Valentine’s Day can be pretty rough for a new couple, especially when you haven’t started saying “I love you” just yet, or you just defined your relationship a few weeks ago. There is all this love in the air, and while that can be nice, it also tends to put a lot of pressure on you to do something romantic and adorable – even if it doesn’t seem like you’re quite there yet.
And the gift options? Don’t even get me started. Every Valentine’s Day appropriate gift option seems to have the word “love” somewhere on it, meaning they’re off-limits if you haven’t said those three little words yet. Other gifts may seem too elaborate for your new couple status – you don’t want to freak him out, you know? Well, I’m here to help. Here are 18 Valentine’s Day gift ideas under $25 that won’t make him nervous. And they’re cheap!
Chocolate MonkeysThis is just a cute, easy gift that would make anyone smile. And if it doesn't make him smile, he may not really be human. Chocolate Monkeys, $20, 1-800-Flowers
Fun SlippersIf you're dating a Doctor Who fan, then you need to buy him this slippers. First of all, cozy slippers are a great gift for this freezing cold winter we're having. Second, these are just really awesome. Doctor Who Slippers, $19.99, Think Geek
A Stuffed HeartWho needs a stuffed teddy bear when you could buy a stuffed heart instead? I mean, come on. This is an awesome gift! Humongous Heart Plush, $20, I Heart Guts
Hot Tamales HottiesIf your boo isn't into chocolate, or you don't want to go there, get him a few boxes of these Hot Tamales Hotties candies. They're DELICIOUS (seriously, I can't stop eating them), and they're cheap and just make a fun, easy gift. Hot Tamales Hotties, drugstores
A Cute NotepadThis sweet little notepad is the perfect thing to get if you're not sure if you should get anything at all. It's small, very inexpensive, and just really cute. It's not putting any weird pressure on your relationship, either. And hey, if you decide not to give it to him, you can just keep them for yourself. XOXO Sticky Notes, $3.99, Knock Knock Stuff
A Sexy NotepadIf you're not afraid to get a little sexual and goofy, buy your BF this Sexy Citation notepad. It's fun, it's corny, and it's perfect for the holiday. Don't take it too seriously! Sexy Citation Notepad, $4.50, Knock Knock Stuff
A Box Of ChocolateWhen in doubt, go for a box of delicious truffles. Godiva makes some of the best ones. I like this option because it's not in a sappy heart box, and it's definitely not over-the-top. 8 pc. Gold Ballotin, $15, Godiva
Cheesy BoxersEvery dude could always use a new pair of boxers (trust me on this), and this one is just cheesy enough for Valentine's Day. I bought my boyfriend something like this as a V-day gift when we had only been dating for two months, and he really liked it. Hearts Woven Boxers, $12, Urban Outfitters
A Leather WalletA simple leather wallet always makes a good gift, because most guys could always use a new one, and it will always work. This brown one works with everything, and it will hold all of his stuff. Buxton Leather Trifold Wallet, $20, Kohl's
Pocket CologneA bottle of cologne can be pretty pricey, but cologne does make a great gift. So instead, go for the cheaper pocket version. This is great for travel, or just so he can carry around whenever he needs to freshen up. Calvin Klein Euphoria For Men Pocket Spray, $20, Macys
A Phone Mount For His CarIf your boyfriend drives and has his own car, get him this phone holder so that he'll always be able to see your texts. I'm totally kidding, he should not be using his phone that way when he's driving. This is great if your BF has to drive a lot and use his GPS. It even comes with a bonus car charger. Car Phone Holder Mount for Windshield, $15.95, Amazon
A Good BookIf your boyfriend likes to read, get him a good book like Fight Club. It's a really interesting read, and definitely something he should have. A lot of people have seen the movie, but haven't actually read the book. Plus, the red cover is perfect for V-day! Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, $14.95, Urban Outfitters
A Gummy Candy BoxMaybe he's not into chocolate - that doesn't mean you can't get him candy. Sugarfina makes the best gummy candies in so many different flavors. This box of gummies features like mango and sours, and it has cute ones like Sugar Lips. It's adorable. Gummy Love Box, $25, Sugarfina
A Portable Hand WarmerThis hand warmer is great for this cold winter weather, and it's not too personal, so it shouldn't make you feel weird to give it to him. Zippo A-Frame Hand Warmer, $13.68, Amazon
A Fun Key RingEveryone could always use a fun key ring, and this one is perfect if your boyfriend is really into fixing things up or using tools. I'm Nuts About You Key Ring, $20, Uncommon Goods
A Cool MugThis mug goes from a black heart to a red one as it fills up with hot liquid. It's very different and fun. Yeah, it has a giant heart on it, but it's so cool that it won't even seem sappy. Pixel Heart Heat Changing Mug, $11.99, Think Geek
A Poker SetIf your new boo is into card games and all of that, get him this poker set. It's a cool gift that he'll definitely enjoy, and it's also a great option for the cheap price. Poker Card Box Set, $20, Kohl's
Silly SocksWant to get him something silly that's still sweet? Go for a pair of lovey-dovey socks with hearts all over them. This is an especially great option if your BF has a great sense of humor. Sock It To Me Sweetheart Socks, $17.99, 1-800-Flowers
Which of these gift ideas is your favorite? Which would you buy for your boyfriend? What did we forget to include? Tell me in the comments.