It’s almost Valentine’s Day — that time of year when you let your loved ones know just how much they mean to you (even if it’s just yourself). Whether you’re in a relationship or happily single, fluent in the love language of gifting or trying to find something for the person you just started seeing, we’ve lovingly crafted a master list of our very best Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Think of this as your trusty shopping companion for first crushes, picky boyfriends, and Valentine’s Day haters.
And a friendly reminder: Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, which means the time to order your gift is now. We’re keeping an eye on shipping to ensure you can find a gift that arrives on time, but some of these options may require expedited shipping for guaranteed arrival by February 14.
If you normally celebrate Valentine’s Day at Lucky Voice, consider this under-£20 wireless microphone. It connects via Bluetooth to Spotify, YouTube, and Alexa: no app required. You can find other thoughtful, under £20 gifts here.
Some of our favourite, highly giftable Valentine’s Day presents from Black-owned businesses – including this “couture tea” from Thés Lac Rose. It’s a lightly spiced South India Assam blend with notes of cinnamon, cardamom, citrus, and clove. You can find more Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Black-owned businesses here.
If your husband has a recipe spreadsheet, consider Nigella’s latest cookbook. Not only does it feature some interesting recipes (like black-pudding meatballs), but it’s got loads of ideas for how to use leftovers in other dishes. You can find more gifts for husbands here.
If your wife is the competitive sort, four of our experts recommended Patchwork, created by accomplished game designer Uwe Rosenberg, as one of the best two-player games for beginners. You can find more gifts for wives here.
If his notebooks look like mini works of art, maybe he’d like a new medium. These White Nights watercolours came recommended by Strategist contributor (and artist) Natalya Lobanova. Find more gifts for boyfriends here.
If she’s still on the fence about owning a weighted blanket, this one by YnM is highly reviewed on Amazon. It was included in our list of the best weighted blankets in the U.S. as well as in the Strategist 100, our collection of the best, most-stood-behind products ever to appear on the website. You can find other gifts for girlfriends here.
Whomever you’re buying for, socks will never not be a well-received gift. Socksss, a Stockholm-based tennis sock brand, has everything from ombre to tye-dye pairs, but we like this preppy red-and-white pair. You can find other cheap, nice gifts from expensive brands here.
If you’re in search of a couples sex toy, Carolanne Marcantonio, a licensed master social worker and sex therapist based in Brooklyn, recommends the We-Vibe Tango. “Anyone can use it — you can use it on the testicles, the inner thighs, nipples,” she says. “The sky’s the limit and the whole body’s covered in nerve endings, so we can really experience pleasure anywhere.” You can find more recommendations for couples sex toys here.
For the Valentine who just wants a card this year, honest. We think that this watercolour card would look lovely in a frame.. You can find more artful, tasteful, and funny Valentine’s Day cards here.
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