Valentine’s Day 2021 is fast approaching and I salute you for thinking ahead. I’m sure you are wondering what (besides chocolates and flowers) you can give her to show her you truly care, and put some thought into this year’s gift.
I remember having slight anxiety around early February because I had no idea what to get beyond the typical Valentines day gift. It’s a little easier when you’ve known someone for a longer period. Even so, it can be a challenge to find that special gift to leave a lasting impression.
More than the material gift itself, most women want to know that you love and care for them. The Valentine’s Day gifts that stand out most in my mind are the ones that someone put real thought into. Even a handwritten note or special card can be a very cherished keepsake.
As much as last-minute shopping can get the job done, it can take a little thought and research to come up with a truly unique gift that she will love. Valentine’s Day can be done completely online if you get ahead of shipping times.
Luckily, you’re just in time to do that. If you’ve been out of ideas beyond Ferrero Rochers, a bottle of wine and red roses, or a teddy bear, I’m here for you. I’ve been scouring some of my favorite online places for gift ideas that I’m certain most women would love to receive. Here are my top ten picks for this year for Valentine’s gifts for her.
Guide to Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her
1. LOVE Mismatched Stud Earrings
by Blue Nile
A set of stud earrings is almost always a safe bet (unless she doesn’t have her ears pierced – be sure to check on that!). These sweet earrings are the perfect Valentine’s choice to show your love. They’re just the right size to wear for special occasions or day-to-day. A small handwritten note tucked inside the box would be a special touch.
Another jewelry piece that made our list this year is this sterling silver heart-shaped pendant necklace by Blue Nile. I have a similar chain and heart pendant that I’ve worn around my neck for years and only take off to swim. This versatile little necklace will layer well with other chains and at 16-18” is the perfect length for almost any neckline. And bonus: it’s engravable! Most importantly, it will be a wonderful reminder of your connection and how much you love her.
Or, this rose petal necklace from Uncommon Goods elevates the tradition of giving flowers to a whole new level. Instead of getting her a dozen roses that will have to be tossed in a couple of weeks, give her a real rose petal that’s been shaped into a heart that she can wear around her neck for years to come. We absolutely adore the branch-inspired gold-plated brass wreath that frames the rose petal. If your lady loves to accessorize and appreciates timeless style, this necklace will be a winner!
3. Personalized Bracelet
A personalized valentine’s day gift idea is sure to make her swoon. For a romantic gift, come up with a super personal and thoughtful message to engrave on the disc pendant of this bangle bracelet. Practice until you’ve perfected your handwriting, then send a photo of your carefully scribed message to the shop and they’ll transform it into an enduring sign of your love.
This bangle would work equally well alone or paired with other bangles. Choose between gold, rose gold, and silver, and select the number of pendants you want to include (1 to 5). Multiple pendants are perfect if you want to gift messages of love from everyone in the family, or if you just have a lot of lovely things to tell her!
4. Personalized Heart-Shaped Jewelry Case
This jewelry case is proof positive that a practical gift can still be a pretty one! This small, zippable case is perfect for the lady that travels often and likes to do so in style. I can also see it being super handy for those days when you plan to go directly from the office to a fancy dinner.
Made from vegan leather, you can choose between a blush pink or bright pink color. Personalize it with her initials or yours and hers with a heart symbol in between. D’awww.
Of course, we hope it goes without saying that your lady will be especially pleased if the case contains a new piece of jewelry! It doesn’t have to break the bank, it just has to be thoughtful.
5. “I Love You Because” Wooden Box
A wooden box for the hopeless romantics. What girl wouldn’t appreciate a gift with this much time and thought put into it?
This handmade box contains 52 heart-shaped wooden tags on which you can declare your love for her. Think of it as a love advent calendar – she will have one to read for each week of the coming year. Choose to engrave your initials and write your messages or have them engraved by the professionals.
6. Date Night Box
Been together for a while and out of creative date night ideas? Can’t hit the town for date night due to a pandemic?
Say hello to your new best friend, Crated With Love. This company is owned and operated by a married couple that wanted to get couples talking and interacting in an easy and fun way. Their Date Night Box does just that, offering up themed date night adventures that you can do at home with no pre-planning required.
Zombie Apocalypse, Escape from the Howling Hotel, Retro Game Show, Disrupting Unicorns….. these are just a few of the themes these crazy Crated With Love cats have come up with!
We’re certain she’ll love this gift because it means spending more quality time with YOU, minus the stress of having to plan out a night or wait for you to do so!
We highly recommend signing up for the monthly box subscription (ummm, hello, you’ll never have to worry about planning date night again!), but you can also test the waters by gifting her a one-off box. Importantly, you can cancel at any time if you sign up for the monthly subscription, so it’s not like you’re signing your life away.
