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Valentine's Day Gifts on a Budget
Don’t’ be the guy who shows up with a box of chocolates and flowers on Feb. 14. There are many creative gifts available that won't break the bank.

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Let’s be honest, Valetine’s Day gifts can be extremely cliché and impersonal. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We talked to Martha Stewart Living Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Holden who offered tips for the perfect gifts for loved ones that won’t destroy your budget.

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Brownies

Brownies are a hit on any occasion, and the Big Bear Brownie Mix costs only $5.75 and can be easily made by baking novices. The company, Kodiak Cakes, even has mixes for pancakes, waffles and cookies.

Martha Stewart Living, February, 2011 Issue

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Display Your Love…Literally

Make an ordinary meal more romantic with heart-shaped food. Use a heart-shaped cutter to make anything from ice cream sandwiches, french toast or ravioli more romantic. Martha Stewart Living suggests several cookie cutters ranging from $8 to $49.75 from cooksdream.com and bakedeco.com.

Martha Stewart Living, February, 2011 Issue

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Chewy Chocolate Chunk-Cherry Cookies

The chocolate chunks and cherries add a yummy twist to the traditional chocolate chip cookie. These are sure to be a hit as a Valentine's gift for co-workers or friends. Check out the recipe here.

Martha Stewart Living, February, 2011 Issue

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Hot Chocolate

On a cold February night a cup of hot chocolate is a great way to heat things up. Making a cup of cocoa can be a fun way to spend time with friends, kids or your significant other and can be made with or without alcohol depending on the audience.

Martha Stewart Living, February, 2011 Issue

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Chain Letters

Learn how to make this accordion of envelopes at the Martha Stewart Living website that you can use for a variety of creative ways. Add a note with a different sentiment in each envelope, or a different gift in each such as a gift card or movie tickets for a date night. Or even for 'coupon's' for your significant other for things such as breakfast in bed.

Martha Stewart Living, February, 2011 Issue

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Handmade Stationary or a Chocolate Card

For grandparents or other family members or friends that are nostalgic for sending handwritten notes, the Arpa stationary set, handmade from Spain, is a great gift for $13.

Not sure whether to send a gift or a card to someone? No need to choose with the Chocolate Bar Card, $18, and the La Dolce Biscuit Card, $15. With these you can send a Valentine's Day wish with something to ease their sweet tooth as well.

Martha Stewart Living, February, 2011 Issue

Valentine's Day Gifts on a Budget

Don’t’ be the guy who shows up with a box of chocolates and flowers on Feb. 14. There are many creative gifts available that won't break the bank.

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