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Published 5:31 PM EST, Tue January 9, 2024

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  • Best hanging Valentine’s Day decorations
  • Best Valentine’s Day table decorations
  • Best romantic Valentine’s Day decorations
  • Best budget-friendly Valentine’s Day decorations
  • Best Valentine’s Day kitchen products
  • Best Valentine’s Day barware
  • Best outdoor Valentine’s Day decorations
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As we all pack away the holiday decorations and lug our Christmas trees to the curb, it’s time to pivot and focus our attention on the next big holiday coming down the pike. That’s right, folks, Valentine’s Day is mere weeks away. Sure, some might say it’s a Hallmark holiday, but we’re on board with any occasion that celebrates love in all its shapes and forms. And who doesn’t want to fill their space with hearts and every shade of pink?

Whether you’re hosting a Galentine’s Day dinner for your besties, setting up a romantic movie night with your partner or just adding a few nods to the holiday in your home, the Valentine’s Day decorations out there today go far beyond the teddy bears and chocolates of yore.

From hand-painted taper candles to ready-to-be-strewn rose petals to a heart-shaped cast-iron pan, we’ve found all the decorations that will round out your Valentine’s Day experience this year. The best part? They start at just $5.

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Best hanging Valentine’s Day decorations

This grapevine garland is proof that not all Valentine’s Day decorations are red, pink and sparkly. We love the natural vibe it exudes, as it’s sure to add an earthy element to your mantel, doorway or tablescape. Bonus points if you upgrade the 66-inch garland with some battery-powered fairy lights.

Utterly adorable, this heart-shaped wreath crafted from faux tulips is available in both pink and red hues. It arrives ready to hang via a crisp white bow and can be placed indoors or in a covered outdoor space.

Simultaneously tongue-in-cheek and bursting with Valentine’s hues, this cheerful print by Minted artist Theresa Bear is the perfect way to add a hefty dose of color to your space. Starting at just $34, the art can be purchased as a framed or unframed canvas, print or aluminum-mounted acrylic (the brand’s newest sleek format).

Simple and sweet, this rainbow-hued decor comes embedded with a wire loop that makes hanging a breeze. Handcrafted by artisans in Nepal, the wool felt hearts also include a cute twinkling bell.

While this canvas is certainly appropriate for Valentine’s Day, the subtly sweet artwork deserves a spot on your wall year-round. The gallery-wrapped 20-inch-by-20-inch canvas features light pink hearts painted atop a repeat newsprint font of the word “love.”

Best Valentine’s Day table decorations

From fashion to homewares, we love pretty much everything Kate Spade New York churns out, and that includes this bold pink-and-red table runner. Available in two lengths, the reversible runner features a loop pattern on one side and bold dots on the other and can be coordinated with matching cloth napkins and place mats.

Layering textures is a great way to create a multidimensional tablescape for your Valentine’s Day meal, and these delicate place mats from Klatso will get the job done. Handwoven from Iraca palm by artisans in Columbia, the place mats feature intricate hearts that will pop when placed below your plates.

Another way to add dimension to your table? Insert varying heights! These blooming flower-inspired, 8.5-inch-tall candle holders not only add some stature but they’re beautiful to look at as well. We love the delicate petal details and those Cupid-approved colors.

Every candle holder needs a taper to set inside of it, and this gorgeous set from Minted artist Ashley Myers is too pretty to pass up. Hand-painted with pink roses, the red paraffin wax candles are dripless, have a 10-hour burn time and are 10 inches tall.

Kitschy and cute, these stitched hearts are a great accessory to scatter down the center of your table or use as vase filler. Either way, they’re sure to boost your Valentine’s Day theme.

Dessert is served! Your Valentine’s cookies and cupcakes are sure to pop on this pretty two-tier stand from World Market. Made from stainless steel topped with a glossy enamel glaze, the stand mixes berry and pink hues with gold-finished details like that top handle, which makes for easy carrying.

Every good tablescape deserves an eye-catching centerpiece, and Afloral has always got us covered with its bevy of stunning faux florals. We love the quiet luxury of these lilac stems, which are awash in cream blooms with pretty hints of pink. To achieve a bountiful bouquet, the brand recommends purchasing 10 to 15 stems, all of which are wired and easy to bend into a natural shape.

Buying a Valentine’s Day-themed set of dinnerware might seem … extravagant? But considering how soothing Fable’s Blush Pink colorway is, we’re guessing you’ll be perfectly happy with using these year-round. And for the price, you get four dinner plates, salad plates, pasta bowls and breakfast bowls, which is a great deal. Mostly, though, we love that the stoneware pieces are hand-finished in Portugal, and as such, each one is organic and one of a kind. More to know: The brand has a slew of coordinating Blush Pink pieces, like mugs, serving platters, a carafe, vases and more.

