We know, we know: “Valentine’s Day was invented by Hallmark to sell cards!!” But this year, take a breath, log off Twitter, and accept the fact that Valentine’s Day is happening whether you like it or not—so you might as well embrace it. Now, if you’re griping because it feels like you just spent your entire life savings on gifts for the holidays, and now it seems like you’ve got to drop another rent check on a gift for your SO on a made-up holiday, chill! There are plenty of Valentine's Day presents to be found for under a Benjamin that are… thoughtful! Cute! Sexy! Significantly more romantic than the 1998 motion picture You've Got Mail!!
The key to a great Valentine's Day gift idea is that it's gotta be something that shows you care; something that shows you tried; something that shows you’ve been paying attention as your special someone talks you through the finer points of this season of Love Island. You need a gift that says, "I love you even with that, um, adventurous new haircut," and “Yes, dear, I don’t think homebrewing is nerdy at all, and I fully support you putting a five-cubic-foot chest freezer in the middle of our railroad apartment.” And, while a gift like that may seem like a tall order, we’ve got a lil’ secret for you. You can get a perfect V-Day gift for under $100, no matter what kind of boo is the lucky recipient, or whether you've been dating them for two hours or two decades.
From unique bouquets of flowers (and Garfields) to puffy slippers, non-alcoholic aperitifs, and milk frothers, these awesome and affordable Valentine’s Day presents are just what the love doctor ordered.
His + hers puffer slippers
What, did you expect us to let you and your boo walk to the corner store in regular shoes? Who's got time for laces? It’s cold outside, and y’all deserve a veritable puffer jacket for those sweet piggy toes. For him, these Hunter house slippers with a clever fold-down heel, which happy buyers call "awesome" and "the most comfortable slippers I have ever bought" in five-star reviews:
And for her, these faux fur-lined, cushy Sorel slippies have tons of support, a high-grip rubber sole so you won’t wipe out, and a nylon top to keep feet toasty and dry.
If you identify with Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox's torrid love…
… you may know that MGK proposed to his dream girl with a ring adorned with thorns. (Also, please keep it to yourselves, our timelines can only handle so much.) But between you and your eternal love, love doesn't have to be so painful, though it can still be a little… edgy. The sterling-silver Barb Wire Ring from The Silver Stone is a unisex piece of jewelry that feels decidedly un-cheesy, and nothing like a generic heart necklace from Pandora.
Sweet dreams are made of this (literally)
Who knows what your lover sees when they close their eyes? Well, give them Lunya's washable silk weighted sleep mask, and it very well may be something straight of a Fabio-fronted romance novel. Also a great gift for a partner who always complains that your curtains aren't adequately blackout.
Give your SO a breather
When it comes to giving men undies, why not go with the tried-and-true best? Calvin Klein classic trunks in addition to being eternally 90s-sexy, are made with breathable, ultra-soft cotton that will caress and nurture your SO’s junk—even when you’re not there to do so—or just refresh his supply if his boxers are looking a little ratty.
So they can get high on their own supply
Is there anything more Valentine-y than a bath with your SO? Negatory—unless you pop some Lord Jones CBD bath salts into there. The botanicals and minerals in this blend include arnica and calendula flowers, along with Epsom and Himalayan pink salts, all infused with 240 milligrams of potent CBD. Even those who don't like to smoke will appreciate this soak.
Or, if you want to skip the bath and get right to the V-Day ~vibes~, opt for a squirt of Standard Dose’s CBD tincture, which one of our editors takes on the reg (and loves). “Standard Dose is the first retailer I’ve visited that made me feel like I found my people,” she writes. “After about 15 minutes, it just felt like someone took away the gongs from the anxiety monkeys in my brain.”
Make every day a spa day
Everyone says they know how to bottle California, but the wellness brand Bathing Culture actually comes pretty damn close to recreating that feeling of throwing your head back in a misty, Bay Area redwood forest while your BFF rips a bong. There are no weird preservative chemicals and coloring in their herbaceous, biodegradable soaps and bath soaks, and their hydrosol spray is blended with dawn-harvested Moroccan neroli and rose flowers. Separately, all of these goodies would cost you $110, but this Get Wet Starter Set bundle brings ‘em to you for $94. Swooooon.
