Gift Edit 2023

28 Cheap Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $30

updated Jan 31, 2024
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When you talk to someone about Valentine’s Day, odds are they fall into one of two camps: They either love Valentine’s Day, or they think it’s all a marketing ploy to create an occasion for people to spend more money. No matter which group of thought you identify with more, odds are that if you’re seeing someone special, you’re probably going to want to pick up a little something for your partner leading up to February 14.

This doesn’t mean you have to book a vacation or buy expensive jewelry or clothing for your partner, though. Sometimes the best Valentine’s Day gifts are the simplest ones — like a handwritten note, personalized trinket, flowers, or special dinner reservation. If you have a small budget and want to treat your partner to something special this holiday, here are 28 Valentine’s Day gifts they’re sure to love, all for under $30.

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Make breakfast in bed even better. This heart-shaped waffle maker creates bite-sized treats that are as delicious as they are adorable. They'll be a hit with the littles, too!

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Urban Outfitters

If you're tired of giving your significant other flowers every Valentine's Day, opt for something a little different. This cute frog Bluetooth speaker is splashproof and easy to mount in the shower, so they can sing along every morning.

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Uncommon Goods

Show your sweetie that you're thinking about their well-being with this unique massage cube. Made with plant-based butters and a sigh-inducing blend of eucalyptus, mint, bergamot, and cedarwood oils, it's a balm for achy muscles and achy spirits. Plus, the corners are perfect for relaxing tough spots.

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Uncommon Goods

Show your favorite puzzler some love with this cheery heart-shaped design. Have fun completing it together, then enjoy the colorful blooms that come to life when it's all done.

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Commemorate a special occasion with a sweet personalized pillow. Printed with water-based pigments on real linen, it's a keepsake you'll both want to snuggle up with.

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Good news: You can get affordable framed photos delivered straight to your door thanks to services like Mixtiles. There’s nothing more special than having someone you love choose to highlight one of their favorite memories you’ve shared with them through a photo.

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If your partner is all about things that make them laugh, surprising them with this not-so-traditional teddy bear may be a good option.

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An accessory like this smartwatch stand is perfect for techy people and as affordable as it is practical. Think of a device they’re always carrying with them, then search a marketplace like Etsy for one-of-a-kind tech extras that they can enjoy.

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Grace Farms Foods

We think the most romantic words you can hear are, "I made coffee." This clever cold brew French press ensures there's a fresh cup available, without the mess of other coffee-brewing methods. The cheerful color is adorable, too.

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It’s always a good idea to surprise someone you love with a gift that they’ll be able to smile at every single day, like this chic phone case.

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Keychains may seem cheesy, but everyone needs at least one, so why not make it a romantic one? This one features the sweet phrase "I love you more" stamped onto a sturdy piece of aluminum.

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Why not give the gift of sustainable hydration? Stojo's popular sports bottles hold up to 20 ounces of liquid and are made of LFGB-certified silicone.

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This gift nails the practical, and if you want to make things a little more romantic you can add a gift card to your partner’s favorite store or restaurant to the wallet for a surprise.

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A personalized Anthropologie mug is a gift that makes just about anyone feel loved. This one features a trés chic Parisian-inspired tile design with a monogram at the center.

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If you and your sweetie are all about seeing the world together, a travel planner can be a thoughtful gift (and inspire some talks about your next trip!)

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Milk Bar

Milk Bar has a cult-like fan following, and this cookie tin is a great way for someone to experience all the different flavors they have to offer.

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Has your partner always talked about keeping all of your favorite memories as a couple in one place — but never had the time to follow through? This gift could give them the jump start they need.

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Plan a game night date night and gift your partner with one of the most popular new card games of the year, Pay the Price. Warning: Your face will hurt from laughing after just one round.

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Plan a romantic date night to look at the stars and gift your partner with this mini planetarium to prove once and for all why you're the greatest pick in the universe.

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My Face Socks

Nothing says romance like socks with your face on them. (Or your kids’ or pets’ faces, too, I guess.)

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If you first bonded over a great bottle of sake or have made Friday night takeout sushi your "thing," then there's no more perfect gift than a pair of engraved chopsticks.

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Perhaps suggest a cozy movie night to go along with this cozy throw blanket?

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Uncommon Goods

For movie lovers, this poster is the gift that literally just keeps on giving. Simply scratch off each title like a lottery ticket to reveal the movie you're set to binge next.

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Stonewall Kitchen

We really don't know of anyone who doesn't like popcorn. This sure-to-please set featured a bottle of kernels, plus some powdered fixins to make them even more delicious.

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Uncommon Goods

To make this gift extra special, pre-load it with some of your favorite travel memories with your partner.

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This spoon is perfect for the one in your life that shows their love literally through the food they cook up.

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Personal photographs usually make the most memorable gifts, and this customized photo fridge magnet is one of our favorites because it's so easy to display, too. Upload any photo of your choosing (vertical or horizontal) and turn it into a memory that you and your loved one can revisit every day.

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You're used to telling them how much you love them, but it's time to make it tangible. They'll be reminded of you every time they slip on these colorful (and super-soft) fuzzy house socks.

Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.