Janssen and I had so much fun doing our under $5 gift guide for Christmas that we decided to do a quick Valentine's version. We gave ourselves a bit more leeway in the price this time, since you're probably only buying gifts for a special significant other and maybe a girl friend or sister or something instead of your whole extended family. There are still some under $5 options but we threw in some cool stuff on the higher end as well.
Also, I asked Aaron what a guy might want for Valentine's Day and he said,
I know exactly what every guy wants for Valentine's Day. Are you listening? I mean really listening? Ok, the perfect Valentine's Day gift is to be let off the hook for Valentine's Day. Or maybe like, sex with some french fries waiting for afterward.And that about sums Aaron up.
1. Sex - FREE
(don't forget the french fries. Apparently guys like that)
2. A massage - FREE. Plus maybe the cost of some massage oil.
Most people love massages but professional ones are pricey and involve being naked while a stranger rubs you down. Look up a few massage techniques online, grab a bottle of coconut oil (or real massage oil, if you're fancy), put a towel down on your massage surface so the oil doesn't stain anything important and start attacking those knots.
3. Star Walk app - $2.99
Star gazing is romantic. Star gazing with this app is freaking awesome. My dad has it on his iPad (though there is also an iPhone version) and all you have to do is point it at the sky and it displays the stars in front of you and which constellations they belong to. You can tap to pull up all kinds of information about what you're seeing. It's fascinating and super fun.
4. Custom chocolate bar from Chocomize - Base price $4.50 + add-ins
It's build-your-own chocolate bar. Pick your base (dark, milk or white) and add in whatever your (his) little heart desires. I'm dying to try this.
5. Foam Disk Shooters - $6-10 apiece
Back in my working days we each had one of these in our offices. Every once in a while you'd hear one power up followed by some shrieking and the sound of running. Occasionally there were wars. For Christmas this year my parents got the ones I linked to above (the non-electric kind are better for sneak attacks). SO much fun. Grab one for you and one for your lovah and have at it.
6. Tie - I've found them for $10 and under at places like Marshall's.
Instead of gift wrapping it, give it to him Jennifer Aniston on the cover of GQ style.
7. Custom phone skin or case from Gelaskins - starting at $14.95
Make him a pretty new skin or case for his phone! You can pick a pre-made one (like the one above. Which Aaron wouldn't actually like but I sure would) or you can create your own using a picture, pattern, words, artwork, whatever. Compatible with a whole bunch of different kinds of phones.
8. Helicopter - $25.75
Not the most romantic gift in the world but if your husband is anything like mine he'll think this is the best. thing. ever. One of Aaron's friends got him one for Christmas and it has been a prized possession in our house ever since. I'm kicking myself that I didn't think of it first.
9. Sheffield Cider -$10 a bottle + $10 shipping
Several years ago some friends of ours introduced us to fancy juices. It makes dinner feel so much more special if you're a non-drinker! My mom discovered Sheffield Cider while in Utah last year. The juice is fantastic and their shipping is quite fast. All four flavors are good but we love the Harvest Crush and Classic Sweet. Of course, you could always go with classic Martinelli's or one of Ikea's sparkling juices if you're a little strapped for cash.
10. A watch - prices vary but I love this one for $48
One of these days I'm going to get Aaron a cool watch. I don't even know if it's something he wants but I think he'd love this one. As an engineer he's always fascinated by parts and pieces and cogs and all that so a watch with visible inner workings would be perfect. Target, WalMart, Overstock, and about a million other places have all kinds of different options. There's bound to be one that suits your smellier half and fits your budget!
Hope on over to Janssen's blog to see the other half of the gift guide!