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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start the search for a gift that your significant other will actually like. We promise, there are some really cool picks hidden amongst the sea of red and pink goodies, cheap teddy bears, and gross toffee chocolate—it just takes a little digging to find them.
Here, the best non-cheesy Valentine's Day gifts.
Le Labo's iconic Santal 33 scent is a fail-safe option that pretty much everyone can agree on. This unisex fragrance combines floral scents, like cardamom, iris, violet and ambrox, with musky notes from Australian sandalwood, papyrus, and cedarwood for a truly intoxicating scent. It's expensive, but oh so worth it.
Ice cream that comes directly to your door? That’s the way to our hearts. Marco Ice Cream's ingredients combine sweet and spicy notes for a unique, out-of-the-box experience. You can build a case of four or five pints from their culinary flavors—Aztec Chocolate, Ginger Dreamsicle, Spicy PB Caramel, Thai Coco-Lime, and Vanilla Chai. Mix and match or double up on your favorites if you’re hoping to sneak a pint for yourself.
Self-proclaimed as “The World’s Most Popular Weighted Blanket,” the Gravity Blanket is the ultimate gift for comfort and relaxation. Weighted blankets use deep touch pressure stimulation to calm the nervous system, reduce stress, and improve sleep quality—and thanks to the microplush duvet cover, this one is also super warm and cozy. It comes in four different weights—15, 20, 25, and 35 pounds—and three classic colors.
Candle by day and massage oil by night, the hand-poured Maude Burn No. 1 Candle is made with jojoba and soybean oils combined with amber, cedar, lemongrass, tonka bean, and medjool date. The smoky scent sets the mood during the day, but once the oil is melted the skin-softening ingredients make the perfect transition for a romantic nighttime massage.
Keurig took their single-serve drink system from day to night with the Drinkworks Home Bar, a countertop drink maker that automates cocktail making. As with the brand's coffee makers, all you have to do is insert a pre-portioned pod, press start, and your drink is ready in less than 60 seconds. The Drinkworks Home Bar can also carbonate beverages, so if your Valentine’s Day date is a fan of bubbles, this is the gift that keeps on giving.
Handmade in Ghana by a mother-daughter team, the Eu’Genia Shea Butter Set is the ideal gift for smooth, luxurious skin. The set includes four 2-ounce tins of highly-concentrated natural shea butter: One is scented with lavender, one with grapefruit, one is completely fragrance-free, and the last is 100 percent shea butter, so a little really goes a long way.
If you have a coffee lover in your life, you can’t go wrong with La Colombe’s 6-Month Coffee Gift Subscription. Once a month for either 3, 6, or 12 months, a 12-ounce package of fresh coffee will be sent right to your recipient’s door. You can choose from eight different blends, from your basic light roast to the bolder Bleu blend, or choose the rotating option if you like surprises and want to put the power in the roasters’ hands.
If you have a special runner in your life, this Etched Marathon Pint Glass is a great way to simultaneously say “I’m proud of you” and “Let’s have a post-run beer.” Each glass is intricately etched with famous routes and city maps of top marathons, like Boston, New York City, and London, to name a few. The finish line coordinates and date of the inaugural race also accompany the maps for a nostalgic feel.
If your partner loves your local city as much as they love you, this Personalized Wood Cut City Map will earn some serious brownie points. Your city lines are drawn out with laser cut wood overlaid on a cork board for a unique, industrial look. You can also highlight a meaningful address (your shared home, for example) in the middle of the map and mark your special spots, like the place where you met or your favorite restaurant, with included heart pins that slide directly into the cork backing.
If you’re the snorer in the relationship, these Bose Sleepbuds II are both a thoughtful and practical gesture. Unlike other earplugs that just block out sounds (and not very well, may we add), the Bose Sleepbuds II use noise-masking technology to play soothing specially-curated sounds (from airplane noise to a trickling waterfall) to help your loved one fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Running out of date ideas, or always trying to pawn the final decision making off on your beau? Let this Tiny Box of Date Nights do the work for you. The box includes 24 double-sided tokens with a total of 48 date ideas, from taking a pottery class together to having a “memory lane” night in, where you reminisce together about the special times you’ve shared.