Perfume is romance in a bottle! As long as she’s not sensitive to scents, your lady is bound to love the gift of a beautiful scent.
Now here’s where it’s important that you know her well. Every woman’s perfume tastes vary, hence the wide selection of scents with floral, fresh, or warm and spicy notes. If she has a collection of perfumes, take a peek (or, more accurately, give them a sniff) and you’ll have a good foundation for choosing a scent she’ll love.
Of course, you could also play it safe and gift her a replacement bottle of her favorite perfume, but where’s the fun in that?
For what it’s worth, one of my absolute favourite perfumes is Idole by Lancome. I love a subtle-yet-sweet floral scent and Idole hits it on the nose.
8. Vase & Flowers
Yes, flowers can be a cliche gift, but if you pick the right bouquet and pair it with a gorgeous vase, you can breathe new life into this traditional gift idea. Hey, it’s a tradition for a reason, it just needs your personal touch to make it extra special.
Bouqs has a ton of options to choose from. Don’t just pick the first one that grabs your eye (we know, it’s tempting!). Give some real thought to what types of flowers and colors your gal adores.
When the flowers arrive, pop them in Anthropologie’s gorgeous rose and vine vase for an eye-catching gift that says ‘I love you.’!
9. Bathtub Caddy with Spa Products
Does your gal love soaking in the bath and going for spa treatments? This bathtub caddy is both functional and fashionable!
Add a couple of fluffy towels, bath bombs, and maybe a book or two. Or, skip the books and include a bottle of wine and a unique wine goblet – don’t worry, the caddy has a wine glass holder. It must have been designed by a woman!
10. Microwaveable Lavender Slippers
These slippers, officially called ‘Warmies’ are the epitome of coziness. Simply warm them up in the microwave and slip them on for toasty toes and feet!
As if that’s not enough, these affordable slippers are also scented with real French Lavender, which is widely recognized for its relaxing properties.
Perfect for cold winter mornings and nights curled up on the couch. She may never want to take them off (except, you know, to wash them, of course!).
A candle is a gift that just about everyone loves to receive. This “Love You More” soy candle is a nice personalized twist on an old standard. Choose a special message that will be printed on the back of the candle.
I love this candle because it is made from soy wax without any dyes, paraffin, lead, or phthalate and is vegan/cruelty-free. It can also be a nice addition to suggest some quiet time together by candlelight with some music and away from screens.
Or, go luxury with a beautifully smelling spa candle from British brand, Jo Malone. This lovely glass candle is filled with the highly fragrant scent of nectarine, peach, and cassis, which will infuse any room with an evocative scent that will last for hours. It comes packaged in a beautifully wrapped box that will make for a perfect candle gift.
12. Tea Sampler
by DAVIDs TEA
Depending on where you are in the world, winter is a tea-drinking season. There’s nothing I love more than having a selection of teas to choose from on a cold evening. The sampler from Davids Tea is a wonderful Valentine’s selection due to its variety of dessert-like flavors.
If you want to take your gifting to an expert level, pick up some real versions of the tea flavors like chocolate macaroons, s’mores, cake, and blueberry jam. She can double-indulge and rate how the tea compares to the real thing.
A beautiful mug and strainer with some heart-shaped chocolates make this gift a complete package.
13. Nail Polish Collection
Nail polish might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day. Yet, it can be a romantic little gift when packaged right.
Choose a few colors or an already-curated sample (like this collection from Sephora, which is chocolate scented!) that you think she might enjoy. The pièce de résistance for this gift is to include a cute note and card for her to have a manicure/pedicure at a local salon.
On a budget? Set up a nice evening with some wine and offer to do her nails for her. Whether you do a great job or not, you’re sure to have fun and share some laughs.
14. Silk Pillowcase
Looking for a gift that’s pure luxury, while also being practical? This silk pillowcase from Slip – or the one from its slightly less costly but just as pretty cousin, SLPBABY – fits the bill perfectly. It claims to aid in anti-aging by causing less friction against the skin and absorbing much less night-time face cream than its cotton counterparts. But honestly, she’s just going to adore the idea of falling asleep on a pillow of soft silkiness, literally.
15. Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets have been all the rage in recent years, and for good reason. Their weight gives the feeling that you’re being hugged all night long and they can help you relax by encouraging the release of serotonin.
It’s useful, yet it’s indulgent – the perfect gift for the gal that values coziness and practicality.
She’ll be reminded of how much you love her every time she snuggles under her blanket. Hey, don’t worry, she’ll still want your real hugs too!
16. Monogrammed Throw Blanket
Style and substance, that’s what Mark & Graham’s monogrammed throw blankets embody.
