Great Valentine’s Day gifts for under $100


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According to the National Retail Federation, Americans planned to spend just under $200 on their Valentines last year. After the year we’ve just had, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that number rise. After all we’ve been through, we’ll do whatever we can to bring joy to our loved ones! But you don’t have to spend that much to wow your partner. I found amazing gifts that are under $100 that will surprise and delight your sweetheart.


Verilux HappyLight Alba ($50)


Sunlight is an important component of our wellness, and being that we’re more cooped up than ever, a little help is in order. This handy little light therapy lamp provides the light we’re missing in just minutes a day, so if your sweetheart seems a bit down, this could be just the thing. And bonus: This also works well as a flattering desk light for all those Zoom meetings.

Pure Enrichment PureGlow Crystal Himalayan Salt Rock Lamp & Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser ($60) 


This feel-good gift is a blend of a Himalayan salt rock lamp and an essential oil diffuser, helping to boost your sweetie’s mood and even neutralize the positively charged ions that emit from ever-present electronic devices.


Pottery with a Purpose Valentine’s Pottery Kit ($74) 


If the weather or the pandemic have you stuck inside, don’t despair. With this kit, you can have plenty of fun with your partner, Galentine or kids this Valentine’s Day. The kit comes with clay for one or two people, tools, paint, a card, vegan, dairy-free snacks, access to a special Valentine’s tutorial and more. My suggestion: You can each make something for the other and exchange them!


Piecework Puzzles Tickled Pink ($32) 


This puzzle brand aims to help us savor the moment and enjoy our time indoors with high-quality art paper and eye-catching images. They have lots of designs for adults and kids, but I love this 500-piece one for your Valentine’s Day partner due to its lush (and suggestive) imagery.

Drinks & Eats

Cheese Brothers Love Is Cheesy” Gift Collection ($54.95. Get 15% off with code LOVE15) 


Charcuterie boards are a huge trend, and this savory, sweet and spicy gift collection makes creating a gorgeous board easy. It contains a selection of four best-selling Wisconsin-made cheeses, sugar wood sea salt-topped caramel bites and Bushel and Peck’s cherry lavender jam.


Very Good Butchers Box of Vegan Cheese ($59.95) 


If your partner is vegan or non-dairy, these vegan cheeses will allow them to enjoy their very own “cheese” board. The five nut-based cheeses are also delicious melted or spread on sandwiches. If you want to bulk up your gift, Very Good Butchers also makes a vegan charcuterie box packed with vegetarian meat substitutes.


Magic Hour Sample Box ($77) 


For the ultimate eco-luxe, tea-lover experience, this beautifully designed gift contains more than 85 cups of tea, including five packets of delicious flavors, like almond matcha and goddess green, plus one jar of raspberry earl black, two packets of Shoyeido emerald incense, and a glass tea-in-hand pot with strainer.


Harry & David Donut Bouquet Gift Box ($54.99)


Treat your special someone to this decadent and delicious gift of miniature donuts, which are dipped in dark, milk or white chocolate before being topped with chocolate drizzle and candy toppings. Yum.

Serving Up Love

Savino Wine Saving Carafe Two-Pack ($67.95) 


These chic, dishwasher-safe carafes use patented technology to eliminate the need for pumps or corks to preserve your bottle of wine. This two-pack contains one glass wine carafe and one shatterproof one, so whether you stay in or head out to the patio, you’re covered. The carafes are also sold separately, but this two-pack is the best deal.


SylvanSport Hacky Pack Day Pack ($39.95)


Plans for a V-Day hike? Your date will be so impressed when you unpack a picnic of goodies from this roomy backpack, which then folds up into a tiny ball and becomes their gift!


Maker Wine & Chocolate Treat-Yo-Self Pack ($74)


This set is perfect if you are planning a picnic. Each box contains two cans each of pinot noir, merlot and sparkling rosé produced by female and minority winemakers, plus a rich Compartes California Berries Chocolate Bar and a stemless GoVino glass.


Joann Happy Valentine’s Day 4 pk Ceramic Heart Plates ($39.99. Currently on sale for $15.99)


I love this set of four ceramic plates for Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed or family dinner. Three of the bright and colorful plates have love-themed messages and the fourth is a fun floral.  (Dimensions: 6.88 x 0.88 x 5.75 inches)

Feeling Fancy

Civetta Sterling Silver Rose Quartz Earrings ($69)


Rose quartz is known as a healing crystal that communicates unconditional love, and these rose quartz earrings are absolutely stunning. They are comfortable enough to be worn every day, but elegant enough to be worn for a special occasion and look far more expensive than they are. It’s ready to gift in a beautiful box and velvet drawstring pouch.

