Happy Valentine’s Day season, lovebirds. Here’s how to impress your wife, fiancé, girlfriend, or that cute girl at work that you always flirt with in one step:
1. Don’t get her a cheap teddy bear or the on-sale necklace that Kay Jewelers is shoving down your throat.
That’s it, that’s the whole gift guide.
Okay, we’re not done yet, but you get the gist. While she’ll appreciate anything you get her (and a bouquet of roses is totally an acceptable add-on), we’re picking the bar up off the floor and giving you some legit suggestions this year. Why give jewelry every year when she’s been complaining about how crappy her laptop is?
Real romance isn’t about the amount of money you spend or picking out an obnoxious stuffed animal. It’s about showing that you pay attention to her complaints, hone in on her gushing about stuff she likes, and showing how much you appreciate what she does for you by doing something for her. You know, that deep stuff.
From wine and beauty subscriptions to smart tech to thoughtful personalized items, there’s an option for whatever type of lady you’ve got on your hands — even if that type is Picky as Hell.
Here are the best gift ideas for her this Valentine’s Day:
A personalized star map
If you’re looking for a gift that no one else has, a personalized star map of your special day as a couple is a safe, super romantic bet. It could be the day you met, your wedding day, whatever you want. (Add an optional time or location for extra specificity). The artist will create a canvas of how the night sky was positioned on that specific day, plus add a cute little quote.
The Amazon Echo Show
Superwomen who put more time into work or family than they do themselves deserve an extra hand (or five), and the newest Echo Show is the device for the job. With the help of Alexa and the new 10-inch screen, she can make hands-free calls, get recipe videos, watch live TV, check news reports, organize her busy schedule, control your entire smart home, and more.
If the lady in your life is expecting flowers and candy, then steer clear of the supermarket and opt for something a bit more special. Save 20% at Shari’s Berries on flowers and gourmet gifts for Valentine’s Day, including this great 2-for-1 deal that includes both flowers and chocolate. Choose from roses, tulips, and more and you’ll be able to include sweet treats like chocolate covered strawberries, cake truffles, and cheesecake bites.
Matching undies for a holiday all about couples? You can’t go wrong here. MeUndies is known for insanely comfy undies, available in tons of colors and styles to match with your bae (some are even Valentine’s Day themed). If you love ’em, turn it into a subscription for gifts every month.
A skincare set
Whether she’s the ultimate glam gal or rocks a naked face every day, she’s definitely heard of Glossier — it’s basically the skincare for everyone. This essentials set includes cleanser, moisturizer, and lip balm to keep her fresh and dewy, all bundled into the most aesthetically pleasing package ever.
A weighted blanket
Having someone to sleep next to is great, but it makes the nights of sleeping alone even more torturous. She’ll appreciate the company of a weighted blanket to help her sleep and keep her anxiety at bay, as people have found they mimic the oxytocin-releasing sensation of being cuddled.
Flowers and Valentine’s Day have long gone together. Rather than showing up at her door with gifts, make it extra special by sending a bouquet with chocolates and even a teddy bear straight to her office. While you’re at it, send some to your mom too — she’ll be so excited. Get assorted roses, a bear, chocolate, and more for $40 with this great deal from 1-800-Flowers.
A wine subscription
Wine isn’t only for special occasions. If she’s the “don’t talk to me before I’ve had my wine” type, gifting a wine subscription isn’t even a question. Winc Wine Club is super customizable, catering to casual palates as well as connoisseurs with refined tastes. Each month, she’ll receive a box with her chosen bottles, with prices starting at just $13 per vino. She’ll love coming home to that.
The new iPad Pro
Working ladies need a badass sidekick that can keep up with their lifestyle. She’ll be psyched to have the new edge-to-edge 11-inch iPad Pro and Apple’s most advanced tech accompanying her, especially if her projects involve drawing or graphic design (just throw in the Apple Pencil). The iPad weighs one pound and lasts for 10 hours on one charge, so taking it on the go is a go.
She may expect regular chocolates, but these are ahead of their time. Infused with hemp-derived CBD, these lovey dovey chocolates contain 0% THC and could help reduce her stress, anxiety, and help her sleep better. (Hemp was made legal in the U.S. in a 2018 farm bill, but double-check your state’s medical marijuana laws before purchasing.)
