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While it's always great to show appreciation to the people in your life on a regular basis, Valentine's Day is an extra special occasion to shower them with love. Picking the perfect gift can feel daunting, but it doesn't have to be: taking into account their interests and preferences, the type of relationship you have, and what kind of budget you're working with can all serve as great ways to pick the perfect gift.
Also, no need to solely limit a present to your spouse or romantic partner. Pick out the perfect present for a best friend, parent, grandparent, teen daughter or son, or even a baby or toddler. Everyone no matter their age deserves to share in the love of the day. Just be mindful of your relationship, says Dr. August Abbott, Etiquette Expert with JustAnswer.com. "Only you know the person you want to give a gift, so only you will know how this gift will be received by them," she says.
Here are the best Valentine's Day gifts for relationships new and old.
Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne Gift
Pop some bubbly to celebrate the love between friends, family, or spouses. This gift set from Veuve Clicquot include rose champagne with notes of berry fruit in a festive pink gift box. Deliver to friends far away, pop together for a night in, or shower newlyweds with love as they celebrate their first Valentine's Day as partners.
Coach Boxed Compact Id Wallet With Trigger Snap Key Fob
Spoil the man in your life, whether a husband, boyfriend, or father, with a stylish leather wallet from Coach. The set includes a compact ID wallet with eight card slots, full-length bill compartments, and a trigger snap key fob all packaged in a luxury Coach gift box. Choose from dark brown or classic black for an accessory that they will use and appreciate daily.
Le Creuset 2-Qt. Cast Iron Heart Casserole
Home chefs will love adding this adorable and festive cast iron casserole dish to their collection. From Le Creuset, the cherry red pot can be used to make casseroles, breads, and desserts. Try out a new recipe with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, or gift to your mom or resident baker in your family. When not in use, the cookware adds a touch of color and whimsy to any kitchen.
La Maison du Chocolat Large Heart Gift Box
This sampler from La Maison du Chocolat lets you ditch the classic box of assorted chocolates in favor of a more unique and whimsical design. Whether you're giving this box to a significant other, best friend, or roommate, the adorable treats are sure to delight. In this box, you'll find silken pralines and creamy, delicately flavored ganache with different delicious fillings. Gift baskets are the perfect option for long-distance friends or partners, and this one comes in an iconic heart-shaped box for a more romantic touch.
The Sill Hoya Heart Duo
The Hoya kerrii, commonly know as the Hoya heart plant, is a clever way to show your love to the plant lover in your life. This delivery option from The Sill comes with two heart-shaped plants, perfect for parents or siblings. Or, keep one for yourself and gift one to a partner far away. Choose from four color planters made from up-cycled natural fibers including bamboo, coffee, wheat, rice, and nut husk for an eco-friendly and natural gift to add life to any space.
Chanel Coco MadeMoiselle Eau de Parfum Spray
If you are searching for a luxury gift for a wife or girlfriend, perfume is a great romantic option. Coco Mademoiselle comes in the iconic Chanel shape and features a floral and woody scent that can easily transition from day to night. Key notes include Orange, Patchouli, and Turkish Rose. The iconic name, beautiful bottle, and irresistible fragrance make this a staple gift for her.
Bombas Gripper Slippers
For those spending Valentine's Day at home this year, a cozy pair of slippers would make a perfect gift to ensure your loved one lounges in luxury. Bombas slippers comes in sizes and colors for men, women, and children so the whole family can match and stay warm for the winter holiday. The sock-slipper hybrid are fuzzy on the inside but have grips on the outside to prevent slipping for the ultimate comfy combination.
Discount Glasses Westend Hartford Sunglasses
Heart-shaped glasses are the perfect accessory for Valentine's Day parties, and this adorable pink ones from Discount Glasses won't break the bank. Buy a pair for your whole girl gang for the best Galentine's Day photoshoot or gift to a teen to show your love in a simple and playful way that they can wear for the holiday.
Uncommon Goods Deep Sea Sand Art
Gifting sand never sounds like good advice, but trust us when we say that this beautiful sand art display may be even more stunning than jewelry. Just flip the glass circle over and the multicolored sand forms mountains, deserts, the ocean, and more. What you see is only limited by your imagination, and you won’t get the same scene twice. After you grab one for yourself, gift this art to someone who needs to add personality to a work space or someone who likes to meditate during the day.
Bodha Ritual Oil Diffuser - Cloud Grey
Essential oils are meant to fill a space with different aromas that can relieve stress, spark creativity, or enhance mindfulness. This beautiful diffuser from Bodha doubles as a sophisticated decor piece and has a purposeful design for distributing the scent and effects of essential oils no matter the size of your space. This luxurious gift would be ideal for a mother, grandmother, or someone in your life who can benefit from more self care.
Andie Wide Leg Pants
For a new mom or those working (or learning) from home, give the gift of comfort with a pair of perfect sweatpants. Andie's wide leg pants are made from bamboo and recycled polyester for a sustainable gift you can feel good about purchasing. The adjustable waistband, wide leg fit, and and five neutral color options make this a great gift for a daughter, wife, or mother.
