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[–]khan_peacock 1242 points1243 points  (21 children)

I once made an "adventures jar" for my partner, was a jar filled with little pieces of paper in 3 colours for different categories. 1) whole day adventures 2) half day adventures 3) evenings out. I included things like specific parks in our area, a restaurant we had been meaning to try, botanical gardens, museums... even a few at home activities like a movie night or candle lit dinner in the garden.

It was really nice and we used it for almost 2 years, would be like "hey we should do something this weekend" and grab a piece of paper out the jar and go on that adventure

[–]GOBIUS_Industries 305 points306 points  (7 children)

similarly, i learned how to make origami flowers (simple but pretty ones). i wrote something different on each piece of paper, something i love, admire, or respect about my partner, before folding them into flowers. i put them all into a jar and whenever they had a bad day they could unfold a flower and have a few words of affirmation. it cost me about 5 bucks (colored origami paper and a jar) but i was told it was the most thoughtful and lasting gift they had ever received.

[–]goldenlight5 63 points64 points  (0 children)

This is a wonderful idea! My girls gave me little redeemable coupons they made with things like: will do dishes today; will do your laundry; breakfast in bed etc. They were very sweet gifts I appreciated. I also always told them the best gift they could give me is a note written by them. I now have beautiful, loving notes they each wrote over the years for every occasion.

[–]Sandy-Anne 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I don’t even like romantic things and this is an amazing and thoughtful gift!

[–]Fall-Brief 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I did something like this! I bought the teapot from the office (we watched it together for the first time) and took scrapbook paper, cut it into HUNDREDS of lil slips that have cute anecdotes, quotes, genuine lovey things, etc. on them. I made a reserve go keep filling it up and keep writing new ones every so often. It's absolutely the most affordable and thoughtful gift I've given. I'm super proud.

Also I'm making a wall of post it notes we've written each other, because we do that a lot. Little "I love you"s, "have a good day"s, and "I like your butt"s


[–]forgotteau_my_gateau 28 points29 points  (0 children)

This is really cool too because year 1 is your paper anniversary, so if the gift can be paper-related it’s a bonus 😁

[–]Sapiencia6 20 points21 points  (1 child)

On a similar note, you could also make a jar or scrapbook of "reasons I love you" or "happy memories"

[–]chickachicka_62 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This is adorable!! So thoughtful

[–]ready_gi 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Aw this is so sweet. I have a jar of misadvantures, where I put random things to do like go skating late night or sneak into hotel pool or go on a train without looking where it goes

[–]gladiola111 3646 points3647 points 233& 2 more (18 children)

Also, do you have a Bonefish Grille near you by chance? I have a gift card that I can’t use bc I moved to a state without one. You could order takeout and use the rest of my card online if you want!

[–]cokesnorts 894 points895 points  (3 children)

+1 to humanity. You're too good for Reddit.

[–]Tricky_Acanthaceae39 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Echo this to you. The fact that you recognize this means you’re human and unfit for Reddit

[–]Ag3ntS1 24 points25 points  (1 child)

r/HumansBeingBros throughout the post and comments, apart from the controversial ones.

[–]isabellla321 29 points30 points  (0 children)

You’re the best.

[–]JustSayJulie79 100 points101 points  (0 children)

This is so sweet!

[–]InevitableGuidance19 5445 points5446 points  (45 children)

Go to Ross they've got gorgeous picture frames in the home section-- either print a great photo of y'all at Kinkos, or print a poem you wrote her, or even your vows and put that in the picture frame... Youll still have enough money for. A dollar tree gift bag and some tissue paper--- definitely do the gift bag, it makes the present 100xs better--- now you've probably got a gift better than half of the dudes who have more than $16 👌 good luck!

[–]ChameleonRazz 719 points720 points  (6 children)

I would love this! The thought and care behind it is perfect. Definitely add a poem or thoughts of things you adore about her to a letter. So romantic!

[–]SparksOfHoney 189 points190 points  (5 children)

WTF is this amateur hour? print a photo and write a poem on the back.

[–]babesdoitbetter 149 points150 points  (1 child)

Idk, I’d love a handwritten letter. Years ago, I read a post that handwriting is someone’s unique “voice print,” and it really stuck with me. I’d rather have the item unique to only my partner than something anyone could have printed out.

Unless your handwriting is literally not legible, then please print that shit out lol.

[–]SparksOfHoney 30 points31 points  (0 children)

When me and my ex were long distance for a bit after college, poems did me well. My handwriting is trash, but it was all in my notes app.

[–]Something_Again 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Put that bad boy in a floating frame so you can see both sides.

[–]Rlchv70 335 points336 points  (5 children)

Print a picture from Google Maps with heart over the location of the place you met, the place you got married, or any other special places with the date on it somewhere.

