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
Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay
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
Joby Gorillapod Original
An odd looking tripod that comes highly recommended as a travel accessory for its quick setup and foldable body.
For the valentine who’s obsessed with gummies
Gummy School Lunch Bag
Junk food gummies are guaranteed to be more satisfying than your traditional box of chocolates, with mini fries and pizzas to round out someone’s cravings.
For the valentine who hasn’t gotten over millennial pink
Chive Ceramic Dish Planter
A fetching accessory for a window sill or shelf.
For the valentine whose vanity could use some organization
Umbra Poise Tiered Accessory Holder
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 who’s always doodling
Zebra Comic Pen Nib
Now your beau can scribble with a sleek gold pen that’s well-suited for calligraphy and fancy renderings — pair it with this pen nib holder, and you’ll just spend a hair over $25.
For the valentine you’re dropping hints on
Plant Get It On Body Wash
Not exactly sex dust, but it still has aphrodisiac potential with its sandalwood, ginger, and cedar scent.
For the valentine you go camping with
Solight Solar Helix Lamp
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)
Loghot Creative Ceramic Ash Tray
One of our favorite design-y ash trays that happens to be an especially spot-on gift for Valentine’s Day.
For the person who never says ‘no’ to a tub of ice-cream
Alessi Big Love Spoon
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
Bürstenhaus Redecker Hedgehog Table Brush
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 collects stacking rings
Umbra Ring Holder
Cute ring holders that you can also get in the shape of a cat, a rabbit, elephant, reindeer, or rooster.
For the valentine whose beard gets out of control sometimes
Personalized Custom Wallet Comb
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
Kikkerland Safety Pin Key Ring
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
Rodrigo Corral’s gorgeous photo book centered on the world of sneakers would make a must-have coffee-table book for any sneaker fanatic.
For the valentine who’s always misplacing keys, part two
Tile Mate Key Finder
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
Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker
For the valentine who you’re orchestrating breakfast in bed for
Winsome Wood Benito Tray
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
Out of Print Franz Kafka Tote
A reading tote that’s also an homage to Franz Kafka.
For the valentine who’s still complaining about the dry air
NexGadget USB Travel Humidifier
This humidifier is USB-operated so you can even bring it to work and hook it up to a monitor.
For the valentine who queued up to get a copy of ‘Swing Time’
Feel Free: Essays
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
Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Introduce your better half to the wonders of this skin perfecting snail mucin essence, or top up their supply.
For the valentine who’s obsessed with Sweetgreen
Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists
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
Bodum Milk Frother
Help them avoid coffee-shop splurges with an at-home milk frother.
For the valentine who loves playing hostess
Corkcicle ‘Pour and Chill’ Black Stem
An easy way to make sure your wine’s chilled in time for dinner.
For the valentine you’re traveling with soon
Flight 001 4-in-1 Adaptor
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
Malin + Goetz Travel Cleanser
A grapefruit-scented cleanser that will smell extra refreshing early in the morning.
For the valentine who you’re still stumped on
Delfonics Quitterie Multifunctional pouch size M Greige
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
Fred Table Cake and Salad Saw
Don’t just serve, saw, with this cheeky cake knife that looks like it could be dangerous.
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