A sober night in that's still sexy
Looking to have a booze-free V-Day? Let us introduce you to Ghia, the earthy, refreshing, non-alcoholic aperitif that we can’t stop sipping, mixing, and talking our friends’ ears off about. One of our editors really loves this stuff, writing that “If you frequent cocktail bars and enjoy anything in the Campari-fernet family, Ghia may very well be the non-alcoholic aperitif for you.”
Tip those nips
Do rhinestone nipple covers make a splendid V-Day gift? Yes. A thousand times, yes. Now that your eyes have feasted upon these Collina Strada beauties, and your mind has imagined what they’d look like on your beauty, Valentine’s Day will never be complete without them. Stop, drop, cop.
These gorgeous glasses are crafted by Jorge Elias Martinez in Tonala, Mexico, from recycled glass that's then melted down and hand-blown by artisans into their new form. Sturdier and larger than typical bubbly glasses, they also stand apart for being a pretty blue. Gifting your SO a set of these is a perfect excuse to a) drink more Champagne, and b) feel even better while guzzling.
… and a three-bottle rosé subscription
We’re not barbarians—of course we're not sending you to V-Day date night without a quarter-case of rosé! But, why stop on Valentine’s Day when you could set your honey up with three bottles of delicious, natural wine each month with the gift of a subscription to Dry Farm Wines? (And, they’ll need someone to share the wine with, which will likely be you, Devon—if you’re lucky.)
If they drink booze in the shower
Ahhhhhhhh. Nothing like sipping an ice cold brewskie/La Croix/natural wine while sudsing our worries away. Mom always told us that drinking in the shower was reckless, but that was before the invention of this all-drink-holder apparatus. Give this to your lover with their favorite libation, and they’ll know you not only love them, you get them.
For your heart-shaped box, as it were
Turn V-Day to A-Day with this ass-happy pleasure kit, aptly called “Booty Nights.” It comes from Unbound Babes, one of our favorite new sex toy slingers, and contains Shimmy, a medium-size vibrating butt plug that allows for hands-free anal stimulation; Gem, a sleek, curved, dual-ended glass dildo that one of our editors swears by; and Jelly, a lovely water-based lube perfect for use with most toys or condoms. Enjoy, lovebirds.
Another top V-day gift for expanding your sex toy arsenal: Lovehoney’s Wild Weekend Mega Couple's Sex Toy Kit. It comes with vibrators, anal toys, cock rings, anal beads, a slimline butt plug, a textured masturbator, and jiggle balls—which means you won’t have to get into a debate over what to have for V-Day dinner, since you’ll be too busy getting busy.
Say “I love you” to your SO and our National Parks
Loving our National Parks is a year-round activity, of course, but if your SO is an outdoorsy type, they’ll love the double-whammy of a gift that a) rocks, and b) supports the Parks Project, an organization that has donated almost $1.5 million to help preserve parklands, and focuses on education, advocacy, and volunteerism to protect and preserve the land for generations to come. Perhaps your lover would look dashing in an olive “Escape to Nature” sweatshirt? Or maybe they’re more of a crew neck person—if so, the “Tree Hugger” is cute, and the heart logo is on-theme for V-Day.
Did you give them clothes last year, but still want to get something that reminds them of their favorite National Park? This Personalized National Park Topography Tray will fit perfectly on your Valentine’s upcycled coffee table, and you can make it truly personal by adding your SO’s name, date, and even a star on their favorite landmark.
For the plant parent you love
The gift of life? There’s no beating that on V-Day. This elegant white orchid from The Sill is more than an aesthetically pleasing present—it’s a symbol. A metaphor for the life you and your special someone will nurture and grow together. (You also only have to water it every one or two weeks, so, you know, not that big of a commitment.)
The key to your heart
Not quite ready to hand over the keys to the apartment? No sweat. The fine Brooklyn jewlers at Catbird have made a delicate, engraveable key charm that will help show your boo that you love them, and help you run away from commitment.
Electric blankets are legit amazing
They aren’t just something for your aunt who collects the syrups from IHOP to keep in her basement. They’re also a great V-Day gift for your lovable, discerning, Always Cold Person who wants to come home, plug in, and tune out on the couch with a blanket that feels like a cashmere-wrapped sun. One of our editors tested a Sunbeam Electric Blanket, and said the brand’s electric sherpa throws are one of her winter staples because “they’re affordable, they turn off automatically so you don’t have to worry about burning down your apartment, and they make your winter wind-down routine so much more relaxing.”
