We know: Shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts can be tricky. Whether you’re dating someone new or you’ve been with your partner for years, finding something that’s equal parts useful, personal, and unregiftable — and that won’t break the bank — can be a tall order. So we rounded up some perfect crowd-pleasing gifts under $50 to add to your cart. Because showing your person how much you cherish them shouldn’t be stressful. Or…cost a million bucks. Xoxo.
Check out the rest of our V-Day gifts ideas here. We’ve got recs for practical presents, sentimental gifts that’ll make ’em say ‘aw’, items to upgrade your sex life, gifts for your Galentines, and more.
Use it to heat last night’s ’za, cook a frozen pie, or to make some fresh dough straight from your kitchen. The heavy-duty cordierite stone can be used to bake bread, cookies, you name it. It’s heat resistant up to 1,450°F and helps evenly distribute that warmth for cooking. The invisible micro-pores will eliminate excess moisture from your dough (so it won’t get soggy) and will help create that super crisp crust we all love. Bon appétit. ($33.99, Amazon)
Because it’s brutal out there. So why not add this cooling body lotion to your S.O.’s relaxation regime? It’s vegan and loaded with a bit of broad-spectrum hemp-derived CBD, and has notes of sage, mint, and green citrus. All your giftee will have to do is massage one or two pumps of the cream into their skin, let it absorb, and reap those wonderful cooling benefits. Ahhh. ($40, Lord Jones)
Aka the perfect gift for your sweet-toothed partner. With these trays all they’ll have to do is fill the containers in with their fave dough, put the lid on, and freeze them for later. They’ll get perfectly shaped, ready-to-bake beauties that they can pop in the oven whenever they want. Whether it’s one by one every night for dessert, or the entire batch at once for ease, it’s up to them. Plus, the kits are multiuse — so when not holding cookie dough, they can be used for freezing broth, baby food, herbs, or anything else. Psst: It’s dishwasher-safe and stackable too. ($36/2 pack, Food52)
So they can play their fave songs over and over again. This vintage-inspired portable turntable spins vinyl records without fuss. It even has a built-in headphone jack for solo listening and is Bluetooth-compatible too. Time to jam out. ($53.88, Amazon)
Yeah sex and presys are great…but have you ever received the most truly relatable card? This one will shows them juuuuuust how much you love ’em. Write your heart out and they can look back in a few years and smile. Happiness guaranteed. ($5.95, Always Fits)
Because let’s be real, we all know the best part of Lucky Charms were those sugary little ’mallows. This giant reusable jar is filled with them — 2.5 pounds to be exact. They’re great for topping sweet treats and hot chocolate, or, if you’re like us, eaten straight out of the jar on their own. Truly the gift that keeps on giving. ($19.99, Amazon)
Light it up, blow it out, and then massage the melted oil onto your skin for peaceful vibes. With warming notes of amber, cedar leaf, lemongrass, and medjool dates, this one’s formulated with jojoba and soybean oils that’ll soften your skin. It’s hand poured and cruelty-free, and due to the low melting point of the natural oils, you won’t have to wait long after burning before pouring it on your skin. Get lit. ($18+, Maude)
Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles straight from your kitchen? Yes, please. You’ll get everything you need (besides cream) to make 36 perfect lil’ guys to eat for dessert. And if you eat them all before dinner even starts…no one will know. That’s the magic of baking from home while rocking your ugliest sweats. Happy chocolatiering. ($38, Uncommon Goods)
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It’s 5 pm somewhere, right? With this kit, you’ll get a decanter, wooden tray, and funnel. All they’ll have to do is fill up one of the globes with whiskey and the other with water. So when your giftee is ready to imbibe, they can add a few drops of H20 to their drink to help wake it up and enhance all those subtleties. Plus it can help dilute stronger mixes too. Cheers. ($28, Uncommon Goods)
