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The best Valentine's Day gifts under $50 in 2023

The perfect Valentine’s Day gift can fit any type of budget — here are the best gifts to give your valentine for under $50.
Thoughtful Valentine's Day gifts under $50 include a personalized keychain, a silk face mask and a tea sampler set.
Thoughtful Valentine's Day gifts under $50 include a personalized keychain, a silk face mask and a tea sampler set.Kara Birnbaum / NBC

Valentine’s Day is all about making that special someone feel, well, special. That doesn’t mean you need to shell out hundreds of dollars to show them that you care. All you need is that one gift that feels true to their interests and soul.

To help you stay within your budget this Valentine’s Day, we combed through our past coverage across wellness, tech and more and rounded up some highly rated products under $50 that we think are worth giving the people you love most.

The best Valentine’s Day gifts under $50

To help you find the best Valentine’s Day gifts under $50, we looked through our past recommendations across wellness, tech and more with an eye toward reader favorites to round up top-rated and expert-recommended products. We also included some notable new releases, Select staff recommendations and other Valentine’s Day-specific gifts we think they’ll love.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection

Vosges Haut-Chocolat, a Chicago-based chocolatier that ships nationally, offers this 16-piece chocolate truffle set, which features unique ingredients like Hungarian paprika, first press extra virgin olive oil, wasabi and curry powder. The truffles come in an elegant purple box that includes a booklet with flavor descriptions of each truffle and information about the sourcing of the chocolate.

FTD Meet-Cute Bouquet

This romantic bouquet comes with 10 stems of flowers and foliage, including a mix of roses, carnations, hypericum berry and Alstroemeria florals (the deluxe option comes with approximately 25 stems). For an additional $10 fee, you can add a clear glass vase to your bouquet.

La Colombe Perfect Pair Pack

Philadelphia-based coffee roaster La Colombe — which operates over 30 cafes across the country and ships nationwide from their site — offers a Perfect Pair Pack that includes two 12-ounce boxes of the brand’s Corsica and Bleu coffee blends, which are both dark-roasted with chocolate-flavored tones. You can select your preferred grind from nine options, including whole bean, cold brew and French press.

Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Eyemask

One of our favorite sleep masks, this silk option from Brooklinen is cool to the touch and has a smooth finish that protects your skin from friction damage, according to the brand. The brand says this mask is breathable, machine-washable and lightweight. It’s available in several colors, including Ivory, Dove Grey and Emerald.

Le Creuset L'Amour Collection Mini Cocotte

This mini heart-shaped cocotte dish from cookware brand Le Creuset — which makes some of our favorite Dutch ovens and cookware sets — is part of the brand’s Valentine’s Day collection. The brand says this dish, perfect for making cobblers, gratins and pot pies, is crafted from premium stoneware and is broiler-, microwave- and oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has a nonstick glazed surface for quick clean-up and it’s designed to resist cracks, according to Le Creuset.

"Best of Magnolia Bakery" Date Night Sampler Pack

This sampler pack features some of Magnolia Bakery’s most popular offerings for you and your valentine to share, including two cups of the brand’s Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pudding and two Valentine's Day cupcakes. Magnolia Bakery says its pudding can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours after delivery. The brand ships nationally and can arrive within two business days (shoppers are able to select their preferred delivery date within a 60 day window).

W&P Porter Glass

You can give your loved one the gift of cocktails or iced coffee on the go with this reusable Porter Glass. The 15-ounce to-go glass comes with a splash-resistant lid and silicone sleeve, making it easier to grip and satisfying to cheer with, according to W&P. The brand says the glass is dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and comes in several different colors, including Blush, Mint and Cream. Certain styles can be personalized with text in various fonts if you want to include a special Valentine’s message.

Maude Tub Kit No. 1

One of the best surprises to give on Valentine’s Day is the gift of relaxation, and certain products can help set the mood for a cozy night in. Brooklyn-based wellness company Maude offers a bath kit that comes with the brand’s bath salts and soothing coconut milk bath soak. You can choose between three different scents that offer unique fragrance notes to fit their personal preferences.

