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20 Best Valentine's Day Gifts for Those You Love (Yes, Including Yourself)

Thoughtful and fun gifts you'll be tempted keep.

January 19, 2022
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I will be the first to admit that Valentine's Day sometimes feels like a Hallmark holiday. Why do we need just one day to show the people in our lives how much we love them? And if it isn’t even a “real” holiday, why is getting a dinner reservation on February 14 so hard? But, even through these gripes, I love Valentine's Day—the candy, the sweet gift exchanges, and the sentimentality of it all. I’m a sucker for nostalgia and it’s the perfect time to show your favorite people that you care about them.

Whether you’re looking to make a big romantic gesture for a long-term partner or just want to let a friend know you’re thinking about them, you’ll find all sorts of gift ideas in our guide. Of course we’ve included some of the classics because chocolate is delicious, but we’ve also got a ton of unique and fun finds, so keep scrolling for the best gifts for every type of valentine. And if you're feeling the time crunch, we've got all the best last-minute Valentine's Day gifts right over here.

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1. UrbanStems Bouquet, $45+

You can never go wrong with flowers. UrbanStems has a variety of beautiful fresh and dried floral bouquets, many of which are ready to ship immediately so it's great destination for all of us last-minute gifters, too.

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2. Brooklyn Candle Studio Love Potion Minimalist Candle, $28

What does love smell like? With notes of mandarin, lavender, and jasmine blossoms, this candle just might be it.

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3. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throw Blanket, $147

This cozy blanket has a cult-like following and it’s no wonder. The microfiber fabric is beyond comfortable, easy to clean, and won’t shrink, pill, or wrinkle, making this an addition they’ll want to cuddle with and never leave.

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4. Bloomscape Red Anthurium, $39

This easy-to-care-for plant has heart-shaped leaves and bright red blooms that are perfectly on brand for Valentine's Day and will last for years to come. Who doesn’t love a gift that endures the test of time?

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5. andSons Chocolatiers Chocolate Heart, $28

A whimsical take on the classic heart-shaped box of chocolates, bite into the hand-painted shell and indulge in three layers of cocoa goodness.

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6. Anthropologie Persona Bouquet Gift Set, $98

The perfect gift for the gardener, knitter, or tea lover in your life, each bouquet is filled with little gifts and knick-knacks tailored to their passions.

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7. Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe, $109

If they’ve been living in nothing but loungewear these past few years (and who hasn’t?), they’ll love cozying up to this soft robe. The hidden side pockets are perfect for snacks or their phone—no judgements.

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8. Cozymeal Online Cooking Class, $29+

Whether it’s with a friend or a partner, a cooking class is always a fun activity. Cozymeal has a host of online cooking classes taught by chefs from all over the world. Book a class for two as a unique date night gift, or gift a class to redeem in the future.

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9. Primary Kids Rainbow Heart Tee, $18

This adorable rainbow tee goes beyond dressing up your little one. For every purchase of items in The Heart Shop, $5 goes to The Conscious Kid to support its mission against racism, inequity, and bias.

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10. Stone Hollow Farmstead Artisanal Popcorn Gift Sets, $69

Growing up, my grandparents sent my siblings and I giant tins of popcorn for Valentine's Day each year. To this day, I still think it’s one of the best gifts around—what better way to show someone you love them than giving them gallons of popcorn to snack on? This gift set includes corn kernels and curated seasonings so they can make a fresh batch whenever and however they like.

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11. What I Love About You By Me Book, $10

Proof that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on something special, you can fill in the pages of this tiny hardcover books with all the things you like about them for a cute keepsake they'll hold on to forever.

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12. Mejuri Diamonds Station Necklace, $320

For a gift they'll want to wear immediately, this 14-karat solid gold necklace lined with five small diamonds will bring a touch of sparkle to their usual Zoom 'fits.

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13. I Heart Guts Plush Toy, $25.99

For the special someone in your life who thinks Valentine’s Day is a sham, gift them something quirky and funny, like a plush toy shaped like an anatomical heart.

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14. Nécessaire The Body Ritual, $40

This set of body wash, exfoliator, serum, and lotion is packed with skin-care-level ingredients like moisturizing hyaluronic acid and nourishing niacinamide to add a touch of luxury to their everyday routine.

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16. “You A’ight” Valentine Card, $4.50+

So, it’s your first Valentine’s Day together and you’re not really sure where you stand on gifting. A twist on a traditional card, this one is sweet, funny, and perfect if you haven’t dropped the L-word just yet.

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17. Eberjey Gisele Pajamas, $120

Once you fall asleep in the silky-smooth embrace of Eberjey pajamas, it’s hard to go back to whatever you were wearing before. While pricey for PJs, they make for a special gift and are (in my opinion) totally worth the splurge.

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18. Usual Wines Brut, $48+

Whether you’re with them in person or sending love from afar, Usual’s single-serve bottles are the perfect way to gift wine or bubbly and make sure a whole bottle doesn’t go to waste.

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19. Sunbasil Soap Conversation Heart Soap Jar, $15.50

Conversation hearts may not be the most popular candy, but they sure are cute. These adorable little soaps look just like the real deal and are packaged in a sweet giftable jar.

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20. Venus Et Fleur Le Mini Round, $44

This may seem expensive for just one singular rose, but Venus Et Fleur is not your average flower. The rose lasts for a whole year and comes in a mini hat box that’ll look great displayed just about anywhere.

This post was rewritten in January 2022 with even more great gift ideas.

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2 Comments

Maurine H. January 7, 2021
Love the Fantasy Floorplan prints—what a fun idea!
 
Lucy F. February 14, 2019
This chocolate looks so good!