Sure, candy and flowers — even a cuddly teddy bear — may 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
Well-packaged and sensible enough that no one would judge you for not choosing something more personal.
For the valentine who’s working on an Instagram persona
For the valentine who’s obsessed with gummies
For the valentine who hasn’t gotten over millennial pink
A fetching accessory for a window sill or shelf.
For the valentine whose vanity could use some organization
For the valentine who’s always doodling
For the valentine you’re dropping hints on
Not exactly sex dust, but it still has aphrodisiac potential with its sandalwood, ginger, and cedar scent.
For the valentine you go camping with
More ambient lighting for a camping trip upstate than your average flashlight can give you, powered by solar energy so you don’t have to hassle with batteries.
For the valentine who smokes (or just has clutter)
For the person who never says ‘no’ to a tub of ice-cream
Just affordable enough that you can buy a pair for the two of you.
For the valentine you just bought a puppy with
Made of strong, durable leather that it’s less likely to chew through or tug from your hands.
For the valentine who’s a total clean freak
For the valentine who collects stacking rings
For the valentine whose beard gets out of control sometimes
A stainless steel comb that’s slim enough to fit in a wallet, and can even be personalized with a name.
For the valentine who’s always misplacing keys
A sleek Kikkerland key ring that you can pin to the outside of your bag like a chic carabiner, so you never have to fumble for your keys again.
For the valentine who always knows about the latest drops
For the valentine who’s always misplacing keys, part two
Go one step further by gifting the very helpful Tile Mate, which can sync up to a phone to help locate exactly where a pair of keys have landed up.
For the valentine who loves music, but lacks the counter space
For the valentine who you’re orchestrating breakfast in bed for
Get the presentation right with a sleek wooden tray that can fold up when it’s not in use.
For the valentine who’s a surrealist
A reading tote that’s also an homage to Franz Kafka.
For the valentine who’s still complaining about the dry air
For the valentine who queued up to get a copy of ‘Swing Time’
The latest from Zadie Smith, a collection of essays including previously unpublished work and favorites like “Joy” and “Find Your Beach.”
For the valentine who’s a skin-care fanatic
For the valentine who’s obsessed with Sweetgreen
An artist-inspired, compulsively flippable cookbook that delves into the varied, leafy green world of salads.
For the valentine who can’t live without lattes
Help them avoid coffee-shop splurges with an at-home milk frother.
For the valentine who loves playing hostess
An easy way to make sure your wine’s chilled in time for dinner.
For the valentine you’re traveling with soon
So you’re never stranded without a charge: this four-in-one adapter is well-suited for international travel.
For the valentine who’s always stealing yours
A grapefruit-scented cleanser that will smell extra refreshing early in the morning.
For the valentine who you’re still stumped on
Delphonic’s Quitterie pouches are always crowd-pleasers for their simplistic, attractive design — they’re made in Japan and look far more expensive than their cheap price point. Smaller ones could make good pencil pouches, while a larger size could fit a Kindle or iPad.
For the valentine who loves to bake
Don’t just serve, saw, with this cheeky cake knife that looks like it could be dangerous.
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