5 Simple And Cheap Ways To Surprise Your Significant Other


Looking for easy Valentine's Day surprises for him or her? These simple and inexpensive Valentine's Day ideas to surprise your significant other are great, especially if you're on a budget. Find them on MoneyManifesto.com Surprise Boyfriend | Surprise Your Boyfriend | Surprise Your HusbandThis post is by staff writer Cat Alford.

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving “the little things” in life from my other half.

For example, I’d rather a sweet note than a dozen roses or a thoughtful text instead of a new bracelet.

Time together is hard to come by due to my husband’s busy school schedule.

When he takes a moment to show that he cares, it really means the world to me.

This got me thinking about other ways that people can surprise their significant others.

It doesn’t have to be showy or expensive. It just has to show that you care.

Clean the Whole House

Oh, la la. Romantic, no? Anyone who has been together for a while will tell you that one of the nicest things you can do for your other half is completely clean the house.

Just imagine how nice it is for you to walk inside to a clean house with all the dishes put away and all your clothes hanging nicely in the closet.

The cost to do this is absolutely free, but they will remember it for days on end.

Make Them A Special Dinner

You probably make dinner from time to time during the week, so how can this be special? Well, if your other half has a certain meal that they like from childhood, you can call up their mom or grandmother and get the recipe.

Similarly, you can make a certain kind of cookie that they like or basically anything that requires a little bit of extra effort. They’ll love it, and it’ll just cost you a few groceries.

Surprise Them With An Already Planned Date

One of the most frustrating things about being with someone is agreeing on where you’re going to eat. Does this sound familiar: “Where do you want to go?” “I don’t know. Where do you want to go?”

So, taking control of the situation and planning out a whole nice meal so the other person doesn’t have the think about it is a gift in itself.

Write Them a Love Note

Our days are often filled with fast paced e-mails. The whole concept of a written love note is completely foreign in today’s world. Taking the time to write out why you love your other half on paper is an amazing gift, since they can keep it for years to come.

Print Out Photos

Similar to writing love notes, we never print out photos anymore! We always say we’re going to but never get around to it. Take the time to put some of your best photos on a jump drive. Then drive to a drugstore and have them printed or print them out at home.

If you want, you can take it an extra step and actually put them in some new frames around your house. Do this without telling your significant other, and see how long it takes them to notice!

What are some other sweet and inexpensive ways that you can surprise your better half?

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About Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford is a personal finance freelance writer who received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. She enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog, www.BudgetBlonde.com.


  1. I think I’m the only one who still prints pictures! These are all great ideas Cat! Give me a nice clean house anyday and I’m a happy woman!

  2. Great tips!

    I absolutely LOVE it when Greg surprises me with a clean house. I can’t think of anything better than that!

  3. Liz@BrusselsandBeyond says:

    I’m saving this post because I think it’s such a good reminder that we can do nice things for significant others (and not to mention, friends, roommates, family members) without buying an expensive gift. Printing out pictures is a nice idea, and putting them into a frame can also be nice. Planning a day to their favorite park with an activity (renting a bike, or kayaks) is also really nice. I will be thinking of these in the months to come!

  4. Hey Cat, great post here! I love coming home to a spotless house out of nowhere and, she loves little love notes here and there. I didn’t even think about printing photos in the past. She’s been wanting to hang some really nice ones. I think your post just inspired me to grab the old memory chip out of my camera and go get a few nice ones blown up! Thanks!

  5. Totally agree with cleaning the house. When my HB does dishes or cleans up and surprises me, it’s the best!

  6. Send a text message just saying “I love you”.

  7. great ideas Cat! I am definitely a fan of the clean house thing. If my fiancee did that for me, I would be floored!

    The picture idea is really true too. I need to print more photos1

  8. My wife does these things for me all the time and I couldn’t love her more. To be honest I do not reciprocate nearly as much as I should, thanks for the tips!

  9. These are great tips! I just ran across your site and I’m already loving it! Keep up the good work.

    I know my wife would especially love #1 🙂

  10. My wife kidnapped me for a surprise weekend a few times! It is a small gesture and just makes you feel so special. One was for a birthday trip to San Francisco and my kids met us there. What a surprise!

  11. I like the dinner idea. I think dinner and a cheap bottle of wine is good enough surprise for me.

  12. You hit up a bunch of the love languages here – good job!

  13. My boyfriend takes me on little date nights – usually its just to the local burrito place then to see a movie, but I love that he still plans an actual date for us even though we’ve been dating so long.

  14. This Valentine’s Day is our 11th wedding anniversary, but my hubs is not here because he is currently assign to India for 22 days. So, I’m planning to print our old and new photos and I will just give it to him when he comes back.

  15. Thanks for tips! My mom is a big believer in the old school ways of communicating like hand written letters and always loved to cook special meals for special days. It makes a difference!

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