Ditch the expensive traditional teddy bear, flowers, and box of chocolates routine this Valentine’s Day. Try getting your significant other something a little more special without leaving a hole in your wallet. Here are ten ideas that are catered to different interests as well as something for everyone:
For The Photographer
Polaroid Film: If your partner has a Polaroid camera, buying them decorated prints is a great gift that you can both benefit from. On Amazon, Fujifilm sells different types of film that come in rainbow colors, pastel plaid, star decorated, and polka dot. (https://www.amazon.com) Urban Outfitters sells Polaroid glitter frames in different colors and with different captions. They’re currently 2 for $10 so both of you can have matching frames. (http://www.urbanoutfitters.com )
Phone Camera Lenses: Smartphone photography is becoming more and more popular and we all have that one friend that keeps their Instagram feed looking artsy with their pictures. Help them improve their photography game with lenses that clip onto their phone. For only $8 bucks, this set on Amazon comes with three different lenses that are compatible with iPhones, Androids, and tablets. (https://www.amazon.com.)
For The Make Up Artist
Smashbox Covershot Eye Palette: For just under $30, this palette includes eight highly pigmented shades. The good thing about this gift is that there are seven different types of palettes to choose from – one being a neutral palette, which is perfect for beginners. You can pick one up at your local Sephora (http://www.sephora.com ) or Ulta (http://www.ulta.com )
E.L.F. Bundle: Eyes Lips and Face, also known as E.L.F., are notorious for their affordable drugstore makeup options. Online, they have an even bigger selection which includes different bundles for different types of people and their makeup needs or interests. The most expensive set they have is just under $30 and there are a lot of options to choose from. (http://www.elfcosmetics.com )
For The Fitness Junkie
An Efficient Water Bottle: This water bottle from Contigo, not only holds water, but also has a pocket for your credit cards or ID and for keys. Going to the gym or for a run holding all those different items separately can be a hassle. By getting this water bottle for your significant other, you’re making #GymLife a whole lot easier. You can find it in Target stores for $13. (http://www.target.com)
A Cookbook: Eating healthy is a lifestyle for fitness junkies, but sometimes healthy dishes can become repetitive. With a cookbook like Superfoods Superfast: 100 Energizing Recipes to Make in 20 Minutes or Less, you can look up what you’re craving or what ingredients you have at hand, and make a nutritious meal out of it. (http://www.barnesandnoble.com ) $16.20.
For The Coffee Lover
Coffee Body Scrub: You can drink and eat coffee; does it get much better than that? Yes, when you can also bathe with it. Frank Body offers a vegan coffee body scrub infused with Vitamin E, almond oil, and sea salt. (https://us.frankbody.com )
For The Bookworm
A Poetry Book: Declare your love for your significant other by gifting them a poetry book. One popular poetry book that is currently circulating is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (http://www.barnesandnoble.com) However, you’ll get bonus points if you write the poetry yourself.
For something a little more romantic check out Love Poems by Pablo Neruda (http://www.barnesandnoble.com)
For The Techie
An external battery: Albeit a simple gift that leans toward the boring side, your significant other will really appreciate it when they are down to their last 3%. External batteries range from different prices but you should be able to find a quality one for around $15 on Amazon.com.
Vinyl stickers: Help turn their plain gray/black/blue computers into something with personality. Look up stickers of their favorite artists, quotes, songs, movies, shows, and bands. You can also find cool computer decals that are tailored to certain computer models to give them a funky effect like an earthworm coming out of the MacBook’s Apple logo. (Redbubble.com)
And Something for Everyone…
Shutterfly: You can personalize anything from calendars to phone cases on this website. They usually have Valentine’s Day specials and coupons. Gather all the pictures you have with your loved one, import into your Shutterfly account, and get creative! You can design a mug and they can enjoy their morning coffee with you in mind. You can also make a photo album or calendar filled with memories and inside jokes. Prices vary on Shutterfly but it can be budget friendly. (Shutterfly.com)
Buying a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one should be a fun experience that helps you get to know who you’re dating while also making them happy. If there isn’t a gift here that fits your significant others personality, try asking friends or simply making them something by hand. After all, it’s the thought that counts and there’s nothing sweeter than knowing that someone is thinking about them.
By Maria Vasquez