hhh, Valentine’s Day, the day of love. If you’re in a relationship, you’re probably feeling creatively tapped out of gift ideas after the holiday season. If you’re single, Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to get a little something for your first love: you.
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Of course, no matter the person you’re shopping for, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your budget — and your credit card bills. Remember, carrying high balances can hurt your credit scores. You can see where you stand by viewing your free credit report summary, updated each month, on Credit.com.
To help keep your finances in check this year, here are some gift ideas for your favorite sweetie that are gentle on the wallet. (Remember, prices are subject to change.)
1. I Loaf You Plush Bread
Price: $22 at Heather Donohue
If your sweetie has a soft spot for puns and handcrafted goods, he or she will “loaf” this adorable plush made by clever craftswoman Heather Donohue.
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2. Foolproof Blending Trio
Price: $45 at Demeter Fragrance
She loves fragrance, but which one? You know what kind of scents she’ll like, so take your pick from several trio options, like Clean, Light Floral or a Valentine’s Trio (available Feb. 6) and let her create the perfect, personalized blend using the enclosed blending strips.
3. Born In My Heart Sox
Price: $28.50 at Solemate Sox
These socks featuring the design of artist Stephanie Corfee are as functional as they are beautiful. They have a patent-pending magnetic feature that helps ensure that, if they go into the washer together, they will emerge from the dryer the same. Kind of like life, no?
4. Thai Bracelet (Red)
Price: $40 at World Vision
Do some good when you give a gift to your sweetheart. This beautiful wooden bracelet can be purchased with a donation of $40 or more to World Vision, a non-profit that tackles poverty worldwide. It was made in Thailand as part of a project that focuses on the protection of girls from exploitative practices.
5. Adriana Orsini Eden Pavé Crystal Drop Earrings/Silvertone
Price: $50 at Saks Fifth Avenue
If she likes a touch of glamour, these elegant 1-inch drop earrings with pavé crystals will be a perfect addition to her collection.
This article originally appeared on Credit.com.
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