Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means it’s time for flowers, chocolates, cheesy letters, and gifts. If you and your significant other keep things simple for Valentine’s- more power to you- but it’s safe to say most people use it as an excuse to go to a fancy dinner, buy a new outfit, and pick out a gift in hopes to prove love and affection for the other person. Sometimes, picking out a gift on a budget can be hard! And, if you’re like my boyfriend and I, Valentine’s comes after Christmas, a birthday, and falls right before another birthday, so it can be hard to pick out something I haven’t recently gotten for him. Keep reading for gift ideas under $50 for your boyfriend and/or partner.
- Wallet– while a wallet might seem a little boring at first, you don’t want your Valentine’s gift to be a one time use! A wallet is something he’ll use for a long time and you can even sneak a picture of you two in the photo slot to make it cuter. I personally love the brand Fossil, and you can check out one of their classic wallets here.
- Cologne– not exactly the first thing you think of when you think of the word “budget,” but there are so many places and brands that offer inexpensive cologne. Places like Marshall’s will often sell cologne that’s $80 in a cosmetic store for $25 and sometimes less! In my opinion, you really can’t go wrong with Nautica (it is everything that is good and delicious smelling). The scent also doesn’t just speak to one type or style, which means that chances are you and your guy will love it! Check out Nautica Voyage.
- Key chain– a very viable option if you haven’t been dating long, are young, or if he’s recently gotten a new place or a new car. And, no, I don’t mean one of the key chains from a tourist shop that flashes his name. I mean a sweet, good quality key chain that has both of your names or initials on it and possibly an anniversary d
ate. This is another gift that won’t be forgotten about in three weeks. Not only will it add a little something to his keys, it’ll be a sweet reminder of your relationship. I purchased a key chain last Valentine’s from AshleyLorrenDesigns on Etsy and I was so pleased with the outcome! I’ll try to snatch it off his keys and take a photo, but I was overall very impressed with the quality. With shipping it was around $15.
- Gift Card “Bouquet”– ah, homemade gifts. Some people could argue that they’re insanely cheesy or more trouble than it’s worth, but this one is fool proof and thoughtful. Basically, you pick up a vase from the dollar store (or a large empty and cleaned pasta sauce jar!) and some BBQ sticks or Valentine’s straws, along with singularly wrapped candies (Hershey’s Kisses, M&Ms, etc.) and of course gift cards. This gift is super easy to customize, so get creative! I recommend doing about 3-4 gift cards with more money on them, about ten dollars to keep this gift under $50, and one or two that are only about five, to Starbucks or something. All you have to do is fill the bottom of the vase with the candies, attach the gift cards to the straws, and place them in the case for your “bouquet” to be complete. You could even add a nice ribbon to the vase as well.
- Date Night Jar– this is more or a complimentary gift that you could add on to another gift or make some sweet treats to go along with, but it is worth mentioning nonetheless. This is another fool proof item and is great if you actually use it! All you have to go is get a nice sized jar or glass container, and some scrapbook or colored paper. To be in the spirit, totally go for some heart patterned or pink paper. Then, just take a marker and write a date idea on each piece of paper (cut it however small/large you need to fit each idea) and fold it up and put it in the jar. The ideas should range from at home ideas, like a Netflix marathon, to some more interesting ones, like exploring downtown for a day or taking a cooking class together. Like the previous one, this idea is customizable, so add whatever you want.
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