Flowers, chocolates and teddy bears, oh my! Those Valentine's Day gift staples are certainly tried-and-true. But sometimes you want to give a gift that has a little more imagination while staying away from the "cheesy" terrain that some overly sentimental Valentine's Day gifts can fall into.
While we won't knock you if you want to go the classic flower or chocolate route (who would?), we have rounded up a number of budget-friendly items that will up the wow factor and help you shake things up this year — without being too corny.
If you're in the market for a unique gift that stays away from being predictable, we have affordable options from fashion to tech to home and everything else your significant other would enjoy this holiday.
We have found 38 options that will pleasantly surprise that special person in your life, and they're all under $100. You might even be tempted to pick up one or more of them for yourself!
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Unique Valentine's Day gifts under $25
Out of Print Sweet Reads Pouch
The perfect pouch for the holiday, gift the reader in your life with this one, decorated with candy hearts that read phrases like "shelfie," "book nerd," "buy me books" and others. Whether they store their book money in here or their various bookmarks, this design also comes in a tote bag, T-shirt and pin.
Raygun Midwest Rivalries Kitchen Towel
If your valentine is from the Midwest, they're sure to understand and appreciate the -isms on this kitchen towel. With battles between which state is better, Midwesterners will get a kick out of this battle of the best towel.
MoMA Pantone Chips Journal
If they made a New Year's resolution to start a gratitude journal — or if they're in need of a new notebook for work — you can't go wrong with this colorful patchwork Pantone one. Extra credit: bundle this with some multicolored gel pens.
Etsy Personalized Song Acrylic Plaque
Whether it's your first dance song, a favorite song of theirs or a track that has significance to the two of you, this personalized plaque is a fun way to memorialize and remember special memories. Finish it off with an accompanying photo — the plaque comes with a stand for easy displaying!
Brass Monkey You Complete Me Puzzle
This sweet sentiment gets a level-up thanks to a mini 100-piece puzzle. Fun '70s-inspired typography makes this frame-worthy once your partner completes it. Add it to the gallery wall!
This Meeting Could Have Been An Email Socks
Be honest: How many meetings do you attend that could have easily been an email instead? Ever since we all started working from home, people have become so Zoom-happy and it can be a bit exhausting. Luckily, these funny socks can read into your soul and provide you a bit of entertainment as you sit through yet another virtual call.
Waffle Cone Ice Cream Pint Sleeve
Does your love eat ice cream, even in the winter? This adorable cozie looks just like a waffle cone and houses a single ice cream pint, allowing them to enjoy your dessert without getting frostbite.
"Married AF" Book
Anyone who's engaged or recently tied the knot will get a kick out of this hilarious book that gives a comedic look at life after you get married. It features funny scenarios/anecdotes and pop culture references, and some sage advice too. At the back of the book, there's also space for friends and family to offer their best marriage advice for the happy couple, so it's something you can treasure forever.
Shower Beer Can Holder and Bluetooth Speaker
Any guy or gal who takes their brews seriously will get a good laugh out of this shower beer can holder and Bluetooth speaker. It has a built-in suction cup that adheres to shower walls, allowing you to taste your beer while you shower or indulge in a bubble bath, and it connects to your Bluetooth device to play your favorite tunes at the same time.
You Are My Superhero Gift
Fans of Marvel and D.C. films will proudly display this awesome trinket in their home or office. The pint-sized container has a tiny superhero and a little message (options include: "I Super Love You" and "You Are My Superhero") inside. You can choose from six superheroes including Captain America, The Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Super Man and Batman.
Unique Valentine's Day gifts under $50
Pickleball Paddle Earrings
If you and your partner got into pickleball this past summer, gift them with these earrings that will leave them longing for warmer weather. Made with gold and sterling silver, these earrings resemble paddles, adding a sporty yet elegant touch to any outfit.
