Valentine’s Day is a unique opportunity for gift giving; it doesn’t hold the same inflated expectations for gifts that Christmas or birthdays do. Most of the time, a small Valentine’s gift is not only deeply appreciated — it might even be totally unexpected. Plus, you’re probably only giving a gift to the one person closest to your heart on this holiday, so it’s an opportunity to get personal. Here are some of our favorite ideas.
Flowers are a Valentine’s classic for a reason, and if a gorgeous bundle of blooms is the only gift you give your lover, we think that’s more than enough. We like the flowers at The Bouqs because there are tons of fun options — not just red roses — and it’s easy to order through their website.
If there’s a novel that changed your life, gift it to your special someone. This is made better with a personal inscription from you. For bonus points, tuck photos of the two of you between the pages, press in dried flowers, annotate it with thoughts you want to share, or highlight beautiful passages that remind you of your love.
If your significant other is the writerly type, this is a natural choice. A nice quality journal can be an indulgent purchase, so it’s not likely something your love would buy for themselves. The perfect pairing to this is a pen with their name (or a special message) inscribed on it. Bonus points if you include an ink refill, too.
This probably shouldn’t be your whole gift (think of it more as a “stocking stuffer,” Valentine’s Day style), but there are few things more personal than gifting your sweetheart a tiny sample of your signature scent. That way, when you’re away on a business trip (or just working late), they can smell it and feel close to you.
In February, New Year’s Resolutions are still going strong, so why not support your Valentine’s aim to eat healthy with a vegetable kit? There are a bounty of options available, whether it be tomatoes, herbs or leafy greens. Does your lover have a bit of a black thumb? We recommend a lettuce kit — those are some of the easiest plants to grow.
If you think about it, there are few things more intimate than gifting your lover the vessel that they’ll eat or drink out of every day. If you’re interested in learning ceramics, you can make your person a cup or bowl yourself. Or you can purchase one on a craft website personalized with their name.
Especially in the age of Covid, we should all be washing our phone cases more often. But while your case is drying, it’s still prudent to keep your phone protected. Herein lies the perfect heart day gift from you! Get your recipient a case in their favorite color, or have one custom made with a photo of the two of you.
The metaphor for a happy person might be “a kid in a candy shop” but in our experience, adults light up when they’re surrounded by sugar, too. Track down your partner’s favorite childhood sweet (try looking online if you can’t find it at the grocery store) and present it to them after a romantic dinner.
An incredible Valentine’s present doesn’t have to cost a lot. It should just show that you’re paying attention and that you care. Happy gifting!