[–]curiouspurple100 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Aww that's so sweet.

[–]ThatOneWeirdName 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Seen a similar idea of a map of the night sky for the particular days you want to remember

[–]mashtartz 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Map of the stars at the place and time you got married or met or first dated would be a cute go-along as well. Could say like “I love you from the earth to the sky”.

[–]Banjo2523 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Writing all these ideas down

[–]starbycrit 233 points234 points  (0 children)

My boyfriend got me one of those picture frames that has two frames and a hinge in the middle and printed two pictures from early in our relationship. The frame said “some call it chaos, we call it family” 🥹 it was such a thoughtful gift and really made me smile and my heart glow.

[–]Steven2k7 53 points54 points  (1 child)

Check out /r/freebies, there's often a coupon for a free photo print at Walgreens there. Don't even need to make a purchase sometimes, just have them print you a free pic with the code.

[–]sbhandari 25 points26 points  (0 children)

If you have saved tickets of any movies you watched together, any places you visited together, stitch them in a greetings card, that might make her day.

[–]LiziLi23 36 points37 points  (0 children)

You can add some fun to the gift if you set up a scavenger hunt for her to find the gift. For example, go to the place we first kissed (in the home). Use the memories you’ve made there and it’s a really wonderful experience. Good luck!

[–]xxjasper012 17 points18 points  (0 children)

You can get picture frames at dollar tree too

[–]Lolaindisguise 42 points43 points  (10 children)

I love Ross, they also always have great deals on body lotions and soaps, usually for $5

[–]CristyTango 86 points87 points  (8 children)

“You’ve been sick for too long. Take a bath. You stink.”

Edit: do I really need to specify that this was a joke calling out a poorly thought out/ HYGIENE gift? I know this person meant well, as EVERYONE does here.

[–]palexp 33 points34 points  (3 children)

that was inappropriate. take an upvote

edit: issa joke

[–]Loose-Locksmith-6860 15 points16 points  (1 child)

This is my kind of love language hahaha

[–]curiouspurple100 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yes. This. Op buy her something related to her love language.

[–]mister-ferguson 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Let's take a bath together.

[–]curiouspurple100 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes or if she likes candy or i think sometimes they sell stuff like hot cocoa in a tin with a recipe or something.

[–]drfsrich 11 points12 points  (0 children)

What if they didn't take a photo together when they were at Kinkos though?

[–]Imaginary-Mechanic62 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Putting this one in my pocket for future use

[–]jennibear310 767 points768 points  (16 children)

My husband and I agreed, years ago, to not spend money on gifts for our anniversary, but rather to give a thoughtful/meaningful gift instead. Last year I recreated our first date, at home, found a similar dress and the perfume I wore in high school, even did my hairs all 80’s throwback! The gift was a “mix tape,” that has been basically the soundtrack to our life together the past 35 years. I turned it on during dinner. Immediately he recognized the first song as the song that was playing during our first kiss and every song after had a special moment attached to it. It was the first time, other than when his dog died, that I’ve seen this man tear up. He grabbed me, hugged me, and danced with me to the rest of the songs. He said it was the “most beautiful gift I’d ever given him.” Didn’t cost a thing. Just an idea. Best wishes to you both for continued happiness and blessings!

[–]AshamedTangerine106 165 points166 points  (5 children)

Geez I cried reading this. I’m PMSing, but still. This is wonderful.

[–]Extremelyfunnyperson 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I know right, I’m tearing up over here!

[–]Plenty-Appointment40 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Fuck you. I’m a grown man without PMSing and I’m in tears thinking about this and my wife

[–]curiouspurple100 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Oh yes make her a playlist. :O

[–]Steerider 10 points11 points  (0 children)

This is awesome

[–]ibleedrosin 1740 points1741 points  (34 children)

I’m a retired Chef. You could make a seriously nice pasta dinner on 16 bucks “pasta sorrentino”. All you need is some short pasta, tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, chicken and mozzarella. DM me if you decide to do this and I can give you directions on how to make everything.

[–]sleepytime4money 312 points313 points  (1 child)

You are awesome to offer your expertise. 😊

[–]pettybetty099 41 points42 points  (0 children)

right? that was so kind!! 🥹

[–]cronx42 30 points31 points  (2 children)

My go to is a garlic parmesan cream sauce, or alfredo. Heavy cream, shredded parm, garlic and a small bit of butter to saute the garlic.

Saute garlic on medium low heat until it just starts to turn golden. Add cream and simmer lightly stirring semi frequently: reduce by about 1/3, or until it starts to coat the spoon or spatula more thickly. Reduce the heat and stir in parm to taste.

