These Valentines gifts for a college girlfriend are the perfect mix of sweet treats and creative gifts. Whether it be a thoughtful gift or a tasty one, it is a gift of love and she is one lucky girl.
I love opportunities to spoil my loved ones. Any small moment I get the opportunity, I love to make someone feel special. My mom always made our holidays feel special, so I have taken after her and done the same thing.
Some of my favorite memories from growing up are around the holidays. It did not matter what holiday it was; my mom always tried to do something fun for a holiday. I love remembering those holidays because they bring me so much joy.
When you and your college girlfriend are exchanging the best Valentine's Day gifts, share a Valentines charcuterie board and a Valentine mocktail. Spending time together while eating food is the best way to celebrate this romantic holiday.
Coming up with a good present idea for Valentine's Day can be tricky. Some people are hard to shop for and some do not want physical objects for love day. Luckily for you, we have come up with a variety of present ideas. Starting with our Valentines day chocolate dipped fruit gifts.
We have gift ideas for pretty much everyone. There are gift ideas for those who like DIY presents, food, and spending quality time with you. We are sure you will find the perfect present.
If you know someone who needs Valentines gifts for babies, we've got them covered as well.
Why you should use these gift ideas
- They are the best Valentine's gifts because they are thoughtful and creative.
- It is a great way to show love for your best friend, family members, or someone special.
- They are gifts older kids and young adults will love.
- You will find that they are affordable ideas for Valentine's gifts, which are great for a college student who is most likely broke.
Our Valentine's Day gift list will help you find the best gift for that special person. We have options for all price ranges and styles, so there is a gift idea for everyone.
Valentine's Sugar Cookies DIY Chocolate Box
If you are not a big fan of the traditional Valentines chocolate box, then you are going to SWOON over these Valentine’s Day sugar cookies in a chocolate box!
Valentine's Cookie Gift
These Valentines cookie gift ideas will make someone's Valentine's Day extra special. Whether they are for a special Valentine or for your kiddos, they are sure to be a hit.
Valentine's Cake Pops
These Valentines cake pops recipes are for sweet treats with a beautiful smooth finish. They are great for any time of year but especially for Valentine's Day.
Valentine’s Day Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these sour cream sugar cookies! Cut them into hearts or other romantic shapes, then top with a cream cheese frosting dyed pink and red. They’re a perfect kids Valentine’s Day activity or treat to gift!
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Red Wine Chocolate Truffles
Red wine chocolate truffles in a homemade box of chocolates!
DIY Valentine Wood Earrings Craft
February 14th is a good time to make DIY Valentine wood earrings, but you can wear this cute heart jewelry any time of the year.
Pink Sugar Cookies
These pink sugar cookies are gluten free dairy free sugar cookies that are naturally colored pink. They are so chewy, soft, and they melt in your mouth. The crackly, sugar-coated tops make them beautiful and delicious, and you only need one bowl. They are so easy to make in just 20 minutes-- no chill time required!
DIY Acrylic Cricut Key Chains [Ours Are Valentines Themed]
There’s no better time than now to learn how to make acrylic Cricut key chains! Best of all, these can be great gift favors during special seasons such as Valentines Day. Making key chains with Cricut is super easy and loads of fun, this is a perfect craft for beginners.
Love You With All My Heart Crochet Blanket
This Valentine's Day, tell that special someone "I love you with all my heart" with this beautiful crochet heart blanket. This handmade one-of-a-kind Valentine's gift will show just how much you care, with its cozy softness and lovely heart details.
- Conversation Heart Necklace
- Chocolate Slab
- DIY Succulent Floating Candle Vase with Water Beads
- Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles (V, GF, Creamy Filling)
Valentine's Handprint Craft
This Valentine’s Handprint Craft is perfect for a Valentine’s Day Party activity or to make as gifts for Valentine’s Day! Make these at home or at school. Simply trace your child’s handprints, cut out and create a suncatcher in the middle of their hands. These are so cute and fun to display in the window.
Decadent 3-Ingredient Fudge: A Super Easy Fudge Recipe Without Condensed Milk
You can make this incredibly easy fudge recipe without condensed milk! It has only 3 simple ingredients and takes just 5 minutes to prep … and no fancy equipment or techniques! So decadently creamy-dreamy and deeply, darkly chocolaty – absolutely perfect for romantic dinners and for holiday treats.
Heart Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies
Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies are heart cut-out cookies great for Valentine’s Day. Made with an almond cookie base, covered with creamy white chocolate and freeze-dried strawberry powder. You’ll make a heart whole with this bite!
How to Paint Wine Glasses
This how to paint wine glasses project makes a great Valentine's day gift packaged with a bottle of wine to keep, fill, and share with your own Valentine!
How to Make a Pinch Pot Heart
Easy Pinch Pot Hearts ideal for Valentine’s Day or as a lovely Mother’s Day Gift idea too! It compliments our existing set of Creative Pinch Pot Ideas for Kids and beginners. Pinch pots are a super fun way to explore the world of air drying clay and try out a new medium.
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Valentine's Sugar Cookies on Sticks
These beautiful Valentine's sugar cookies on sticks make ideal gifts on the big day. Take some to work for your colleagues, or have your child give one to each of their classmates and teachers. Or, create an entire bouquet of them as a surprise for your special Valentine. Talk about the wow factor!
Abstract Art DIY Valentine
Let’s turn abstract art into an adorable Valentine’s Day card. This Abstract Art DIY Valentine is fun, easy to make, and the perfect way to spread a little love this February 14th!
Free Printable Valentine’s Day Wall Art – Binary Love
Printable wall art is great for cheap seasonal wall décor. This year I have this free printable Valentine’s Day wall art in a binary love print for you. All you need to do is download this free printable art for Valentine’s, print it out and place it in a frame.
