9 Cheap Valentine’s Day Gifts

It's not how much money you spend on Valentine's Day, it's the thought that counts. With these cute gift ideas, no one will accuse you of being cheap—or not caring. For more low-cost ways to say "I love you," don't miss these fun homemade Valentine's Day cards.

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Cheap Valentine's Day token of love

Cheap Valentine's Day token of loveCourtesy Elisa Mardegan
A gift of loving affirmation is like a morning cup of coffee: warm and welcome ($15, Etsy.com).

Cheap Valentine's Day keys

Cheap Valentine's Day keysCourtesy Zazzle.com
A cute and inexpensive way to give the key to your heart—or, house—is with this personalized keychain, which can be customized with your own message or photo (around $4, Zazzle.com).

Cheap Valentine's Day novels

Cheap Valentine's Day novels
Our books editor Dawn Raffel suggests these romantic novels (each under $20): Esmeralda Santiago's epic tour de force Conquistadora; New Yorker humorist Calvin Trillin's funny, sweet, moving tribute to his late wife in About Alice; Ann Patchett's new essay collection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage; or the Romantic Comedy of Manners Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, about the endearing relationship between two lovers of literature by Helen Simonson.

Cheap Valentine's Day T

Cheap Valentine's Day TCourtesy lptshirt
Personalize a T for the love of your life so everyone knows his status (around $14, Etsy.com).

Cheap Valentine's Day toy

Cheap Valentine's Day toyCoutesy CreativeKidStuff.com
The classic cube gets an update with love notes like "Cutie Pie" and "2 sweet" ($6.99, CreativeKidStuff.com).

Cheap Valentine's Day scents

Cheap Valentine's Day scentsiStock/Thinkstock
Nothing says "I love you" more than a DIY gift, especially if you aren't crafty. On the cheap, you can concoct an addictive scent for a bubbly, fun Valentine's Day bath.

Cheap Valentine's Day treats

Cheap Valentine's Day treatsCourtesy Bakerella.com
Kitchen DIY: Get inspired and find step-by-step instructions for these adorable teddy bear cake pops at Bakerella.com.

Cheap Valentine's Day flowers

Cheap Valentine's Day flowersiStock/Thinkstock
Take a bunch of always inexpensive carnations, then use tips from Real Simple to arrange them in a pretty bouquet. Also: 13 Things Your Florist Won't Tell You »

Cheap Valentine's Day message

Cheap Valentine's Day messageiStock/Thinkstock
Write how you feel, wash out a glass bottle, and cork up your note for an amazingly personal, inexpensive Valentine's Day keepsake.

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