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Not wanting to spend money for a Valentine’s Day gift doesn’t mean you have to show up empty-handed. These four ideas show that it’s the thought that counts.

Love coupons

Printable love coupons from Homemade Gifts Made Easy are free now and let your special someone pick an item and time for things in the future. This includes all free items and allows them to determine when they will be redeemed.

Love notes and pictures

The Dating Divas share more than 100 free printable love notes, cards and pictures. Whether you want something sappy, something corny or somewhere in between, you are likely to find it here.


Turn off devices

Focusing all your attention on your significant other — as opposed to your mobile device, work email, Snaps, etc. — for the day will help you connect and show him or her how important your relationship is.

Conversation cookies

Does your Valentine have a sweet tooth? Send him or her a sweet message with conversation cookies-sugar cookies with a red stamped message. Get the instructions in Better Homes & Gardens.

Valerie Dennis is a Twin Cities-based communications professional, having worked at newspapers and magazines in the Midwest and Southern U.S. Valerie enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle, and chronicles it on her blog KaleAndAle.com.
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