Nothing makes a table pop more than a pretty garland running down the center, and this lighted option is among our favorites. The 6-foot garland is dotted with pink berries and pre-strung with battery-powered lights, which have a convenient six-hour timer.

Best romantic Valentine’s Day decorations

Whether you’re scattering these flower petals around your dining table, filling a vase or using them for a fireside proposal this Valentine’s Day, they’re sure to set the mood. The best part? That under-$10 price tag.

Nothing sets the mood quite like a fragrant candle, and this Valentine’s Day-themed option from Target will do the trick. Housed in a glass jar with a brass lid, the three-wick candle smells of red roses and has a 40-hour burn time, which means you can use it long after the holiday has passed.

We love when decor can also be romantic, and that’s just the case with this genius heart-shaped blanket that is designed specifically for you and your partner to play footsie. Available in red and gray hues, the blanket has a cozy knit exterior and a plush lining, not to mention a secret bottom pocket that’ll keep your feet warm.

A gift and decor all in one, this heart-shaped wooden frame will set the focus exactly where it’s supposed to be this Valentine’s Day: on love. It fits a 4-inch-by-4-inch photo, but it also comes in a slightly smaller version.

These are the fairy lights to buy this Valentine’s Day. Waterproof and battery-operated, the strand features 40 red heart-shaped LED lights and comes with a remote control and a built-in timer.

ChappyWrap blankets are well worth the investment because they’re ultra-warm and soft, never pill and wash like a dream. This heart-bedecked option is perfect for little ones, but it can be used as a lap blanket too. If you’re looking for a larger Valentine’s Day-themed option, check out the brand’s best-selling Harborview Herringbone Midi Blanket, which comes in deep maroon.

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Best budget-friendly Valentine’s Day decorations

Let’s have a little fun this Valentine’s Day, shall we? Nothing gets a party started quite like a neon light, and this battery-operated one has a sweet message — “I love you” — in sign language.

If you prefer subtle nods to Valentine’s Day rather than splashy, look no further than this adorable silicone ice tray that creates heart-shaped cubes emblazoned with the word “love.” Whether you pop them in a co*cktail or your kid’s juice, the cubes are sure to make the recipients feel — you guessed it! — the love.

Investing a bunch of Valentine’s Day-themed throw pillows could get pricey, which is exactly why we’re fans of this $10 lumbar option. Buy a few, scatter them among your sofas and chairs et voila! You’re ready for the big day!

Zhush up a lackluster mantel or wall this holiday with this 72-inch garland that conveys a universal message we can all get behind. Speckled with confetti, the decoration will add some fun to parties and intimate family celebrations alike.

Best Valentine’s Day kitchen products

Leave it to the beloved French cookware brand Le Creuset to deliver us this cast-iron skillet in the shape of a giant heart, which is sure to make an impression during your oven-to-table presentation. It comes in red, pink, lilac and white, and it can accommodate everything from frittatas to brownies.

It’s all about practicality here with this set of two spatulas and two heart-shaped cookie cutters. Durable and ready to use, the spatulas are made of silicone and beechwood, while the cookie cutters are made from stainless steel. Just note that the brand recommends hand-washing both.

An easy and affordable way to inject a dash of Valentine’s Day energy into your kitchen is via a set of towels. This two-pack from Target brand Threshold gets the job done for under 10 bucks with a checkered heart pattern and a sweet stripe.

Care for a Valentine’s Day pie, anyone? This heart-shaped pie dish from Emile Henry is so pretty, we’re guessing you’re going to want to keep using it year after year. The ruffled-edged dish is made from Bavarian clay, which evenly distributes heat, churning out desserts browned (not burned) to perfection.

Update your old, mismatched collection of measuring cups and spoons with this adorable heart-bedecked set from Williams Sonoma. Made from durable glazed earthenware, the hand-painted sets can be purchased separately or together.

Put a heartfelt spin on Valentine’s Day breakfast — perhaps it will be served in bed! — with these silicone pancake and egg molds. Nonstick and complete with tabs for easy lifting, the molds are super easy to use and clean (they’re dishwasher-safe).

A cult-favorite kitchen product, the Silpat baking mat is beloved by bakers and chefs alike for releasing food every time, eliminating the need for parchment paper or tin foil. Use it while whipping up your fancy dinner on Valentine’s Day: The mat can host everything from veggies to cookies. This Valentine’s Day version features a special heart pattern exclusive to Sur La Table.

Let’s refresh your mixing bowls and get some Valentine’s Day vibes, shall we? This melamine set from Williams Sonoma is great for two reasons. First, the bowls are lightweight and durable, and second, there’s a rubber nonslip ring on the base of each bowl, ensuring they stay put.

