When I was in high school my boyfriend sent my cheesy Valentine’s Day gifts to my classroom in the middle the middle of class. He saw it as a Big Romantic Gesture, but I was MORTIFIED. And even worse, it was something useless and wasteful like heart-shaped balloons. And ever since then, I break out in hives if I receive anything heart-shaped, especially if it was mass-produced for Valentine’s Day.
So here are some Valentine’s Day gifts that aren’t heart-shaped, but ARE from the heart…
Ditch the Valentine’s Day card for a handwritten book
Don’t you dare buy an off-the-rack card from the drug store. Instead create a personalized card. Use something like this mini “10 Things I Love About You” rainbow book, and fill it with your real words.
Have more fun with your sweet treats
Ditch the readily-available (and potentially emotionally scarring for nerdy high schoolers) boxed chocolates and search for something that says “I really really know what you like.” A good place to find uncommon goodies is World Market — they have candies and yummies from all over the world, along with things like this:
And if that’s not enough here are some…
Useful Valentine’s Day gifts for your home/relationship
I love the idea of buying a new mattress for Valentine’s Day. What’s more romantic than being cozy (and sexy) with your partner? Check out this post to see what mattress would be perfect for your relationship.
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Screw balloons and candy hearts, I want something that really sucks! Nothing gets me more excited than this Dyson vacuum. I’m not even kidding, it’ll change your life.
An organic weighted blanket is the perfect gift for someone who is an anxious indoor cat. Just pick their favorite color, and you got yourself a loving Valentine.
Family games are a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift for those of us with kiddos or multi-generational households. And I love all of these Hygge Games.
Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is during Black History Month, so…
Use your Valentine’s Day gift as an excuse to support Black creators like these:
Those are MY suggestions for useful, wonderful, thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts. What would YOU add to this roundup?
Comments on Valentine’s Day gifts that don’t suck (and one that does)
I’m going with experiential gifts – an air bnb stay and restaurant gift cards!