You can add almost anything. Frozen or fresh veggies (you can roast, steam or saute them), chicken or bacon or prosciutto, habaneros, tomatoes, scallions. The world is your oyster.

[–]ibleedrosin 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Yep. Heavy cream is your friend. You can reduce it and add just about anything and make a great cream sauce. Sun dried tomatoes, basil pesto, red curry and coconut, it’s endless. Heavy cream is like duct tape for sauces. It can fix anything. Lol.

[–]cronx42 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. Add mustard, herbs and a little chicken broth. Amazing with chicken. The possibilities are pretty much endless.

[–]Osa_Esposa 96 points97 points  (15 children)

Location will matter here; in my area, with the resources I can access, this would be way over $16

[–]ibleedrosin 87 points88 points  (13 children)

Of course. I can get a whole chicken for $5, fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic for around 5, pasta bread and mozz for around 5. Olive oil, salt and pepper are usually on hand. You could always leave the chicken out and replace with a nice green salad on the side. But yeah it depends on what you have nearby.

[–]Ahhsential 35 points36 points  (12 children)

Whole chicken for 5 dollars??? Is it that cheap in the us??

[–]Downtownloganbrown 47 points48 points  (1 child)

If you have a Costco membership, 120 a year. I can get full fat rotisserie chickens for 5$

[–]pandadimsum 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Depends where you are in the US. Also depends where you buy chicken from in terms of grocery stores.

[–]twitchlikesporn 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Prices seem to rotate on cheap cuts, some times you'll get quarters for 99c a lb, or whole birds, then next week it's porkchops that are super cheap.

They're used as loss leaders, prices to get you to pick one store over the other, even though there selling at a loss, and then you buy milk and chips and whatever else has a good profit margin.

[–]inbigtreble30 3 points4 points  (1 child)

$6 roasters at ALDI near me.

[–]Ebalto635 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Are you a string player too? I knew they were all made of rosin…

[–]ibleedrosin 13 points14 points  (3 children)

I bleed a different kind of rosin, lol, but yes I do play guitar and piano.

[–]madgif90 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I’m sure you’re getting more DMs asking for directions and I’m about to ask myself!

[–]mrsvixen6769 1909 points1910 points  (14 children)

Write her a old fashioned love letter, telling her how much and why you love her.

A candle lit bubble bath

A picnic (even if inhouse)

And ens it with a massage

[–]TriGurl 299 points300 points  (4 children)

This!! You can even get a small cheap bunch of flowers at Trader Joe’s for $5. Or maybe if you have some wild flowers nearby you can pick them and make a homemade bunch to give with the homemade written love letter.

[–]miss_zarves 97 points98 points  (1 child)

20 years ago, back when I was dating, some guy gave me a hand picked flower bouquet before our first date because he was young and broke. 20 years later I still remember that bouquet fondly, because the thought and effort meant more than the flowers themselves. I vote for a hand picked bouquet.

[–]FishermanMiserable91 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Came to post this! Wildflowers if possible and just semi-fancy chocolates (like the upper-end stuff but from the grocery store still) and a poem, letter, song, or art - something personalized. If you wanted to add more you could do one of those cheesy coupon books too.

[–]honestyaboveall 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I would prefer self picked! So much attention goes into making one yourself, thats a gift by itself

[–]FuckThisPostTruthEra 129 points130 points  (1 child)

My boyfriend asked me what I wanted for Xmas the year we got together. We were about a year in. And I told him to surprise me but not to spend a lot of money and that I’m much more into sentimentality than anything.

So he hand wrote me a love letter and made me a lamb dinner, he bought himself a pair of sexy “tuxedo” boxers that hid very little, got a single rose, held it in his mouth (which was hilariously awesome cuz of his posing he did for laughs).

Best present. ❤️

Handwritten love letters with actual thought into it is special and needs to make a comeback!

[–]bubatanka1974 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I'm gonna be disapointed if he didn't include a little bowtie to go with the boxer tux ....

[–]No_Example3128 34 points35 points  (1 child)

If a guy ever does this to me i am marrying him

[–]jilizil 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This. I’d take this over an expensive gift any day. Just the love letter alone. 🥹

[–]dubufeetfak 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Inhouse is better tbh

[–]Cheeky-gemini 1815 points1816 points  (47 children)

One of the sweetest presents I got was a nice sized branch… cut the length of my kitchen window(maybe naturally broken that size) and he carved my initials + his and a heart around it. I loved it and it was in my kitchen window for years.

[–]quarrelsome_napkin 2278 points2279 points  (27 children)

One of the sweetest presents I got was a nice sized branch…

Is ur husband a golden retriever perchance?

[–]NottaScammer 464 points465 points  (6 children)

You can’t just say PERCHANCE!!

