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Published: Feb 11, 2015 4 min read
'I Love You' Ceramic Trinket Dish, available at Nordstrom
'I Love You' Ceramic Trinket Dish, available at Nordstrom

On a recent Money Match game show episode, couples said they estimate spending anywhere from $100 to $500 on Valentine’s Day gifts. And, wives tended to guess more than their husbands. (No pressure, fellas).

For those of us whose budgets fall more in the two-figure range, consider these seven special gift ideas, all for $25 or less.

Some of these items are available online only, but if you act now there’s a good chance you can still get your gift in the mail before Saturday.

On the cutesy side…

For her: Either the I Love You Ceramic Trinket Dish from Nordstrom ($8) shown above or the I Like You oval tray from Fishs Eddy ($25) is sure to put a smile on your beloved’s face. I speak from experience: My husband actually got the latter for me for Christmas. It’s a lovely decorative place to rest a necklace, small knick-knacks or treats.

For him: Sticking with the V-day theme, how about heart-printed boxers from J.Crew ($15) or Gap ($13)? They’re cute and flirty, but also practical.

Gap Geo Heart Boxers
Gap

For the sweet-toothed…

More than half of consumers plan to buy candy for their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day – more than any other type of present. If you want to go for that box of chocolates, consider skipping the Russell Stover variety from CVS and, instead, splurging on a more luxurious treat. Fancy british chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker sells an adorable Milk Chocolate Handbag and Heels ($15) box in which the chocolates are in the shape of shoes!

For gifts that pamper…

For him: Give the gift of the perfect shave. The starter kit from the Art of Shaving ($25) features pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm and a trial size badger shaving brush.

Unscented Starter Kit
The Art of Shaving

For her: You can gift wrap the spa feel with a cozy bathrobe. This one is only $18 at Amazon and comes in a number of attractive colors. (My personal fave is dark pink.) Pair it with a shower and moisture set from The Body Shop, on sale currently for just $5. Or simply give her some aromatherapy with the grapefruit-rose scented Voluspa Pink Citron candle from Nordstrom ($16).

Maison Blanc Pink Citron 2

And, finally, an alternative to overpriced roses….

Opt for a single orchid. It won’t be expected and is no less a symbol of love and strength. Plus, it should last longer and be a constant reminder of the fact that you didn’t forget Valentine’s Day! Purchased online they tend to be on the pricier side. I suggest buying at a local Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, where they can be found for less than $25.

 

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