Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is approaching … and you haven’t thought of this one.
If you’re shopping for a marketer, choosing a freebie can be even more daunting. We love trends, creativity, but also practicality! So – are you going the creative and fun way and buying something from us that can help us in the office? Or, are you following a pop culture trend that we love?
With everyone’s favorite “Flagship Holidays” around the corner, we got the feeling that some of you might have forgotten to find something special for a friend, family member or someone else. ‘one special who works in the world of marketing.
Rather than letting you choose a box of chocolates by default, we’ve put together a list of creative and useful gifts that are sure to impress. Now we’ll be the first to admit that some of them are kinda cheesy … but aren’t we all a little cheesy, after all?
We took into account all types of budgets by listing the gifts in ascending order of price. All of the following items may not ship in time for the big day, but you can still use the following list as inspiration for a last minute in-person shopping trip.
Top 20 cheesy Valentine’s Day gifts
The gift of nothing
Heart Headphone Splitter
Strawberries coated with chocolate catnip
Bitmoji Snapchat Merchandise
Chilli Herb Infuser
Heart Beat Camera Strap
Star Wars Cookie Jar
Globe shaped LED
Red Converse Sneakers
FujiFilm Mini Instant Camera
Smart water bottle
Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer
20 cheesy Valentine’s Day gifts for someone special
Price: $ 1 + (from various websites)
Have you just started an affair with someone and think a gag gift would be appropriate? Maybe you should give your loved one the gift of – well – nothing. Yes, it is an accessory that you can buy. There are even several video unboxes online. Check this one out:
The best part? If this product actually does “something” you can return it for a full refund.
Price: $ 5.00
This festive headphone splitter allows you to plug your headphones into one of two auxiliary inputs, leaving the other open for a friend or someone special. The best part? It comes on a handy keychain so you can take it anywhere with you.
Price: $ 6.00 +
Now I’m a dog person … but I work closely enough with a few hardcore cat ladies to know that to win them over you have to win their cat first. And these chocolate covered catnip strawberries will definitely do the trick.
4. Cable labels
Price: $ 9.99
Give organization as a gift for Valentine’s Day with these adorable little “clamps”. They hook onto wires to make it easier to sort through that tangled mess behind the monitor or under your desk.
5. Seed money
Price: $ 9.99
For word game lovers, I present to you: starting money. Cleverly disguised as currency, these coins are minted from handmade paper encrusted with seeds. Plant them, water them, and watch your investment grow. (You understand?)
Price: $ 12.91
This beanie will keep your head warm while keeping your ears happy. Thanks to the built-in microphone, your special someone can talk hands-free for up to six hours. Pretty cool, right?
seven. Bitmoji Snapchat Merchandise
If you’re friends with a millennial marketer, they’ve probably used Snapchat or at least created a Bitmoji. If so, you can visit the merchandise store on the Snapchat app and purchase shirts, mugs, or other goods with you and your friend’s Bitmojis on them.
To do this, all you have to do is go to your Snapchat app, tap on your face icon in the corner to access your profile, then scroll down and tap the “Buy Now” button. Bitmoji Merch “to view available merchandise. Once you click on an item, you can select your friends’ emoji to bring up a photo of both of you on an item.
Price: $ 13.70
Enhance the flavor of your favorite soup or stew with this chili-shaped herb infuser. This reusable pepper keeps all of your herbs together so you don’t have to worry about having an annoying lump of green stuff between your teeth.
Price: $ 13.99
Flowers are great, but why not go for the gift that keeps on giving? Long after the petals of that overpriced rose bouquet have shriveled, this unique aerial plant will still be thriving. Plus, it comes in festive packaging with a personalized message of up to 100 words.
ten. Spicy honey
Price: $ 15.00
Serving as the perfect blend of raw honey from independent beekeepers in the Hudson Valley and specially selected chillies, this sweet and spicy treat is sure to delight your Valentine’s Day.
11. Sushi slippers
Price: $ 15.99
Nothing says I love you more than fake fish for your feet. In all seriousness, this is the perfect gift for the sushi lover in your life. And they’re guaranteed to all feel warm and fuzzy … at least from the ankle down.
Price: $ 19.95
Help your Valentine keep their camera close to their heart with this unique wrist strap. Embroidered with a healthy heart rate design, this strap will remind your Valentine’s Day how much you care.
13. Potato parcel
Price: $ 20 – $ 40
Does someone special love potatoes and weird gifts? There are a few services, including Potato Parcel, which will allow you to put a message or an image of your face on a potato and send it to someone. While the price will vary depending on what is printed on the potato and how far you send it, it is certainly a gift to remember.
Source: Potato plot
Price: $ 24.99
Step 1: Buy the cookie jar.
Step 2: Bake the cookies.
Step 3: Place the cookies in the cookie jar.
15. Globe shaped LED
Price: $ 34.99
This stunning speaker proves that there is more than one way to deliver rock cool on Valentine’s Day. Perfect for the office or for big parties, this gadget lets you bring your favorite tunes wherever you go.
Price: $ 35.00
These iconic sneakers are the perfect gift for men and women. Not only are they comfortable and durable, the festive pop of color will add a little something to any outfit.
Price: $ 49.96
Indulge in nostalgia with this instant color camera. Just point, shoot and shake like a Polaroid image to keep memories with your loved one.
Price: $ 60.00
Show your Valentine how much you care by keeping him hydrated … in a fresh way. This Hidrate Spark Bluetooth water bottle pairs with an app on your phone to track your water usage. The bottle will glow to remind you to drink more in order to reach your goal.
Price: $ 99.99
Gone are the days of taking pictures with film cameras and developing them in a dark room. But our digital lifestyle doesn’t mean we have to give up on printed photography. In fact, there are a number of photo printers that allow you to connect your smartphone and print photos from your device.
And, if you’re looking for a digital marketer, especially Millennials, they probably have plenty of photos they would love to print and cherish – even after the endorphins from Instagram Likes have worn off.
20. Smart ring
Price: $ 125 – $ 195
Believe it or not, this fancy ring doubles as some really cool tech. Integrated with over 80 apps on iOS and Android, users can set custom color and vibration patterns through the corresponding app to receive notifications through the ring.
Think like a marketer when you buy for one
As marketers we like to create campaigns around the buyers. We seek out target prospects, what interests them and create content that tries to engage or delight them. If you are buying something for a friend or loved one, think like a marketer.
Take note of their interests, hobbies, and what you have in common to determine which gifts will be most appropriate and interesting for them.
Editor’s Note; This blog post was first published in February 2018, but was updated in February 2021 for completeness and freshness.