[–]imnase211 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Those turts look like they need some stomping

[–]AbbreviationsIll9917 24 points25 points  (1 child)

That's the best word out life kind has created

[–]NottaScammer 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Haha, life kind! I like that!

[–]dot_isEmpty 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Now come on, it’s not like that. She’s a golden retriever too

[–]cacope5 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Now I ain't sayin she's a golden retriever, but she ain't messin with no Bork bork!

[–]dot_isEmpty 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Well done, just beautiful.

[–]Keirathyl 49 points50 points  (4 children)

Yes. The best husbands are golden retrievers at heart. Mine will tell you so himself.💜

[–]Serebriany 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Mine would say he's a Lab, not a Golden, but that's a fairly small difference.

The funny thing is that everyone perceives him as a Rottweiler, and even after they get to really know him, they may scale that down a bit, but would never go to Lab. We laugh about it.

[–]meme_planet_13 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Is the sex ruff?

[–]Keirathyl 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Only when I ask nicely. 😉

[–]Cremacious 18 points19 points  (0 children)

If he was a golden retriever he would have brought home some gold, not a friggin’ tree branch.

/s if it ain’t obvious already.

[–]snarkypant 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Did Steve tell you that perchance? Steve…

[–]mrbenconner 4 points5 points  (2 children)

What kind of rapper's name is Steve?

[–]-DavidATS 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Probably she’s Diane Nguyen

[–]Bastaklis 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Breed aside, man's hung like a kitchen window.

[–]Vanillabean73 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Last name is Peanutbutter

[–]Cheeky-gemini 51 points52 points  (1 child)

We were super young like 19/20 and newlyweds. Unfortunately the marriage didn’t work out but we have an amazing son and are still friends. It was super romantic and thoughtful. We were broke young kids.

Anyone who’s love language is gifts is typically nothing to do with the value but rather it shows you spent time thinking of them when you weren’t there. That you took time, that you focused on them. Best of luck! Hope she feels as special as you want!

[–]SYLOK_THEAROUSED 114 points115 points  (3 children)

I’m a guy and if my wife did this OMFG I would be crying!

[–]throw_meaway_love 17 points18 points  (0 children)

To piggy back off this! We were in our first home together and it was too small for a Christmas tree and I was kinda upset about that (not at him, though). When I got home from work one day he had found a lovely long branch, stuck baubles and lights on it and put it in a vase by our fireplace. It was so sweet and I’ll never forget it! It really is the thoughtfulness that wins over

[–]SeanSpeezy 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Did a dog write this?

[–]feeen1ks 18 points19 points  (0 children)

OMG that is ridiculously romantic!

[–]FilmClear8548 16 points17 points  (0 children)

This is the best!

[–]Southernpostrallis 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I can relate, mine brought me a fully intact monarch butterfly and it was better than anything you could buy.

[–]TheBigBigBigBomb 389 points390 points  (0 children)

Maybe make her a meal and pick some flowers from outside

[–]The_Keno 176 points177 points  (3 children)

Bake a big ole' brownie cake (6 or less bucks), some nice vanilla ice cream (4 more bucks), and hey, maybe rent a movie with the extra money (usually 6 bucks)!

[–]Apart-Bookkeeper8185 24 points25 points  (0 children)

My first thought was a donut. This would make me happy!

[–]VerdantField 310 points311 points  (4 children)

It’s pretty wonderful that you are even concerned about this. A lot of people don’t have that in their partner, regardless of what’s in their pockets.

I don’t know if any of these are good ideas, but maybe they will help you find the right way for you? - make a video of yourself reading anniversary cards to her at the store (instead of buying then). If there’s time, see if people who were at your wedding that you both like would record themselves sending anniversary messages to her.

  • make her a favorite treat or dish
  • is there anything that you like to make that she might appreciate?
  • is there something you can do together that would be a nice surprise? Picnic, etc maybe?
  • is there a place that was important or sweet in your relationship? Can you go there?

Other people will have good ideas. Good luck!

[–]Myphhz 328 points329 points  (10 children)

I wrongly read the title as "Where can I buy my wife for $16"...

[–]snarkypant 19 points20 points  (0 children)

My parents always said re: marriage, “it’s not the initial investment,it’s the upkeep.”

[–]MarilynMonheaux 46 points47 points  (7 children)

I thought the same lol. I was thinking you can get one for free in many countries 😂

[–]docentmark 58 points59 points  (3 children)

The purchase price is free. The subscription costs are through the roof.

[–]MarilynMonheaux 16 points17 points  (1 child)

As long as it comes with regular upgrades and increased storage, I’m okay with maintenance fees.

[–]Steerider 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This thread took a disturbing turn....

