With the recession still hurting the wallets of couples across the country, "GMA" special contributors Melissa Rycroft and Cameron Mathison set out to find what men and women really want this Valentine's Day.
"I learned that nine out 10 women I talked to just wanted to spend time with their boy," Rycroft said on "Good Morning America" this morning.
Men said they also want romance. When Mathison asked one man what he wanted from a woman for Valentine's Day the man responded "the key to her heart. "
But for those who want to give their loved one something special in addition to spending time together, Rycroft and Mathison found that home is where the heart is.
The two stopped by Peach Tree Pottery in Los Angeles to hand-make their Valentine's Day gifts.
Rycroft made a coffee mug with the words "love you" carved on the side for her husband, Tye Strickland, and Mathison decided to make his wife Vanessa a Valentine's Day bowl.
Valentine's Day Gifts for Less Than $25
Earlier this week, trend and lifestyle expert Jane Buckingham visited "Good Morning America" with tips on how to enjoy Valentine's Day without breaking the bank, offering a range of creative and romantic gifts that cost $25 or less. Some even come free.
These gifts come in several different categories, so there's definitely something for your valentine.
When it comes to Valentine's Day, personalized gifts are a good way to show someone you really thought about them, Buckingham said.
Gift: Personalized Heart Puzzle from Personalization Mall.com:
Why: This gift is great because it looks like candy, and children can give it to their parents, or vice-versa.
Gift: Loveopoly Game.
Why: This is a personalized and romantic version of the game Monopoly. Couples can put their pictures on the board.
Gift: Personalized Golf Balls at Golfballs.com.
Why: This gift is great gift for a man, and may be particularly suitable for the woman who is in a new relationship and doesn't want to get too romantic. Buckingham said the gift shows thoughtfulness without going overboard.
Gift: Personalized Books from Amazon.
Price: $9.95 to $12.95
Why: These are the equivalent of baby books for adults, Buckingham said. The books have specific areas for couples to detail when they first met, their first date and other milestones of a relationship.
The man who gives this book as a gift is showing his partner that he really thinks about her, Buckingham said, adding that it can be fun for a couple to use the book to capture their memories.
Tech-inspired gifts, including unusual phone applications, or apps, are great gifts for younger people and those looking for something fun and funky.
Gift: Video from Animoto.com.
Why: The app produces video images from all of your photos. You can create a 30-second video and send it to your valentine. If you'd like to send a longer video, the spot the length of a song costs about $3.
Buckingham said Animoto is one of her favorites. Anyone can use it to create a valentine for a child, for a 50th wedding anniversary or any other occasion.
Gift: Text gift from Giiv.com
Cost: $10 to $20
From your cell phone , you can use Giiv.com to text gifts immediately. Buckingham said you can use Giiv.com to send your valentine everything from movie tickets to an Amazon.com gift certificate.
Gift: Love Poem generator app.
The generator is available features love poem templates in which senders fill in the blanks to create their own work. Buckingham said it's a sweet and fun way to let someone know that they are in your thoughts.
Romantic Gifts For those for whom the personalized or tech gifts may not be right, there are classic, romantic gifts to be had for less than $25.
Gift: Personalized glassware.
Cost: $3 to $20 from Pier 1 Imports.
Gift: Speaker sets.
Cost: iPod speaker set, $7.99 from Amazon.com; Heart speaker, $14, from Urban Outfitters.
Gift-givers can create a personalized playlist of favorite love songs, then make a gift of the playlist along with the speakers.
Gift: Box of chocolates.
Cost: $14, from Sugar Factory Chocolates.
These chocolates come in specially designed boxes. You can get one in the shape of boxer shorts or a biker jacket. Your valentine will know you didn't just pick them up at the drugstore.