If you’ve been together with your significant other for a long time, or you just don’t want to give the generic “chocolate and flowers” gift for Valentine’s Day, what are your options? There are a few choices outside of the proverbial box, and there are some that cost less than you would expect. With a little bit of creativity, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stereotypical, but instead can be a fun way to express your love for another person.

 

Here are just a few choices for gifts that will still make your lover’s heart skip a beat while being slightly left of center:

 

Subscription Box

 

Don’t have a lot of money to spend right now, or want to give your loved one a gift that will last all year long? Consider getting that special person a monthly subscription box. These boxes could be healthy food choices, clothing, makeup, work out gear, or geeky fandom items. As long as you know what your significant other likes, you will be able to supply him or her with a monthly box that won’t break the bank.

 

Music Box

 

When most women were young girls, they owned a music box with a tiny ballerina inside. As women age, they still have a need for boxes that will hold small trinkets. For Valentine Day, consider getting her an engraveable music box with a secret note, a music box that plays your song, or a music box that plays her favorite song. The great thing about music boxes is that they are useful, and they will remind her of you every single time she opens it up.

 

A Book

 

Now, this gift is only a good idea for a woman or man who likes to read. Find a book that really means a lot to you and inscribe what about the book means a lot to you on the inside cover. Hopefully, this will allow your partner to get to know you better. Then, at the end of the book, inscribe a love letter or note that tells that special person just how much he or she means to you.

 

A Jar of Dates

 

If you want to make something that will last all year long and that costs a little more than a subscription box, put little folded up notes that tell your boyfriend or girlfriend about a date that you will pay for and arrange in a jar. That way, if you are bored some day, instead of laying around and watching Netflix, you will be able to get up and go on that date.

 

Being unique and special on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be difficult, nor does it have to cost a lot of money. Instead, focus on being special and giving from the heart.