Freckles in April: Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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
Just sayin'.
(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!


  1. fun list and love aaron's comment too, :).

  2. Aaahahaha... sex, with some french fries afterward or something. LOL.

  3. Haha, guys are so easy to please for Valentine's Day. I have to agree with the helicopter gift, I got one for my hubby as a Christmas gift and he loved that thing (the puppy ate it a few months later, oops).

    The Tiny Heart

  4. Awesome list! I am currently downloading the star walk husband loves astronomy, so this is PERFECT! Can't wait to surprise him with it later. :)

  5. With french fries afterwards? Do you think you can handle that, Kayla?

  6. Ha! What more could men want? That iPhone case is now on my wish list! Great compilation.

    Cable Car Couture

  7. These are all great ideas. My boyfriend and I have nerf guns now, they're a lot of fun.

  8. your husband is hilarious.

  9. Ha! Your Aaron and my Aaron sound veeeery similar. :)

  10. HAHAHA. toph always says sex is cop out so that i don't have to think about a real gift. so yeah, that one's always out. maybe the fries would make it count though ..

  11. Haha. I got my dad a gift certificate to Chocomize for Christmas 2 years ago. They have some ridiculous add-ins!

  12. I'm so glad that one of you did a girl list and one did a boy list. I am definitely using some of your ideas for my husband.

    Also, the makers of Sheffield Cider are my aunt and her family! I love all of their flavors, but my favorite is probably the Cherry Cider, even though I don't like cherry flavored anything else.

  13. Pretty sure that sums up EVERY guy's wish for Valentines. lol

  14. Super fun ideas -- love that iphone case!

    And Aaron's comment made me laugh out loud.

  15. Does your husband know my husband? I'm pretty sure that is precisely the same thing he would say! :)

  16. Hahaha! Aaron's comment cracked me up!

  17. jen wrapping paper. hilarious.

  18. Hi Kayla,

    I found you through Janssen. I met her via story time :) This is a fun gift guide..... the helicopter one made me laugh because my husband got a mini remote control car for christmas AND LOVES IT. toys and sex haha easy to please.

  19. My husband is always off the hook for Valentine's Day because I just think it is a lame holiday. My newly-married friend asked me today what Eric and I do for Valentine's Day, and I told her about Aaron's suggestions, though.


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