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Looking for a cute or thoughtful gift to give your loved one for Valentine’s Day? Then you have to check out my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide complete with gift suggestions for spouses, kids, friends, grandparents, teachers and more!
So… how do you feel about Valentine’s Day? While I’ve never done anything big for Valentine’s Day, I’ve always loved the holiday (yes, even when I was single AND when I worked in restaurants, their busiest day of the year). The way I look at it, is in this day and age with extremely busy schedules and an obsession with technology, we can use all the reminders we can get to tell our loved ones how much we love and appreciate them. That’s why I decided to put together a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!
To me, sending a card is a simple, yet wonderful way to show someone love on Valentine’s Day; but if you did want to gift them a little something as well, then I’ve got you covered. I’ve tried to include a variety of gifts in my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, from super affordable, to some that are a little bit more expensive. Some are a little bit more thoughtful (a.k.a. mushy), and others are more fun or casual, you know for kids, gal pals, or maybe a girlfriend/boyfriend you have not been dating very long.
OR print these free personalized birch tree art prints and pop them into a frame! I think these carved tree printables are adorable and I’m seriously considering gifting them to my husband this year on Valentine’s Day! (I’ll most likely get frames at Walmart or take advantage of a 50% off frames sale at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s).
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide:
1. Dear Valentine Letters Mad Libs – When I was a kid I loved doing Mad Libs! Even today when we go on a road trip, I’ll print some out for a fun and silly way to pass the time. So, when I saw this Valentine Letters Mad Libs (that comes with stickers and envelopes) I thought it would be a fun Valentine’s gift to give kids. You could package them in a Valentine’s Day metal bucket and add some Valentine’s stickers, pencils, candy, etc.
They also have these Mad Libs 16 Valentines Cards with Pencils, that would be fun for Valentine’s parties at school.
2. Date Night Subscription Box – Did you see my holiday gift guide? It focused on subscription boxes and memberships, and why sometimes I think these gifts can be a bit pricey but why I also love them as they are a unique gift that keeps giving long after the holiday is over. So of course, when I discovered a Date Night subscription box, I knew I had to include them in this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!
Date Night In Box is a date night subscription that sends a monthly box, centered around a specific theme, which includes activities, ambiance, music, snacks, recommended dinner menu and more! Some cute date night boxes they’ve done in the past include a “foundation of love” which included everything listed above plus supplies needed for two building challenges.
If you have trouble planning date nights or need to have date nights at home because you have small children, have a tight budget or have crazy work schedules; this is the perfect Valentine’s gift that keeps giving!
3. Tiff’s Treats – We LOVE Tiff’s Treats and it is a hugely popular Austin based cookie delivery service that delivers warm, freshly baked cookies and brownies to your home, business, etc. You can select different treat packages (just cookies, or cookies with milk, iced coffee, ice cream, etc.) and get special gift packaging (ie: they include a balloon or package the cookie in a Valentine’s Day box). They have a variety of cookies, including chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, etc., as well as brownies.
Tiff’s Treats are a great way to send birthday wishes, say thank you, congratulations and more. I think they would be great for Valentine’s Day because who doesn’t love freshly baked cookies and it is a little bit different and not your normal (super basic) flower or candy delivery. Plus, a cookie delivery could be considered less casual and yet still thoughtful, making it a great Valentine’s gift for guys, someone you have not been dating very long, a friend, co-worker, grandchild, etc.
Even though Tiff’s Treats is based in Austin, they offer cookie delivery services in many cities, including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, College Station and in the Atlanta area.
4. Fruit Trees or Potted Plants – So, I love fresh flowers, just as much as the next girl, but hate that they only last about a week. I’d much rather get a cute planter (than another glass vase) filled with a plant that will last much longer than flowers.
I think these owl planters are super cute, and I love succulents and cactus plants, because, well, I have a black thumb and my husband constantly teases me that I can never keep a plant alive, and these plants are trendy and require no maintenance.
Another plant that would be a great gift, is potted fresh herbs (a rosemary bush, basil plant, etc.) or fruit tree (like a lemon tree) that all produce something that the gift recipient can use, and again are plants that last a long time and don’t require a lot of maintenance.
While red roses are such a typical Valentine’s Day gift, gifting a cute planter and plant, will last longer and is a great Valentine’s Day gift for just about anyone, from a parent, to a child’s teacher, to a sister or friend.
