13 Affordable Unisex Valentine's Day Gifts That Look $$$

AKA the guide to gifting someone you just started seeing.

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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.

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<p>Poketo's cult favorite planners are expensive because they're so chic and well-organized. But they're so worth it—<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>your giftee will thank you for helping them stick to&nbsp;their 2017 resolutions.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Moment Planner, $30; <a href="http://www.poketo.com/products/moment-planner-in-large" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">poketo.com</a>.</strong></p>
The Rolls-Royce of Planners

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; .

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<p>A twee cement&nbsp;planter that's shaped like an avocado. Aw!</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">Avocado Fruit Planter, $24;&nbsp;<a href="http://needsupply.com/avocado-fruit-planter.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">needsupply.com</a>.</strong></p>
An Upgrade to Your Indoor Plants

A twee cement planter that's shaped like an avocado. Aw!

Avocado Fruit Planter, $24; .

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<p>A fancy marigold glass pour-over filter that's easier on the eyes&nbsp;than your average V60 Chemex.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">Yield Double-Wall Pour-Over, $34;&nbsp;<a href="http://ingodwetrustnyc.com/products/yield-double-wallpourover-amber" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">ingodwetrustnyc.com</a>.</strong></p>
A Prettier Pour-Over

A fancy marigold glass pour-over filter that's easier on the eyes than your average V60 Chemex. 

Yield Double-Wall Pour-Over, $34; .

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<p>A little subtler than a bouquet, gift these&nbsp;fancy&nbsp;green tea sachets&nbsp;infused with rose petals. Mmmm.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">Rose Green Tea, $16;&nbsp;<a href="https://us-en.kusmitea.com/our-teas/kusmi-tea-best-sellers/rose-green-tea.html?packaging=52" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">kusmitea.com</a>.</strong></p>
Aromatic Rosebud Tea

A little subtler than a bouquet, gift these fancy green tea sachets infused with rose petals. Mmmm. 

Rose Green Tea, $16; .

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<p>For the S.O. who thinks that "cold brewing" means&nbsp;putting ice in hot coffee and refrigerating.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">HARIO Cold Brewer, $25;&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://store.moma.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_HARIO-Cold-Brewer_10451_10001_208823_-1_26715_11593_208909" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">store.moma.org.</strong></a></p>
A Sleek Japanese Cold Brewer

For the S.O. who thinks that "cold brewing" means putting ice in hot coffee and refrigerating. 

HARIO Cold Brewer, $25; 

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<p>A golden water bottle from the cult-favorite S'Well company&nbsp;that looks like $$$ money.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">S'Well Yellow Gold Water Bottle, $42; <a href="http://www.swellbottle.com/product/yellow-gold/?size=17oz&amp;gclid=Cj0KEQiAzNfDBRD2xKrO4pSnnOkBEiQAbzzeQZn8_rTvYP7RG-BFWISxbSUl1IRWT4aBNtL0bz7SmRQaAnzX8P8HAQ&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">swell.com</a>.</strong></p>
Golden Goals

A golden water bottle from the cult-favorite S'Well company that looks like $$$ money. 

S'Well Yellow Gold Water Bottle, $42; .

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<p>Plant Apothecary created this body&nbsp;wash with scents which&nbsp;are meant to enhance desire—<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" style="line-height: 1.6em; background-color: initial;" rel="line-height: 1.6em; background-color: initial;" data-redactor-style="line-height: 1.6em; background-color: initial;">like</span>&nbsp;sandalwood to cedar—for an extra steamy shower experience. As a bonus, proceeds from each product&nbsp;go to BKLYN UNTD, an organization dedicated to giving work to those with mental and physical disabilities.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">Plant Apothecary Organic Bodywash, $20;&nbsp;<a href="https://plantapothecary.com/product/get-it-on-bodywash-9-5oz-281ml/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">plantapothecary.com</a>.</strong></p>
Aphrodisiac Body Wash

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; .

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<p>The prettiest cookbook that's been released in the age of Instagram, <em data-redactor-tag="em">Everything I Want to Eat</em> (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.
</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking, $28; <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Want-Eat-California-Cooking/dp/141972231X" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">amazon.com</a>.</strong>
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Coffee-Table Cook Book

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; .

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<p>A chic envelope-style card case for the minimalist&nbsp;who wants to keep things compact&nbsp;(read: doesn't hoard&nbsp;receipts)<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">i ro se Card Case, $40; <a href="http://needsupply.com/seamless-card-case.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">needsupply.com</a>.</strong></p>
A No-Frills Card Case

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; .

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<p>Because everyone needs more <a href="http://carte-mere.info/beauty/news/a22899/urban-decay-rainbow-palettes/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">rainbow accents</a> in their utensil drawer.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Beta Pastry Server, $15; <a href="http://www.cb2.com/beta-pastry-server/s600331" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">cb2.com</a>.</strong></p>
Psychedelic Server

Because everyone needs more rainbow accents in their utensil drawer. 

Beta Pastry Server, $15; .

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<p>Yes, you could get Moon Juice's ever-popular&nbsp;<a href="http://carte-mere.info/sex-love/a19993/i-tried-sex-dust/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">sex dust</a>,&nbsp;but we think the power of a&nbsp;<a href="http://carte-mere.info/health-fitness/news/a13230/new-national-sleep-foundation-guidelines/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">good night's sleep</a>&nbsp;is truly underrated, too. Custom blended super herbs are purported to help&nbsp;induce sleep naturally, whether you believe or not, and it's otherwise just&nbsp;a nice bedtime&nbsp;treat.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">Dream Dust, $30;&nbsp;<a href="http://needsupply.com/womens/beauty/dream-dust-by-moon-juice.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">urbanoutfitters.com</a>.</strong></p>
Better Sleep in a Jar

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; .

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<p>A beautiful porcelain&nbsp;cake stand to help the bakers in your life&nbsp;literally elevate their craft.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Graduate Cake Pedestal, $15; <a href="http://www.cb2.com/graduate-cake-pedestal/s164735" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">cb2.com</a>.</strong></p>
Cake Stand for Minimalists

A beautiful porcelain cake stand to help the bakers in your life literally elevate their craft. 

Graduate Cake Pedestal, $15; .

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<p>Because there are really only mixed results (no pun intended) when you try to eyeball measurements for&nbsp;your favorite cocktails, this kit makes it&nbsp;easier to recreate them accurately with specified measurement marks. Each kit comes with four different&nbsp;drink glasses, from a Bloody Mary to a Mojito.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">Bartending Glasses Kit of Four, $20;&nbsp;<a href="https://store.moma.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Bartending-Glasses_10451_10001_238399_-1_26715_11593_238432" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">store.moma.org</a>.</strong></p>
A Kit for Budding Mixologists

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; .

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