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Cheap Valentine’s Day gifts for your partner

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Chloe Williams

Valentine’s is a day of appreciation and celebration of love, but it can also break the bank. The 2024 predicted Valentine’s spending in the U.S. is just under $26 billion, but giving gifts to your loved ones does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Follow along as we highlight five different inexpensive gift ideas to make your partner’s Valentine’s Day. 

  • Forever flowers

Give your partner flowers that last forever. Options include making paper flowers, buying or making crochet flowers or purchasing a set of LEGO roses to build with your partner. 

  • Make a booklet

If you are looking for a quick and heartfelt gift this year, buy a fillable “gift journal.” These journals have prompts to fill out to share all the different ways you love your partner. Another option would be to DIY this journal with your prompts. Creative ways to do this include on a deck of cards or on the back of printed photos. If you have more time, complete a scrapbook with photos and write about all of your favorite memories as a couple.

  • Clay creation

Using air-dried clay is cheaper and easier than it seems. Pick up some Crayola air dry clay and cheap acrylic paints and get to work. Memorable clay creations for your partner could be a personalized trinket dish, an ashtray, their pet or favorite animal and so much more. The most important thing about anything homemade is that it is made with love. 

  • Baked goods

With a holiday as sweet-driven as Valentine’s Day, catering to your partner’s sweet tooth is important. Especially if you are not known for baking, this gift can mean a lot to your partner. Head to Pinterest and search for a yummy but easy Valentine’s Day sweets recipe. Bake with love and share with your partner. This gift idea could also be a great one to share with your friends or coworkers. 

  • Personalize something

A personalized gift can never go wrong. Etsy offers thousands of options for personalized Valentine’s Day gifts that can be catered to any of your partners’ interests. Etsy can get expensive, so it is important to shop around and see if you can DIY. Some solid options include personalized candles, a location map showing where you met, matching socks or underwear, music code keychains for your song, custom photo keychains and custom Pokémon cards. 

Whatever you choose to buy or make your partner this Valentine’s Day, do it with care and love. This day may be about big spending for some, but at its root, the holiday is meant to show your love and appreciation for your relationship. If you are looking for inexpensive ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, check out last year’s Spare Change.

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Chloe Williams, Managing Editor
Chloe (she/her) is a senior majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Adaptive Decision Business Models. On her off days you can find Chloe thrifting, being a self-proclaimed food critic or outside enjoying nature. This is her third year at The Paisano and she is excited to serve as Managing Editor.

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