Bombas Men’s Valentine’s Day Dress Calf Sock 4-Pack ($60.80, a 5 percent pack savings)


Normally, a gift of socks may seem boring, but with two pairs that are covered in hearts and two that are festooned with stripes, these colorful socks are far from ho-hum. Plus, they are so comfortable that he may never wear another brand. A women’s set is also available. For every item purchased, an item is donated to those in need. The brand has donated more than 50 million items to those at-risk.

Zales Vera Wang Love Collection Bow Necklace in Sterling Silver ($89.99. 25% off at the time of this writing)


This Vera Wang necklace, which was designed exclusively for Zales, features a sculpted bow on a dainty, adjustable chain and a tiny sapphire adorning the clasp. The necklace is understated and chic, and it is comfortable enough to wear every day. The chic black box with a fabric bow requires no wrapping.

Kizik Men’s Lima shoes ($99) 


These sneakers are an easy way to elevate his style game and provide him with incredibly comfortable footwear. They also feature a patented heel design that will allow him to slip into the shoes without bending down, making them as easy to wear as slides or flip flops. They available in a variety of colors, and women’s styles are also available.

Montelle Intimates Bust Support Chemise ($69), 9 colors


This supportive and flattering chemise has really easy sizing, and the fabric is supportive and forgiving, making it ideal for gifting. She’ll love to wear it on Valentine’s Day, but she may end up sleeping in it all the time or wearing it under dresses. It’s available in nine colors, but I like the cherry blooms, which is white with tiny red flowers, or the sweet red, which is a show-stopping red. It’s available in sizes S-3X.

Shop Green Digs Anthurium ($55)


This statement-making plant with big, glossy red flowers looks like it was made for Valentine’s Day! Plus, it’s better than flowers because it lives on and on.




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Make these Valentine’s Day cocktails tonight to wow your sweetheart


If you and your loved one like to mix things up a bit, especially when it comes to cocktails, we’ve got some really tasty treats for you. Whether you like vodka, gin, cognac, rum or a combination of a few of these, one of our six cocktails is sure to please.


Four Roses


If you want something really special and don’t mind dropping a few hundred coin on ingredients, Between the Sheets is a smooth operator. This recipe makes two cocktails.

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into coupe glasses. Garnish with a flamed orange peel. Enjoy.


Want an indulgent chocolate cocktail that will have your romantic partner oohing and aahing? This is it.
  • 2 parts Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur
  • 2 parts your favorite vodka

Mix equal parts Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur with vodka. Shake with ice. Pour into martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice or,  before filling glass, swirl some chocolate sauce all around the rim and let it drip down the inside of the glass.




Want a lighter chocolate option? The chocolate bitters in the Tropical Romance provides just a whisper of sultry cocoa in a light and refreshing drink.

  • 2 oz. Larga Vida Rum
  • 1 barspoon Simple Syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters

Stir all ingredients together over ice. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube or strain into a coupe. Enjoy it while it lasts.



Prefer your adult beverages neat and tidy? Pour Son of a Peat: The Reedemer in a glass, drink neat or on the rocks and pair with a piece of dark chocolate. Perfect for enjoying in pairs!


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This fresh twist on the classic whiskey sour is sure to get your sweetheart’s attention.

  • 2 oz Four Roses Small Batch bourbon
  • 1 ½ oz Honey Simple Syrup
  • ½ oz Lemon Juice
  • 5 drops Angostura Bitters

 Mix all ingredients. Serve over ice and enjoy.


Four Roses


Feel like your mixology skills are limited? This recipe from TheSpruceEats is simple enough that anyone can make it.


  • 2 strawberries (hulled, sliced)
  • 1 1/2 ounces cake flavored vodka
  • 1 splash lemon juice
  • 4 ounces cream soda (or enough to fill)
  • Garnish: 1 strawberry
  1. In a cocktail shaker, add two fresh strawberries. Muddle well.
  2. Add the vodka and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well
  3. Strain into a chilled highball glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Top with soda and garnish with a strawberry or other Valentine’s Day goodies.

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes,, Kiplinger, Marketwatch,, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.