Do you and your gal like to snuggle up on the couch and binge Netflix on cold winter nights? She’ll adore this warm and pretty addition to your movie nights!
Choose between an array of gorgeous prints and colors and make it extra special by getting it monogrammed with her initials.
17. Picnic in the Park
by Picnic Time
Picnics saw a surge in popularity during 2020, due in part to the need for social distancing and closure of restaurant dining. Personally, I’d like to see them stay en vogue.
After all, what’s more romantic than finding the perfect, secluded spot to picnic, pouring some bubbly and dining al fresco with your true love.
If she’s a foodie, she’ll absolutely adore this picnic basket set! Include a bottle of her favourite wine and some non-perishable treats (e.g. chocolates!), then make sure you set a date and plan all the details of your first picnic outing!
18. Beauty Gift Card
Just make sure you let her know that she’s beautiful with or without the make-up and such.
19. Beauty Box Subscription
A beauty box subscription is truly the gift that keeps on giving! If your lady is a fashionista that likes to stay on top of the latest trends, Birchbox has got your Valentine’s day gifting sorted!
She’ll look forward with anticipation to checking her mailbox and think fondly of you as she unboxes her latest treasure of deluxe beauty samples.
Starting at only $13/month, this is a subscription that won’t break the bank!
20. “From My Heart to Yours” Couples Pillowcase Set
This pick tops our list for the most adorable gift!
I never thought I’d describe a set of pillowcases as ‘cute’, but here we are. With a stick-person version of you blowing kisses at a stick-person version of her, how can you go wrong?
21. Showstopper Chemise
Lingerie is a popular gift for Valentine’s Day, but often difficult to choose. Style and size can be hard to get right when shopping for her without having her try it on.
I love this Showstopper Chemise for its easy-to-fit design. Adjustable straps and a bodice without straps make this piece both comfortable and romantic. The floral applique and sheer Swiss Dot tulle make this a delicate-yet-sexy garment she’ll love. Check what size she regularly wears in tops and you should be all set for this chemise.
22. Cashmere Scarf
When it comes to classic, timeless styles, J. Crew has got you covered with gift ideas for every occasion, including Valentine’s Day.
I’m loving this cashmere scarf, perfect for keeping your lady warm all winter long. And when they say cashmere, they mean it. This beauty is 100% cashmere and comes in four color options. If you want to go the extra mile and have the cash to do so, pair it with J. Crew’s matching beanie .
23. Wireless Earbuds
Like the idea of gifting her a piece of technology for Valentine’s Day? Go with wireless earbuds and she’ll be stoked! As a bonus, if you buy them from Apple direct, you can get the case personalized free of charge.
Whether she loves pumping up the jams while she’s out on her trail runs, or drowning out the sounds of public transit on her way to work, these little earbuds will become her, erm, best buds. See what I did there?
Of course, you’ll want to make sure you choose a brand that’s compatible with her phone, smartwatch or other device. But you already knew that, of course.
24. Valentine’s Day Gift Basket
Do not underestimate the power of a gift basket filled with sweets and treats to make your gal swoon on V-day.
These gorgeous food baskets from Harry & David take the whole ‘box of chocolates’ idea and rack it up a whole bunch of notches. Truffles, shortbread cookies, gourmet spreads, Gouda cheeses, fancy crackers – there’s a plethora of savoury and sweet eats featured in their various gift baskets.
If you’re having trouble deciding between all the options, might I humbly suggest their Deluxe Valentine’s Day Gift Box?!
25. Custom Wall Art
Turn her favorite quote or statement that means something to both of you into wall art with an elegant foil-pressed print.
Or, this beautiful piece of photo art is a wonderful way to display all your photos that she’ll treasure forever. A great gift for her to hang in the office: every time she looks at it, it’ll make her smile. Send in 30 of her favorite pics to create the heart; they’ll mat and frame it for you, ready for her to unwrap.
26. Personalized Sky Map
Every time she looks at this personalized sky map, she’ll be transported back to the first night you met. Or whichever significant moment you choose to capture in the stars.
We love that this company uses professional astronomy software to ensure accuracy when it comes to your personalized star map. They also offer numerous size and framing options, so you can be sure to find one that fits your budget and her decor sense.
If she keeps telling you she doesn’t want anything, she just wants to spend time with you, take the cue. Gift her a unique experience that the two of you can enjoy together.
With an AirBnB Experience, you can go on an adventure in your very own city! Yoga with goats, lobster fishing, surf lessons, a farm-to-table dining experience – the options abound!
