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39 Valentine's Day Gifts That Only Look Expensive

A slate cheese tray, stylish watch, chocolate fondue maker, and 36 other gorgeous and thoughtful gifts to keep them from having a broken heart... and keep you from being broke.

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1. A reproduced vintage mineral poster (complete with everything you need to hang it) for the person who is truly your ~rock~.

Did you steal this from the Museum of Natural History? No! It's made right here in the USA from sustainably-sourced wood.

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

2. A surprisingly inexpensive quartz watch to make any outfit look complete (and completely professional).

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

Promising review: "I bought this watch with low expectations— mainly for a nice watch to get me through interview season. But wow, this watch has held up nicely and still keeps good time, plus I've had more compliments on this watch than any other one I've owned. I would highly recommend this watch if you're on the fence!" —Wade Tucker


3. A six-pack of Popbar hot chocolate on a stick, the coziest way to kiss the traditional powdered stuff goodbye forever.

Just heat up a mug of milk, pop one of these babies in, and stir until fully melted. Then simply enjoy the easiest, most gourmet hot chocolate ever!

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $14.99. Available in two kinds of variety packs: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and vanilla (two of each) ~or~ milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, peppermint, and mocha (one of each). Also available in smaller and larger size variety packs.

Promising review: "Great item. We enjoyed the hot chocolate. I gave them as gifts as well. It is real hot chocolate — not like the instant stuff. I didn't even know there was anything like this. Glad I stumbled upon them. They were a big hit." —Watch bobble

4. A jar of luxurious whipped body butter infused with mango butter, cocoa butter, and avocado oil and sculpted into a flower petal design.

Tailored Soap

A little goes a long way, so the jar will last quite a long time!

Get it from Tailored Soap on Etsy for $19.99. Available in nine colors and scents.

5. A beautifully illustrated edition of Shakespeare's love sonnets for a gift that's more lovely than a summer's day.

Get it from Amazon for $17.53, Barnes and Noble for $18.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

Promising review: "I believe that the author of these sonnets would be proud to be represented by Ms Keegan's illustrations. They are bright, clever, and illustrate the meanings so well... nicely done. I'm proud to leave this little book on the coffee table!" —Stewart


7. A pair of gold accented, noise-canceling headphones that'll say "I love you so much, I'm ok with you not listening to me."

Get them from Amazon for $25.49 or Walmart for $25.98. Also available in black.

Promising review: "These headphones are beautiful! I love the look of them with black and gold detail. The headphones fit really comfortably and adjust for a perfect fit. They are soft and cushy and comfortable on the ears, even for listening for hours at a time! The sound is exceptional!I was blown away with the bass of these headphones! It thumps! The sound is also very clear, crisp, and precise! I'm very impressed with the quality of the sound of these headphones! As good as my old Sony headphones!" —Amazon Customer

8. A slate cheese board perfectly sized for entertaining — or just a cozy date night in for two. You'll ~brie~ so happy you bought it!

Get it from Amazon for $10.99 or Walmart for $13.49. Also available with a silver-ton handle.

Promising review: "Beautiful! Can't believe I got it for such a good price. I got three of these to give to friends and relatives for Christmas gifts along with some cheese, toppings, and a bottle of wine. Makes a fantastic 'couples' gift. I also got one for myself... couldn't resist. Putting it together with the handle was very easy and required no additional tools." —Laura K.

10. A pair of truly ~stellar~ ear climbers made of white gold–plated copper and sparkling cubic zirconia — they'll think you bought them at a fancy local boutique.

Bonus: they come in a gift box so you really don't have to think hard about how to wrap 'em.

Get them from Amazon for $18.89.