For the gym rat, protein shake-loving valentine in your life, gift them with this bottle that they will love so much, they won't forget it after finishing their reps. Pair it with their favorite protein powder or shake mix to create the perfect gift — and surely one you know they'll get good use out of. "Such a great size," said one reviewer, adding that they "love how versatile it is."
'47 Buffalo Bills Ball Cap
With vintage designs and styles, find the ball cap, crew neck or scarf that they're most likely to wear to sport their love for their favorite team.
Etsy Two State Necklace
If your love story spans two different states, gift them with this dainty necklace that doesn't scream cheesy and instead "incredibly special," according to one reviewer.
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag
Customize this tote bag with an inside joke or your nickname for your valentine and they can take part in doting around this viral bag, that was made famous with the "coastal grandmother" wave this past summer. Made with durable canvas fabric and available in six different colors, this bag will become their new favorite.
Bearaby Knot Pillow
This knotted pillow is sustainably made and stylish to boot. It comes in three sizes, so you can choose depending on what your partner will like the most. The smallest size acts as almost a stress ball, the medium and large are lightly weighted for therapeutic sensory and stress relief. The classic colors are cotton and available year-round, but we also love the velvet limited edition colors. We could all use a little help with stress!
Air & Anchor Love Makes The World Go Round Bracelet
Give your partner a pretty piece of jewelry with the universal symbol of love, the heart. This adjustable bracelet incorporates hearts in a subtle way that makes it suitable for everyday wear.
Best of Magnolia Bakery Sampler Pack
If they've got a sweet tooth this sample pack from NYC's famous Magnolia Bakery will certainly satisfy their cravings. Plus, there are two banana pudding cups (yum!) and two cupcakes so they can share with you if they're feeling generous.
Etsy Personalized Name Necklace
How cool is this?! This Etsy vendor turns names into logos and then hangs it on a necklace. This modern interpretation of the monogram will delight your partner, especially if they fall in the artsy camp.
Heated Neck Wrap
If you're shopping for someone who loves the soothing effects of weighted blankets, Ostrichpillow's innovative release will make their day. The heatable/freezable neck wrap relaxes tight, sore shoulders and is a total breeze to use. Simply toss it in the microwave for a minute or leave it in the freezer for a while then drape it over your shoulders and wait for the hot/cold therapy to offer relief.
Lash Star Heated Eyelash Curler
If you are getting a gift for a beauty maven, this heated eyelash curler helps achieve runway-worthy lift and curl for larger-than-life lashes. The small device works equally well on natural and false lashes and extensions, and provides gentle heat to give hairs that va-va-voom volume. It also conveniently charges with a USB port.
Boomer 8 Dog Bowl
Consider this the last dog bowl you'll ever need to buy. Perfect for pet parents who treat their furry friends like their children, this durable stainless steel bowl can hold eight cups of water and treats. It's easy to clean, rust-resistant and dishwasher-friendly! Plus, you can customize it with their pet's name.
Unique Valentine's Day gifts under $75
Printworks You Are The Sunshine Photo Album
What looks like a pretty coffee table book is actually concealing a photo album inside — so it's fit to be displayed. Add some photos of you and your S.O. and they can keep adding to it throughout the years!
Custom Map Coasters
Have a special city or neighborhood that means a lot to the two of you? These custom coasters are a sweet way to remember that special spot every time you set your drink down. We love that these are artistic interpretations of maps so they look almost vintage!
Momofuku Noodle Variety Pack
This variety pack includes 30 servings of Momofuku's dried noodles, for the foodie partner that craves Momofuku's Soy & Scallion, Spicy Soy or Tingly Chili dried noodles. Their website also has tons of recipes that incorporate these, so bonus points for cooking a cozy V-day meal together.
Long Distance Touch Bracelet
These cool bracelets are a great way to stay connected to your partner if you're doing the long-distance thing or are just often traveling for work. When one of you is thinking about the other, you just tap the bracelet and theirs will light up and vibrate.