Best Valentine’s Day barware

Bottoms up! Perfect for everyday use around Valentine’s Day (especially a Galentine’s brunch), these cups are made of thick soda lime glass and embedded with sweet red and pink hearts.

This wine cap is perfect for sealing up that unfinished bottle after you’ve already tossed the cork. Made of reusable silicone, the cap is liquid-tight, allowing you to lay the bottle on its side with zero leakage. Given its malleable material, the CapaBunga can fit pretty much every bottle type — from 750 milliliters to magnums —but shouldn’t be used on bubbly wines.

If beads and sequins make your heart skip a beat, these are just the coasters for your space. Yes, they’re a splurge, but when you’re buying a Joanna Buchanan product you’re investing in a showstopper! Consider pairing the coasters with the brand’s set of six co*cktail stirrers, which will jazz up a Galentine’s soiree, an engagement party or just a romantic dinner for two.

Oozing with charm, this pink heart-stemmed coupe is the glass to serve when your next bottle of bubbly is popped — and will also be an eye-catching detail on your bar cart forevermore. The handblown glass cup may be small, but it certainly packs a punch in the design department. Equally cute is this heart-shaped coupe, which comes in purple and pink.

Every good host or hostess knows the importance of an ice bucket, and we love this pink indoor/outdoor option from Mark & Graham. Made of translucent acrylic, the bucket can accommodate a bottle of rosé (or two) and coordinates with matching outdoor stemless wine glasses, all of which can be personalized with a logo or monogram.

Best outdoor Valentine’s Day decorations

Stoop decor never looked so festive! This charming welcome sign stands 3.5 feet tall and can be leaned against your house or hung up with the included rope.

Seasonal welcome mats are our jam, and this Checkered Hearts option from Target will have your guests feeling the love before they’ve even entered your home. Affordable and durable to boot, it is constructed of 100% coir. The mat also comes in a version that simply reads, “love.”

Living decor is an idea we can certainly get behind, and that’s exactly what this stunning tree is. Just one of the hundreds of flowering options from online nursery Fast Growing Trees, the Pink Knock Out has a mature height of 4 feet and width of 3 feet, blooms from spring through late fall and is backed by a 30-day “alive and thrive” guarantee. Plus, it ships for free, and you don’t have to pack it away when the holiday is over.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailers' listed price at the time of publication.

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Valentine's Day Decorations:

The article provides recommendations for various types of Valentine's Day decorations, including hanging decorations, table decorations, romantic decorations, budget-friendly decorations, kitchen products, barware, and outdoor decorations. The decorations mentioned range from garlands and wreaths to artwork, candles, blankets, photo frames, and kitchen accessories. The article also suggests specific products from various brands like Terrain, Grandin Road, Minted, Kate Spade New York, Le Creuset, and more.

Valentine's Day Table Decorations:

The article suggests several table decorations specifically for Valentine's Day. These include table runners, place mats, candle holders, taper candles, scatter decorations, serving stands, artificial flower stems, and dinnerware sets. The mentioned brands include Klatso, Vaisselle, Minted, Sur La Table, World Market, Afloral, and Fable.

Romantic Valentine's Day Decorations:

For those looking for romantic Valentine's Day decorations, the article recommends items such as silk flower petals, scented candles, heart-shaped blankets, heart-shaped photo frames, heart-shaped string lights, and heart-shaped garlands. The mentioned brands include Royal Imports, Threshold, Uncommon Goods, Bluebell Art & Wood Designs, Bohon, and ChappyWrap.

Budget-Friendly Valentine's Day Decorations:

The article provides suggestions for budget-friendly Valentine's Day decorations, including a lit neon sign, silicone ice trays, throw pillows, felt garlands, and more. The mentioned brands include Spritz, World Market, and Room Essentials.

Valentine's Day Kitchen Products:

The article recommends various kitchen products for Valentine's Day, such as heart-shaped skillets, spatulas, kitchen towels, pie dishes, measuring cups and spoons, egg and pancake molds, baking mats, and mixing bowls. The mentioned brands include Le Creuset, World Market, Threshold, Emile Henry, Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, and Silpat.

Valentine's Day Barware:

For those interested in Valentine's Day-themed barware, the article suggests items like heart-embedded glasses, wine caps, coasters, and co*cktail glasses. The mentioned brands include Pottery Barn, CapaBunga, Joanna Buchanan, and Anthropologie.

Outdoor Valentine's Day Decorations:

The article provides recommendations for outdoor Valentine's Day decorations, including wooden porch signs, doormats, and live plants like the Pink Knock Out Rose Tree. The mentioned brands include Glitzhome, Threshold, and Fast Growing Trees.

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