For the partner who loves their pet more than they love you (which is fine)
Look, there's a reason why dogs are man/woman/person's best friend; they love unconditionally, they're fiercely loyal, and they don't talk. We get it, and we know there's no better way to a person's heart than through incessantly complimenting their pet—which is why a custom sweatshirt emblazoned with an embroidered image of their furry homie is always an A+ gift choice.
A super-sharp chef's knife
If there's one thing every home cook needs, it's a super-sharp, all-purpose knife for making easy, precise cuts, slices, and chops. The MUNCHIES team loves Misen's minimalist-cool, always-precise chef's knife, and there's something both practical and slightly psychosexual-hot about giving your partner a knife as a gift.
For the serious fro-yo heads
If you've never dated someone with an extreme ice cream addiction, well, then, I guess you've never dated me. And while constantly hitting the scoop shop can be fun, making your own ice cream and frozen yogurt isn't only DIY-money-saving, it's also a real cute couples' activity. Cuisinart's 1.5-quart ice cream maker has almost 17,000 five-star reviews, with happy buyers praising its user-friendliness, smart features, and ability to churn out perfect stuff every time.
The Michelin-starred tasting menu of truffles
There's a generic box of cheap milk chocolate that you clearly picked up at CVS the day of—which, uh, thought that counts?—and then there’s Vosges, which makes some of the best truffles in the game, and the Prima Materia collection is the cream of the crop; highbrow fillings of this aesthetically delightful set include Bronte pistachio, with marzipan and Yaupon tea, and Armenian apricot, with pink peppercorn, lemon verbena, and white chocolate. This is art, people.
For the boo who says every season is iced coffee season
There is a special highly committed segment of the population for whom cold brew is a daily must-have, whether they're waking up to the merciless August sun or an incoming blizzard warning. The cult-fave, top-rated OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker is here for their needs, and their needs specifically, so a chilly, bitter glass of goodness is only minutes away.
…Or for the latte lords…
If you've been anywhere near coffee TikTok lately, you've probably noticed that personal milk frothers are highly coveted mini appliances of the moment. And for good reason; there's nothing quite like a frothy cappuccino topped with the ideal head of creamy foam. Just don't blame us if your beloved starts making 'Toks when you gift them Kalork's solid five-star Bartista Automatic Milk Frother.
For the crystal queens who always know your horoscope…
Alright, so not all of us understand why we're supposed to be charging certain stones under the full moon or whatever—but one thing we can all agree on (whether your shopping for a specific zodiac sign or not) is that it feels really nice to put cold, smooth stuff on your face, which is where this vibey rose quartz mask comes in. It makes no promises about your future or the whims of the planets, but it does help to reduce puffiness, minimize dark circles, alleviate headaches, and make you feel good after a night of heavy drinking. Plus, it'll last way longer than cucumber slices.
Have love, will travel
For the SO that travels a lot, the gift of a smart luggage set with a three-in-one cup holder/phone holder/USB port, aka, a stress-free foray through an airport terminal or Penn Station, is about as sexy as it gets. “[I] get compliments at the airport all the time,” one reviewer wrote about this Wrangler Smart Luggage Set. “[It’s] strong enough I can sit down on it in a long line, LOVE my cup holder.” Yep—they can hit the Starbucks kiosk and glide through JFK with their chai in tow hands-free.
Lean into the holiday
Don’t be a Valentine’s Day grinch: Buy your SO flowers and enjoy the company of your loved one(s). Urban Stems is one of our favorite online flower shops, and The Verona (a bouquet named after the town where Shakespeare’s infamous Romeo and Juliet takes place—make sure to mention that when gifting), is a beautiful arrangement that features lush roses, delicate spray roses, and hypericum berries.
You can even order fresh roses on Amazon, and suprise your buttercup with two dozen technicolor roses that will make them say, “I do (want to watch Godspell).”
And finally, a Garfield Bouquet
You've made it this far down the list, and perhaps nothing has quite spoken to the unique personality of the object of your affection. In that case, might we suggest this bouquet of plush, bootleg Garfields? It speaks everything you need to say, in a language of love in which not all are fluent—but for the right freaky person, it's gonna hit the nail on the head. You're welcome.
Happy V-Day, folks. (Wanna be our Valentine this year? Join our newsletter to have sweet, shopping-based nothings whispered into your inbox every week.)
The Rec Room staff independently selected all of the stuff featured in this story.