Valentine’s Day is Friday! I know. I can’t believe it either. Bless you, if you are prepared and way ahead of the game. For the rest of us, the way I see it we have options:
- Ignore the day altogether and assume our spouses, kids, grandkids, friends, family, and co-workers, will think we forgot and give us a pass. Not recommended.
- Get thee to the card shop and post office to pick up Valentine’s cards and plenty of postage stamps, then get them in the mail, pronto!
- Make sweet treats in your kitchen befitting the day—still plenty of time for this one.
- Plan a date with your love, even if your wallet is a little thin. Get creative to find reasonable and fun alternatives that require only pocket change—or with any luck, some that are absolutely free. I have a few ideas for you in Great Dates for Couples on a Tight Budget.
- Plan a Fun Family Party. Here are 8 Fun Family Games for Valentine’s Day to get you started.
- Find the perfect little something for those special someones in our lives—there is still plenty of time to do this, too.
Should you be leaning toward option #6, here are 31 great gift ideas that are sure to please but won’t break the bank, divided into three categories. You can click on one to jump to that category or read straight through. Enjoy!
From the original Tokidoki characters, Aurora Valentino unicorn has beautiful and detailed embroidery on her right side. Val also has hearts and a cupid bow embroidered in red and pink. About 7.5 inches and just as adorable as can be.
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His full name is Bearington Lil’ Cutie and the most cuddly Valentine’s day 14-inch stuffed animal imaginable! Makes a perfect I love you or Happy Valentine’s Day gift for boys, girls—kids of all ages.
Girls Glitter Heart Necklace Bracelet Set. This chunky bubblegum bead jewelry pair is both fun and fashionable for young girls not only for Valentine’s Day but all through the year, too.
Reversible Sequins Mermaid 16-in Pillow Cover. This magical color-changing pillow cover is a super fun gift for most kids and younger teens. The soft sequins let you write or draw beautiful text or graphics, which simply reverses the sequins. Note this is for the pillow cover, only. Find an appropriate 16-inch pillow insert to fit this cover, here.
Cutest little Webkinz limited edition stuffed frog ever, with love and kisses all over it. Super cute! Good-sized stuffy for the kids at 7-inches and not overstuffed, which makes it cuddly for kids of all ages.
This plush puppy is super soft and extra soft! At 20-inches long, it’s the perfect size for hugs and cuddles. Puppy has embroidered paw prints and eyes and such a cute sleepy, lazy expression on its face. Absolutely adorable, practical, too.
Love to hear your young readers giggle? Whether they read it themselves or you read it to them, this cute story about Gilbert, a fuzzy-looking woodland creature who comes up with “nice” rhymes for his classmates will bring out the laughter while teaching about kindness and forgiveness.
Hurray! February 14—Valentime’s Day, as June B. calls it—is just around the corner. Junie B. can’t wait to see all the “valentimes” she’ll get. But she never expected a big, mushy mystery! Adorable story.
This 12-inch soft plush sock monkey has “love” on his heart with a heart in the letter “O.” Adorable and quite funny, too.
Kids of all ages love to doodle and draw. Here’s a fun sketchpad that will let them keep their creations together in a safe place. No kid can never have too many sketchbooks!
A classic whistling ea kettle is and will forever be a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift, especially for the tea-sipper who enjoys a good brew. And there is none better in quality and style than Le Creuset. Available in ten colors including red, teal, and matte white, this durable Le Creuset whistling teakettle enamel-on-steel will last for thousands of cups to come.
Full heart, hot coffee to take anywhere. Made from ceramic featuring a snug lid and red handle. Double-wall insulation keeps drinks hot or cold and it is both microwave- and dishwasher-safe. This hearts travel mug is really nice, and what a great (inexpensive) gift.
Super soft, plush with a textured look and feel, this 50 x 60″ decorative throw will become her favorite year-round blanket. The beautiful Home Soft Things Throw gets softer and softer after each wash without fading. Available in a wide range of colors and two sizes at a remarkably reasonable price. Such a lovely gift!
Coffee is a good thing. In fact, for many of us coffee = love. So does this sassy Sonix Coffee Case for iPhone. Available for iPhones only, the transparent phone case is a super cute gift option that unabashedly signals your favorite connoisseur’s caffeine obsession.
Pure .925 sterling silver polished heart pull through hoop earrings are so lovely. Simple, elegant, and sure to be adored by your recipient. Anti0microbial and nickel free, these earrings are ideal for sensitive skin.
This is so slick! Rechargeable Electric Wine Bottle Opener easily removes corks in seconds. Compatible with most wine bottle sizes. Open up to 30 bottles on a single charge. Easy to use—simply place on top of your wine bottle, press a button, and ta-da! your wine is open and ready to serve. Every time I use mine, I am amazed by how easy (fun!) it is. Makes a fabulous gift.