Come one, come all — your giftee will get lil’ pillows of heaven from the famous Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits in Charleston. The basket will arrive with a container of pimento cheese, six buttermilk biscuits, six cinnamon biscuits, and six cheese and chive biscuits. All you’ll have to do is set the table and dig in. ($38, Goldbelly)
For those times. Your giftee will just need to drop a few glittery tablets in the bowl once they’re done and the oils will create a fizzy fragrant reaction that’ll keep odor to a minimum. They’re nontoxic, biodegradable, and septic-safe. And will even help keep their toilet cleaner, thanks to the baking soda and citric acid in it. Sometimes it’s the practical, funny gifts that make the best ones. Trust. ($15, Uncommon Goods)
From the cult-fave brand Fly by Jing, these sauces are *chef’s kiss.* They’ll get a Zhong sauce (think: sweet, tangy, spicy, and umami-rich), a Mala spice mix (herby, spicy, and crafted in Chengdu), and their famous Sichuan chili crisp (hot, savory, crispy, and insanely delicious). They’ll be licking their fingers and oh-so glad you took their sauce game up about 20 notches. ($42, Fly by Jing)
Skimm HQr’s love — and we mean love — this famous Laneige lip mask. Tell your S.O. to put it on right before bed and they’ll wake up with smooth, supple lips in the AM. It’s as simple as that. Plus, they can wear it during the day too for a glossy, healthy look. Their obsession will be real — and you’re gonna want one for yourself, too — promise. ($22, Amazon)
For the ones who could use a few more minutes in bed each morning. This genius tool will save them some much-wanted time. It can chill coffee in 60 seconds and also works on other drinks like alcohol, juice, and tea. All they’ve got to do is pop the cooler in the freezer overnight and then in the AM they can pour their fresh morning joe in the container. Boom — instantly cold. ($24.99, Amazon)
A custom valentine made with love > everything. This one comes pre-formatted with blank pages for your lil’ one to fill in with whatever’s in their imagination. They can create their story and illustrate it all the way through. Once they’re done they can slip it in the mail (it comes with a pre-paid envelope), and in return they’ll get a professionally bound copy of their comic book pages. Plus, there’s even an “About the Author” page for them to fill out to make it all the more real. Because their possibilities and your love for them go to infinity and beyond. ($30, Uncommon Goods)
And stay asleep. This lightweight, adjustable mask will help your person find absolute darkness whenever and wherever they want. Think of it as their own personal black-out curtain. It’ll contour to their face and eyelids thanks to the molded curved cups and will provide rub-free comfort. Plus it shouldn’t smudge any makeup or compress their eyelashes while using it. Sweet dreams, love. ($14.95, Amazon)
Maybe he’s obsessed with his grooming game, or maybe you wanna send a message with your gift. Either way, this one does the trick. The kit comes with a beard straightener, heat protection spray, beard soap, unscented beard balm, and a detangle comb. The natural orange walnut soap is designed to neutralize bad smells and will condition his beard with shea butter and coconut oil. Plus it provides a deep clean and exfoliation thanks to the walnut granules. It’s a yes from us. ($46.99, Amazon)
Because decision fatigue and bickering about what to eat for dinner is real. These handmade bamboo dice to the rescue. Each side is laser engraved with a different takeout option. All they’ll have to do is roll the dice and get ordering based on their selects. There are options for dim sum, Indian, Caribbean…the list goes on. You can even customize them to add in some personal faves. Get rolling. ($26.63+, Etsy)
Complete the task. Get a sweet reward. Repeat. Each card features a kind gesture (like getting groceries or cooking dinner) that your partner will appreciate. And in the long run, the game will help you and your S.O. get into the groove of everyday life. Hashtag winning. ($15, Uncommon Goods)
Because everyone appreciates a new pair of socks. This four-pack will brighten up your guy’s drawer (and their day) — whether they’re a foodie or just love a good taco Tuesday now and then. You can also choose from other themed designs, like animals and sports. Sock yeah. ($14.99/4 pack, Amazon)
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Skimm'd by Lindsay Schneider, Emmy Favilla
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