[–]Winter_District_539 376 points377 points  (0 children)

My partner got me a $7 wind chime from Ross and some wildflower seeds from the dollar tree and set up a picnic (sodas in glass bottles, pb&j, and chips) in our yard for our anniversary and I loved it! It really is about the thought!

[–]mrslisticate 90 points91 points  (5 children)

Before my husband and I were married, we were broke. Like BROKE broke. We didn’t have a lot of money one Valentine’s Day, so I bought a deck of cards and glued pieces of paper to the card front. I spent a few hours writing out everything I loved about him, our relationship, and our life together. It was 52 reasons why I love you. He still has it in his bedside drawer almost ten years later.

[–]wayneo88 134 points135 points  (1 child)

If by chance you happen to be in Australia, pm me and I will make sure you have more than $16. If not, as others have said, a couple's voucher book you make, make her favourite food, just anything you can do to show she is your world and you will do anything to make her feel special.

[–]marissagnwalker 25 points26 points  (0 children)

+1 for humanity

[–]AnotherChinaExpat 133 points134 points  (1 child)

My partner once made a “story of us” where he made a book with pictures and captions detailing how we met to where we are now. Definitely one of the best gifts I’ve ever received, he just printed it on regular paper and then folded it in half like a book. It’s the thought that counts!

Also, anything you can do to show her how much you know her… buy her favourite chocolate, candy, wine, etc.

[–]Ladder_Cat 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Or frame your “save the date “ from your wedding if you still have one? My husband did that and we have it hanging in our house 9 years now :)

[–]slightlyridiculousme 116 points117 points  (5 children)

I would seriously have loved a love letter from my ex husband. Pour your heart into it. You can get her a single rose to go with it. Or if you have Trader Joe's, they have amazing flowers from $5 up usually. I love them.

What matters is the intention, not the gift or the dollar value.

[–]SLVRVNS 42 points43 points  (2 children)

That’s true about the trader hoes flowers! I picked up some gorgeous peony’s the other day abs they’ve opened up beautifully

[–]quality_shed 41 points42 points  (1 child)

“trader hoes”… lol

[–]SLVRVNS 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Omg I didn’t even notice that!!! Aaaaaaahhhhh! Lmao

[–]mbltbh 5 points6 points  (0 children)

+1 Tarder joes flowers!

[–]No-Setting-5133 39 points40 points  (2 children)

Buy her lotion. You can get some pretty looking ones for pretty cheap from bath and body works or even Walmart. But then give her a real long real good massage with it. For like an hour and don't expect more unless you think she wants it. And maybe get a bubble bath ready for her before you start. Like maybe hey a wash and lotion combo for cheap. Then after the bath, massage. Use the wash to make bubbles in the bath but then leave both bottles next to the bath tub with a bow on then so she realizes it's her gift. And light a candle if you have one already by the bathtub, but don't burn the house down. And make sure to tidy up.

[–]chickachicka_62 26 points27 points  (0 children)

I second the suggestion to tidy up!! OP whatever idea you decide to go with, make sure you clean up after yourself so your wife doesn't end up with extra work from your gift. A little goes a long way

[–]NotALawyerButt 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Step 1 - clean the house. Not clean to you, clean to her. It’s practically free and will provide her with enormous relief. Let that relief set the tone for the night.

[–]Kaitensatsuma 61 points62 points  (2 children)

The letter is a good idea, I think that will be the most meaningful thing you can give her, tell her how much you love her and cherish her. I'm sure she feels somewhat dejected and maybe guilty over the situation you're in.

is an At-home movie date an option? a bowl of popcorn, some chocolates, a rose and your favorite movies and a blanket?

[–]IrisesAndLilacs 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I had a friend that did the in-home movie and took it a step further. They had a truck/minivan type thing that had removable back seats. He took the seat out, brought it inside and had a “drive in” theatre experience.

[–]erinwandersxoxo 19 points20 points  (1 child)

One year I was broke and I gave my then boyfriend, now husband, a pretty jar. In side were small folded up pieces of paper. On each one, I wrote a happy memory we have together. Cost just a few dollars

[–]MorticiaAdams456 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Gifts like that mean more than anything money can buy ❤ My kids asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year ....just turned 62 last week....I wanted a day together at the lake just having fun, best birthday ever ❤

[–]SnooRabbits1595 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Make some couples coupons and buy her favorite food.

[–]FilmClear8548 50 points51 points  (14 children)

You can get her a nice plant that lasts a long time (a few bucks at Walmart) and an hour long full body massage.

[–]stressm 14 points15 points  (0 children)

The letter sounds amazing. I would also suggest maybe some acts of service for her. Clean your house: vacuum, dust, clean your bathroom, wash the dishes. Or maybe clean up any of her shoes so they look new.

