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15 of the Best Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $50

Elaine Selna
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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and many couples will be giving each other elaborate gifts like flowers, chocolates, and more. But if you’re looking to give your partner a thoughtful, romantic present that doesn’t break your budget, we’re here to help. Below we’ve rounded up 15 great Valentine's Day gifts under $50 for you to give your significant other this year.

1. Love Lingual; $25


Turn your next date night into a game night with Love Lingual, a card game that will get you and your partner talking about topics you’ve probably never discussed before. Inside the box, there are five categories—couple, family, past and present, sex and intimacy, and individual—containing 150 conversation starters overall like, “How have you changed since we were first together?” Start engaging in new, meaningful conversations, whether you’re just starting a relationship or have been together for decades.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Aglaonema Wishes; $38

The Sill

Whether your significant other was born with a green thumb or is an aspiring plant parent, this Aglaonema Wishes plant will be sure to bring vibrancy to any garden. The plant is said to bring luck and fortune to the grower, and the lovely dotted pink pattern on the leaves adds a romantic touch to this present.

Buy it: The Sill

3. Personalized Ticket To Love Box; $40

Sandrine Froehle/Uncommon Goods

Treat your partner to a personalized wooden box filled with “tickets” highlighting activities you’ll do with or for them like an “Off the Grid Day” or “A Great Adventure.” Created by Oregon artist Sandrine Froehle, each token looks like a movie ticket and has an inscription detailing what the voucher will give the user in return.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

4. Make Your Own Fortune Cookies Kit; $30

Carley Sheehy/Uncommon Goods

Couples that enjoy desserts and DIY craft projects will be thrilled with this Make Your Own Fortune Cookies kit, which comes with the materials to make four dozen batches of these tiny prophetic treats. Inside the kit, you’ll find easy-to-follow instructions, ingredients, a baking mat, 60 pre-written fortunes, and an edible ink pen so you can decorate your desserts or write new fortunes.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

5. Star Wars Yoda One For Me T-Shirt; $23

Star Wars/Amazon

Melt your partner’s heart with an adorably sweet Star Wars T-shirt that would even make Chewbacca blush. What better way to tell someone they’re your valentine than with a cute shirt featuring a cartoon Master Yoda surrounded by hearts, along with the pun “Yoda one for me.”

Buy it: Amazon

6. 100 Dates Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster; $21

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Whether you’re looking to liven up your date nights with new ideas or enjoy a challenge, this 100 Dates Bucket List scratch-off poster is bound to get some couples inspired. This poster features a wide variety of date ideas ranging from going out to brunch and visiting an aquarium to renting a pet and being a tourist for a day.

Buy it: Amazon

7. LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set; $27


Those who love to take baths will be happy to receive this bath bomb gift set for Valentine’s Day. The 12 handcrafted bath bombs are made from natural ingredients and include inviting scents like lemongrass green tea, mango papaya, and black raspberry vanilla.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake Truffle Dozen Box; $29

Milk Bar

Skip the traditional box of chocolates and gift your loved one a dozen decadent red velvet cheesecake cake truffles instead. From the famous New York City bakery Milk Bar comes these cake truffles that, when delivered, will be too irresistible to stop eating. The inside is filled with chocolate cake, chocolate chips, red velvet crumbs, and cream cheese encased in a chocolate shell.

Buy it: Milk Bar

9. Homesick Love Letters Candle; $34


Remind your significant other of the sweet memories you have together with this Love Letters candle from Homesick. The 13.75-ounce soy candle blends the floral aromas of rose petals, jasmine, and peony, then contrasts with a juicy hint of lemon and red plum. It tops it off with woody notes of sandalwood, creating the perfect alchemy for romance.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Lovepop The Office We Go Together Like Jim and Pam Pop-Up Card; $15


When NBC’s sitcom The Office was still airing on television, Jim and Pam were the show's it-couple. Though they took many seasons to finally end up together, there were some cute moments along the way that brought them together. One such moment was when Jim tried to gift Pam a green teapot filled with mementos, and now Lovepop has immortalized this moment as a pop-up Valentine’s Day card that any fan would be giddy to receive (and not trade away for an iPod).

Buy it: Amazon

11. Le Creuset Petite Heart Cocotte; $28

Le Creuset/Sur La Table

Le Creuset enameled cast-iron pans are some of the most coveted kitchen items anyone could wish to own. So this Valentine’s Day, consider gifting your significant other one of the brand’s petite 8-ounce cocottes with a heart print around the outside. This item is perfect for making individual meals like a classic French onion soup or desserts like crème brûlée.

Buy it: Sur La Table

12. Your Personalized Star Map; From $20


Chart your journey with your partner using the stars as your guide with this personalized map that shows what the night sky looked like at any moment you desire. First, choose what time and date means the most to you as a couple, whether it’s when you met, got engaged, married, or something else. Then you can customize the background and dedication, so the map is ready for your loved one.

Buy it: CanvasDiscount

13. Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club; $50 for one month

Shaker & Spoon/Cratejoy

Learn something new together as a couple with Shaker & Spoon’s cocktail club. Choose to receive one to 12 months of boxes, which include three unique drink recipes designed by bartenders. Each kit also comes with ingredients to make four of each drink, except the alcohol, so even those who don’t drink can partake.

Buy it: Cratejoy

14. Mirror Heart Wind Spinner; $30

Uncommon Goods

Show your loved one that you cherish them with the ultimate symbol of adoration, a heart. This mirror heart wind spinner is an excellent addition to any backyard or balcony that will catch many eyes when a breeze comes by and it starts to twirl. It’s made of mirror-finish stainless steel, which means when the sun is out, it will shine bright.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

15. Heart-Shaped Tea Bags; $34

Jacqueline Aliotti/Uncommon Goods

Pamper the tea lover in your life with this box of sweetly designed heart-shaped tea bags. Made by French artisan Jacqueline Aliotti, who grew up surrounded by tea, each box comes with 15 tea bags with an equal amount of Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and White Berry tea bags to enjoy with your loved one.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

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