This Native Union Drop XL Wireless Charger (Watch Edition) may not be the most romantic gift out there, but it’s one of the most useful—and practical gifts can be special too. This wireless charging pad has an extra-large surface area and a specialized charging puck that’s designed to charge two devices and an Apple watch simultaneously. If the convenience isn't enough, it also has fast charging capabilities, so your beau can juice up quickly and get back to texting you ASAP.
Love a matcha lover? Then get them Golde's Matcha Lovers Kit, a combination of 100 percent pure shade-grown matcha and the brand's Matcha Turmeric Superfood Latte Blend, which can be used for hot and cold drinks or blended into smoothies. Both are vegan and keto-friendly—perfect for the health-conscious person.
Forget the fresh flowers. This dried arrangement from Urban Stems features pink pampas, thistle, stargrass, green bell, and mini strawflower expertly arranged in an eight inch vase. With its pink hues and billowing stems, The Icon arrangement brightens up any space and lasts for months without light or water. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for anyone who appreciates flowers but wishes they would last longer.
2020 brought out the puzzle-lover in all of us. And while putting a puzzle together is always a romantic date idea, a custom puzzle really turns it into something special. This one from Etsy gives you the choice between two sizes (500 or 1000 pieces), add text, and upload your favorite image. You can put a picture of the two of you together or choose one with your pets instead. Better yet, buy two and have a puzzle-making competition.
Love romantic weekend getaways? Upgrade your partner’s travel gear with The Weekender, a unisex duffle by Away. This versatile bag is big enough to fit everything you need for up to a week of travel, and is expertly designed with a separate shoe compartment and a secure sleeve for your laptop. It also fits inside the overhead compartment of most planes—no lost luggage here! It comes in two fabric choices (canvas and nylon) and four neutral colors.
Does your partner miss hanging out at your local coffee shop? The Miroco Milk Frother lets you bring the cafe vibes right into your kitchen. With one touch of a button, you can get three different milk textures—hot airy foam, hot dense foam, and cold milk froth—for a beautiful at-home latte, no barista training necessary. And with its minimalist design and ergonomic grips, it looks pretty on the counter too.
Now you can have your very own “love fern” à la "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" shipped right to you. The Bird’s Nest Fern is an especially great gift choice because it’s low maintenance, only needing indirect sunlight and watering once every one to two weeks, and it’s pet-friendly too. Choose between two sizes, five planter styles, and five colors to give your fern some flair, and consider tacking on some cute message pops to complete the gift.
The Sampler Pack from SPLASH combines romance and fun for cocktail and mocktail lovers alike. The pack includes five full-size (750 mL) bottles of SPLASH’s craft cocktail mixers—Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Mojito, and Moscow Mule—each one made with only minimal, whole ingredients. Pour some over ice, add your favorite spirit (or not), and curl up by the fireplace.
The only thing wrong with a steaming mug of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is how quickly the temperature drops. You can solve that problem for your honey with the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug. The extended battery on this upgraded model keeps your drink hot and steamy for up to 80 minutes, or even all day if you keep it on the included charging coaster. Pick your ideal temperature between 120 degrees to 145 degrees and take as long as you want to sip on whatever sweet goodness is in your mug.
Fuzzy slippers are always an excellent gift choice, and L.L. Bean makes the best there is. The Wicked Good Moccasins combine a sheepskin interior with an ultra-warm premium genuine lamb fur lining that wicks away moisture, so you don’t end up with sweaty, stinky feet. And to make it just a little cheesy, you can get matching pairs—there are sizes for both men and women.
Want to spice things up (literally)? Then grab a three-pack of TRUFF's seriously good hot sauce. This combo pack includes the original Hot Sauce (a truffle chili blend), the Hotter Sauce (a jalapeño rich blend), and the limited edition White Hot Sauce (a blend of chili peppers, organic agave nectar, and white truffle). Bonus points if you use it to top the eggs when you’re serving breakfast in bed.
There’s nothing more romantic than roasting marshmallows over an open flame with your honey, and this Electric S’mores Maker allows you to bring those vibes inside instead. While you’ll have to forgo the flames, you can still roast your marshmallows to perfection with the contained electric heater. Set up a blanket, plug your s’mores maker in, and watch your favorite movie while you channel that camping feel.