12 Adorable, Affordable Valentine Gifts

Step away from the chocolate and invest in these zero-calorie ways to show your affection.


by Katherine Gustafson

photo courtesy of Boston Public Library

filed under Fun

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the FDA released fresh guidelines telling Americans that sugar should comprise only 10 percent of our daily calories—basically a can of Coke. So those seductive heart-shaped boxes probably contain more sugar than we’re now permitted to even think about.

Not to worry. These last-minute gifts will make your sweetheart forget there ever was something called chocolate—well, at least momentarily.

For Her

If you can’t get her a box of real chocolates, how about a Box of Chocolate Soaps? ($28, Uncommon Goods)

The Verbena Robe from Coyuchi is one of the most elegant intimate garments your lady will ever receive. ($88, Coyuchi)

A’Marie’s Bath Happies handcrafted petal soap looks like a (real) beautiful rose, and it smells as sweet. ($20, The Grommet)

The You Are Awesome Yoga Mat will remind her how you feel about her with every downward dog. ($86, Affirmats)

For Him

The Timor Butterfly Safety Razor Set for Beginners brings the classic shave experience to your modern man. ($85, RoyalShave)

Did someone say “soft, light, and silky”? We don’t mean your kisses, but some really great underwear: Mr + Muse Bamboo Boxer Briefs. ($22, The Grommet)

These Ridged Glass Guitar Picks are as beautiful as they are useful, assuming your honey likes to strum. ($20, Uncommon Goods)

The Activité Pop Watch looks like a classy wristwatch but acts like an activity-monitoring smartwatch with a pedometer, sleep tracker, and even a swim tracker. ($150, Withings)

For Whomever

Your breakfast-in-bed cred will jump several notches when you make a heart-shaped omelet using this Silicone Egg Shaper. ($9, Mastrad Paris)

The What I Love About You by Me Book lets you count the ways you appreciate your sweetheart, in your own handwriting. ($10, Barnes & Noble)

Made from millennia-old salt deposits beneath the Punjab Himalayas, these Spice Lab Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses let you toast your love in style. ($28, The Meadow)

This batch of adorable Love Tokens gives your sweetheart tickets to the benefits of your adoration, in the form of foot massages, movie nights and more. ($12, Mod Cloth)

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