17. Silk Pillowcase
100% pure mulberry silk protects her hair while sleeping and assists in anti-wrinkle and acne care. Hidden zipper and comes in a beautiful gift box. This Colorado Home Co Silk Pillowcase for Skin and Hair is made of high-grade mulberry silk, it is temperature regulating and breathable. A really nice gift.
This super popular style features a 4-sided vertical bar of .925 sterling silver. Made with any name. Includes sterling silver chain and cleaning cloth. Choice of four chain lengths. Choice silver or gold plated silver. Really cool.
19. Forever Pink Rose Valentine’s Day Bouquet (Sorry, this has ended ☹️)
Here it is—every procrastinator’s Valentine’s Day lifesaver! Two dozen long stem roses plus greens in a glass vase guaranteed to be delivered on Feb. 14 (provided you pre-order by Tues., Feb. 11). Even better? Shipping to most addresses in the U.S. is included in the price of $45 plus tax.
This is a Sam’s Club deal (no membership required but if you are not a Sam’s Club member you will need to register as a guest during your check out process, and you will be given the opportunity to become a member, but it is not required) and you know that warehouse clubs are notorious for beating our expectations in both size and quality. This is a gorgeous bouquet.
At 5 x 7 -inches this is the perfect sized journal. High quality textured PU (polyethylene) leather cover with a very subtle embossed heart. Such a pretty pink color, too. Quality 120 lined pages, ribbon bookmark, and an elastic closure. Perfect for your recipient to record her thoughts, memories, and ideas.
This Pandora Knotted Heart 925 Sterling Silver Bracelet is just beautiful—a very special piece. The heart-embellished toggle slips through the largest link to close. Complete for wear without additional charms.
Makes four heart-shaped waffles that come out perfect every time! Has a preheat ready light and non-stick surface. This unique heart waffle maker comes in a choice of two colors. So adorable, really!
A long time ago, deep in the heart of Cajun country, Creole chefs slow cooked cayenne hot sauce made with aged pepper mash, a traditional hot sauce the world has come to call Louisiana-style. This set includes four bottles of different Cajun hot sauces—garlic, jalapeno, habanero and cayenne pepper, each one slow-simmered the old Creole way.
Small and compact, this powerful magnetic stud finder easily fits in a pocket. Magnets allow hands-free use; 2-way level for marking ease. No batteries required. Such a handy tool.
Sure to become any man’s favorite thing ever. Allows for fogless shaving in the shower, no batteries required; no suction cups either. Guaranteed to be fogless for life. No annoying fog-free sprays ever. Easy mounting with removable silicone adhesive and double-sided tape. Amazing, which makes the Fogless Shower Mirror a great man’s gift.
A front pocket minimalist wallet is really hot these days among the hip and cool guys. It’s very thin and compact, designed to fit in a man’s jeans front pocket, making it more secure and comfortable. 100% genuine leather.
Grill set includes chef’s spatula, grill tongs, silicone basting brush, 4 pairs of corn holders, cleaning brush, and extra brush head. Cuisinart Deluxe Stainless-Steel 14-Piece Grill Set includes aluminum storage case—perfect for your on-the-go grill guy! Durable stainless-steel tool construction.
28. Audio Sunglasses
These cool sunglasses, in your choice of two styles, include built-in Bose speakers that produce rich, immersive sound for your Valentine, while others hear practically nothing. Open-ear audio allows him to stay aware of his surroundings while enjoying his music. Integrated microphone for clear calls and access to his phone’s virtual assistant.
Personalized settings, access to future updates, and more available through the Bose Connect app. Bluetooth connectivity for easy pairing. Lenses block up to 99% of UVA/UVB rays. Not cheap, but oh what a great gift!
You know what they say about beards, “They grow on you!” But at some point he’s going to need to do some manscaping otherwise he’ll start looking like a caveman. This all-in-one kit has everything he’ll need to help maintain his scruffy beard.
All products and tools pictured are packed in a luxury metal gift box and include a beard shaping tool, beard shampoo, oil, balm, brush, dual-sided comb, scissors and more. Great gift for your bearded Valentine!
When apocalypse hits and everyone is scavenging for scraps, you can rest easy knowing your loved one was gifted with this 11-in-1 tool kit needed to survive the strange and scary new world. Includes a Cold Steel Military Knife. Amazing kit for the money. Great find for your Valentine.
Add functionality to your keychain by attaching this Victorinox Swiss army pocket knife. This pint-size yet very capable pocket knife boasts a small blade, a nail file, and a pair of sharp scissors. Choose from 31 colors.
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