Do you want to acknowledge February 14th without making a fuss and/or breaking the bank? These sweet treats will make your Valentines and Galentines smile, and then everyone can move on with their lives...
For best friends + crazy crushes: Foil Heart Balloon, Urban Outfitters, $4
I don't really like pink or hearts, and yet I find this giant balloon totally irresistible. Deliver it to their office for maximum visibility.
For kids + carb-enthusiasts: Toast Stamper, Archie McPhee, $3
I would be helpless in the face of such a romantic breadstuff.
For fashionista friends: Pleather Belt, H&M, $4.95
Even if she only wears it once, it's totally worth it!
For your literate lover: Jane Austen Toothpaste, Archie McPhee, $5
Give this gift and receive rosy kisses in return.
For coworkers + classmates: Plastic Glitter Rings, Target, $3/set of 24
If someone handed these out at work on Valentine's Day, I would totally wear one (or three) all day.
For manly men (and me): Hex Ring, Forever 21, $3.90
Sometimes I wear a regular old hex nut on my finger when I don't want my real rings to get destroyed, but this black version is way cooler than anything at the hardware store.
For baking buddies: Wilton Baking Cups, Target, $1.99
Since these are green and black as well as pink and red, I would bake muffins and cupcakes in them year-round. These cuties are perfect for kids, grandparents, and all of your pastry chef friends.
For cooks + coworkers: Heart Paperclips, Forever 21, $2.90/set of 8
These would all immediately find a happy home in my cookbook collection, marking favorite recipes and replacing all the receipts and ripped post-its.
For kids: Valentine's Day Treat Sack, Target, $2/set of 4
Mortify your darling children by packing their lunch in these heart-bedecked bags. That'll get them to fix it themselves...
For scholars + stylists: Heart (Makeup) Pencil Sharpener, Forever21, $1.90
I know a certain creative 14-year-old that would put this cutie to heavy use. And perhaps a certain 34-year-old...
For your lobster: 9-in Rubber Lobster, Amazon, $4.49
Also suitable for critter-loving kids and Simpsons superfans. Oh, Pinchy!
What are your favorite low-cost love trinkets, or do you splash out on Valentine's Day?