It’s the thought that counts, not how much you spend. But on Valentine’s Day, it can be tough to stick to a budget, especially when florists are jacking up the price of a bouquet of roses. There’s no reason you have to go bankrupt just to buy a gift for that special someone. We’ve rounded up an assortment of cheap Valentine’s Day gifts that are perfect for those on a budget. Whether you’re shopping for a special lady or your favorite guy, there’s something on this list that will definitely appeal to your Valentine.
1. Sex checks
These “sex checks” are sort of like love coupons. You can write out checks that your partner can redeem for sensual massages or romantic dinners. The checks are broken down into 30 IOUs and 30 UOMEs (“you owe me’s”), so both partners can get in on the fun. This bundle of silly gifts cost under $10, but the actual gifts you give based on these checks are likely to be free.
2. A sterling silver plated necklace and earrings
Jewelry is a traditional gift for Valentine’s Day, but even a simple pair of diamond stud earrings can set you back over $100. A simple necklace is a great way to show your affection, without blowing out your bank account.
3. 3-year journal for two people
Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People is a romantic journal for couples. This is a great gift for anyone who is in a long-term relationship. Over the next three years, you and your partner can fill out this guided love journal. The journal includes fun, thought-provoking questions like “What does your partner’s laugh sound like?” or “Where should we travel as a couple?” Once the journal is filled out, it makes a treasured keepsake that can be passed down for generations. Other than the cost of the journal and the price of a ballpoint pen, this gift is free.
4. Chocolate covered strawberries
Is there a more romantic food than chocolate-covered strawberries? This gift box of fresh strawberries includes berries dipped in a variety of toppings, along with a pink drizzle that makes them extra romantic. You can spend a romantic evening feeding your partner berries, which is a great way to set the mood for a fiery night of passion in the bedroom. Not sure if this gift is quite right?
5. Heart Bundt Pan
Okay, giving someone a bundt pan would be kind of a lame Valentine’s Day gift. But using said heart-shaped bundt pan to make a heart-shaped cake is a great romantic gesture. Even factoring in the cost of a box of cake mix, giving someone this cute cake pan and a cake to go with it should only set you back about $30 or so. It’s a non-stick baking pan, too, so inexperienced bakers can feel confident about making their first cake. Baking someone a cake is a wonderful way to show you care.
6. Infinity scarf
This all-season scarf is a nice gift for Valentine’s Day, particularly if you’re shopping for someone you’re in a fairly new relationship with. The scarf measures 19 inches wide and has a total loop length of 60 inches. This scarf looks great with any outfit.
7. Cute USB coffee cup
Does your wife or girlfriend have a bad habit of making a hot drink, and then forgetting all about it? This cute mug is USB powered, so she can plug it into her laptop and keep her coffee or tea hot all morning long. Pair this cute mug with a bag of Starbucks coffee or some vanilla almond tea, and you’re good to go.