21 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Under $25

Saying "I love you" doesn't have to be expensive. Spoil your favorite person with these budget-friendly Valentine's Day gifts.

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January 26, 2022

I don't know about you, but my wallet still hasn't fully recovered from the holidays — and now Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching. So this year, in a mutual effort to stick to our budget, my wonderful husband and I have shamelessly agreed to set a spending limit of just $25. And to be honest, I kind of love it. It's just enough cash to get creative with our gifts but not enough to do any damage.

In fact, don't tell him this, but I've already started shopping around and found so many heartfelt (and hilarious) options for $25 or less. Here's a list of my 20 top picks, just in case you want to steal them for your own sweetheart.

Kissable lips are such a cute idea. Bring a smile to your Valentine's face (and fun touch to their skincare routine) with a new lip treatment. Each tin contains a sugar-based scrub, an exfoliating tool and a nourishing lip balm. All you have to do is choose the scent.

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If your heart's desire is always seeking advice from the stars (or studying your Zodiac signs), then surprise them with a copy of Astrology for Real Relationships. The flexi cover book is packed with charming illustrations, and it explores everything from friends and chosen family to long-term relationships.

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$19.95

If your S.O. has more of a penchant for expanding her palate than tending to flowers, a delicious bottle of rosé makes for a perfectly acceptable substitute for roses. Order by February 2 for guaranteed Valentine's Day delivery, and use our exclusive discount code, AFF15, to get 15 percent off. Now, that's a sweet deal.

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Long-distance relationships are tough. But with this custom portrait keychain, your partner can always keep you close. The one-of-a-kind gift is hand-drawn with acrylic paint onto a glittery resin heart and will arrive just in time for Valentine's Day if you order right now.

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Make watching movies together feel like a special occasion with this fun scratch-off poster. You can take turns choosing a title (like Citizen Kane, Wall-E or Lord of the Rings) and then reveal a vibrant film-related scene under each square. By the end, they'll have a special keepsake for their walls.

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Toast to the place you met or fell in love with these sentimental cocktail glasses. You can choose from nearly 40 major cities (like Atlanta, Austin, Denver and Portland), and then the designers will etch the grid onto the glass. Streets and neighborhoods are interspersed throughout.

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In the language of love and appliances, a regular mini waffle maker says that you like each other, but a heart-shaped mini waffle maker says that you're head over heels. (We don't make the rules!) Clue your partner in by leaving this Dash Mini Waffle Maker in the kitchen. The device heats up in seconds, so you can enjoy breakfast and then get back to snuggling.

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From $10

Here's a Valentine's Day gift that you'll both appreciate. Protect his wedding band from scratches (and his hand from potential injuries) with a set of ThunderFit Silicone Rings. He can wear them at the gym, on runs or on camping trips with his friends, and safely show off his commitment to your relationship.

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If your partner is all about conversation and quality time, then spoil them with Table Topics for Couples. Each deck contains 135 prompts like, "How would our relationship change if we spent six months apart?" and "What advice would we give a younger couple?" They'll love getting to know you on another level.

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Sweep your partner off their feet (in more ways than one) with a bottle of "Slow Dance." This bespoke fragrance features notes of strawberries, lychee and caramel, and will spark memories of your first date, wedding or anniversary.

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Fresh flowers are nice, but nothing beats something this permanent. Put a lasting spin on the traditional Valentine's Day bouquet, and hand your partner a birth flower ring. You could also engrave the disc with a flower that represents your anniversary or child.

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So, your relationship is finally fridge-official. Give your S.O. prime real estate on your fridge (or stake your claim on theirs) with these Instax Mini Photo Magnets. Each set includes 10 picture sleeves, so you can display all of your favorite memories.

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Your S.O. will absolutely melt when they see these Valentine's Day bath bombs. Treat them to a little R&R by leaving these rose-scented hearts by the tub. Each one is infused with essential oils to hydrate their skin and provide some aromatherapy.

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Show your favorite foodie some love with a monogrammed charcuterie board. The slab is made of ceramic, finished with a crisp white glaze and it's dishwasher safe. It's also, conveniently, the perfect size for chocolate-covered strawberries or a spread of cheeses.

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Date Night just got way cozier. Delight your favorite homebody and deepen your relationship with this activity journal. The hardcover book is packed with quizzes, drawing pages and even prompts for discussing the future you want together. (Best of all? You can connect from the comfort of your couch.)

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Celebrate your love of Schitt's Creek and each other by gifting your person a coffee mug inspired by David and Patrick. The microwave-safe cup is crafted from smooth ceramic, available in two different sizes and can even be customized with a personal note in your own handwriting.

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$13.59

Get to know each other and the night sky with this swoon-worthy book for amateur stargazers. Together, you'll flip through hundreds of high-gloss pages; learn all about shooting stars, planets and constellations; and be able to spot celestial bodies on future camping trips or in your backyard.

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From $11.95

Haven't defined the relationship yet? Hit your Bridgerton-loving S.O. with this hilarious candle, and they'll get the idea. The label features the now-iconic line "I burn for you," along with Simon Basset. And it's available in a variety of scents.

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$32.98

Show off your excellent communication and collaboration skills with a personalized puzzle that you can complete together. The 252-piece set costs just $20 and will make an amazing keepsake for their coffee table. Best of all? You can customize it with up to 17 photos.

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If you can't get away for Valentine's Day, then a romantic staycation is the next best thing. Start by flipping through Behind The Bar and taking your partner on a tour of iconic hotel bars from around the world. Then have them choose one (or a few) of the signature cocktail recipes to try at home.

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Sometimes the best Valentine's Day gifts are actually experiences. If you live somewhere cold and snowy, then surprise your S.O. with this twisted peppermint tube and an afternoon of sledding. The tube is made of PVC vinyl, so it's durable for downhill rides, and it boasts two side handles so you can hold on tight.

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