Because self-love is just as important as any.
Flowers are fabulous. Candy is cool too, but there are so many other things that can show a little love on Valentine's Day. Whether you're shopping for yourself, your BFF or looking for the right heavy-handed "hint" to send your other half, we've rounded up the gifts that make us feel loved, pampered and in the mood (some may even make Cupid blush, but hey, we're ok with that.)
Shop our favorite Valentine's Day gifts for her below!
Inspired by the belief that our children do not need us to be perfect, just present—this piece is the perfect gift for a bestie, or yourself. The lay-flat profile means it's easy to wear even when you've got your hands in, well, everything.
Fine jewelry isn't always practical when little ones are in the mix. The brilliant baubles from Anjie + Ash, made especially for mamas with teething babies, are fashionable and functional. Constructed from food-grade silicone, this bold cuff can double as a chewable distraction for babies when you're out and about.
People have been keeping loved ones tucked close to their heart inside a gold locket for centuries. What's more Valentine-appropriate than that? This timeless beauty is not only an instant heirloom as it is, but can also be engraved with the single initial of your choice.
There really never is a bad time to burn a candle, but they're truly a must-have for a romantic, cozy evening. This votive set features sultry, gorgeous scents curated with date night in mind, each crafted from soy wax so they burn clean and even. Also, as a true candle addict, I have to say, votive size is my bedside candle go-to. The small size means it doesn't have to burn for long before it's melted all the way across, and guarantees that you end up using every bit of wax. (Because that "all night long" promise is cool and all, but you know what's better? Actually getting some sleep.)
Even if luxuriating in the bath isn't in the cards this Valentine's Day (or any day for that matter) you can still squeeze in some practical spa vibes. The sugar-based scrub from Good Juju smells divine and really works to exfoliate, moisturize and pamper whatever skin you grace with it. It's not as oily as other scrubs I've used which I really appreciate since I don't have to wipe down the tub after I use it.
Toss the rubber ducks and floating boats out of the way and reimagine what the word "bathtime" can mean. Infused with CBD, the botanical bath from Foria Wellness is formulated to stimulate both body and mind and awaken the senses for intimate moments. And because a woman's sexual wellness is at the forefront of every Foria product, these salts are free of any icky, irritating ingredients that spell out something the opposite of sexy. No chemicals, fragrances, additives or synthetic anything.
Foria gets two mentions because it was too hard to pick a favorite. Their Intimacy Lube with CBD has permanent placement on my nightstand (a statement that sounds bold, but in its amber bottle, it looks much like every other body oil and serum I have laying around.) Unlike typical lubes, it's slick without being sticky (a sensation I personally can't stand) and dare I say, even keeps sensitive skin and landscaping moisturized and happy. The inclusion of CBD helps to relax and enhance arousal, and some even report that it helped make sex less painful when battling things like endometriosis and other pelvic and genital pain conditions. What's sexier than that?
Ok, maybe this is sexier than that. The Vibe from Maude is so aesthetically pleasing it's on the shelf at the MOMA Store and so pleasing in general, that I've considered buying back up to ensure I'll never be without it. Like most, it has three speeds which cover a wide enough range of power, but what it has has that others lack is a feminine softness that changes everything. The tip is somewhat flexible so it feels comfortable and gentle without being clinical or unforgiving. It's also quiet enough that you can use it without worrying you'll wake light sleepers—a benefit which can't be underestimated.
Cocktails (or mocktails) on your Valentine's Day menu? The awesome mixes from WithCo make shaking up a signature drink a simple as possible. Simply mix with your alchohol or base of choice (gin is the perfect pair for Bouquet, but it's equally at home with soda water) and the evening is instantly more fancy.
If you're more of a wine person, check out the almost-too-pretty-to-drink (but so delicious you absolutely have to) wine sampler from In Good Taste. Their mini bottle flights feature wines from around the world, presented in the most fun and approachable way. Explore new flavors and varieties and maybe even discover a new favorite! They also offer virtual tastings which can make a quarantine date night a little more exciting. A major plus these days, isn't it?
Bringing their gorgeous glow to anywhere from the living room to the bedroom, Everlasting Candle Co. has created what might be the perfect modern candle. The sets include a simple glass vessel and three wick-filled metal "candles" which absorb the included clean-burning oil which isn't exactly "everlasting"—but close.
Like the perfect pair of jeans, these simple-but-stunning diamond studs are an instant signature piece you'll want to wear on the daily. Marrying a diamond stud with a 14K gold disc they're luxe without being showy.
Minimal but meaningful artwork is a gift everyone gets to enjoy. With a nod to your connection, this simple piece is easy to integrate into almost any decor.
In an ideal world, every romantic would have a fireplace or even an outdoor firepit to snuggle up in front of with their loved one. But there is something out there anyone can make use of. The City Bonfire. These small-but-mighty tabletop bonfires use recycled soy wax tucked into a portable tin that can be used outdoors for smores sessions or sharing a glass of wine (or two!) around.
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