The 8 sweetest non-candy gifts to give on Valentine’s Day
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to shop for the best and most thoughtful gift for your Valentine. While candy’s usually the go-to gift for most folks, let’s face it — it’s a safe and boring choice and most people honestly don’t even want it.
Instead, you’re better off spending your money on something that lasts and that your Valentine would love and appreciate for years to come.
With this in mind, we've rounded up eight of our favorite timeless non-candy Valentine's day gifts that are just as sweet. Shop roses that last a year or longer, the most gorgeous leather heart-shaped Coach crossbody bag, the perfect mysterious unisex fragrance, a comfy weighted blanket for those cold winter nights and more.
Keep scrolling to check out each pick in a bit more detail.
1. Venus Et Fleur 9-11 Petit Heart Eternity Roses, $129
You’ve likely already heard of Venus Et Fleur — the popular flower arrangement brand that preserves roses that last a year or longer. Its new Le Petit Heart arrangement comes with nine to 11 Petit Heart Eternity Roses, beautifully packaged in a heart-shaped mini Parisian hat box in black or white.
The fun part comes in the personalization. Choose from 10 different rose colors ranging from classic red to deep blue and four box materials ranging from white classic to cream suede.
These unique flowers are 100% real and should not be watered as they’ve already been preserved. They also shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight, making these a breeze to care for. Just place them on display and admire them.
2. Coach Heart Crossbody, $199
Coach Outlet has some of the designer brand’s best-selling leather bags for cheaper than other retailers. And its best-selling Heart Crossbody, which sells out every Valentine’s Day, is finally back in stock!
It comes in two colors (red and black) and is made of cross-grain leather. It has two credit card slots, a double zip closure, fabric lining, a top handle and a detachable strap for shoulder or crossbody wear.
Right now, the red is out of stock, but the classic black is still available!
3. Aēsop Miraceti Eau de Parfum, $195
Aēsop is known for its high-end handsoaps and skin care, but the brand’s fragrances are criminally underrated. They’re all unisex and have unique scent combinations that smell unlike anything else out there in the niche and designer fragrance worlds. Best of all, they’re extremely long-lasting.
Miraceti Eau de Parfum is one of my personal favorites. I was taken aback after first spraying this on my wrist since it’s both light and fresh while still giving off a unique woody and earthy musk that smells expensive and mysterious.
If I could describe this fragrance in three words, I’d say it’s woody, spicy and memorable. It has top notes of black pepper, green maté and chili leaf and base notes of myrrh, cedar and red seaweed. This is a fragrance your Valentine will be glad you gave them and one that will last a while.
4. FORVR Mood Cuffing Season Scented Candle, $38
Ditch the candy for a candle, especially if you're shopping for someone who's a homebody. Black-owned brand FORVR Mood's sultry and flirty scents are perfect for Valentine's Day and set the right mood for a romantic evening in.
The brand's founder, popular YouTube personality Jackie Aina, describes FORVR Mood as a lifestyle brand that makes "luxe" affordable — and she definitely delivered with these candles.
Cuffing Season is one of its OG best sellers with key notes of iris, douglas fir, salty lemon and touches of violet and jasmine. If you're looking for a romantic, floral scent, this is
5. Casper Weighted Blanket, $99 (Orig. $169-$189)
Some may think that weighted blankets are overrated, but if you’ve actually used one, you’d probably agree that they’re actually appropriately rated, with some even saying they don’t get enough hype.
This one from best-selling bedding and mattress brand Casper comes in three weight options (10lbs, 15lbs and 20lbs) and four gorgeous colors. It’s specifically designed for relaxation and for those who need some help getting or remaining calm. The best way to describe the feeling of using a weighted blanket is a warm hug that’s not too tight or too loose.
If you’re not sure which weight to choose, the brand recommends going with one that’s 10% of your body weight for optimal comfort.
6. Pura Smart Plug-In Diffuser Romance Set, $81
Smell-good gifts are always a great choice. Plug-ins from brands like Glade and Air Wick are super popular and are fine to use, but they don't last very long and, according to research, can actually be harmful to your health due to the synthetic fragrances they spread into the air.
Diffusers are the safest and most cost-effective way to emit natural fragrances and fragrance blends into the air. Pura gives you that easy plug-in functionality with its Smart Plug-In Diffuser.
Unlike standard plug-in devices that use synthetic fragrance cartridges, the Pura Smart Home Fragrance device diffuses 100% natural essential oils and oil blends like traditional diffusers. Also, it pairs with a user-friendly companion app that lets you control all of its features from your smartphone and even set schedules for when you want it to come on.
Pura's Romance Set is the perfect pick to make your Valentine's home smell cozy and inviting. It comes with a Pura Smart Fragrance Diffuser and two of its best-selling scents that are perfect for the occasion: Champagne by LAFCO and Love Potion by Brooklyn Candle Studio).
7. Chefman 6-In-1 Easy-Brew Espresso Machine With Built-In Milk Frother, $119.50
If your Valentine’s an espresso and coffee lover, this Chefman espresso machine deal is an absolute must-buy. It has everything they’ll need to make the perfect barista-quality espresso at home and you won’t even have to break the bank.
This “Amazon’s Choice” six-in-one Easy-Brew Espresso Machine comes with a built-in milk frother and has a 15 BAR pump that makes rich, café-quality coffee drinks. It’s made of stainless steel, so it’s easy to clean, and its single-touch operation streamlines the entire process. There’s no guessing when it comes to figuring out how to work this machine.
It also has an easy-to-fill extra-large 1.5L water reservoir that makes several cups of coffee for days without having to be refilled. Get it now while it’s on sale on Amazon!
7. Google Pixel Watch, $349.99 (Orig. $399.99)
Lastly, if your Valentine is a techie or just could use a quality smartwatch that looks elegant and doubles as a Fitbit Activity Tracker, this is the one to get.
The best-selling Google Pixel Watch has a stunning circular, domed face and is both sturdy and lightweight. It lets you stay on top of activities like burning calories, steps, heart rate, sleep insights, heart rhythm and more. It also has Google Assistant built-in, so whenever you need help with something, just say, “Hey Google…” and it’ll do all the work for you.
It comes in five colors and two styles (LTE or WiFi).
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