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12 Amazing Valentine's Day Gifts Under $20, Because Love Don't Cost A Thing


When glam-pop poet, American choreography treasure, and supreme Leo from the block Jennifer Lynn Lopez proclaimed, "Even if you were broke, my love don't cost a thing," I really felt that. Valentine's Day is often seen as the holiday where you have to throw stacks to impress your partner. But I'm here to tell you: That's not necessarily the case! The Internet has loads to offer when it comes Valentine's Day 2019 gifts for men and women under $20. Whether it's your first or fourth Valentine's Day with your partner, you can def come up with something heartfelt. And no, your wallet doesn't have to weep.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend an average of $88.98 on their SO on Valentine's Day. Still, dealing with limited funds this February doesn't have to stop you. A decadent wine-and-cheese (and-dessert!) night at home or an intimate stroll in the park can still be romantic. Likewise, you can always opt for a DIY Valentine's Day gift for your beloved. Curate a candy bouquet. Fill a thrifted picture frame with Polaroids attached to twine and flowers. Or set up a picnic basket of their favorite foods.

For the V-Day cynic — who sees Feb. 14 as just another day on the calendar — it's best to opt for practical Valentine's Day presents (that you know they'll use on the daily). For the partner that loves feeling warm and fuzzy, give them something whimsical and sweet to remember you by. Here are 12 fabulous V-Day presents you can buy when you're balling on a budget.

1. Give jam sessions a cheeky touch

This speaker is perfect for the partner that loves old-school cartoons as much as their favorite Spotify playlist. Keep the bops coming!

2. Fizz up their self-care routine

Us millennials take our eggplant emojis very seriously. What better saucy shape to send your SO a bath bomb in than a phallic-looking vegetable? Give your partner the gift of aesthetically pleasing, well-scented relaxation this Valentine's Day.

3. Deck the halls

If you two lovebirds spend a lot of time hanging out in bed, this pretty string of lights on a vine will spruce up the space in a snap.

4. Turn up with them in style

If your SO is the kind person who might like prosecco more than they like you, then this is the cup for them. Your partner will feel extra fabulous toasting your love with this glittery goblet that reads, "I'll be there in a prosecco."

5. Get them festival-ready

With a killer Coachella 2020 lineup, festival season is shaping up to be lovely. This clear crossbody bag is a dream for the partner who loves music festivals. It's hip (literally), it's on trend, and it makes getting down and dirty (without the fear of ruining your valuables) that much easier. This pack is perfect, too, for amusement park dates or day together at the beach.

6. List all the ways you love them

This little notebook is the epitome of sugary sweet. On each page, you get to fill in a prompt about what you love about your partner. Buy this gift if you want to watch your sentimental SO's heart burst!

7. Indulge their rowdy side

If your partner loves to play Cards Against Humanity, up their game with some CAH official expansion packs. For $20 a piece, you can get the regular expansion decks as well as the "Pride Pack," the "Period Pack," the "Theatre Pack," the "Weed Pack," and the "Jew Pack." Whatever your bae's background or tastes are, there's probably an expansion pack that will make them crack a smile.

8. Spruce up their beard routine...

If the lumberjack look turns you on — or you need bae's beard primed for spring flowers — a beard kit is the way to go. Who says you can't be ultra-masculine and feel like a beautiful b*tch, too?

9. Relaxation is the ultimate gift

If your partner is always begging for massages, this vibrating head scratcher takes R&R to the next level.

10. Enchant their #FOTD

If your partner is constantly making makeup magic, these Harry Potter-inspired wand brushes are just the trick.

11. Plan for a fabulous future

A little bit sappy and a little bit practical, this journal strikes the right balance for Valentine's Day. Sitting down with your partner and concretely scheming on all of the Insta-worthy vacations, strange foods, and lit concerts you want to experience is romantic in its own right. Making a bucket list together touches on the fact that you're def in love and in it for the long haul.

12. Express your love.

Not a creative type? No worries — let this book of love notes do all the talking for you. This Mad Libs-style book is designed to stand up, so you can keep your declaration of love on display.

Whether you go for functional, mischievous, thoughtful, or combination of the three, you can find a dope Valentine's Day gift for your partner without breaking the bank.

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