These Awesome Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Are Affordable AF

Don't let love leave you penniless. Here are some crowd-pleasing picks from local Etsy vendors, all under $30.


Chocolate & Bergamot Honey

PhoHoneyCo | Phoenicia
— $14 —

Gifting some honey to your honey may sound cheesy, but this luxe variety is nothing like your average store-bought pantry staple. Infused with bergamot and unsweetened chocolate (a V-Day essential), this organic wildflower honey shines best atop almond butter toast or fresh berries. And if this standout Catskill shop has you buzzing for another bite, make a beeline for other incredible flavors like Ginger & Orange, Chai Spice, and the limited edition Mint, Lemon Balm & Tulsi — or try out multiple with a gift set.


Letterpress Greeting Card

WishboneLetterpress | Kingston
— $5 —

Whether supplementing a gift or simply telling someone you’re thinking of them, Wishbone’s giant selection of hilarious cards — along with those of a naughtier variety — are guaranteed to make the subject of your affection fall in love. All cards are lovingly printed by hand on antique printing presses in Kingston, and the power couple making them may even inspire you to get a little more creative with your Valentine’s plans this year.


Couple’s Mug Set

DearCoffeeXoMugs | Westchester
— $28+ —

If love is brewing, gift this charming set to the coffee addict in your life. Available in two sizes, it’s equally as adorable as it is practical. Best of all, you get to keep one. But if this particular design doesn’t fit your (or your Valentine’s) vibe, the Westchester vendor offers plenty of other hilarious sayings that are sure to solicit some hearty laughs.


Sweet & Warm Massage Oil

​Herbaceutikals | Kent
— $18+ —

For anyone in need of a serious spa day, this organic oil offers the ultimate zen experience — without the monetary investment. And though a masseuse is unfortunately not included, therapeutic scents like rosemary, cinnamon, and calendula flowers will simultaneously relax and invigorate your senses. The Putnam-based online apothecary also carries a line of all-natural soaps, salves, and balms for all of your other skin needs.


Distressed White Chalk Painted Vase

HudsonRiverCraftings | Red Hook
— $12 —

If you plan on picking up a bouquet for your sweetheart, keep in mind that the flowers are just as special as the vessel you store them in. This distressed cut glass vase offers understated country-style elegance that won’t distract from your floral variety of choice. And if you go for the romantic single rose approach, these adorable hand painted vintage bottles appropriately compliment the gesture.


Rich Homemade Fudge

KnobbysBakeShop | Westchester
— $5+ —

Ditch the heart-shaped box and gift something as rich as your love. The tired Valentine’s tradition has us yawning and yearning for more, and this locally made fudge in indulgent flavors like white chocolate caramel, dark chocolate raspberry, and Oreo totally delivers. There’s even a vegan variety that’s perfect for dairy-free recipients. Package sizes start at 2oz. (roughly 5 pieces), but trust us, you’ll want to order more.


Personalized Bullet Necklace

Laceandtwig | Kingston
— $29+ —

This stylish necklace carries a secret. At its base, the pendant — a metal bullet-shaped locket — opens to reveal a tiny personalized message printed on torn paper. Simply submit your custom memo at the time of purchase, and you’ll find it rolled up and carefully kept inside upon arrival. And if you so wish, the locket can also store tiny mementos, such as pine needles or sand from a beloved beach.

Just in case you’re still stumped on finding the perfect gift, the Kingston-based vendor currently has over 600 items for sale (yes, really!).


Lemongrass Beeswax Candle

FreshOutTheHive | Albany
— $12+ —

While most wax candles can be toxic and harmful for your health, these all-natural candles are made in the Catskills with simple ingredients that help purify the air in your home. Opt for lemongrass to refresh your senses, or check out other scents like Smokey Tobacco, French Market, and Morning Coffee that offer a fresh alternative to heavy, artificial fragrances. Spring for one, or go for a gift set.


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