The 15 Best Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Under $25

Saying "I love you" doesn't have to be expensive. Here are our favorite Valentine's Day gifts that are fun and budget-friendly.

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January 30, 2020

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 15 top picks, just in case you want to steal them for your own sweetheart!


I think Dr. Seuss said it best: "We're all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." Share the sentiment with your sweetheart by gifting them these candy apple-red mugs that say, "Weirdo" and "Weirdest." They can decide which one's yours, since they know you so well.

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The age-old question "What do you want to do today?" has finally met its match or should I say, scratch? Gift this "100 Dates Bucket List" poster (plus a penny or nickel) to your partner in crime and prepare to make the act of planning dates way more fun. They'll be so excited to go gin tasting, explore a farmers market and more by your side.

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Perfect for sweethearts and spouses alike, this cookbook is all about nourishing your bodies and your relationship. Encourage your partner to flip through the 100 high-gloss pages and select a delectable dish, then spend the night transforming it into your Valentine's Day dinner.

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In the language of love and appliances, a mini waffle maker says that you like each other, but a heart-shaped mini waffle maker says that you're totally committed. Take the next step and treat your love to this small but mighty-cute machine.

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Be still, my heart! With their playful turn of phrase and delicate gold script, these "Love at First Sip" sparkling wine glasses give me all the warm and bubbly feelings. Snag two and pair them with your partner's favorite bottle, then toast to a wonderful Valentine's Day together.

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For the S.O. who loves taking photos together, I've found the ultimate gift: this glittery iPhone case, which comes with a slot for their favorite Instax image. Choose from sizes 6/7/8, 6+/7+/8+ and X/XS and then take a pic to "break the case in." They'll be thrilled to carry a reminder of your relationship in their back pocket!

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Here's to a ramen-tic night-in with your person! Once your partner's hung up their hat for the evening, deliver their dinner via this flirty "Ramen in Love With You" soup set. In addition to the bowl and "You Make Miso Happy" spoon, the set comes with a dish that reads "I love you soy much." Cute!

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When in doubt, spark some joy in your S.O.'s life by swapping his old travel bag for a sophisticated olive green dopp kit like this. He won't believe how big the center compartment is or how easily it can fit all of his grooming gear.

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If your heart's desire is always seeking advice from the stars, then they'd definitely appreciate a copy of this Astrology-based book. Written with "our contemporary love and dating culture in mind," this book will help you both learn all about how each sign likes to flirt, plus test your compatibility.

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Home is wherever your phones are fully charged, right? Make it clear that your apartment is the place to be and set up a charging station for your tech-savvy sweetheart. This device comes in three handsome neutral hues and is compatible with iPhones, AirPods and Apple Watches.

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Because everyone could benefit from more self-care, right? Use this sweet-as-can-be nail polish set to spoil your S.O. with a mani-pedi session at home. Since the pack comes with "Sheer Rose" and "Heart Attack" colors, it'll appeal to partners with sensible and sensational senses of style.

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Here's another gift that your S.O. is sure to love: a classic, coin-pendant necklace honoring their star sign. If you really want to ante up the "Aww Factor," you could even swap their sign for yours, so they can keep you close to their heart. Like I said, aww.

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Now here's a gift that was just made for your favorite frequent flyer. Dubbed "The World's Kindest Eye Masks," these innovative, individually wrapped sheets will make it easier for your person to sleep on the plane and ensure that they wake up looking and feeling refreshed. Supposedly, the masks' warming properties can even promote better circulation and ease migraines. Your other half will feel so taken care of.

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As far as Valentine's Day gifts go, an anatomical heart print is about as non-cheesy as it gets. Pair this picture of a "thriving heart" with a matte black frame to make the graphic pop. Rumor has it that med students and doctors would really get it a kick out of this one.

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If the way to his heart is through his four-legged best friend, then gift him a pair of these adorable dog socks; all the men in my life absolutely love them. You can customize the background in red, green, yellow or blue — whichever suits his wardrobe and then finish the design with a pic of his pup's face. He'll love wearing them to work and flaunting them on long walks through the neighborhood.

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