Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
Valentine's Day isn't always a rosy time for everyone involved. While lovestruck twosomes are busy smooching in the oversize booths of dimly lit restaurants or shoving their love in your face with roses, chocolates, and winter getaways, there will also always be the friend who shows up at your door in a snowstorm with Chinese food. This year, whether you know that friend or you are that friend, show your besties that you care.
For your friend who's #foreveralone, consciously uncoupled, or in bad company—or for the one who's been through a tough time at work, lost someone near and dear, or lost their luggage on their flight back from Miami, these tokens of your appreciation will be felt tenfold. No one should ever feel sad on Valentine's Day. So if you or someone you love is flying solo this year, treat them to one of these great feel-good gifts.
For the friend who needs a little TLC. This robe pairs particularly well with a day at the spa.
For your favorite pizza lover—send this and a large pie.
Because everyone needs a place to jot down their darkest thoughts sometimes.
If 50 grams of premium California caviar doesn't cheer them up, we don't know what will. Serve with champagne, of course.
When all else fails, uncork a bottle for two (and pour in these meticulously designed wine glasses).
For the friend who can't get rid of a clingy ex.
Tell your main squeeze how much they mean to you with a ten-volume slipcased homage to travel and friendship. Because, why not?
What's better than fries and guys? Chocolates that are shaped like fries, of course.
Whoever said you can't buy flowers for your BFF was wrong. But if you do—say it with a stunning vase from Iittala.
For the friend who needs a reminder that they're your one and only.
If it's good enough for the queen of Goop, it's good enough for you and your main squeeze.
For the friend who's just been through a nasty breakup and needs a little positive reinforcement—and a laugh.
Loving comes in all shapes and forms—sometimes, that means a wickedly good scented candle.
Because none of your best friends should ever doubt their greatness.
A little dose of self-care for the friend who could really use a few extra hours of sleep.