When you find yourself in that awkward purgatory where you've just started dating someone and aren't really sure where it's going but it's also Valentine's Day (???), sometimes it's better to play it safe than show up empty-handed. Ahead, 13 thoughtful V-Day gift ideas for the budget-conscious (most fall under $30) that still look like you put plenty of thought into it.
Poketo's cult favorite planners are expensive because they're so chic and well-organized. But they're so worth it—your giftee will thank you for helping them stick to their 2017 resolutions.
Moment Planner, $30; poketo.com.
A twee cement planter that's shaped like an avocado. Aw!
Avocado Fruit Planter, $24; needsupply.com.
A fancy marigold glass pour-over filter that's easier on the eyes than your average V60 Chemex.
Yield Double-Wall Pour-Over, $34; ingodwetrustnyc.com.
A little subtler than a bouquet, gift these fancy green tea sachets infused with rose petals. Mmmm.
Rose Green Tea, $16; kusmitea.com.
For the S.O. who thinks that "cold brewing" means putting ice in hot coffee and refrigerating.
HARIO Cold Brewer, $25; store.moma.org.
A golden water bottle from the cult-favorite S'Well company that looks like $$$ money.
S'Well Yellow Gold Water Bottle, $42; swell.com.
Plant Apothecary created this body wash with scents which are meant to enhance desire—like sandalwood to cedar—for an extra steamy shower experience. As a bonus, proceeds from each product go to BKLYN UNTD, an organization dedicated to giving work to those with mental and physical disabilities.
Plant Apothecary Organic Bodywash, $20; plantapothecary.com.
The prettiest cookbook that's been released in the age of Instagram, Everything I Want to Eat (written by the owner of California's Swirl restaurant) is a must-own. Its ingredients are super accessible (no pretentious ingredients here) and its food porn pages make you want to kick your Seamless habit.
Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking, $28; amazon.com.
A chic envelope-style card case for the minimalist who wants to keep things compact (read: doesn't hoard receipts).
i ro se Card Case, $40; needsupply.com.
Yes, you could get Moon Juice's ever-popular sex dust, but we think the power of a good night's sleep is truly underrated, too. Custom blended super herbs are purported to help induce sleep naturally, whether you believe or not, and it's otherwise just a nice bedtime treat.
Dream Dust, $30; urbanoutfitters.com.
A beautiful porcelain cake stand to help the bakers in your life literally elevate their craft.
Graduate Cake Pedestal, $15; cb2.com.
Because there are really only mixed results (no pun intended) when you try to eyeball measurements for your favorite cocktails, this kit makes it easier to recreate them accurately with specified measurement marks. Each kit comes with four different drink glasses, from a Bloody Mary to a Mojito.
Bartending Glasses Kit of Four, $20; store.moma.org.