Heart-shaped Gucci earrings
Fancy jewelry is often a go-to gift for her — but if diamonds are not your girl’s best friend, you’ll need a plan B. These candy-heart stud earrings from Gucci are simple enough to match even the most conservative wardrobes, but will still have her feeling like a bonafide model. They’re sterling silver, so they can last as her everyday earring for years.
A luxury vibrator
Bae deserves to feel good all the time — even when you’re not around. Lelo is known for futuristic luxury sex toys, and the best-selling Gigi 2 and its curves are ideal for targeting the G-spot. It’s designed for solo pleasure, but you can totally use it when you’re together, too.
Apple Watch Series 4
If she’s a lady who appreciates the latest-and-greatest of everything, the newest Apple Watch is sure to satisfy that craving. She can stay in touch 24/7 with iMessage and notifications on the edge-to-edge display as well as make payments, track her calories, and more. Prices vary on size, color, and GPS and cellular connectivity, but she’s guaranteed to get her (your) money’s worth.
MVMT’s classy watches are guaranteed to be all over her Instagram feed — and at the top of her “Need” list. These seriously sleek timepieces come in countless shapes, faces, bands, and metal finishes to match her unique taste, making it a piece of arm candy she’ll never want to take off.
The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
If it seems like she cares about her hair more than she cares about you sometimes, Dyson’s high-tech hair dryer will have her on cloud nine. Its magnet technology and temperature sensors prevent burning and dry hair twice as fast as traditional dryers — plus it just looks awesome.
A diamond heart necklace
Cue the heart eye emoji: This heart-shaped diamond necklace will stop her in her tracks. Packed with diamonds making it 1/3 carat in total weight plus intricate details on the charm and chain, it gives more oomph than the average pendant. It’s a real looker — just like her — and is sure to be different than the necklace everyone else is getting.
A Kitchenaid mixer
Any woman who can’t pass up a new Pinterest recipe has definitely had her eye on one of these bad boys — they’re the diamond necklaces of kitchen appliances. This 5-quart KitchenAid mixer has a stainless steel bowl that can make nine dozen cookies or four loaves of bread in one batch. With 30-ish color options, you can choose her favorite for extra brownie points. (Get it?!)
An Ipsy subscription
When she’s a selfless queen, indulging in makeup for herself is probably her last priority. Ipsy can act as her personal shopper and stock her collection for her with monthly boxes of makeup, skin, or hair products, allowing her to discover favorites she wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
She’ll also have the option to reserve a spot for Ipsy’s Glam Bag Plus, which gives $120 worth of products for $25/month.
Instead of paying a ridiculous amount to squeeze into a crowded restaurant, keep things cozy by cooking dinner together with this aphrodisiac cookbook. You’ll learn to make meals using 19 mood-setting ingredients, inevitably setting you up for a night of romance. (This also makes a great makeshift date idea year-round.)
A gold-dipped rose
Generic gold jewelry or flowers are OK gifts, but combined? Amazing. The Forever Rose is a real rose dipped in 24K gold that won’t wilt like a real bouquet. It’s the rose that will stay with her forever, just like your love. Low-key mushy, high-key sweet. (It’s also available in silver and platinum.)
Long distance touch lamps
Sick of texting? Let her know you’re thinking of her in real time with long distance touch lamps. After each person connects their lamp to Wi-Fi, they’ll sync up, and a quick tap sends a message to the other. A touch to one lamp will make the other light up, adding a warm, cozy glow to her room and her heart.
A silk pillowcase
The infamous SLIP pillowcases are 100% pure silk, which is often recommended by dermatologists and hair dressers for its breathability and softness on skin and hair. Your lady can enjoy anti-aging skin benefits, longer lasting blowouts, and fewer split ends when she lays her head on this cloud — it’s so dreamy, you’ll want to steal it for yourself.
A nameplate necklace
The iconic name necklaces made popular in the 90s by Carrie in Sex and the City are hot again. A must-have for any jewelry obsessive, it’ll become her go-to piece that goes with everything. Choose from silver, gold, or rose gold as well as countless style options — you can even get both of your names to kick up the thoughtful factor.
New hardside luggage
Hardside luggage is the thing to have right now. This floral set by Betsey Johnson is on theme for Valentine’s Day, but will stay adorable year round. Three pieces with wheels will make traveling a breeze, and she’ll be able to spot it instantly at the airport. (If she’s not a roses gal, there are 11 other pattern and color options.)