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.

By Adrienne Farr
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    Cheap Valentine's Day token of love

    A gift of loving affirmation is like a morning cup of coffee: warm and welcome ($15, Etsy.com).

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    Cheap Valentine's Day keys

    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

    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.

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    Cheap Valentine's Day T

    Personalize a T for the love of your life so everyone knows his status (around $14, Etsy.com).

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    Cheap Valentine's Day toy

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


    Cheap Valentine's Day scents

    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.

    Courtesy Bakerella.com

    Cheap Valentine's Day treats

    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

    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

    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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    Your Comments

    • Charlie Casie

      Here is an idea that you both could go in together on. My husband gave me a My Dreamlines wedding dress sketch with his suit. It was amazing and we both loved it.

    • k

      And cant beleive you go near your freinds ex. He is not for you as he would of been and was not lol. Women…. lol

    • Diane @ AJFashionJewellery

      Both for men and women, the best gift would be something they would truly love to have. In men’s case, I would recommend something practical, which will remember him of you. As for women, you should make her feel spoiled and even more loved. A wonderful pair of earrings, a necklace or a bracelet will definitely do the trick.

    • jcfreddy

      Hey im a guy and I agree, hes not the one for you. If hes ur friends ex that will just turn into a wierd triangle, plus idk what the guy will think about u being her friend.
      Plenty of fish in the sea. :) goodluck though.

    • jennalovebird

      i want a boy friend so bad and found the one that was right for me but my friend just broke up with him and he is heart broken. i tried to be there for him but he wont talk to any body. what do i do

      • Rebecca

        If your friend just broke up with him he is not the one for you. You are probably just really wanting a boyfriend and see that he is available so want him. Look elsewhere. You will find someone.

        • Dr Obvious

          Seriously? Get friends and talk to them not internet strangers you moron.

      • Geneviéve Fernandes

        add up girly

      • Boony Marie

        If u want your fren ex then yur not a good fren … Thts rachet. Its plenty fish n the sea. Never want sloppy seconds.

      • k

        This guy used to go out with your friend???? If so you should stay away from him unless you wanna risk loosing freinds

      • carson

        My darling girl,
        Life is not about having a boyfriend. I promise. Take some time to be yourself and you will naturally attract a love. Even if you aren’t popular or whatever, you were made to be perfect for one person and he may be hiding right in front of your eyes, but trying to attract him is scaring it off. If you actually want this boy and he isn’t ready than don’t push it on him it’s possible he isn’t ready yet, but do think of your friend’s feelings too.
        So from a girl, don’t convince yourself that you aren’t whole without a boy. You are beautiful my yourself and when you can embrace that, the right boy will find his way to you.