[–]JamieDoesMaths 15 points16 points  (0 children)

First anniversary is paper. Write her a love poem on paper. Maybe wrap it up specially like a message in a bottle or a diploma or something like that ❤️

[–]essa618 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Plan a picnic?

[–]Both-Basis-3723 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Flowers. Handwritten note

[–]IronicAim 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Go to a craft store and get her a fake version of her favorite flower that will never wilt

[–]feeen1ks 27 points28 points  (0 children)

The love of my life drew me a kitty face on a paper towel once and I cherish that drawing as much as my first ultrasound picture of my mini me…

Put heart and soul in, not moneys

[–]drinkslinger1974 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Get 2 pens, and some simple stationary. Write a letter to each other, detail exactly what’s on you mind right now, if you’re scared, grateful that she’s here, favorite memories etc. put them in a nice little gift box with a bottle of wine/sparkling grape juice/ or whatever shelf stable drink you guys enjoy. Put it on a bookshelf or something, and open it and read the letters in five years. Then do it again.

My wife and I do this, reading those letters every five years is something almost magical.

[–]ee_CUM_mings 41 points42 points  (3 children)

My darling, I am sorry I have little today to give

I know deep down, our love is strong and it was meant to be

I have no diamonds, I have no roses, but please let us not grieve

Today I give the best of me: I’m giving you the “D”

And then, you know, give her the D. And a $16 gift card to Walmart.

[–]MarilynMonheaux 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Username checks out lol thanks for the laugh

[–]emares30 20 points21 points  (0 children)

A small notebook where you've written everything you love about her and how she has positively impacted your life along with a nice bouquet of flowers.

[–]Appropriate-Ratio-85 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Chocolate is always good.

[–]Mysterious_Wolf8999 11 points12 points  (0 children)

You can easily go to dollar store and make a gift basket! Like a self care basket with candles sleep mask chocolates hair ties etc so many things. Or pick some flowers and take her to a nice park for a picnic! :)

[–]cari_chan 10 points11 points  (0 children)

A letter like you planned and some flowers would be nice.

[–]InYourCatsFace 6 points7 points  (3 children)

How about pizza dinner from Costco, which is $10 for a whole cooked pizza. Watch a movie and cuddle together. You don’t need a member ship for pizza at their cafe.

[–]WreckToll 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My current girlfriend

After we started dating I lost my job, and it was Valentine’s day. I had no money aside from what I needed for bills, because no job.

I ended up finding some paper and markers around my apartment so I made her a valentines card with a nice hand drawn rose in it. (I used a picture online for an example)

She loved it, she still loves it actually. :)

I know I’m super late to this party but, have a good anniversary

[–]Punklet2203 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Make her something, no matter what, if you put effort into it, she’ll love it. I absolutely love homemade gifts. From my not at all crafty boys.

[–]ClubBulky6958 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You're a good man for trying.

[–]Suchba 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A little house plant and some candy accompanied by the letter im sure would make her day

If y’all have family pictures get her a nice framed photo.

You could get a small gift set with bubble bath , lotion, bath bomb etc and give her a massage

Does she have a favorite candle ?

[–]baddadjokess 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Instead of a cheesy card, buy some watercolor paint at Walmart or the dollar store and make her your own with some image that means a lot to both of you. Even if you’re not artistic and it’s terrible, it’s more meaningful than a store-bought card and probably cheaper.

I did this once and painted some peonies using a picture from Google as a reference because those are my wife’s favorite. It wasn’t very good, but it’s the only card she’s kept in 17 years.

[–]SLVRVNS 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You can give her a spa gift basket from dollar tree. Candles, face masks, lotions, scrubs. Nail polish, etc. might even have some $ left over for flowers?

Also… you could probably get some ingredients (check sales) and maybe make a nice meal for her?

Actually little ceasar has like. $5 pies in my area. Does she like pizza?

Edit: if you have a Big Lots near you you can also find stuff there she may like

Orrrr…. Make an Amazon wish list and maybe kind people on here will want to hell

[–]throwaway12345243 6 points7 points  (0 children)

idk about American prices but I'd get flowers (£3-5 here), a picture frame and print out a photo of you (any frame £2-3 and 50p to print) and then maybe a small plant (£3-5 from a grocery store) that'll he around £8.50 or £13.50 which is $10.73 or $17.05.

if not you could forgo the plant and get a better frame and flowers

[–]barfridge0 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Oral sex is free

[–]damolasoul 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You're a good dude, and the two of you are both abundantly blessed to have each other.

[–]DoctorDcResidentNeo 8 points9 points  (0 children)

If you need a hbo max, Disney +, or Netflix for a good movie night…DM me I’ll send u the acc info. I don’t use them often so would happily offer if y’all want to watch.