Sips By I Love You More Tea Kit

A great choice for the tea lover in your life, the I Love You More Tea Kit from Sips By comes with a heart-shaped tea infuser, a heart-shaped mug and your choice of a caffeinated tea, a caffeine-free tea, or both, according to the brand. You can also add in a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month Sips By gift card for an additional fee.

Bombas Cable Knit Gripper Slipper

Half sock and half slipper, this cozy footwear option from Bombas has a soft interior lining to keep your Valentine’s feet warm and grips on the bottom to help avoid slipping on hard floors, according to the brand. The slippers come with a small travel bag so your valentine can take them on-the-go.

COLORWORK DIY Paint by Numbers

If you’re looking for a date night activity that hones in on your valentine’s artistic skills, a Paint by Numbers set is an easy way to relax while making something beautiful. The set comes with a canvas that’s divided into numbered sections, which correspond with specific paint colors. All you have to do is stay inside the lines with your brush, and enjoy. If you and your valentine thrive in the outdoors, they may love this rocky mountain canvas. The brand also offers a variety of scenic and outdoor-inspired painting options, including a lakeside view, elegant florals, a full moon set and more. Each set comes with paint and a kit of three different-sized paintbrushes to fill in both big and small areas, the brand says.

DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit

For those looking for a fun activity to do together, this DIY mochi ice cream kit comes with everything you need to make the sweet rice dough desserts, including dough ingredients, a metal dough cutter and a silicone mold (you’ll just need to supply your favorite ice cream). The kit also comes with flavoring to make both organic chocolate and matcha green tea-flavored dough.

Mount Lai The Amethyst Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool

A gua sha stone, a tool used on facial muscles in traditional Chinese medicine, can help promote blood circulation, eliminate fluid build-up and relieve muscle tension, experts told us in our guide to gua sha. Sonia Lee, an acupuncturist and herbalist, recommends this version of the gua sha facial tool from Mount Lai, which is made of crystal amethyst and has pronounced edges for scraping both large and smaller areas of the face.

Courant MAG:1 Essentials

Courant’s MAG:1 is a practical magnetic iPhone charger that comes in neutral colors and a minimalistic design to fit their personal style, according to the brand. Courant says the charger has a soft matte ABS coating for durability and a non-slip construction, and it’s designed for magnetic wireless charging of the iPhone 12 and above. It can also be monogrammed with your valentine’s initials for a more personalized touch.

Philodendron Green

If your valentine struggles as a plant parent, a low-maintenance Philodendron plant can be a great gift. The Sill, an online houseplants retailer that ships nationwide, says the Philodendron Green has heart-shaped leaves and quick-growing trailing vines that can be easily propagated in water when they get too long. This plant prefers medium to bright indirect light (though it can tolerate low light) with watering every one to two weeks, according to the brand. The plant is available in a low-cost grow pot, as well as the Grant Planter and Hyde Planter pots for an added fee.

Personalized Golf Ball Set

If your valentine is a golf lover, this personalized golf ball set comes with 12 golf balls, all of which can display any photo of your choosing. Printed on Callaway Warbird Plus Golf Balls, the personalization measures approximately ¾ of an inch in diameter, according to the brand.

Grove Co. Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser

This essential oil diffuser can release cool steam into the air with your favorite essential oil blend for up to 5 hours, according to the brand. It has a 100-milliliter capacity, timer settings and color-changing LED lights, which lets you choose between multiple colors like blue, pink and yellow.

Tea Drop Sampler

For the tea lover in your life, these tea drops — which are tea morsels that automatically dissolve in hot water to create a perfect blend — come in a variety of fun shapes and sweetened or unsweetened flavors. The sweetened sampler set contains a total of 25 drops in multiple flavors, including blueberry acai and sweet peppermint, and the unsweetened sampler trio includes 15 drops of each flavor: rose earl grey, citrus ginger and matcha green tea. Teas in the sweetened sampler are available in a reusable wooden box, and teas in the unsweetened sampler come in recyclable cardboard tubes.

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