The 411: Tory’s (Un)Valentine’s Day Hot Picks

Valentine’s Day is just days away, so we tapped our favorite shopper Tory Johnson for her advice on what to give. Here’s her secret: She’s actually not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. She believes that if you really love someone—whether it’s your kids, your besties, or your significant other—you should show it every day. No need to get sucked into overpriced flowers and wildly inflated prix fixe dinner menus just to say, “You’re special to me.” In that spirit, here are 10 tokens of love, each under 20 bucks, if you’re determined to treat someone to a valentine on February 14 … without breaking the bank.  

Have a Ball
Skip the mushy valentine card in favor of sending a ball of love: Choose from 12 colors to express your undying affection. Buy it: $10 at Big Love Ball

Chill, Baby
When you’re S.O. is getting a little hot under the collar, a spritz of this soothing spray blended with peppermint, lavender, lemon, and CBD will cool things down. Buy it: $15 at Plant Juice Oils

Smooth Operator
Let your loved one mix his or her own smoothies on-the-go with this personal-size blender. Buy it: $17 from Oster 

You’re the Sweetest
Trade in the pricey chocolate truffles for a yummy, gummy sugar fix. A selection of hot lips, pink diamonds, rose-color roses, or grapefruit will help you say, “You’re my main squeeze.” Buy it: $7.50 at Sugarfina

Get Lit 
Lip gloss in 20 sheer shades with a lighted wand, chic side mirror, and a subtle strawberry scent makes this the must-have gift for every gal on the go. Buy it: $20 at Caren Products

Lovin’ Oven
Melt some hearts with a homemade molten chocolate cake—you know, the one with that gooey-fudge center—fresh from your oven. Prep is a cinch, but it’ll look and taste like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. Buy it: $19 at Williams-Sonoma

Pull Some Heart Strings
Lather up with a luxurious body-wash-infused buffer that will elevate the everyday shower. And it’s heart-shaped, to boot. Buy it: $18 at Spongelle

Say “Cheers!”
Water or wine, coffee or cocktails—it’s your special someone’s choice with these durable tumblers adorned with everything from sequins to sweet sayings by Snoopy that celebrate love of all shapes and sizes. Buy it: Starting at $17 at Tervis

Love Ya, Mean It
If your better half is super secure in your relationship and has a good sense of humor, then this letterpress-printed card is sure to get a good laugh and then some. Buy it: $6 at Chez Gagne

Sleeping Beauty
Help your honey wake up with bright, glowing skin with this rose-scented overnight moisturizer. Wink, wink. Buy it: $4 at Sephora

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