14 Super Fun (and Thrifty) Ways to Say I Love You

by Jason Kotecki on · 30 comments

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love. Well, at least according to Hallmark. The stores are saturated in pink and red, the calendar has that pesky little fine print next to the fourteenth day of February, and the pressure is huge to commemorate the big day with your sweetheart. That often means roses, chocolate, a dinner out…zzzzzz…oh, sorry, I drifted off there for a second. Valentine’s Day may be one of those obligatory holidays, but it’s never a bad thing to show someone how much you care, and it needn’t be boring. Your honey deserves more than ho-hum! And the fun ideas that follow won’t break the bank, either.

1) Fill your sweetheart’s car or office or closet with balloons. Lots and lots of balloons.

2) Somewhere between a massage and a tickle is what I like to call "back skating." It’s like having your fingers ice skate across the back of your partner. Take turns drawing simple pictures or spelling out words and see if they can guess the message.

3) Write a love message in soap on the bathroom mirror. Dry erase markers also work beautifully (and wipe off easily) on glass. Don’t forget about adding lots of hearts. Or a funny mustache.

4) Get a box of those cheap kiddie valentines and hide them everywhere: in the car, under the pillow, in the lunch bag. Or make one grand gesture by filing the sink or a briefcase!

5) Make breakfast in bed. But make it fun! Fashion a face out of the fried eggs and bacon. Or make heart-shaped pancakes, topped with sprinkles or candy hearts. (And don’t forget to use the good china.)

6) If you’re in the car together, kiss at every stoplight, or anytime you see a red sports car.

7) Slow dance to “your song” in the living room. Clothes are optional ?

8 ) Meet your honey for lunch with Happy Meals in hand.

9) If you live in a colder climate, write a love note in the snow. You could use snowballs, your footprints, or a spray bottle filled with colored water. Hooray for food coloring!

10) Replace the Cheerios with candy conversation hearts.

11) Get your sweetheart a gift inspired by their favorite childhood toy. It could be a t-shirt, cufflinks, a poster, or the toy itself, purchased on ebay.

12) Get a roll of cookie dough, but instead of baking a dozen cookies, use it to make one BIG one!

13) Rent and watch a classic love story from childhood. Something like Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, Lady & The Tramp, or one of my favorites, Karate Kid 2. (Fun trivia: Glory of Love by Peter Cetera was the first song Kim and I danced to as husband and wife.)

14) Make a pizza together — including the dough! (There's something romantic about being covered in flour.) Arrange pepperoni in the shape of a heart and have a picnic in your living room.

What is your favorite FUN and THRIFTY way to say “I love you?”


by Jason Kotecki

Jason Kotecki is an artist, author, and professional speaker. Jason and his wife Kim (a former kindergarten teacher) make it their mission in life to fight Adultitis and help people use strategies from childhood to design lives with less stress and more fun. Stop by www.KimandJason.com for more tips for escaping adulthood.
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rob white February 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

Great ideas, Jason. I love the sincerity of these acts of heart & mind! Whenever we are thinking from the heart-mind, the thought and visions become inner world experiences through feeling … and like dropping a stone into a pond, it has a ripple effect. Compelling action in all walks of life are born from the merger of loving thoughts and feelings.
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Jason of Kim & Jason February 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Indeed, Rob. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
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Simo Rida February 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I loved the #3 and I’ll do it tonight :)

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Jason of Kim & Jason February 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Sweet. Have fun!
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Jessica February 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Wow, these are some really creative ideas! I always struggle with what to do for V day, I feel like its silly to spend loads of money on a day that has no special meaning to many people. I love these romantic and clever ideas! Making a large cookie is my favorite :)

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Jason of Kim & Jason February 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I’m glad you like the ideas, Jessica. Enjoy the giant cookie :) Make sure you get a giant glass of milk (with a few drops red food coloring, of course 😉
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Jennifer Richardson February 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm

LOVE the doughnut art:)
awesome ideas!
Got my wheels turning…..
-Jennifer

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Jason of Kim & Jason February 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I’m happy with how the art turned out, too. Thanks for mentioning it, Jennifer!
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Alice February 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Haha, cute ideas! And actually pretty easy to do!
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Jason of Kim & Jason February 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

Thanks Alice! The easier the better, I always say :)
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Bruce Sallan (@BruceSallan) February 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Can I trade my wife for you?

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Jason of Kim & Jason February 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

Ha ha.
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Meg February 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

I LOVE all these ideas. All you need is love…. right?
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Jason of Kim & Jason February 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

The Beatles were wise chaps, indeed.
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Megan Bord February 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

What a fun post to read. Jason, you and your wife seem to know how to celebrate life at every turn, Valentine’s Day included. I can’t wait to put some of your suggestions to work…

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Jason of Kim & Jason February 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

Thanks Megan, I hope you have fun with them! I have a saying I often use: “Every day is a holiday; it’s just that most days, what to celebrate is up to you.” Good perspective to have, methinks. (I love using the word methinks :)
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Julie February 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Such a great post! I had been searching for a couple of weeks for a really nice idea to surprise my husband on valentine’s day, when I’ve found your post:) Thanks for the inspiration, I just can’t make a decision, they’re all so cute!

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Jason of Kim & Jason February 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

Hope you had a great day, Julie — glad I could help!
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Jody - Fit at 54 February 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Love it! Ours – just be together! :-)
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David Rodwell February 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Oh my goodness, kissing at every red light!? That’s what my high school sweetheart and I would do on our dates! Wow, I thought I invented that! Think I’ll make the big cookie tonight in the shape of a heart! Peanut butter cookies for the win! Good stuff, Jason!
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Jason of Kim & Jason February 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

Thanks David. Green lights seemed too dangerous 😉
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J.D. Meier February 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

> a gift inspired by their favorite child­hood toy
I like that. It’s a way to connect, rekindle, and renew.
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Jason of Kim & Jason February 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

Thanks, J.D. I like that one too. It’s certainly open to a lot of creativity, and it’s deliciously retro :)
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isloooboy February 15, 2012 at 12:31 am

I like number 6 tip which is best and suite both of us 😉 kiss at every stop­light, or any­time you see a red sports car – wow it will be a real fun 😀

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Noel February 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

You are such a romantic guy to come up with so many creative and sweet ideas, Jason. But we shouldn’t save them for Valentine’s day only, right? 😉 Give our loved one these little surprises once in a while and this will definitely spice up our relationship. Thanks for the awesome post Jason!
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Andrew Walker February 27, 2012 at 3:27 am

Well these are great ideas. Despite of Valentine’s Day that has went by, I think they’re all still applicable later on! Thanks a lot for sharing these fantastic ideas!
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Kelly Sajonia January 29, 2013 at 10:59 am

These are great ideas! Texting an image in the middle of the day that I know will make him smile is one great way to say “I love you” inexpensively.
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Katie Jones February 8, 2013 at 6:34 am

One of the greatest gifts that my boyfriend gave me for Valentine’s day was made by himself. He wrote 365 reasons “I love you because…” put all in a box and made me pick one every day so I read one every day for a year. It was really great.
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Ryan D July 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

13) Movies from your childhood… I totally did this with my last GF and she loved it! 😉

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Sebastian October 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Yes, I’ll definitely send this list to my next girlfriend! Thank you!
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