, you can also spring for some flowers!


Stimulate your lover's mind this Valentine's Day with a custom crossword puzzle made from clues about your relationship or a maze to your heart. You can make one for free online:


Everyone loves a treasure hunt. So send your loved one a secret message with or without the bottle. All it takes is a little lime juice and a Qtip. To make the message appear, just have them heat up the paper.


We've all heard about a sweethearts coupon book, so try out some free, printable love coupons online. Just click on the link and you can then leave them around the house, stick them in a wallet or pocket... Just get creative in the name of love.