Resources › For Students and Parents 7 Unique Valentine's Day Gift Ideas From sweet to silly, there's a little something for everyone Share Flipboard Email Print Tom Merton/Getty Images For Students and Parents College Life Dating Before You Arrive Academics Health, Safety, and Nutrition Living On Campus Outside The Classroom Roommates Graduation & Beyond Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Admissions Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Kelci Lynn Lucier Education Expert M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Harvard University B.A., English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College Kelci Lynn Lucier has worked in higher education for over a decade. She is the author of "College Stress Solutions" and features on many media outlets. our editorial process Kelci Lynn Lucier Updated May 03, 2019 Valentine's Day can instill fear into the heart of even the best gift-givers. But as a college student, your funds and options might be limited. What can you give your girlfriend or boyfriend that still gets your message across without seeming too boring and traditional? 7 Unique Valentine's Day Gifts Serve breakfast in bed: Instead of a dinner out, surprise your boyfriend or girlfriend with breakfast in bed. It can be as simple as hot coffee and a muffin or as fancy as homemade pancakes and bacon.A picnic with your favorite foods: Does your boyfriend or girlfriend love cereal, for example? Pack their favorite kind in a bag along with some milk, 2 bowls, and 2 spoons, and voila. You've got yourself one amusing but sweet Valentine's Day picnic.Handmade paper flowers: The usual flowers are, of course, a sweet gesture, but they do die after a week or so and can be outrageously expensive around Valentine's Day. Instead, make your own flowers out of paper (some craft stores even have kits) for a present that will last a long time and remind your partner how much you care.Buy a kids' book with a sweet message: While kids books are, of course, written mostly for kids, they can have sweet messages about loving someone. Find one that works well with your particular relationship for a unique present that will undoubtedly be cherished for a long time.Make a donation to charity: If your partner isn't into traditional gifts but you want to get them something anyway, consider making a donation to charity. It can be a donation to a local organization, Doctors Without Borders, or even Heifer, which allows you to give enough money so that someone in a developing country can, for example, buy a flock of chickens. (Because who doesn't like getting chickens for Valentine's Day?)Bake something homemade: Everyone loves homemade goods; luckily, even if you're not good in the kitchen, you can still give a unique homemade good with a little coordination. You can always order something from a nice local bakery or even make something from a box/mix that you got at the grocery store. Add a little of your own decorations and you'll be good to go.Pack a huge box filled with lots of tiny things: Does your partner love a certain kind of candy bar? Little boxes of cereal? A certain kind of cookie? Find the smallest sizes you can of your boyfriend or girlfriend's favorite treats, wrap them all up individually, and then present them all in a big box. Opening up that many presents, even if they're all similar products, will definitely be one Valentine's Day to remember.