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Valentine's Day gifts: 10 great ideas under $25

These Valentine's Day gift ideas are thoughtful, unique, and ultra-affordable. 

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When shopping for the special guy or gal in your life, sometimes all you need is a little inspiration. To get you thinking, we’ve put together 10 unique gift ideas.

And even better than just suggesting presents for you, we’ve selected ones that are ultra-affordable — all under $25. You can thank us later.

1. Nike Flow Swoosh Water Bottle: $11.99

For the fitness-minded valentine in your life, go for a functional gift like the Nike Flow Swoosh Water Bottle from J.C. Penney. The 32-ounce drink holder is sold in blue and black color schemes. This sturdy, dishwasher-safe product is sure to be a hit with athletes.

2. Warm Vanilla Sugar Shower Gel: $12.50

Men and women alike need a little pampering in their life. Indulge your sweetheart with the sweet-smelling Warm Vanilla Sugar Shower Gel from Bath & Body Works. It’s available for $12.50. And if you’re not much of a vanilla person, there are plenty of other scents to choose from too.

3. Recollections Miranda Photo Album: $15.99

If you’re feeling crafty this Valentine’s Day, pick up the Recollections Miranda Photo Album from Michaels for $15.99. Then, print up pictures of your favorite memories with your significant other for a photo scrapbook he or she will cherish forever.

4. Warm Heart Thermal Mug: $18

If sports drinks aren’t quite your style, maybe lattes are. For $18, the Warm Heart Thermal Mug from designer brand Kate Spade New York promises cold hands and a warm heart. The acrylic thermal mug with plastic lid is distinguished by its bold orange and pink colors.

5. Candle Warmers Etc. Hobnail Illumination Wax Melt Warmer: $19.99

Set the mood this Feb. 14 with the Candle Warmers Etc. Hobnail Illumination Wax Melt Warmer. This midsize ceramic wax melt warmer has a stylish blue appearance and plug-in design with 36-inch cord. You can purchase the home accessory for $19.99 at Kohl’s. Don’t forget to buy your favorite aroma of wax melts separately.

6. Insignia Bluetooth Selfie Stick: $19.99

Make this Valentine’s Day one for the memory books with a selfie stick that can capture pictures of you and your sweetheart. The Insignia Bluetooth Selfie Stick from Best Buy has a seven-direction swivel and can extend from 11 inches to 36.5 inches — ideal for getting a great view of the scenery. It’s available for $19.99.

7. Gaiam Adjustable Massage Roller: $19.99

Go for something practical with the bright green Gaiam Adjustable Massage Roller for $19.99 at Macy’s. Ideal for easing sore muscles and de-stressing, this hand-held tool promises to provide hundreds of massage options. Plus, it also includes a downloadable exercise guide.

8. Alder Creek Valentine Teddy Bear and Chocolates Gift Set: $20

For a simple valentine, choose a simple Valentine’s Day gift. The Alder Creek Valentine Teddy Bear and Chocolates Gift Set includes a traditional plush brown teddy bear and a 3.78-ounce assortment of Ghirardelli chocolate candies. This set will run you $20 at Wal-Mart.

9. Fringe Studio Love You to the Moon Scented Candle: $24

The Fringe Studio Love You to the Moon Scented Candle combines a popular quote with a popular gift. Choose this elegant candle for a present that gives the look and smell of love. The luxe candle features an orange-and-clove scent and can burn for over 35 hours. Pick up this sweet-smelling gift for $24 at Nordstrom.

10. West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Maker Machine: $24.99

Surprise him (or her) with an unexpected gift that’s sure to be well received. With this at-home maker, you won’t have to go to the theater anymore if you want to munch popcorn while you watch a movie. We found the West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Maker Machine on sale for $24.99 from Target.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email:courtney@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.

This article first appeared in NerdWallet. 

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