Promising review: "These are so lovely. Well packaged and I get many compliments on the design and sparkle. Loved wearing them for holiday parties." —Teresa


11. A selection of perfumes housed in miniature potion vials to give each day an extra dose of magic.

What comes in the set, you ask? Elixir of Life (coconut-scented), Mermaid Tears (with notes of fresh mint and sea salt), Love Potion (perfumed by peony), Unicorn Spirit (scented with soothing lavender), and Liquid Luck (gardenia-scented).

Get the set of five from Box Lunch for $18.67 (originally $24.90).

12. Personalized cufflinks to help your significant other always give a great ~initial~ first impression.

Get them from Amazon for $8.99. Also available in silver tone here.

Promising review: "I bought these for my fiancé's father for our wedding coming up. I was blown away by how great quality these are! If you are looking for a great product at a decent price, these are the ones you want! They even come in a cool gift box." —Amazon Customer

13. Several pounds of fancy gummy bears that'll taste like you're taking a sip of bubbly prosecco.

Why get the teeny box when you can buy in bulk? This assortment of pink and clear bears have notes of both pineapple- and raspberry-flavored prosecco. YUM!

Get a kilogram (about 2.2 pounds) from Squish Candies for $25. Smaller and larger sizes also available.

14. A gold-trimmed box of Earl Grey that'll make you feel like you're having high tea at Buckingham Palace. Great for when you guys are catching up on the most recent season of The Crown.

Get a box of 20 sachets from Amazon for $7.99 or Walmart for $10.19.

Check out all the available blends here.

Promising review: "Great tea! I have bought many other flavor of teas from this company. My all time favorite is Earl Grey so I don't know why I hadn't bought this sooner. Buying from Amazon actually saved me money and I got it a lot sooner than buying direct from company. The tin is great for other uses when you have drank all the tea. Also, I so love the tea in sachets rather than in the paper bags...such a more full bodied flavor." —Cely Smith


15. A simply elegant necklace with a dainty chain and large pearl that's utterly timeless — just like your partner.

You can totally use that line when you give this to them, btw.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16. Available in five chain and pearl color options.

16. A gold-dipped geode succulent planter for those who have never gotten over those pun-filled elementary school valentines. This is the grown-up version of that.

Bonus if you awkwardly shout "YOU ROCK!" when you hand it over and then run away to re-enact the encounter with your closest friends.

Get it from Air Friend on Etsy for $15.

17. A handmade, 14 karat gold–dipped bracelet perforated with holes in the shape of each zodiac sign's constellation.

Perfect for the person who looked up your compatibility before agreeing to date you.

Get it from American Eagle for $25 (originally $50). Also available in a cuff.

18. A lightweight, contoured sleep mask so your bed partner can sleep in the lap of luxury when you have to get up three hours earlier.

No more filling with rage when they're snoozing peacefully and you just stubbed your toe trying to get dressed in the dark.

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 or Jet for $12.95.

Promising review: "These are the best eye covers I have ever purchased. I got these as a recommendation from my friend. They completely cover my eyes. The light is completed blocked out. The eye domes are hollow enough that I can open my eyes and not feel the material (or feel as though my eyes are being pressed). It really makes a difference in me staying asleep. These days, even if I wake up to go to the bathroom, I can recover my eyes and feel like it is midnight — even if it's 7 in the morning." —N. Stamp


19. An electric chocolate fondue melter with two heat settings, a spatula, 10 skewers, and 10 forks. Basically it's everything you never knew you needed.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 or Walmart for $18.95.

Promising review: "I ordered this for a Christmas party, and it arrived on time and was better than expected! Heats up quickly, is easy to clean up, and is the perfect size to store. No complaints!" —Jaynie

22. Or a four-pack of hanging vases to turn the cheapest bouquet into gorgeous wall art.

They're made of sturdy borosilicate glass and hang right on the wall — they have a hole in the pack perfect for perching right on a nail.

Get them from Amazon for $26.99.

Promising review: "These are an affordable and easy way to add texture to a wall. They are easy to hang and get many compliments from guests." —Amazon Customer


23. A dozen moisturizing, all-natural bath bombs that'll be *almost* as good as a whole weekend at the spa — but infinitely cheaper.

