Ideas for Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $30

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Unlike birthdays and Christmases when you may ask for something you really need, such as a kitchen appliance or something for the house, Valentine’s Day is a time to receive something you really, really want. And if you and your loved one have already cemented the tradition of exchanging gifts, you may be running out of ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts. Never fear, this short list of ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts will help you pick something everyone will love.

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her

Contrary to popular belief, women are not that hard to shop for. If you’ve chosen the right woman, most likely she’s like every other woman and will most likely appreciate a sentimental and thoughtful gift rather than some extravagant piece of jewelry. Don’t get me wrong–all women love jewelry and you can never go wrong with that. But don’t think that just because you can’t afford it, that you’re doomed. Here are some great ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for her under $30:

Flowers, Card and a Baked Good. If you’re taking her out for Valentine’s Day, it’s safe to say that you can easily get by with flowers, a card and a baked good of some sort. The key to making this gift stand out though and not make it seem like you were being cheap is by putting some thought behind it. The flowers should be her favorite kind. Is she a roses all the way kinda girl? Pink stargazer lilies? Tulips? A large bouquet of flowers can be purchased at Costco for $10. Don’t have a membership? Snag some flowers at your local Trader Jo’s. The card should have a heartfelt message inside, not just a simple one-liner of “Happy Valentine’s Day.” You should personally write about how you really feel about her. The mushier, the better.Β  And the baked good? Homemade is best, it means you put some thought into it, but a bakery bought good is just as good if you get something that at least looks fancy.

Be cheesy. The cheesier the better, and all it involves is some creativity. Does she hold the key to your heart? Buy an antique skeleton key that represents the “key to your heart”. Better yet, create an interactive gift experience that involves a treasure hunt. Leave clues in certain special places that mean something to the both of you. When she solves the treasure hunt, your gift will be waiting there. She’ll be so impressed with the treasure hunt, she won’t really care what you got her.

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

While women love creativity and sentimentality, men are much easier to please as they don’t hold very high expectations. Don’t let that be a deterrent from still being heartfelt; while they won’t admit it, men also love to be loved. Here are some great ideas for Valentine’s Day Gifts for him.

Cook his favorite dinner. Everyone knows it’s true: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and what better way to show him how much you love him than by cooking his favorite meal? It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser for any guy.

Lingerie. Hear me out on this one. You give him the lingerie with a note that promises that’s what you’ll be wearing later. I can’t imagine any man would argue with that. Check out TJ Maxx for great pieces of lingerie for a fraction of the normal cost.

Alcohol. Does your man love his scotch or whiskey? Grab him a small bottle of his favorite alcohol for those stressed out nights when all he really wants is a drink.