5. Cute Socks – A sweet card, small box of chocolates and some cute Valentine’s Day socks was the typical Valentine’s Day gift from my Mom growing up. It was simple, but we loved coming down for breakfast Valentine’s Day morning and seeing our little Valentine’s Day treats served up with some of Mom’s homemade banana bread or donuts and fruit and juice.
To this day, I still think fun socks are a great Valentine’s Day gift for kids (even boys, with fun options like Star Wars socks) AND adults! I mean, I still love cute socks and my husband loves patterned socks too!! Thus, making this a great Valentine’s Day gift for just about anyone, including a Galentine’s get together with girlfriends!
6. Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship – Kind of along the same lines of the date night subscription box, this cookbook has recipes and ideas for date night at home. It was written by fellow blogger, Ashley Rodriguez from ‘Not Without Salt‘, and is part memoir and cookbook, as she documents dating her husband for a year. The book is divided by season, and each “date” has recipes (dinner, cocktail, dessert), shopping list, time management tips (so that it doesn’t feel stressful making dinner at home for date night) and tips to change up your date night in routine, like eating dinner by the fire or having a backyard picnic.
This would be a great gift if you are striving to have more date nights, even if you are on a tight budget or have young kids at home, and you and your significant other like to cook.
7. Couples Classes – Skip the typical date night activities, like dinner and a movie, concerts, bowling, etc., and take a class together to learn a new skill! There are so many classes geared towards couples available in most cities, from cooking classes, to painting classes, to dance lessons, etc.; all of which are a fun, interactive activity to do with your significant other. You can even find Mommy and Me or Daddy and Me classes (again, for cooking, art, music, etc.) that would be great for a parent/child “date”.
Look for class deals online (like on Groupon or from the class for first time attendees) or buy a gift certificate to wrap up and gift for Valentine’s Day.
8. Enso Rings – These simple silicone rings may not seem fancy, but I’ve been wanting one for quite some time! They were originally created to help prevent damage to your fingers caused by wedding rings, specifically male titanium rings, getting caught on things and then ripping your finger off. Ouch. I know. (Remember, it happened to Jimmy Fallon!?!)
But personally, I want one of these rings to wear when I am working in the kitchen to replace my wedding ring. You see, my engagement ring and wedding band are super delicate (white gold with pearls and lots of small diamonds) and I’m constantly taking off my rings when I’m cooking and cleaning because I don’t want to ruin them. One of these Enso Rings would allow me to wear a wedding band without worrying about damaging my real rings. Plus, when I’m working in a professional kitchen, jewelry, like engagement rings, are not allowed.
Not only would an Enso Ring be great for a spouse that works in the food and beverage industry, but for medical professionals who are washing their hands all day and wearing gloves, construction workers, police officers, fire fighters, etc. And even if you don’t work in these industries, if you want to wear a ring to the gym, to the pool, or if you have experienced swelling in your hands, this is a super affordable and durable alternative to a meal or stone ring.
9. Long Distance Touch Lamp – I first heard of this amazing touch lamp as part of a holiday gift guide and thought it would be the PERFECT Valentine’s Day gift! These Long Distance Touch Lamps sound so neat as you keep one lamp and gift the other to a loved one (a boyfriend/girlfriend that you don’t live with or that lives far away, parent, niece/nephew, grandchild, etc.). When you touch your lamp, theirs lights up in different colors and vice versa when they touch their lamp. It’s a sweet and thoughtful way to let a loved one know you are thinking of them, even if you live far away.
10. Fondue Pot – One of my favorite dates from when my husband and I first started dating was going to The Melting Pot. Not only was this a fun and unique dinner date, eating fondue takes time to eat (giving you time to talk) and is super interactive as you are sharing the meal with your dinner date.
However, The Melting Pot is pretty expensive and will be super crowded on Valentine’s Day. So, gifting a fondue pot not only allows you to have this fun date night whenever you want, it would be a great idea for Valentine’s dinner at home (for couples AND families as kids love fondue!), as it is a dinner that requires very little effort to make. This Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker is great for cheese or broth fondue, because it is affordable and since it is electric, you don’t have to worry about messing with sternos.
Do you give gifts on Valentine’s Day? If so, what types of things do you like to gift?
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