I’m inexplicably always a bit bitter about this over-commercialized lovey-dovey day. Well, I am a single gal in a big city, so what more is there to say about it?
If you do have someone to share the day with, there’s no doubt you may want to get them a little something…whether it’s a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, sister, roommate, mom, dad, or in my case, my dog…everyone wants to share the love on Valentine’s Day!
A heart-shaped jewelry box is a great sentiment and is far less cheesy than a piece of heart-shaped jewelry. This great jewelry box from Pottery Barn comes perfectly priced, can be monogrammed and has an everyday purpose!
It may be currently sold out on Uncommon Goods, but this one is an easy one to DIY if it doesn’t come back in stock for the big day. Buy a vintage or vintage-looking glass bottle with a cap or a cork, get a piece of paper and stain it with tea and burn the edges. Write a romantic love note to your significant other, but don’t ship this message in a bottle out to sea, give it to your love. Some of the greatest love notes of all time were supposedly messages in bottles, plus it’s like a grown-up Valentine! (Remember those cards with your favorite cartoons you used to give to your crush? This is so the adult version of that, and is way more romantic!)
When those 3 little words seem to escape you and you have trouble expressing how you really feel, there’s a clever little book to help you sort it out. What I Love About You has a grown up Mad Libs feel (in a more serious way, of course) prompting you to fill in the blanks such as, “I missed you when….” and “If we’d first met in a comic strip, the thought bubble over my head would have said…”. Pretty genius, no?
Everyone loves a warm, cozy mug of hot chocolate, but the only thing that could ever make it better is…if it’s pink! Crate & Barrel to the rescue with Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate, tastes chocolatey, turns pink. So whip some homemade whipped cream, heat some milk and stir it up! (A fun, an almost-free DIY idea, is to make regular hot cocoa, but still make homemade whipped cream–add just enough red food coloring to turn the whipped cream pink!)
Giving the one you love a mixtape is so not dead…just don’t give them an actual cassette! The update to the good ole’ mixtape, the Mixtape Memory Stick, is a 64 megabyte usb memory stick fashioned to look like a cassette tape. Start arranging that playlist and find your favorite photos of the two of you because the mixtape is still totally 21st century!
Definitely for the do-it-yourselfer/Mr./Miss Fix-it, the “I’m nuts about you” key chain is such an adorable sentiment to remind someone how you feel about them and that once again, has a practical, every day purpose. Who doesn’t look at their keys every day? When they do, they’ll be reminded that you’re nuts about them!
If you’re anything at all like me, you can’t turn down a sweet (in more than one way) treat! And really, what Valentine’s Day is complete without some chocolate? These handmade s’mores shaped like X’s & O’s are a fun and whimsical treat, delivered right to your door!
I love all of these gifts and all under $25, they’re a total steal. Now if only I had a Valentine…sigh!