Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and with it comes the usual stress (or excitement, depending on how into the holiday you are) to make this year the most memorable yet. If you already take a few moments every day to express your love and devotion to that lucky person you adore, then what can you do to make sure the romance you bring to Valentine’s Day stands out on its own? If you listen to ad campaigns, they will have you believe that luxury and extravagance is a necessity, but we know that practical Valentine’s Day gifts can bring a smile to the right person’s lips as long as it’s meaningful and your heart is in it.
Give your lover a token of your affection that will remind them all year of how much they mean to you with any of these gift ideas that can easily express what you want them to — I love you.
Let’s get the most obvious gift idea out of the way first. Jewelry is perhaps the most commonly given gift on this particular occasion, but you don’t need to save up a months’ worth of pay or max out your credit card in order to surprise your partner with a diamond necklace, bracelet, or earrings. Something simple with a heartfelt message will do the trick just fine to remind her of how you feel about her.
Add some mood lighting to any room with a candle. Candles are always appreciated, never go unused, and can act as a beautiful piece of decor in any part of your home or apartment. Choose soy candles over paraffin candles for cleaner burning — no toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants — that are less likely to trigger allergies and won’t produce soot. Soy candles also burn cooler than traditional candles, so they generally last 30-50% longer.
If your sweetie is a coffee drinker, tea enthusiast, or just loves a nice, big cup of hot cocoa on a winter day, then a decorative mug with the words ‘I love you’ scrawled across it is a practical and thoughtful gift that will get regular use and serve as a steady reminder of your feelings. Amp up this cute little gift by filling the mug with small candies or sweet treats for your sweetie.
You can ever have enough throw pillows, ever. Throw pillows bring the colors or theme of any room together effortlessly, and a pillow with a written expression of your love across the front will add a little Valentine’s Day love to any room you can snuggle up in.
Beautiful pieces of art can be practical Valentine’s Day gifts when you shop websites and utilize services dedicated to artists and hobbyists. A small piece to express your heartfelt sentiments like the framed picture above can be hung on any wall in your home or placed on top of a mantel or bookcase to add a little charm and romance to both of your days, every day.
Reusable Gift Bag
There’s no need to showcase your terrible gift wrapping skills this holiday. Instead, pick up a reusable tote or gift bag themed for the special occasion. It will not only dress up your practical Valentine’s Day gifts, it can also be a gift in itself and used again and again when you go to the store, cutting down on the paper or plastic grocery bags you use and not contributing to an already tremendous waste problem. Hooray for eco-friendly couples like you!
It’s important to say ‘I love you’ every day, and this Valentine’s Day, you can say those three special words with a simple gift from this Valentine’s Day gift guide. Your gift won’t just put a smile on your significant other’s face when you give it to them, it was act as a daily reminder of how much you value your relationship.