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45 inexpensive Valentine's Day gifts that are thoughtful

These presents may be inexpensive, but their reactions will be priceless.
Illustration of a woman in bed kissing her daughter for giving her a valentines gift
We rounded up 45 gift ideas that are sweeter than chocolate. TODAY Illustration / Getty
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As Valentine's Day approaches, the pressure to get the perfect present builds. You could always go with classic gifts like red roses and heart-shaped candy, but those options can often feel a little stale.

If you're tired of the same old items — or just looking to switch it up for this holiday — we've found great Valentine's Day gift ideas for every budget! Whether you're looking for presents for her, him or even for the kiddos, these gifts prove you don't have to spend top dollar to show them you care with a thoughtful gift.

Bestselling inexpensive Valentine's gifts

Mophie 7.5W Wireless Charging Pad

You can't go wrong with this bestselling charging pad from Mophie as a practical and affordable gift. It has over 6,000 five-star reviews and works on both Apple and Samsung phones.

Love Connection Personalized Photo Puzzle

Old school puzzles are still popular to this day. This unique Valentine's Day gift can be customized with your favorite image of the two of you!

Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Heart Box

Make Valentine's Day an occasion to get crafty and decorate these heart-shaped boxes together. When they're finished, you can fill them with sweet treats that they can enjoy in the following days.

The Manly Man Jerky Heart

The perfect romantic gift for him might be a little harder to find. We recommend this clever, unique Jerky Heart with ten different flavors of beef jerky. Every partner will find something that they like!

Sur La Table Online Cooking Class

This year you might be searching for an experience gift that doesn't involve leaving the house, and this online cooking class might be the perfect fit. Classes start at just $29 per household and cover a variety of techniques, dishes and flavors you'll enjoy getting to make together.

Avocado Plush with Gummy Heart Box

Your favorite avocado toast lover will squeal over this cuddly duo. To make things even sweeter, the two plushies come with red gummy candies.

Bath Bomb Gift Set

What's better than spending Valentine's Day relaxing in the house? This gift set features a dozen bath bombs that will provide a burst of color in your tub.

Inexpensive Valentine's gifts for her

DIY Heart-Shaped Linzer Cookie Baking Kit

Give baking a try with this easy, pre-portioned kit. It's perfect for Valentine's Day date night, and makes anywhere from 12-16 cookies.

Personalizable M&M Bottle in Romance Gift Box

Looking for a Galentine's Day gift? Look no further than this M&M champagne bottle filled with personalized candy. It's the sweetest way to celebrate!

Soma Banded Bottom Pajama Set

You can never go wrong with comfy pajamas, and this set is one that she can mix and match as the temperatures start to warm up.

Smiles & Sunshine Bouquet

Add some bright pops of color to their home with this eclectic bouquet. Blooming with multi-colored roses and Alstroemeria, this arrangement is sure to warm their heart.

Initial Heart Necklace

Jewelry gifts for Valentine's Day don't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Case in point, this bestselling necklace from Amazon is only $11.

Valentine’s Day Macarons

If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, they'll swoon over these French macarons. Each box includes a dozen handheld delights with flavors like red velvet, chocolate cherry, amaretto cheesecake and strawberry champagne.

Small Packages Valentine's Day Box

If you're thinking of a valentine far away, this simple yet thoughtful box is a gesture to let them know that you're thinking of them. The smallest package includes an incense cone and a personalized handwritten message.

IMESilver Handwriting Bracelet

Whether they have their own favorite mantra or cherished words from a loved one, you can turn their favorite messages into a piece of everyday jewelry. All you'll need to do is choose the color and number of words and send along a handwritten message and the Etsy seller will take care of the rest. Standard Star Gift Pack

This unique gift will be one that lasts more than a lifetime — literally. Star Registration allows you to choose the brightness of the star (to determine where exactly you can view it from), as well as a custom certificate to memorialize the unique gift with. As an add-on, you can even choose a zodiac necklace to go along with it.

Homesick Love Letters Candle

Homesick Candles has plenty of sentimental scents in its Valentine's Day collection, but this "Love Letters" scent boasts notes of rose petals, sandalwood and red plum that she'll want to burn all day long.

FTD "I Heart You" Bamboo Plant

Spread some good fortune this season with this intricate bamboo plant from FTD. Along with being a sweet symbol of your affection, it also makes for a great statement piece for their home office or bedroom.

Scentbird Fragrance Subscription

Perfume is a great gift — but it's all too easy to get it wrong. Scentbird is here to rectify the problem with its subscription service! Each month, your loved one can choose a sample size perfume from more than 400 options.

St. Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe Cookie Game

Challenge them to a few rounds of tic-tac-toe before sinking your teeth into these delicious cookies from Etsy seller My Bakery Club.

Argento Vivo Heart Cuff Bracelet

This pretty cuff is perfect to get for your girlfriends — and you might even want to get yourself a matching one, too!

