If you're trying to come up with budget-friendly Valentine's Day presents, take heart. There are plenty of ways to say "I love you" without breaking the bank.
We're forever haunted by our guy friend's story about a woman who baked him an entire pie, after just one date. Want to say "you seem kind of cool" without entering the crazy zone? We've put together a guide to help you find the best, budget-friendly gift for each person in your life:
Ack! But We Just Started Dating!
Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures, $10 Pick up the debut CD from supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which includes Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis, $10.04 Is the person a sports fan? You cannot go wrong with anything by best-selling author Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, The Blind Side).
Getting a Bit More Serious
Klipsch Image S4 Earphones, $80 Particularly if your significant other is a music fan, we like these in-ear headphones that offers an exceptional sound quality for the price (CNET raves about them). Fits an iPod, iPhone, and most other portable devices.
Leatherman Juice S2 Pocket Multi-Tool, $41 This incredibly handy gadget features pliers, a knife, multiple screwdrivers, scissors, a can/bottle opener, and more. Plus, it's small enough to fit in a pocket. Go ahead and get one for yourself, too, MacGyver.
Omaha Steaks Filet Mignons, $45 (on sale from $70) Restaurants offer special (read: obscenely jacked up) menus on Valentine's Day. Instead, stay in, cook an amazing dinner together, and celebrate the evening without overspending.
J. Crew Tipped Cashmere Socks, $35 (on sale from $60) It's a little silly, but so what? It's Valentine's Day, so let him feel pampered.
You Love Your Best Friend, Too
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag, from $18-$31 This classic bag is useful, durable, and a good bang for your buck. Get it monogrammed for an added touch.
Hope for Haiti Now Digital Album, $8 Download this album with performances by Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, John Legend, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and an array of other stars. Proceeds go to relief efforts in Haiti.
For Mom and Dad
Charity: Water Card, $20 Each $20 card provides clean water to a person for twenty years. Your parents will be proud to have raised such a responsible citizen of the world.
Hey, What About Me?
See's Candies Assorted Chocolates, $16 for 1 lb. Is it ever wrong to buy chocolate on Valentine's Day? Never.
Contribute $100 To Your IRA. $100 at age 25 can grow into over $2,000 by the time you're 65. Now, that's a great gift.