Sure, candy and flowers are easy go-tos for Valentine’s Day, but if you’re shopping for a more personal Valentine’s Day gift, 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 who makes you smile (and who’s serious about sustainability)
A Baggu so bright they will never forget to grab it before leaving for the grocery store.
For the valentine you just started seeing
The type of thoughtful — but not overly personal — type of well-packaged thing basically any person would like.
For the valentine with abundant trinkets
A graphic tray they can put all their various odds and ends in.
For the valentine who likes some spice
Give them a pound of red hots, or, as Yankee Traders aptly calls them, “cinnamon lentils.”
For the valentine who needs some new socks
These have a stylish gym-sock vibe to them and would look cute year-round.
For the valentine who loves trompe l’oeil
For the valentine who’s tried every status candle
A Diptyque is always nice, but this is much more fun: It starts off white and then drips in a rainbow of colors.
For the valentine who prefers incense
You can’t go wrong with some tasteful, faintly woodsy Japanese incense sticks.
For the valentine who wants to channel Vermeer
A stunningly inexpensive pair of Baroque pearls.
For the valentine who loves puzzles
A colorful Frank Lloyd Wright puzzle with pops of shimmery gold foil.
For the valentine who loves puzzles (and on-theme gifts)
Get it? It’s The Kiss.
For the valentine who brings her own mug to the coffee shop
For the valentine who thinks it’s a helluva town
A classic collection of essays chronicling life in old New York (we recommend pairing this with a trip to McSorley’s).
For the valentine who stays up late reading
For the valentine who likes to stay hydrated
For the tea-obsessive valentine
For the valentine who takes their writing instruments seriously
For the valentine who takes written notes seriously
An elegant set of note cards — pair this with the fountain pen and you have one handsome gift.
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 just wants a good chocolate bar
For the valentine who needs a little help getting places on time
The classic Casio watch doubles as an on-the-go calculator for that cool-nerd look.
For the valentine who eats an egg every morning
This egg cup from Le Creuset, in the Valentine’s Day–appropriate shade “flame,” will make their daily breakfast considerably more charming.