Grecerelle Loose Open Front Cardigan

This is currently a bestseller on Amazon with a 4.4-star rating. The chunky knit style comes in 25 different colors and customers say it's "like wearing a blanket."

Jack Rogers Wine Bottle

Have a wine lover in your life? This insulated bottle will hold the entirety of their favorite beverage. It's designed to keep drinks cold for hours — whether you fill it with water or wine!

Kate Spade New York Heart Stud Earrings

Show her she has the key to your heart with these chic gold earrings in a trendy mismatched style.

Godiva Chocolatier Classic Gold Box

Ditch the cheap drugstore chocolate and go with this beautiful box from Godiva without breaking the bank. It's filled with 19 pieces of popular flavors like Belgian chocolate hazelnut and coconut fondant.

Madewell x Kitsch Tie-Dye Satin Sleep Kit

If she hasn't made the switch to a satin pillowcase yet, this sleep kit is the perfect find. For the beauty-obsessed Galentine in your life, it's the ultimate low-maintenance hair care and bedtime trio.

Inexpensive Valentine's gifts for kids

Baked by Melissa Love Gift Box

Who doesn't like mini cupcakes? This 25 pack is perfect for your little Valentine, and includes flavors like strawberry, dark chocolate, dulce de leche, fluffy marshmallow, milk chocolate, and triple cookies & cream.

Lego Valentine's Day Bee

Any little one will love getting to construct this adorable bee all on their own. They can build a garden scene with over 140 pieces, including movable wings and flowers.

Mrs. Fields From the Heart Gift Box

Your kids may not be allowed to have sweets before bedtime, but you should make an exception this Valentine's Day with these delicious cookies from Mrs. Fields.

Brilliant Ideas Heart-Shaped Vlogging Ring Light

For the teen that can't stay off of TikTok, this ring light is the perfect Valentine's Day gift. It features 10 modes of brightness, three color temperature options and even a phone holder to make sure each video (or selfie) comes out perfect.

My First Crayola Touch Lights

Take the stress out of arts and crafts with this mess-free doodle board. Your child can draw with the touch of their finger, meaning you'll never have to worry about spilled paint or smeared crayon markings.

Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine Book

This dino's arms may be small, but he has a big heart! Enjoy this festive page-turner with your littlest valentine on Feb. 14.

Hachi's Choice Kids Camera

If your child is constantly taking selfies on your phone, then this is the perfect gift for them. The durable camera adds fun frames and effects to their photos, making it a great choice for the budding photographer in your life!

Primary Pajamas

Looking for the perfect outfit for your infant's first Valentine's Day? Check out the onesie and pajama sets available at Primary! With a huge variety of colors and solid, striped or patterned options, you'll find something for any little love.

2-in-1 LED Light Swords

Help your child’s dream of becoming a Jedi come true with these motion sensor light swords! The light swords can be connected together or split into two, making it perfect for battle.

Inexpensive Valentine's gifts for him

Jack Black Shave Essentials

Made for all skin types, this essentials kit has everything he needs to cleanse and shave while keeping his skin moisturized.

Pottery Barn Grant Leather Watch Box

This classy addition to his dresser won't go under-appreciated. Crafted with pebbled leather and a poly-suede interior, it's a functional piece that's also nice enough to keep on display.

Craft Beer Club Subscription

This Valentine's Day gift will keep on giving! The Craft Beer Club will send 12 or 24 beers per month to his door, and you can select the frequency of shipments to ensure a gift that goes beyond this special day. Each box features four styles of beer from two different breweries in the US, and changes on a monthly basis.

MeUndies MatchMe Pairs

Even if you're not into matching, any man will appreciate a new pair of boxers. MeUndies are known for their super-soft feel thanks to the brand's MicroModal fabric made from all natural materials. You can purchase a matching set for $42 or opt for single styles at varying prices.

Radiate Portable Campfire

Looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with some time outdoors? Use this portable campfire to add some romance to any adventure. Sleek, portable and easy to light and reuse, it has five hours of burn time and uses non-toxic recycled soy wax that reduces soot and embers.

Personalized AirPods Case

If you gifted him AirPods for the holidays but he keeps losing the case, worry no more. This customizable leather AirPod case is available in four different colors and can be engraved with the name or initials of your choice. He'll never misplace them again!

On The Rocks Set

Whiskey on the rocks has never been more literal. This dishwasher-safe set is the perfect gift for your guy if he likes his drinks chilled without all of the melting ice.

Global Hot Sauce Gift Box

If he’s always asking for the “hottest” hot sauce available, this set of five just might do the trick. It features flavor profiles from all around the world, so he is bound to find a new favorite that delivers the ideal amount of heat.

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

If he's always blasting his favorite tunes on his phone, upgrade his sound quality with this sleek bluetooth speaker featuring impressive battery life.

Champion Powerblend Fleece Hoodie

This highly rated Adidas hoodie looks so comfortable you might just steal it for yourself! It's available in white, scarlet and mint.

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