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You don’t need an excuse to show appreciation for your friends, but Valentine’s Day is definitely a good one!

Your friends give you a lot of love throughout the year – supporting you physically and emotionally.

So it’s important to find ways to intentionally acknowledge their value and efforts. As Debbie Gisonni, Huffpost contributor, puts it…

“We spend oodles of time worshiping people in the media whom we’ve never met, but often go about our daily lives without acknowledging the people we see every day.”

And one of the many ways that we can show these people we care, according to Gisonni, is to give them a gift.

Even a tiny, inexpensive gift on a Hallmark holiday like Valentine’s Day. It’s truly the thought that counts.

That said, today I’m sharing 8 super useful, super cheap Valentine gifts for friends that you can give this year.

If your want surprise your crew, without breaking the bank, scroll down to see and shop my picks. There’s a new FREEBIE at the bottom for you, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Valentine’s day gift ideas

I feel like people correlate super cheap gifts with super useless gifts, but that’s so not the case.

Retailers like Amazon and Target have tons of low-cost, practical items.

Here are 8 of them that I think make great Valentine gifts for friends.

Valentine Gifts for Friends Idea: A Reusable Grocery Bag

1. Reusable Grocery Bags

Especially the kind of reusable grocery bags that conveniently fold up to fit in a purse or travel bag. You just never know when you’re going to need the extra space! I’ve actually had to use one of these to lighten my luggage ahead of a flight, lol.

Here are some highly rated options that you can buy in bulk on the cheap.

(FYI: You can click the arrows to scroll and the images if you want to shop.)

Valentine Gifts for Friends Idea: A Heart Shaped Ring Tray

2. A Heart Shaped ring dish

Ring dishes can be used all over the house – on a dresser or nightstand, on an office desk, and even in the kitchen.

It’s nice to have a safe, reliable place to put your jewelry when you need to take it off. Not to mention one that you’ll actually remember, lol!

That said, here are some cute options to consider for your Valentine gifts for friends…

Valentine Gifts for Friends Idea: A Canvas Tote

3. A Canvas Pouch

Canvas pouches are awesome for home organization, handbag organization, and travel.

If you want to kick it up a notch, you can gift the matching totes, too.

Both come in bulk at Target!

Valentine Gifts for Friends Idea: A Pair of Cozy Crew Socks

4. Cozy Socks

Unless you live in a climate like Miami, cozy crew socks are a solid gift to give in February!

The pair shown comes in a 3-pack that’s only $7. That makes this gift under $2.50 if you give one per person!

A small LED flashlight with a few of The Joyful Co.'s free printable valentine tags tied to it.

5. A mini LED flashlight

I don’t know about you, but I can never find a flashlight when I actually need it!

So while this might be one of the most random Valentine gifts for friends, it’s definitely a practical one.

A small candle with one of The Joyful Co.'s free printable valentine tags glued around it.

6. A Small Candle

Small candles are such a treat because they allow you to try new scents without fully committing.

Plus, they’re great for smaller spaces like bathrooms, bedrooms, and offices.

A DIY box of chocolates with a two of The Joyful Co.'s free valentine printables tied around it.

7. A DIY Box of Chocolates

Sure, you can buy one of those pre-made boxes of chocolates. But putting together a DIY box of chocolates could earn you some brownie points. It just feels a bit more thoughtful!

Plus, you’ll save a little money if you buy the materials – like heart shaped boxes and chocolate candy – in bulk.

Valentine Gifts for Friends Idea: An Antimicrobial Door Opener

8. An Antimicrobial Keychain

The antimicrobial door opener and keychain became a super popular tool in 2020, when simple tasks like opening public doors and pushing buttons in elevators suddenly felt threatening.

Considering how hyperaware people are of germs these days, these really do make great gifts.


Free Printable Valentine Tags

I couldn’t give you a list of affordable Valentine gifts for friends, and then let you spend double on gift wrap. That stuff’s expensive these days! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

So I created yet another freebie for you!

Fill out the form below to get 10 free printable valentine tags sent to your inbox.

Use a hole punch and twine to tie them to your gifts and you’ll be good to go!


So which Valentine gifts for friends do you think you’ll go with this year?

If you use one of these ideas, please share it on Instagram and tag my account – @thisisjoyfull. I’d love to see and share!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading. Don’t be a stranger!

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