Each bomb has a different scent, but they're all made with grapeseed oil, coconut oil and vitamin E!

Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $26.80.

Promising review: "My new holy grail bath product! I used to be an avid LUSH fan, but I'll never buy another of their bath bombs after trying these! They're about half the size of a typical LUSH bomb, but 100x more moisturizing. They also leave your skin lightly scented, which I love. They are packed full of color, but left zero residue in my tub — I just did a quick rinse with water after it drained. These also come beautifully packaged. They'd make a perfect gift." —Jason C.

24. Or a gift box of soaps in the shape of individual flower petals — they make a gorgeous presentation AND add aromatherapy to bath time (with scents like beragmot, rose, vanilla, and cedarwood).

26. A made-in-Italy, seven-piece decanter set that'll look like an antique you inherited from your grandparents.

It comes with six cut rocks glasses, a decanter, and a stopper.

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $29.95.

Promising review: “I bought this for a Dirty Santa game with friends. The look on everyone’s faces when it was opened was purely priceless. No one could believe I attained such a nice set for the price limits we had set. There was some fighting over this one, I’ll tell you that. I hear it’s still in use today.” —Jonathan J. Weeks


27. A love letter writing kit, because a screenshotted text message is really not nearly as romantic.

It includes 12 fold-and-mail letters — each with a different prompt — to inspire you to write meaningfully. And psst: this is one of Oprah's favorite things!

Get it from Amazon for $11.59 or Barnes & Noble for $14.95.

Promising review: "My wife loved this as our paper anniversary gift! The 'book' itself is made of good, thick cardboard, the printing is great, and I love the design. The prompts are a very welcome addition, otherwise it would have been hard to know what to write.... Also, it includes 12 stickers in the back to seal up your letters with! I've had no issues with the binding." —The Dreamers

29. And a cookbook chock-full of recipes (for both food AND cocktails) you can make together. It's like giving the gift of quality time — and you know you'll have to do some ~spooning~ after.

Get it from Amazon for $16.26, Barnes and Noble for $19.50, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

Promising review: "I am enjoying this book immensely! I find the recipes to be accessible, but fancy enough for a date night. I have tried several recipes, and have a dozen more tagged to whip up over the summer. I enjoy the bubbly, passionate writing in regards to her love of her husband, it inspires me to continually look at my partner in that light." —Amazon Customer


34. An eyelash lace and velvet lingerie set so gorgeous, it's almost rude to wear clothes on top of it.


36. A set of eight faceted chilling rocks for the booze (or coffee, or tea, or whatever) aficionado whose arch-nemesis is diluted, watery drinks.

Get a set of eight (plus silicone-tipped tongs and a storage box) from Amazon for $27.95.

Promising review: "You can just put the whole tray in the freezer and not worry about losing them! I like my drinks to have ice, but do not like when it's diluted. These are just perfect to keep my drinks cold! I'm thinking about getting these for everyone in the office as a fancy and inexpensive gift to keep everyone happy with their drinks! CHEERS!!" —Issy

38. A deck of 24k gold foil playing cards to make game night at home seem like a classy affair.

You've probably seen those ~real gold~ playing cards with 100 dollar bills printed on the back, but these with the metallic plain design are WAY more elegant.

Get them from Amazon for $7.69.

39. And a set of shatterproof champagne flutes for the couple who brings the bubbly wherever they go.

Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.95.

Promising review: "I bought both the wine glasses and champagne flutes. Was worried they would look cheap and ugly.....they didn't! Friends are shocked they're not glass. Lightweight, perfect for our boozy concert picnics in DC, where no one wants to give up form for function. Don't wash in dishwasher and they'll last a long, long time I think. Just bought two sets (wine and champagne) for two friends and I'm positive they'll love them as much as I do." —A.D.

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