Seven Valentine’s Day gifts for under $14

Destany Manns | Contributing Writer

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Sometimes, it can be difficult to find your significant other a present that is both thoughtful and inexpensive. Here are seven gift ideas for under $14:
Teddy Bears — Most girls have said at least once that they would like a teddy bear for Valentine’s Day. It gives them something to cuddle with and remember you by.

“All I really want for Valentine’s Day is a Teddy bear,” said Asjah Wallace, a biology major from Charlotte, N.C.  “It doesn’t have to one of those big ones that you see on Twitter, but a nice sized one with a heart in the middle would be cute!”

Inexpensive teddy bears can be found at Walmart from $8.39 to $14.99.

A CD with a surprise on it — There’s nothing girls love more than originality. “Knowing that someone put in the time and effort to make me a gift would make me happy,” journalism major Tyla Barnes said.

Instead of going for the obvious, buy a pack of CDs and create a music playlist for different moods, or a collage of the time you’ve spent together.

“It doesn’t have to be the most extravagant gift, but to know that it came from the heart, that’s what matters the most to me,” Barnes said.
Flowers — A classic bouquet of roses will always do the trick. At the local grocery store or flower shop, roses or any other flower can be bought at a reasonable price.

Hayley Lawton, a journalism major from Houston, said, “I’ve never received flowers before, so that would be a really nice and simple gift to receive this year!”

Food — You can’t go wrong with food. A simple Cookout tray or ice cream date will definitely win your Valentine’s heart.

“In all honesty, I just want food or chocolate for Valentine’s Day. If a guy brought me back a cookout tray and had my order right, I would happy!” Connecticut native Raven Reaves-Jackson said.

Picture frame — Pick the cutest picture you can find, print it out at your local CVS, Walmart, or Target and frame it! Your significant other will love this personalized gift.

Gift cards — Sometimes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Buying your loved one a gift card to their favorite store will save you the hassle of buying the “wrong” gift. If you have trouble figuring out which store, most college students would enjoy a gift card from Starbucks, Chick-fil-A or Target.

Chocolate — When it comes to food, this is a Valentine’s Day favorite. From chocolate-covered strawberries to Godiva, you’ll be able to find this gift at almost any grocery store for a good price.

These gift ideas are bound to put a smile on your significant other’s face this Valentine’s Day. Make sure you grab that gift now before it’s too late!

Valentine’s Day in VA

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor

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Leenika Belfield-Martin

Valentine’s Day is the day of love, and Virginia is for lovers. Why not take a break from studying to enjoy all that Virginia has to offer? Here’s what Hampton Roads has to offer for the loveliest day of the year.

“There are many ways to celebrate [Valentine’s] day. Couples go on romantic dates, and friends have parties and watch romance films,” longtime Virginia resident Amanda Jones said.

Hampton’s own Pearis Bellamy, otherwise known as Miss Black Virginia, is hosting one event during Valentine’s week. Bellamy’s event, “Galentine’s Giveback: Girls’ Night Out,” is a girls’ night event in partnership with a local boutique.

This event will have a raffle, sparkling cider and desserts, card-making for survivors of domestic violence, spoken word, vendors and mini makeovers. The Galentine’s event will take place at Kiss My Denim Boutique, a consignment store that is less than five minutes from campus. It will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Want your Valentine’s Day to be filled with good food and laughter? Then head to Wing and A Prayer for a couples’ comedy night on Feb. 14. Wing and a Prayer is a newly remodeled restaurant and lounge. It is less than 10 minutes from campus and serves southern-style soul food. You and your significant other can watch two Hampton Roads comedians and eat a lovely southern dinner for $25. The lounge will have two showings: one at 7 p.m. and another at 9 p.m.

Spend your Valentine’s weekend with the cutest creatures at The Virginia Zoo’s “Kiss and Tail” program. The zoo is hosting a special adults-only (21 and up) program on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. This day includes complimentary wine, a zoo tour and a presentation.

“Going to the zoo is a cute date idea because it brings out your inner child. It’s also a good way to really get to know your significant other,” said Olivia Hinsley, a sophomore communicative sciences and disorders major.

If you prefer animals of the aquatic variety, The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner on Feb. 10, Feb. 12 and Feb. 14.

The aquarium has several unique venues for dinner, including the Red Sea Tunnel, the Norfolk Canyon exhibit and the Light Tower Aquarium. The Red Sea Tunnel is located in front of a shark display, and the Light Tower Aquarium features sea turtles. This event is on the pricey side; it costs $189 for a six-course meal.

However, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank. Groupon is a great resource for finding sales for up to 70 percent off. Some local businesses that have Groupon deals are Sushi King, Soya Sushi Bar and Bistro, Chops and Chanello’s.

Whether you choose a restaurant or a zoo, enjoy your Valentine’s Day in VA.