To be safe, don't actually enroll your sweetheart in a class unless the tuition is totally refundable; she may want to personally pick the class time or subject that most interests her. However, you can make a "classy" homemade gift certificate on your computer, attach it to a course schedule and tie the two together with a ribbon.
Candy and flowers: OK,
OK -- if you're convinced Valentine's Day just has to include candy
or flowers or both at least don't get hung up on the idea that only
long-stemmed red roses and gold-foiled chocolates in red heart-shaped
boxes will do.
If your sweetheart has shared with you her fond
memories of watching the daffodils come up in the spring, consider
buying her a ribbon-wrapped bouquet of those cheery jonquils --
or another of her all-time favorite flowers -- instead. If you're
not sure what she might like, it's perfectly OK to ask, says Ingram.
"You could say, 'If I were to buy you roses for Valentine's Day,
would you like that or is there something else you'd prefer instead?'
Most women welcome a thoughtful question like that."
Another sentimental option: recreating a small
version of your wife's bridal bouquet. A florist can put it together
by working from a wedding picture. On a really low budget? Tuck
a handwritten love note inside the wrapper of a
Godiva chocolate bar or small box of Moonstruck
Chocolate truffles. These little goodies are much less expensive
than a full box of the same.
And if you are going to send flowers or candy, have
your gift delivered to her place of work instead of home and make
it extra special in front of her friends and coworkers. At 1800USAFlowers
you can arrange for a variety of costumed characters to deliver
your message in song with prices starting at $150.
As Spizman says, many women are more impressed
by the thought you've put into a gift like candy than about the
cost. The trick is in the presentation. Write her a note telling
her that her love makes you feel like a kid again. Pair it with
a box full of "retro kid candy" like Mary Jane's, Bottlecaps,
Necco Wafers and more. Sites like Hometown
Favorites let you choose candy from a favorite decade (1950s,
1960s, etc.). Woodstock
Candy also carries reasonably priced boxes of edible childhood
memories, starting at $20.