ChappyWrap Hugs and Kisses Mini Blanket
Gift this mini blanket to any little one for some seriously stylish and of course, cozy, nap time. The blanket measures 30 x 40-inches and both sides feature the X's and O's design. The cotton blend material is breathable, washes easily, and resistant to piling or shrinking, even after repeated washes.
Jenny Patinkin Rose On Rose Body Roller
Body rollers are great for relaxing tired or strained muscles, reducing inflammation, improving circulation, and reduce overall stress. This one from Jenny Patinkin is made out of rose quartz, a crystal known as the stone of unconditional love. Perfect for active teens, busy parents, or anyone who needs a bit more relaxation in their life, this body roller can be used alone with on top of a serum or moisturizer. Keep it in the fridge for a cooling massage.
Etsy A Box of Date Night Cards
Ever been at a loss for what to do on date night? Well, there’s a gift that solves that problem. Whether you’ve been with your partner for a year or several decades, this box features cards with 51 date night ideas. There’s a “Surprise” edition and a Categorized one that breaks dates down based on budget, dates for parents, or at-home dates.
Anthropologie Gilded Rim Flute
When you want to celebrate Valentine's Day with a glass of bubbly, a flute is absolutely necessary. An option like this from Anthropologie is a perfect pick. The hand-painted glass has a soft pink hue and the rim is lined in gold. Gift a few of these flutes to up any drinking experience or to add some color to someone's bar cart.
Dear Valentine Letters Mad Libs: Stationery to Fill Out and Send!
Mad Libs never seems to get old, and with this "Dear Valentine" pad your kids can make up funny letters the whole family will enjoy hearing. This pad includes 21 fill-in-the-blank cards, and each one can be folded up and sealed with one of the included stickers like a real Valentine. Little ones will love sending these sweet (and hilarious) notes to their friends or family members who are far away.
Minted Custom Map Filled Foil Art
This Minted piece of art is a daily reminder to show someone you love them or to highlight a specific location that has some meaning. Select a city, state, or country and your recipient will have a gorgeous gold foil map of the destination. Choose between a variety of sizes and frames to create a statement piece of wall art.
Exploding Kittens LLC Exploding Kittens Card Game
If you want to celebrate the holiday with friends (or need a party game for Galentine’s Day), this card game is the perfect gift to kick off the night. It's best for two to five players and each round takes about 15 minutes to play. The game is a combo of strategy and luck. However, this isn't your typical board game and it can be a little cheeky, so only dare to play with those who share your same sense of humor.
"Exploding Kittens is a fun card game for anyone with a cheeky sense of humor who enjoys relying on both luck and strategy to defeat opponents."--Danielle Centoni, Product Tester
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-a-Holic 5-Piece Kit
This Mask-a-Holic Kit comes with five popular masks that work for any skin type. The cucumber gel mask hydrates and calms dry skin. The 24K gold mask (another great selfie opportunity) firms up skin and gets rid of fine lines. The Irish Moor mud mask removes dirt and oil while putting vitamins and minerals back into the skin. The pumpkin enzyme mask exfoliates enzymatically, manually, and chemically to brighten skin. And, lastly, the 24K gold gel eye patches melt away puffiness and crow’s feet in less than 10 minutes. Anyone—from a mask beginner to a hardcore beauty addict—will have fun experimenting with this set.
Uncommon Goods Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set
Being away from your loved one is tough, there’s no doubt about that. But this bracelet set tries to bridge that gap. Simply connect the bracelets to the app and whenever you tap it or send a “Bond Touch,” the corresponding bracelet lights up and vibrates. This is such a sweet way to show someone you’re thinking of them at random moments. The bands are waterproof and come in a range of colors, including black, gray, or green.
Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool
Kids can't seem to get enough of Pete the Cat these days and this book does not disappoint. With this book, your children will be taken through how Pete doesn't think Valentine's Day is cool, but he soon realizes he has some special cats in his life he wants to share the day with. Besides the book, you'll also get a poster, stickers and 12 punch out Valentine's cards for them to give to all their friends.
Ebba Lil Benny Phant
If you have a little one celebrating their first, second, or third Valentine's Day, this super cuddly elephant will warm their heart and quickly become their new best friend. This elephant measures 9 inches tall and comes in a seated position. Place him next to your child as they eat or let them snuggle with him during bedtime. Little ones will fall in love with his endearing eyes and plush body that is oh-so-huggable. It's available in pink and gray.
1-800-Flowers Stunning Red Rose & Calla Lily Bouquet
Beautiful flowers and Valentine's Day are a natural pairing. Whether you're looking for a traditional bouquet or something that matches your sweetheart's vibrant personality, there's something for everyone on 1-800-Flowers. This particular set features the typical red roses, but stands out will the addition of beautiful calla lilies. You can choose the vase color, clear or red, and even add in some chocolates.
Kate Spade One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace
It doesn't matter who the woman in your life is—mom, wife, girlfriend, sister, friend—she'll love this customizable necklace. Made from gold-plated metal, the round pendant has a personalized initial on one side and a sweet "one in a million" message on the other. The necklace has a classic style that makes it great for both everyday wear and special occasions.
