Sure, candy and flowers — even a cuddly teddy bear — might feel more routine for Valentine’s Day, but if you’re shopping for a more personal Valentine’s Day gift to go the extra mile, there are many affordable ideas on Amazon that won’t set you back more than $25. Below, we sought out the best cheap gifts for a range of valentines — from the fussy eater to the guy with a dedicated beard routine.
For the valentine you just started seeing
For the valentine who likes to stay hydrated and ahead of the trends
A staple of the nature-inclined crowd, the humble Nalgene has emerged as the next status water bottle.
For the valentine who takes their writing instruments seriously
For the valentine who demands “organizational ecstasy” from their notebooks
In the form of a gridded-and-guided notebook that Molly Young calls the “fine wine” of notebooks.
For the valentine who likes their literature with a side of frisson
From the writer behind the viral short story “Cat Person.”
For the valentine who’s tried every fancy candle out there
The candles by Le Feau de L’Eau are “sculpted” rather than molded and are inspired by the “fantasy candle” of the late ’60s. They also happen to be our pick for the new status candle.
For the valentine who just wants a good chocolate bar
The graphic packaging alone would make these chocolate bars stand out, but they also happen to be delicious, while their manufacturing practice supports slave-free chocolate production.
For the valentine who needs a little help getting places on time
For the valentine who wants to get into cooking
For the valentine who wants to nurture their green thumb
Not only does the peace lily look good, it also purifies the air and withstands low-light environments (like an office cubicle).
For the valentine dedicated to keeping their plants alive
Here’s a miniature version of Haws’ classic copper watering can.
For the valentine who’s working on an Instagram persona
An odd-looking tripod that comes highly recommended as a travel accessory for its quick setup and foldable body.
For the valentine who collects stacking rings
For the valentine who wants to add a little dimension to their office space
For the valentine who just watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix show
This Umbra organizer looks a lot more expensive than it actually is, and might help control the clutter of odds and ends that’s been building up on a counter top.
For the valentine you’re dropping hints on
For the valentine who’s your very own salt bae
For the valentine who’s particular about their hair
We love this “magical, heavenly-smelling” Japanese finishing cream for keeping flyaways at bay.
For the valentine who’s particular about their beard
As writer David Notis noted: “Made in Germany. Pear-wood handle. Soft boar’s hair. What more could you want?”
For the valentine who only buys small-batch coffee beans
Upgrade their coffee storage game with this vacuum-sealed coffee canister that has a “Fort Lauderdale in the late 1970s” vibe.
For the valentine you go camping with
For the valentine who smokes (or just has clutter)
One of our favorite design-y ash trays also happens to be an especially spot-on gift for Valentine’s Day.
For the valentine who never goes a night without ice-cream
For the valentine you just bought a puppy with
For the valentine who’s a total clean-freak
A gentle ribbing at the person who’s borderline compulsive about cleaning the crumbs and dust off the counters, in the form of an adorable hedgehog cleaning brush.
For the valentine who’s always misplacing keys
For the valentine who finds humor in the little things
For the valentine who loves music, but lacks the counter space
This portable Bluetooth speaker has over 31,000 reviews on Amazon.
For the valentine who’s a skin-care fanatic
Introduce your better half to the wonders of this skin-perfecting snail mucin essence, or top up their supply.
For the valentine you’re traveling with soon
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