Sweet Succulent Heart Garden
Roses are great, but if you want something that'll last longer than a week, this sweet succulent garden is a worthy contender. It's housed in a heart shaped planter and comes in four sizes, including two with a plaque that reads "All things grow with love." If you treat it right, it'll last you for quite some time!
The Classic Box
Subscription boxes are always a fun gift because you never know if the recipient might just find their new favorite product. This box is perfect for champagne connoisseurs and comes with three bottles - two classic flavors and one novel find. It also comes with a glass so they can dive right in without wasting any time digging one out.
Hey Dewy Wireless Facial Humidifier
Anyone who's obsessed with skin care will freak out when they unwrap Hey Dewy's mini humidifier. In the doldrums of winter, our skin tends to get tight and dry, and it drives us insane. But this wireless wonder hydrates skin so it stays supple and maintains its natural glow. The rechargeable device has an eight-hour battery and can be taken wherever you go — the office, the car, on vacation etc.
Unique Valentine's Day gifts under $100
Fandango Gift Card
Take date night from the couch to the movies with this gift card that you and your valentine can use to see the biggest movies or your favorite classics.
Frieling French Press
If your partner is a caffeine lover, they'll fall in love with this double-walled French press that's suitable for coffee or loose-leaf tea. Plus, these Food52-exclusive array of hues will add a little color to their kitchen — and they're pretty enough to be left out on the counter.
Annie Selke Bubble Stripe Fleece Robe
This ultra-plush robe will make getting out of bed on cold mornings much easier. Well, at least a bit more bearable. We love this soft Slipper Pink color for Valentine's Day but they other two colors are pretty, too, if pink isn't your partner's favorite color.
BaubleBar 3D Check Personalized Blanket
This isn't your regular monogrammed throw — this trendy checkered blanket is cozy, cute and hits that Valentine's Day note thanks to a cheery pink and red print. And for under $100, it's very nice quality.
Drowsy Sleep Mask
This sleep mask is made of 100 percent mulberry silk and is a truly luxe gift for the person who's a sensitive sleeper. "I wear this mask every single night," says commerce writer Hannah Baker. "It's wide so it blocks light and helps to dampen noises. Plus it's super soft and cushioned—I have a hard time sleeping if I forget to wear it!"
Women's Torrent Chelsea Rain Boot
We love a practical gift that you wouldn't expect to receive, and this chic pair of mini rain boots from Sperry certainly fits the bill. The sleek style has an ultra-warm micro-fleece lining and a comfy platform that makes it easy to trudge through snow, sleet and rain. The boots can also be dressed up or down, making them perfect for winter's unpredictable weather.
Salt & Straw Pints Club: Seasonal Flavors
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream delivered right to our doorstep! With Salt & Straw's Pints Club Seasonal Flavors subscription, the recipient will get five seasonal pints a month to try a variety of flavors that are perfect for the season.
Sun Basket Gift Card
Meal kit services are one of our go-to gift options because they're perfect for the busy guy or gal and take the guesswork out of the question, "What's for dinner?" Sun Basket offers everything from Fresh & Ready "heat and eat" meals to Classic Meal Kits and the service has something for every appetite and diet. You can also get delicious breakfast, lunch and snack options!
Apple Homepod Mini
Similar to Alexa-enabled devices, the Apple HomePod mini is compatible with Siri and helps you complete simple everyday tasks without ever lifting a finger. It can control your smart home and acts as a topnotch speaker (you can also pair it with a few mini speakers for more intense sound). The best part? The brand says it's designed to keep your data private.
Hungryroot Gift Card
Some weeks we can barely find the time to go to the grocery store, and when we do have a little extra time on our hands, fighting the crowds is the last thing we want to do. That's where Hungryoot comes in handy. The grocery delivery service offers healthy foods and quick and easy recipes you can work into your busy schedule. Hungryroot bases its recommendations off a personalized quiz you take and you can always edit the delivery if you want something specific.