I hate to say it, but coming up with cute Valentine’s Day gift ideas is arguably the worst part about the holiday. So I pulled together a list of things that I personally own (or would like to receive, hint hint)—and enlisted the help of my husband for gifts he’s appreciated over the years. Check out our fool-proof guide below.
GIFT IDEAS FOR WOMEN
Diptyque Limited Edition Scented Candle, $36 – $72
There’s a reason why Diptyque’s limited edition Valentine’s Day candles sell out every year—it’s the most genius gift for anyone who has no idea what to buy their girlfriend or wife. It feels luxurious, but doesn’t cost a million dollars, and is also decidedly “festive” since it’s a rose-inspired scent. Tell your partner to get on it before they’re out of stock.
Personally, I love using a card holder in lieu of a bulky wallet—I highly recommend downsizing if you haven’t already.
Slip Silk Sleep Mask, $50
I’ve posted about this sleep mask before—it’s fabulous for travel (and every night, to be honest.) I also like that it comes in a super chic box, so opening it feels a little more special.
I recently got these boots and I think they’re perfect. The height is just high enough to make you feel a bit more dressed up than usual, but they’re still super comfortable. Plus, they can be worn to work and for a night out. Double win. If you feel like splurging on something even more special, I highly recommend Stuart Weitzman’s 5050 Over-the-Knee boots, a style I love so much, I wrote an entire essay dedicated to them.
I’ve worn this perfume almost every day for the past 8+ years, and I’m constantly being asked what the scent is. I would try to describe the “notes” but I won’t be able to do it justice. Just take my word for it.
Hands down, the best robes on earth. I first discovered them at a St. Regis like 10 years ago, and now realize that Frette (pronounced Fret-TAY) is the brand you’ll find in almost every luxury hotel. Old school luxury Italian linen company that’s been around since 1860. I’ve had my robe for almost a decade, and just upgraded to this one. If you’re really looking to impress someone (or just want to get them a really baller gift) you get them a Frette robe.
Nespresso Virtuo-Plus, $199 (currently on sale)
This is the exact machine I’ve had for years, and I love it. If you haven’t yet pulled the trigger and upgraded to a Nepresso yet, Valentine’s Day is kind of the ideal opportunity. Bonus: it’s a gift for both you AND your significant other!
Venus et Fleur, $299
The Eternity Roses last for up to a year—and I can personally vouch. (In fact, I think I’ve had some of mine for almost two years, and they’re still going strong.) Obviously $299 seems aggressive for flowers, but when you consider that a bouquet can be upwards of $75—and it’ll die in a few days—these are actually a steal.
GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN
Bro Mask Hydrogel Facial Mask, $7
Someone just sent us these for Matt, and he really liked them. The best part is that they come in two pieces—a top half and a bottom half—so if your man has facial hair, you can keep the bottom half one for yourself.
Tumi Alpha 2 Duffel, $315 (on sale)
This has been my most recommended travel duffel for years, and I love that it’s unisex. Matt and I both find it to be the ideal size for a weekend trip, and it also fits perfectly under the seat in front of you as your “personal item” on flights.
Six Pack Valentine’s Day Card, $15.95
Ummm how cute is this? Such a great Amazon find. You could fill it with his favorite beer, a gift card, golf balls, socks, etc. Love that it turns a few random small gifts into a special presentation.
I know I’ve talked about these sneakers to death, but it’s only because I think they’re the easiest, most fool-proof gift idea ever. My husband got them a few years ago and he says they’re like wearing slippers. Then my brother followed suit, and so did a bunch of his friends. If it ain’t broke…
Old Fashioned Insulated Double Rocks Glass, $17.99 for a set of 2
There’s something that makes drinking whiskey out of these glasses a lot more special. Plus, it’ll keep his drink cold for hours.
Le Labo Beard Oil, $60
The most indulgent, luxury item your man didn’t know he needed. Guys DIE for this stuff. It’s especially great for men who don’t like to wear cologne because it has a subtle yet intoxicating scent—and it’s also incredibly hydrating for guys with facial hair.
Bombas Marl Ankle Socks, $45 for 4 pairs
From Matt: I’m a recent convert to Bombas. They are the most comfortable socks I’ve ever owned and they give away a pair to someone in need with each pair you purchase. Get them in different lengths/colors depending on your needs.
Calvin Klein Boxer Briefs, $60 for a pack of 3
These are Matt’s favorite boxer briefs…and he’s fairly picky.
Check out his Top 10 Style Essentials for more men’s gift ideas.
Night Compression Travel Pillow + Case, $150 (for the pillow), $75 (for the case)
Matt & I both just got these travel pillows, and they’re a gamechanger for long-haul flights, when you really need something more substantial than a neck pillow. You can also buy the compression travel case, which enables you to roll the pillow up and compress it to 1/5 of its regular size.
Looking for more ideas? My holiday gift guide is filled with awesome items that are great year round.
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