- These eight Valentine's Day gifts are thoughtful but still budget-friendly
- From the Amazon Echo Dot to a scratch-off world map, here's what to shop
Life is hard when you have Moet taste and a Bud Light budget -- especially when it comes to Valentine's Day. You want to give your significant other and family members thoughtful gifts they'll appreciate, but keep it within a modest budget. Lucky for you, there's plenty of gifts out there that look more expensive than they are. Think powerful wireless speakers, fresh pink roses and comprehensive grooming kits. The best part? They're all under 50 bucks.
And by shopping these budget-friendly gifts, you'll have extra money to splurge on the other holidays this year for your loved one, or yourself. Hey, we're not judging.
Note: The prices below reflect the listed retailer's price on the date this article was published.
BloomThat's Freya Bouquet ($42; bloomthat.com)
BloomThat is an affordable and fast flower delivery service that was practically made to solve your Valentine's Day woes. For starters, the blooms can arrive in same-day delivery in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. And for everyone else in the country, you can score next-day delivery on all their stunning arrangements, making it perfect for procrastinators. When we tested out the service, we were equally impressed with the customer service; calls and emails were answered promptly (we're talking under a few minutes). Valentine's Day arrangements -- like The Freya Bouquet, which features festive pink flowers -- start at just $42.
Amazon Echo Dot ($49.99; amazon.com)
Voice-enabled smart devices have been notoriously expensive -- that is, of course, until smaller (but still powerful) designs like the Amazon Echo Dot came along. The Echo Dot functions similarly to the Amazon Echo in that you can ask Alexa to play your favorite music, control your smart home devices, phone a friend, read the news or set alarms for you. It's a great option on its own. if your loved ones want a speaker system in place for their living room or bedroom, or it can be paired with other Alexa devices for a more immersive listening experience. And for just a penny shy of $50 (and free two-day shipping for Prime members), it won't break the bank either.
Luckies of London Scratch World Map ($19.85; amazon.com)
Is your loved one an avid traveler? A gift that helps inspire wanderlust, like Luckies of London's Scratch World Map, is as practical as it is thoughtful. The map is covered in gold foil. Once travelers visit a country or state, they'll simply scratch off the foil to uncover a colorful display underneath. That way they can both keep track of the places they've been and also decorate their homes with a unique display. They'll love their newfound travel inspiration; you'll love that it cost you less than 20 bucks.
Beardsley In The Box Beard Care Gift Set ($49.95; amazon.com)
Beard care is serious business for those who want to ensure their staches and scruff are healthy. The main tenets of the grooming routine involve a beard-specific shampoo, conditioner and oil. These are different from your normal hair care and skin care products, as they have to clean both facial hair and the skin underneath it, which could be prone to oil buildup. For a gift set that delivers on those, plus a few extras, consider Beardsley's In The Box Beard Care Gift Set. This collection of grooming essentials features two different types of beard shampoo, a beard conditioner, lotion and oil for a comprehensive clean. The fact that it's also an Amazon's Choice product and features stellar reviews is just the cherry on top.
Catbird Ballerina Earring ($38; catbird.com)
The minimalist trend that's been sweeping home decor, fashion and beauty shows no signs of slowing down. One place it's seen a big boom is in jewelry, with many preferring understated but unique pieces over bold statement accessories. If your significant other falls into that bucket, he or she will love Catbird, a Brooklyn-based jewelry purveyor known for its fine personal jewelry. Currently one of our favorite affordable pieces is the Ballerina Earring, which is a play on a hoop design, made out of sterling silver. We love the added flair of the chain, but also its subtlety, which makes it a classic piece that goes well with just about any outfit. We wouldn't be surprised if your partner wears it every single day.
Herbivore Coconut Bath Soak ($18; nordstrom.com)
No worries if you can't afford to splurge on a spa retreat for Valentine's Day -- just bring the spa to your S.O. Using luxurious products, like Herbivore's Coconut Bath Soak, you'll be able to recreate the same skin-softening and relaxation you'd find in high-end spas, in the comfort of your own home. The bath is formulated with coconut milk powder, which according to Herbivore helps soothe inflamed areas of the skin. An added dose of vanilla essential oil also helps you relax as you soak.
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge ($29.99; amazon.com)
The eternal question: How do you drink whiskey without diluting the taste? While many believe whiskey stones are the answer, we believe it's all about the ice. A large ice mold such as the Whisky Wedge helps libations cool at a slow rate with minimal melting, so you can chill your favorite drinks without weakening the taste. Plus, a little splash of water can actually bring out the flavor of your prized liquor. It's something any whiskey lover can toast.
Neva Tech HD Waterproof Action Camera ($48; stacksocial.com)
Whether the person you're gifting loves adventures or just wants a pocket-sized camera for everyday use, an HD action camera works well for a variety of situations. You can take photos or videos with it attached to your car, helmet, bike or even your arm. Picks like Neva Tech's HD camera also work up to 30 meters under water, giving you HD recordings and photographs no matter where you decide to go. And while standard devices can easily run into the hundreds, Neva's is currently on sale for just $48, a fraction of its $150 original price tag.