If she loves getting creative in the kitchen or fancies herself a foodie, you’ll want to check out Cozymeal. They offer a wide range of food-focussed experiences, including cooking classes, private chef experiences, and food tours. Can’t decide for her? Get her a gift card!
28. Meal Delivery Kit
by Hello Fresh
Here’s another great gift idea is one part experience, one part delicious meal!
A meal delivery kit eliminates all the annoying parts of cooking (you know, figuring out what to make and shopping for ingredients). All you have to do is open a bottle of wine, put on some jazz, divy up the cooking tasks and ta da – dinner will be ready in no time!
One of my favorite things about meal delivery kits is that they can introduce you to new ingredients or cuisines that end up becoming staples in your kitchen going forward. If she likes to experiment in the kitchen, but has a busy schedule, a Hello Fresh kit is totally up her alley.
Just remember – you’re still the dishwasher.
29. Fondue Set
Since we’re on a roll with food-related gift ideas, here’s another one for the adventurous foodie in your life!
Fondue sets tend to be, erm, risky gifts. Truth be told, they can often get packed away after one or two uses and completely forgotten. But that’s the old fondue sets, which were a pain in the butt to use.
This sleek electric fondue set from Cuisinart is a game-changer. So much so that Fondue Fridays may become a real thing in your house. Don’t say we didn’t warn you and your waistline!
30. Wine Stand
OK, this is more than just a wine stand, it’s a party (for two) waiting to happen!
Seriously though, this gorgeous handmade stand is SO fitting for Valentine’s Day, especially if she loves her wine almost as much as she loves you.
In addition to holding a bottle of wine, the stand can hold two wine glasses and a corkscrew. There’s even a space dedicated to snacks.
Two things: this stand comes unassembled, make sure you do the grunt work before gifting it to her. And, I hope it goes without saying, you’ll want to pick up a bottle of her favorite wine to complete this lovely gift!
31. Chocolate Box or Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Take the classic ‘box of chocolate’ gift and turn it into an unforgettable, delectable experience. If she has a sweet tooth, she will literally swoon when she opens this 58-piece (!) box of chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat.
Or woo her with a sweet treat box of chocolate-covered strawberries from the Chocolate Covered Company. They’ll run you about the same amount as a bouquet of flowers, but I promise it’ll be worth it for the look on her face when she takes her first bite!
32. Create Your Own Reel
There’s nothing like a walk down memory lane paired with a retro childhood toy!
This one is definitely for the sentimental gal.
While the viewfinder looks like something from the 80s, rest assured there’s a 21st century twist. With this gadget, you upload your favorite pics using a redemption code that comes with the viewfinder to create a personalized reel for your sweetheart. D’awwwww.
Come to think of it, you might want to include a hankie with this gift!
33. Battleship Game
All’s FUN in love and war with this sexy battleship game!
Spice up date night with this playful game that’s definitely more about love than it is about battles and wars. Though you might fight over who gets to go first if you catch my drift.
34. Romantic Coupon Book
This coupon book leans more on the side of ‘nice’ than ‘naughty’, with 27 uber-romantic date ideas that will have her swooning but are easy enough for you to pull off. Some of the coupon suggestions include cooking together, kissing in the rain, napping together, and sharing a bubble bath. See, easy-peasy lemon squeezy.
And you can choose to have 3 or 5 blank coupons included in the book. Perfect for adding a few of your very own, super-original date night ideas! Maybe even one or two that are on the ‘naughty’ side.
35. Photo Frame
by Pottery Barn
If you and your gal love capturing your special moments and everyday fun on camera, she’ll love this thoughtful gift idea! Snag her phone (or use your own), download the best snaps, and get them printed.
Next, choose a selection of photo frames that suit her style and space, add the photos to the frames, and voila – you’ve got a gift that she’ll treasure for years to come.
36. Couples’ Massage
by Spa Week
Does your lovely lady have a penchant for being pampered? No doubt she’d love it if you joined her in lapping up the luxury of a professional massage.
Give her a Spa Week gift card for a couples massage and let the magic happen! Their gift cards are accepted at over 9,000 spas, salons and wellness locations across North America, but it would be prudent, of course, to check that there’s one in your town or city.
37. Valentine’s Day Card
No matter what you give your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, remember that it really is the thought that counts. And there’s no better way to let her know how you really feel than with a carefully-selected card and love note inside that makes her smile, laugh, cry… whatever vibe you’re going for.
Love is All You Need, But a Thoughtful Valentine Gift Can’t Hurt!
That officially tops off the list for V-Day 2021. While traditional chocolates and roses are always appreciated, personalized or thoughtful gifts just seem to go a cut above the rest (not necessary, but bonus points if you do both!). Whatever your choice, I hope you found a gift that you think will be just perfect for your favorite Valentine.
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