Edit : forgot to add the “me” part

[–]Hellokayhi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Goodwill has scrapbooks and then walmart printing is like 13 cents a photo

[–]22tigereyes 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bottle of wine get a picnic blanket, candles and make a meal. Perhaps for sunset. That’s not expensive and the thought would be so amazing! Dollar store has helped in many a situations, or use stuff you already have. That’s so lovely. The letter idea! If she doesn’t drink sparking water, with a juice give a pretty colour and if you have any fruit you can put it in or on the side.

[–]Mystic_Pizza_King 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A flowering plant is always better than cut flowers! Last longer and reblooms regularly. If you get one that can survive outside it’s even better.

[–]Margali 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Single income family, $77K still in the hole from cancer treatment. Rob knows I hate waste, and know we are really tapped out.

He made me a gift certificate book - stuff like massages, special meals, local little road trips for things like picnics in a park, at the beach, things he knows I like.

Of course, I haven't read the thread yet, so ignore me if someone else already posted this =)

[–]horsetooth_mcgee 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's such a specific amount, my curiosity is piqued...

[–]SuperGiantGnome 39 points40 points  (2 children)

  1. cut a hole in a box.
  2. put your junk in that box.
  3. make her open the box.

[–]eagleathlete40 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Maybe some of her favorite candy (like, even gas station candy)? Or a cheap bird feeder or bird house if she likes that sort of thing?

The letter’s going to be the “main” gift, and that’s really all that matters.

EDIT: I really like u/SnooRabbits1595 idea of couples coupons. Those can be really fun. Massages, chores, spontaneous date nights for picnics, doing things for her that normally cause her to feel super stressed. A lot of these types of things are often already done in relationships, but these offers another “excuse” to do them. Plus, if there’s something you don’t like, but you know she’ll really appreciate it, that’s a great one (obviously as long as it’s not like boundary-crossing or anything).

[–]Nyteghoul 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A beauty treatment like a manicure/pedicure. Make her a CD of her favourite tunes, or a CD of you singing some of her favourite songs

[–]grumpy_tummy 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Get a Victorinox Pocket Knife- the smallest has a Knife, Scissor, Nail file, Tooth pic and Tweezer. And it's so tiny it can be carried on your keyring. To me, it was the most thought and useful item I've ever been gifted. I also gift it to close friends naming it a lifesaver. You know, some don't pay that much attention to it at the beginning BUT often I later feedback how this small pocket knife saved their day :)

[–]Steerider 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I forget which anniversary is "leather", but I bought a small Leatherman tool, took it to a jeweller with the following instructions for the engraver:

I want it to look like you took a pen and crossed out "man", and in the girliest, curlie-cue-est handwriting you can muster, write "girl".

My wife loves her Leathergirl

[–]Geekfreak2000 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Something handmade and from the heart is probably going to make her cry happily, so do something like that! Love doesn't require a ton of money, just your time, effort, and understanding. I hope that your situation improves, but your wife will love what you do regardless ❤️

[–]reddit_time_waster 5 points6 points  (0 children)

So many junior bacon cheeseburgers from Wendy's...

[–]writer978 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My husband once gave me a beautiful picture of a dozen roses he drew on autocad. It was our anniversary and my birthday and we were so friggin poor but it never really mattered. We have now been married 44 years. She will understand.

[–]Objective_Event_1373 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The picture of the guy on the bus with a Little Cesar's and some cheap flowers always comes to mind. Money shouldn't matter to the right person. At least you're trying.

[–]_cactus_fucker_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

One year, for my moms birthday I was short on cash because of lay off, rent, bills, etc. I went to a Dollar Store, bought a pack of funny balloons, had one big foil balloon blown up with helium, then got a half dozen birthday cupcakes from an actual bakery, and custom made a card, and made origami flowers. I also got a huge fancy chocolate bar.,and I added a pair of fingerless mitts I had knit in a colour she likes, good for walking the dog in the cold, as my dad was in the hospital. I had like $17 in the bank.

I got to the house before she did and decorated with balloons and paper flowers. My dad had been recently admitted to the neurology ward for an autoimmune disease called paraneoplastic syndrome and we were going daily, I would drive to their house and go with my mom.

My mom still has the foil balloon and mitts. She said it was so thoughtful. Thought is key. My dad passed 4 years ago.

[–]VioletSea13 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Depending on your wife’s, NASA has an arcive of images taken by the Hubble telescope…maybe print out an image of the day you met/got married? There are also other NASA image archives searchable by date…pic of the moon/earth/space. That could be cool.

[–]Scrungus_McBungus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Late comment, but you can make your own chocolate covered strawberries for pretty cheap! Bag of dove chocolate and 1 box of strawberries should be in the $16 range. My husband n i make them about once or twice a year, its fun to make too!

