Spread the Love: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide | Not sure what to buy? We’ve got you covered.
Heartfelt gift ideas for your husband, mom, friends and coworkers.
Passing out red construction paper hearts (plastered with silly poems and too much glitter) used to be the highlight of Valentine’s Day. But as we grew out of this sweet tradition, we began to limit ourselves to extravagant romantic traditions between couples.
This year, let’s change that. Channel your inner child, and treat everyone in your life to a little something for Valentine’s Day. Spread the love by sharing flowers, chocolate and heartfelt gifts with your mom, friends, coworkers and spouse. After all, your relationships are more unique (and much sweeter) than anything that comes in a heart-shaped box. So let’s celebrate them all!
For Your Mom
Regardless of whether your mom, grandmother or maternal figure has a significant other to shower her with gifts, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show her you care. Treat her like the superwoman she is by giving her the elegant Alex and Ani Wonder Woman Domed Cuff, available at Neiman Marcus ($268). This simple rose gold band features a tiny Wonder Woman logo engraved on one side, with the words “strength,” “grace” and “love” etched into the inside. Pretty, feminine and powerful, this bracelet will feel like a little piece of your heart dangling from her wrist.
For Your Friends
When life gets busy, we tend to sideline our friendships and limit them to digital connection. But in-person hangouts will always be more meaningful.
Make some time this February to treat your girlfriends to an exclusive girls’ date at a local spa. The Colour Day Spa offers a variety of pampering packages to choose from, like the “Because You Deserve It!” package ($199) that includes a 60-minute spa facial, 60-minute massage, 60-minute manicure and 60-minute pedicure with a lunch break in between.
Too pricey? Host a DIY spa day at home, and pass out matching pajamas, like these fun cherry-print Kate Spade New York PJ’s from Nordstrom ($88). Pour the wine, and let the bonding begin!
For Your Coworkers
Since Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday, you’ll probably spend the first half of the day in the office. So take advantage of this time to show a little appreciation for your coworkers!
Instead of passing out paper hearts, give everyone delicious cookie hearts from Cheryl’s Cookies, which delivers anywhere in the U.S. Go with the classic, heart-shaped sugar cookies with red, pink and white buttercream frosting ($42.99 for 18), or mix it up with an assortment of sugar cookies and salty gourmet pretzels decorated with festive icing ($44.99 for 30). Everyone will appreciate this delightful sugar rush to help them get through the day.
For Your Spouse
If there’s one thing all women can agree on, it’s this: shopping for men is impossible! When it comes to buying gifts for your husband for Valentine’s Day, go for something sentimental and practical like a sleek new watch. Shinola makes modern, minimalistic watches to complement any style and personality. The Vinton 38mm ($550) has a white velvet dial with easy-to-read numbers and a date window, which sits on a tan leather strap. Personalize it by having a romantic message engraved on the back, like “Time Stands Still When I’m With You” or “Love is Timeless.”
Just remember: love is amazing, so your Valentine’s gifts don’t have to be. As long as your gestures comes from the heart, your friends and family will cherish them.