18 of our all-time favorite Valentine’s Day gifts

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No matter how cold you consider yourself, finding a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one that’s thoughtful (or at least useful) and isn’t too cheesy can be a little stressful at best. And if you’re celebrating the holidays by giving your family or friends something sweet to show them how much you care, maybe you still don’t know what to get them. Get inspired by our editors’ all-time favorite Valentine’s Day gifts – ones they’ve both given or received from a romantic partner or family member, or even given themselves (what better excuse to take care of yourself than a vacation dedicated to love?).

And if you’re looking for more ideas, check out our guide to Valentine’s Day gifts for all your loved ones as well as gifts for him, gifts for her and gifts for the kids.

We have this adorable heart-shaped succulent for my mom, but it would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for anyone! The heart shape is so cute, and it’s much cooler than standard red roses – plus, it lasts longer than flowers (or chocolate, at my house)! —Hayley Saltzman, Social Media Manager

Photo album with Pioneer fabric frame cover

My boyfriend’s birthday is a few days after Valentine’s Day, and three years ago I wanted to give him something more thoughtful and personalized besides a physical gift, so I decided to make some DIY. I bought a 200 page photo album on Amazon and printed out a bunch of photos of the two of us and wrote cute little notes throughout! He still calls it “the best gift I’ve ever given her”, and he keeps it on his desk to this day! —Stephanie Griffin, Social Strategist

Ambient Light Smoko Lil B Dumpling

If your partner loves all things cute, this dumpling lamp is the perfect little Valentine’s Day gift. Pair it with flowers or a box of chocolates for the cutest Valentine’s Day. —Kai Burkhardt, Editorial Coordinator

Country Carpentry Art Small Heart Bud Vase

A few years ago on Valentine’s Day, instead of giving my mom flowers, I gave her a heart-shaped vase – she loves hearts. (This is quite similar to the one I bought.) Turns out it was a great gift; now, every time someone else receives her flowers, she breaks the vase I gave her and remembers my gesture again. —Chelsea Stone, Business Writer

Our Q&A per day: three-year diary for two people

Look, I know this one leans a bit towards the cheesy side, but sue me: I’m the sentimental type. This journal is meant to stimulate discussions with your partner, about things both frivolous and deeper, as it presents a prompt for each day of the year that each of you fills in with a quick answer – from questions like that “That seems vitally important right now doesn’t it?” to “If you had no responsibilities for the day, what would you do?” It’s also a fun way, I imagine, for long-distance couples to stay connected. —Emmy Favilla, Associate Editor

Bouqs Flower Subscription

I firmly believe in having fun for any reason, no matter the season! So a perfect gift for myself or any plant and flower lover this Valentine’s Day would be a Flower Subscription from Bouqs (or a Plant Subscription from Grounded) because the perfect act of love for me is that my apartment looks and smells like a garden all year round. —Natasha Hatendi, photo editor

Sur La Table Online Homemade Ravioli Cooking Class

I like activities as gifts, especially those that I can do with other people! A friend once offered me a pasta making class and it was so much fun learning how to make different dishes together from scratch. I even considered buying a pasta machine for my apartment afterwards. —Kiana Murden, Associate Lifestyle Editor

gorgeous roses

Every year, long before I was born, my father bought my mother a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day. She loves roses, as in bold and underlined roses, but the only problem is that fresh flowers only last a while. That was until my dad discovered Magnificent Roses flower gift sets, which last up to three years! She’s been enjoying her 2020 red rose gift set for the past year, and the flowers are as beautiful as the day she received them. —Katelyn Gendron, SEO Analyst

Innocheer Scrapbook

A handmade scrapbook is always a heartwarming gift for you and your partner to reminisce about all the memories you’ve made together. My partner gave me one last year filled with cute photos and love letters, and I maybe shed a tear or 20. —Kai Burkhardt, Editorial Coordinator

Catbird grated ring

I’ve probably asked for Catbird jewelry for the last five birthdays, Valentine’s Day, holidays, and birthdays, but this is so good. My husband gave me this used ring a few days ago for Valentine’s Day and I wear it every day. It’s super delicate and simple – perfect for everyday use – and it’s so easy you can’t get enough of it. —Hayley Saltzman, Social Media Manager

Gold Hill Jewelry Name Necklace

One of my favorite gifts I’ve received is this name necklace from Etsy. I love my middle name and wanted something to take with me to honor it in some way. Nameplate necklaces are also super trendy, so this was a great and well thought out surprise! —Kiana Murden, Associate Lifestyle Editor

The Royale Large Trainers

If you’re looking for a practical Valentine’s Day gift your partner will love, you can’t go wrong with these Brooklyn-made leather Greats sneakers. According to its website, Greats shoes are “made by top-notch factories that adhere to the highest labor standards and environmental practices,” so it’s also a gift you can really feel good about giving. I asked my hubby to share the BEST Valentine’s Day gift I’ve ever given him, and even though we’ve been together for 15 Valentines and 15 gifts, he quickly chose these sneakers as his favorite of them all. gifts. They’re sleek and classic enough to suit a range of personal tastes and styles, and they’re super comfortable too. I got them in one color, and my husband loved the white ones I gave him for Valentine’s Day so much that he bought them in black to wear to our wedding! —Hayley Saltzman, Social Media Manager

Kay Jewelers Colored Stone Heart Necklace

A few years ago, a guy I was dating gave me this necklace for Valentine’s Day. The stone is a real peridot which represents my birth month of August, and the necklace is silver plated. This beautiful accessory is a subtle and elegant piece that will make your Valentine’s Day feel so special – it did the same for me. —Sarai Thompson, Editorial Coordinator

Macarons Laudurée, Box of 8

Macaroons are one of my favorite French pastries, so a box from the iconic Ladurée or a heart-shaped box filled with macaroons in assorted flavors from Dana’s Bakery is all I need for Valentine’s Day. —Katelyn Gendron, SEO Analyst

Mejuri Crescent Dome Ring

Last year I had my eye on the Mejuri Croissant Dôme ring that I had seen all over Instagram, naturally. And after leaving him some (not so subtle) hints a few weeks before Valentine’s Day, he gave me this! The ring has become a staple in my jewelry collection and is a great affordable option for anyone who loves “gold” rings! —Stephanie Griffin, Social Strategist

Sugarfina Sugar Lips Candies

Sugarfina candies are always a great gift, and these lips are PERFECT for Valentine’s Day. One of my best friends works at Sugarfina and she gave us all these tart lips. If you like gummies and/or sour candies, these will be your favorites! They also come in really cute packaging and feel very gift-forward (unlike the candy you just bought for yourself). I crave them right now and would love to have them to munch on after writing this… —Hayley Saltzman, Social Media Manager

RachelPfefferDesigns gold ring

OK, although it wasn’t necessarily my favorite Valentine’s Day gift, my engagement ring is, unsurprisingly, one of the things my fiancé has ever given me. Not just because, you know, celebrating our love in such a way is a fun and enjoyable thing, but also because this designer makes a ton of unique, non-traditional pieces (like my ring), often out of gold recycled. jewelry. The shop also offers fun and unique pieces like a pretzel-shaped ring, a gorgeous purple opal ring, and a funky option that simply reads “hitched.” —Emmy Favilla, Associate Editor

Tiffany & Co open heart pendant.

My partner is not a big fan of jewelry, but this simple and elegant pendant was the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. She loves it because it feels chic and wears Tiffany, and I love it because compared to everything else at Tiffany, I didn’t have to budget two years to buy it. Plus, it’s sterling silver, so she can keep it on 24/7. —Kai Burkhardt, Editorial Coordinator

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