Ten Romantic Gifts for Under Ten Dollars

A celebration of love doesn't need an occasion.  Here are ten hot items you can pick up on the way home and still afford dinner:

Champagne rarely fails to amuse.  We recommend Domaine St. Michelle extra dry for your romantic evening in.  It can run as high as $15 at the grocery store, but the best deal is at Trader Joes, where for $7.99 a bottle you can't go wrong.

Memories are invaluable.  Pick up an easy to use disposable camera and capture some candid photos, like Kodak Max Flash for the best quality indoor pictures and Kodak Max Outdoor for bright lighting.   Available at local drugstores, $9.

Everyone loves rubber ducks!  These little floating bath toys come as a pair, speckled with hearts.  For those of you feeling a bit naughty, go for the "devil duckies."  Available at Tower Records and most novelty stores, $6.99.

Hugs and kisses are sure winners, especially when they are made by Hershey's.  Consider mixing in some other favorite candies for a special, customized treat.  We recommend green M&Ms.   At grocery stores nationwide,  $3.50.

Flowers have always been known as a traditional romantic gesture.  Unless you can find them in your own backyard, we recommend buying carnations.  Not only will they save you money, they'll outlive roses by a week!  Available everywhere, usually $9.99/dozen.

If you don't have time for a tropical vacation, make one at home.  Mai Tai mix and a flower lei is all you need to do the trick.  Party supply stores are your best bet for decorations, and some stores sell Mai Tai mix with the alcohol already in it!  Just add music.   Mix $8.99, Lei $.99.

Rent a favorite movie.  Whether it's the one you saw on your first date or an old favorite, a cozy evening at home can be more romantic than going out.  We recommend Casablanca, Sleepless in Seattle, or Pillow Talk with Doris Day.  Without return fees, $4.95.


Nothing sets the mood quite like a scented candle.  Try Ylang Ylang.   It has an earthy, sensual aroma that's virtually irresistable.  Votives can be purchased at Yankee Candle, $3.95/set.

Splurge on expensive lotion to massage all your troubles away.  A full bottle of Aveda Hand Relief will cost you $20, but a trial size (enough for the evening) is only $8.  You'll never go back to Jergens again.  Available online and at select retailers.

Don't just say "I love you," wear it.  Body Talk Temporary Word Tattoos let you express your feelings, all over your body.  The small collectible tin contains 800 words, letters and symbols.  They also make a less racy children's version.  Available at Handmade Gallery, 14570 Ventura Blvd. and online, $10.

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