Valentine's Day Gifts for Him Under $50: iVillage.com

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Sir Mix-a-Lot

a on Dec 28, 2006 at 1:30AM

Picking the right Valentine's Day gift for your guy is tricky. You want to give him something he'll actually like (no red teddy bears) that will remind him of you whenever he sees it (no impersonal golf balls). But it shouldn't be a gift for you in disguise (like that relationship scrapbook you've been compiling since your first date -- trust us, it will freak him out completely), and of course, it can't cost a gajillion dollars (like that Ferrari he dreams about). Want to please your honey without spending too much money? We've got affordable, guy-friendly gift ideas for Valentine's Day, each one with a personal touch.

The "relationship mix" was officially canonized as an art form by Rob Gordon, John Cusack's character in High Fidelity, but it also makes a fun, ultra-personal Valentine's Day gift for your favorite music lover. Whip up a few playlists for your guy to listen to in the car or at the gym, and burn them onto pop-art preprinted CDs from 5inch.com. As you pull together your favorite songs, your karaoke-night classics and the slow-jams you love snuggling to, remember Rob's advice: "The making of a good compilation is a very subtle art. You're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel." Set of three preprinted CDs with coordinating trigger cases, $7.50 at 5inch.com.
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