MVMT Legacy Slim Watch
If you're looking for the perfect gift for the guy in your life, surprise him with a beautiful leather-band watch from MVMT. After all, you can't go wrong with a gift that is both stylish and practical. The 100% natural tan leather and white dial look sophisticated and clean without being too overdone. It's perfect for weekend wear, but professional enough for the office.
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)
The Amazon Echo Dot comes in three colors, charcoal, white, and blue (and a tiger or panda for kids), and packs a big tech punch without taking up a ton of space. It's a solid speaker that can play tunes from Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and more. Also, it performs functions like setting timers and even turning lights off and on. The device looks pretty sleek on any counter or desk, but you can also purchase a wall mount for easy hanging.
Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter
Dinner is ready and the table is set. There’s only one thing left to do: open the wine. But instead of fumbling with an old school opener, try this automatic one. The Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener uses a single push of a button to pull out a cork in seconds. It also has a helpful foil cutter to remove those tricky seals. The handy gift opens up to 30 bottles of wine on a single charge and has a sleek design that matches most kitchen decor.
"Oster’s sleek and ergonomic design makes it easy to hold in one hand. Since the opener is only 2.25 inches in diameter, we were able to maintain a firm grip on it."--Sage McHugh, Product Tester
Nespresso by Breville Vertuo Next, Matte Black
The caffeine lover in your life will thank you for this coffee maker. And their wallet will probably thank you as well, since they're not spending cash every day on a cup of joe. The Vertuo is just 5.5 inches wide so it's suitable for any countertop or coffee bar and the push of a single button produces a yummy cup of coffee. The machine automatically adapts to brew the perfect cup based on the aluminum capsules, which are recyclable.
Uncommon Goods A Dozen Reasons You're My Friend
Everyone’s friends should know how loved they are and this handmade gift can show your BFF just how much you care. “A Dozen Reasons You’re My Friend” includes a container featuring 12 heart-shaped messages with reasons you adore your friend. Choose from 56 options like, “no one makes me laugh harder than you” to “all of our inside jokes” to “you’ve seen me without makeup.” The lid’s color can be customized with their name and a choice of colors.
Etsy Sloth Valentine's Day Card
Sometimes we’re so focused on a big gift, we completely overlook the actual greeting card. But some cards aren’t just sentimental and sweet, but also pretty hilarious like this one from Etsy. The “It took a while, but I’m glad I found you” card features two cute sloths joining hands, well, claws. Each card is handmade on heavy card stock with a blank interior so you can write a personalized message.
What To Look for in a Valentine's Day Gift
Type of Relationship
When choosing a gift for Valentine's Day, it's important to keep in mind what type of relationship you have with the person. Whether you're casual or serious can affect what type of gift and the level of sentimentality you want to associate with your present. Additionally, if you're purchasing a gift for your parents, friends, or kids, then those relationships will have a factor as well.
Dr. Abbott reiterates this point of being mindful of your relationship to the recipient. "What you buy for someone you want to remember on this day certainly depends on who that person is," she says. "Chances are you won't be buying the mail carrier cologne and a diamond ring for the teacher. It's a matter of being mindful and thoughtful of your intentions and your specific relationship to that person."
What types of things are they interested in? Is there anything in particular they have dropped hints about, or that you believe they would like based on their interests? Valentine's Day can be a great day to show you pay attention and know them well.
Dr. Abbott advises against purchasing necessities for your recipient, but reminds gift givers that a special dinner is a perfect present between two adults.
How much are you able/willing to spend? While your gift doesn't need to be expensive to be memorable (some of the most thoughtful gifts can be simple and inexpensive), it's a good idea to figure out what your price range is before you start shopping.
Finding a good gift does not always have to break the bank: "First the giver should be honest with themselves and then think of the smallest, most mundane thing that special person might have ever mentioned (i.e. that they just love opossums)—then to find a little figurine or even stuffed toy of an opossum would make the gift more than just hearts and flowers. It'd be a reflection of how you listen to the smallest of things they say, and believe me, that's priceless," says Dr. Abbott.
Unique vs. Classic
Valentine's Day has trademark classics in the gift department when it comes to things like flowers, chocolate, and jewelry. However, you can also consider buying a gift that is a bit more personalized or out of the box. Keeping in mind what your partner would prefer can be a great starting point when purchasing a gift.
When is Valentine's Day?
Valentine's Day falls on February 14th every year. In 2022, it falls on a Monday.
How did Valentine's Day start?
The first documented Valentine's Day is often noted to be in the year 496, celebrated as a festival for St. Valentine who had previously been executed on that day. He was recognized for authorizing marriages in secret after they had been outlawed, and became a recognizable symbol for love and romance.
Who created Valentine's Day?
Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day in the year 496, though the holiday has gone through multiple transformations to become what we know it as today.
Why Trust The Spruce
This article was written by Julia Fields a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert-focused articles, and more. Additional reporting was done by Lacey Ramburger, a personality assessments expert and writer whose work has appeared on Thought Catalog. Expert advice was provided by Dr. August Abbott, Etiquette Expert with JustAnswer.com