Conversation Heart Wreath: How to DIY an Adorable Valentine Candy Heart Wreath
This easy Conversation Heart Wreath tutorial will show you (SUPER adorable) different ways to craft your own adorable candy heart wreath, plus fun ways to style your wreath for Valentine’s Day!
These strawberry truffles are easy to make and delicious. They make great homemade gifts for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or any other special occasion. These decadent treats have a rich, chocolate strawberry filling and are coated with a crisp, dark chocolate shell.
Tips for success
- Bring her flowers - When you give your college girlfriend or your significant other their special gift, bring them their favorite flowers. It is such a romantic gift, and it will make their day.
- Make a card - Not a lot of people write cards anymore, but you will get bonus points if you do so. You can even make your own Valentine's card. It will melt your girlfriend's heart and she will keep it forever.
- Listen - If you listen carefully, you will most likely hear her mention something she wants or would like. You could be walking around the store and she offhandedly mentions that she would like a purse. Bingo!
- Plan ahead - Custom-made gifts can take a while to ship and/or make, so it is best to plan out your Valentine's present in advance. I would suggest about a month or so, depending on what you are doing.
- Know your partner - Not everyone likes techy things or sentimental things, so it is important to know what your partner wants. I know this sounds silly, but really, get your girlfriend something they would like.
Other Great Gift Ideas
If you want to try some of the gifts above, pack them in a box and send these great Valentine's gift ideas as a care package. College girls and college guys would love to get a package full of their favorite snacks and sentimental gifts.
Comfy blankets are always a good option because they are perfect to cozy up in when studying. A weighted blanket is another option, but it would be hard to fit in a care package.
You could also throw in some essential oils, silk pillowcases, and fuzzy robes. Students rarely take time for themselves, so sending some self-care items, like a gift set, is a nice thing to do.
Gift cards are also a huge want for college students. They are always going out to eat, so they will definitely love getting gift cards to their favorite restaurants. You can also get gas gift cars and food delivery service gift cards.
A care package is not a care package unless there is a ton of candy. Buy a ton of candy like Twizzlers, Jelly Beans, conversation hearts, and other Valentine's candies you can find, then put them in a box.
Candy works great as a filler in a care package. If you have some space that needs to be filled, throw some candy in there. Candy will keep everything and place, and who wants something other than a bunch of candy?
Quality Time/Experience Gift
For those who do not have a ton of money or do not want to spend a lot of money, find something to do together. Quality time is priceless. You could go to their favorite restaurant, go to the movie theater, or on a walk around the park.
You can also do an experience gift, which is getting them tickets to a show, giving them a gift certificate for a massage or facial, or booking a staycation. You do not have to go anywhere far. Just as long as you are spending time together.
One idea is getting them a ticket to see their favorite artist in concert. You could even go with them so you can spend that time together. It will mean a lot to your partner, especially if you are not the biggest fan of the musician.
If they have an Apple Watch and AirPods, this charging stand will make their lives so much easier, plus it helps declutter a nightstand or desk. Speaking of decluttering...get rid of a bulky extension chord and use this wall charger instead.
Now that spring will be here soon, you will probably spend a lot of time outside. Having a bluetooth speaker is great because you can listen to music while laying out with your friends.
This portable fan is helpful because it keeps you cool and acts as white noise. Dorm rooms can be loud, especially if you have a noisy roommate. A little bit of white noise makes a huge difference if you are trying to sleep.
Having a quality water bottle is essential when you are in college. It goes everywhere with you, and it needs to be reliable. It also needs to be a fun color.
Hydroflasks are popular because they can keep drinks cold for hours, and you can put stickers all over them. Stickers are a way you can express yourself. If you do get your girlfriend a Hydroflask, pick out some fun stickers for her too.
Stanley cups are the cup to have right now. Everyone wants one because of its convenient handle and beautiful colors. If you can find one, your girlfriend would definitely be excited to get this as a present.
These Simply Modern tumblers are great for coffee, tea, or flavored water because they are on the smaller side and you can stir easily with the straw. They come in tons of fun patterns. You can buy different sizes too.
Owala water bottles can lock shut, so you do not have to worry about water leaking everywhere. It also has a cool lid that acts as a straw and a wide mouth lid so you can chug or sip.
If your girlfriend is into sentimental things, get her a thoughtful gift. One example is a star map. There are companies out there that will print out a map of what the stars looked like on a certain day.
So, you could give them the day of your first date, anniversary, or whenever, and they will print out the night sky of that day for you. I promise your girlfriend with love it and hang it up on her wall right away.
There are also companies out there that will make necklaces with stamped coordinates. You could buy a necklace with the coordinates of where you first met or had your first day. She will never want to take it off.
A cheaper gift idea is to buy a deck of cards and write why you love her on each card. Then, punch a hole in each one and tie them all together. She can keep it forever and look through the cards when she has a hard day or is missing you.
Long Distance Gifts
If you and your girlfriend live far away from each other, here are some perfect gifts for you. First, a homesick candle. If they are really missing you one night, they can light the candle and feel like they are home with you.
These matching bracelets with Morse code will be a daily reminder that you love each other. There are also these cute puzzle piece key chains that fit together perfectly, just like you and your partner.
Get this long-distance lamp for a fun decoration and to send your love to your partner. It connects to an app, and you can change the other person's lamp color to let them know you are thinking of them.
If you are one with words, check out these long-distance envelopes. You write a letter for different events (if your partner is missing you, if they are sad, can't sleep, etc.), and they can open that specific letter that day.
The good news is that the perfect gift does not have to be expensive. Sure, you could splurge on Apple AirPods Pro or a Kendra Scott necklace, but what truly matters is that you are thinking of them.
We hope you have found a present or two to give to your special someone on this day of love. Happy Valentine's Day!