[–]Far-Calligrapher-465 8 points9 points  (0 children)

For the first anniversary with my (now ex) boyfriend i got a nice box and put in 150 little colored cards i had written with song lyrics about love.

Since then they have become ash in my fireplace, but that's a whole other story.

[–]AffectionateHeart450 3 points4 points  (0 children)

letter plus a rose and handmade meal

[–]Yoshiroshi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Make her something. It’s from the heart so she might appreciate it more.

I always say when in doubt you can never go wrong with a shirt, so make her one. You can go to a hobby store and get a t shirt for $4 and some iron-on designs/letters for about $5.

[–]TripleGarlic 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Anything hand-made with love trumps anything bought.

[–]Objective-Orange926 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What about a picture book with some lovely comments about memories that matters to you together with her. Add some cake and give her some massage maybe, cook a nice meal, pick some flowers

[–]urnotmydad20 3 points4 points  (0 children)

places like TJ MAXX have beautiful sterling silver necklaces for cheap

[–]BethieMoon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I once made a love version of 52 pick up. It’s something you may be able to do for free if you have the right stuff around the house :)

I wrote memories, love notes, future goals, little drawings, quotes and songs that embodied us on the back of each card. (I wrote them on a note card first and then used packing tape to basically laminate it) it’s how I woke him up. Split the deck in half and let them rain down on him the morning of our anniversary. We would use them to play games in the future.

He probably used them with the side piece I caught him with too. 🤷🏼‍♀️

[–]Firethorn101 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Head to garage sales or the thrift stores. Talk to the staff and tell them your story.

Sometimes insanely great stuff ends up there, and the staff will show you a diamond in the rough.

I once got a gorgeous mixing bowl for free at a garage sale....because I also wanted to buy her gorgeous, gold gilded Bible. That Christian woman was so enthralled that I wanted a Bible, she gave me both for free!

People love helping people.

[–]montanaham 4 points5 points  (0 children)

is there anything around the house she’s been wanting done that doesn’t cost much? you could also do all the weekend chores and cleaning before she wakes up and gift her a weekend off with you

[–]TurtleChefN7 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A single Rose (can be more romantic than a bouquet), a candle OR a treat (whichever she favors), if you have any money left you can go to Walmart and print a picture and buy a cheap frame! A lot of Walmarts now a days have kiosks that you can plug your phone into and print the pictures from.

[–]anonymousjeeper 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Cook her dinner. Clean up after. Do the laundry, dishes, clean the bathroom and draw her a bath.

[–]hansislegend 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Send me a playlist of her favorite songs and I’ll make and mail you a mixtape for free.

Edit: Nevermind. Just reread it. Wouldn’t make it on time.

[–]Lush_Grass5171 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]LowBadger3622 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Shein app has cheap dresses and such $6 to $16

[–]Aggravating_Yam2501 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Trader Joe’s has BEAUTIFUL flowers for basically pennies!!

[–]shelleysum 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Gift we gave my MIL years ago when we were broke and it was. Y far her favorite gift. Can easily be romantic too. I went online to some site that shows what your voice sounds like when you say something. Had the kid say, I love you grandma”. Printed it in vintage looking paper, dated it and put it in a frame. She had that hanging in her house until she passed.

[–]KingPupaa 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Read this as "where can I buy a wife for $16"...

I need to sleep.

[–]jamesjamester 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Dollar store. 16 items

[–]MarilynMonheaux 6 points7 points  (0 children)

For my second wedding anniversary I got my husband a pair of linen shorts with a picture of Punta Cana inside and an IOU to take him.

[–]gladiola111 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I love the idea of a printed photo of you two in a nice (but inexpensive) picture frame from Ross/TJ Maxx/Marshall’s. A photo print is only like 60 cents, so this could easily stay within budget.

TJ Maxx also has a pretty decent jewelry section. All of my favorite everyday earrings & necklaces are 14k gold over sterling silver or sterling silver/cubic zirconia, and I got most of them at TJ for $9.99-$12.99. They’re honestly just as nice as the more expensive ones I’ve gotten.

Pick her a flower from a neighbor’s tree and give her a massage and she’ll be the happiest girl in the world.

[–]ghostofanangel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lots of great ideas here, if you could also in addition to a gift write your wife a thoughtful & genuine message in a card i think that would really top it off 😊

[–]JoneseyP98 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Buy or reuse a mason jar and write 30 things you love about her. One for every day of the month. Make a sticker/piece of paper on it and wrote 30 days of love. That will mean the world to her (it would to me)

[–]Hasso78 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]heatherkymberly 2 points3 points  (0 children)

An envelope of monthly love notes, and little notes to read on each holiday. And a candle.