Valentine’s Day is an easy holiday to forget about. With the stress of Christmas gift giving, New Year’s celebrations and the start of the semester, it can be easy to let Valentine’s Day fall behind. But have no fear, here is an easy and college-budget friendly gift guide you can use for your partner or friends. 


Chocolate is a Valentine’s Day staple. Whether it’s a box of chocolates, a cute little goody bag or chocolate hearts, you can’t go wrong with the Valentine’s Day classic. 

“A box of their favorite chocolate or candy goes a long way,” said freshman Abigail Rivers.

Even better, get some friends together and make chocolate dipped strawberries as a way to celebrate. You can try them plain or add red and pink sprinkles, crushed pretzels or any other creative combination.


Succulents are low maintenance plants that add a nice touch of nature to any room they are in. Make a Valentine’s Day-themed succulent terrarium by mixing different succulents together and adding some rose petals, rosebuds or paper hearts. If you want to give an individual succulent or are using a bigger pot, paint the pot a Valentine’s Day color and add hearts or any little decorations that make it personalized. 


Valentine’s Day is a time to show how much you care. What better way to do that than through something homemade and original. Scrapbooks, journal entries or letters to your partner are easy ways to show your partner how much you love them. Make a list or scrapbook your favorite memories together, favorite qualities of them or just write a plain old love letter. 

Homemade Gifts

“I am a big believer that it’s more about the thought and the effort behind the gift than the gift itself,” said freshman Rachel Gotvald. 

If you are crafty, make jewelry. Matching necklaces, bracelets or even earrings are a cute and cheap way to show your affection for someone. 

“With jewelry, you are literally giving someone a piece of you to wear, and that has a lot of meaning to it,” Rivers said. 

If you are musical, write an original song. Whether you serenade them with opera, a guitar love ballad or something entirely instrumental, music is a great way to express emotion and win over someone’s heart. 


If you have access to a kitchen, make a meal. Cooking their favorite food is a budget-friendly way to show appreciation. 

“It’s really hard to find a gift that someone put thought into disappointing,” Rivers said. 


Music is a great way to tell someone how you feel about them. 

“Spotify playlists that have a message to them are my favorites to receive,” Gotvald said. 

Make a playlist with songs you associate with the relationship, your emotions or even songs you think your partner would like. All that matters is that it is personal. 

At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts. A personalized gift that shows thought and effort is the best gift you can give. Happy Valentine’s Day, Zags! 


Sydney Fluker is a staff writer.

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