According to the National Retail Federation, Americans planned to spend just under $200 on their Valentines last year. After the year we’ve just had, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that number rise. After all we’ve been through, we’ll do whatever we can to bring joy to our loved ones! But, you don’t have to spend that much to wow your partner – I found amazing gifts that are under $100 that will surprise and delight your sweetheart.
Verilux HappyLight Alba ($50 at Amazon)
Sunlight is an important component of our wellness, and being that we’re more cooped up than ever, a little help is in order. This handy little light therapy lamp provides the light we’re missing in just minutes a day, so if your sweetheart seems a bit down, this could be just the thing. And bonus: this also works well as a flattering desk light for all those Zoom meetings.
This feel-good gift is a blend of a Himalayan salt rock lamp and an essential oil diffuser, helping to boost your sweetie’s mood and even neutralize the positively charged ions that emit from ever-present electronic devices.
If the weather or the Pandemic have you stuck inside, don’t despair. With this kit, you can have plenty of fun with your partner, Galentine, or kids this Valentine’s Day. The kit comes with clay for 1-2 people, tools, paint, a card, vegan, dairy-free snacks, access to a special Valentine’s tutorial, and more. My suggestion – you can each make something for the other and exchange them!
This puzzle brand aims to help us savor the moment and enjoy our time indoors with high-quality art paper and eye-catching images. They have lots of designs for adults and kids, but I love this 500-piece one for your Valentine’s Day partner, due to its lush (and suggestive) imagery.
Drinks & Eats
Charcuterie boards are a huge trend, and this savory, sweet, and spicy gift collection makes creating a gorgeous board easy. It contains a selection of four best-selling Wisconsin-made cheeses, Sugarwood Sea Salt Topped Caramel Bites, and Bushel and Peck’s Cherry Lavender Jam.
If your partner is vegan or non-dairy, these vegan cheeses will allow them to enjoy their very own “cheese” board. The five nut-based cheeses are also delicious melted or spread on sandwiches. If you want to bulk up your gift, Very Good Butchers also makes a vegan Charcuterie Box, packed with vegetarian meat substitutes.
Magic Hour Sample Box ($77)
For the ultimate, eco-luxe tea-lovers experience, this beautifully-designed gift contains more than 85 cups of tea, including five packets of delicious flavors, like Almond Matcha and Goddess Green, plus one jar of Raspberry Earl Black, two packets of Shoyeido Emerald Incense, and a glass tea-in-hand pot with strainer.
Harry & David Donut Bouquet Gift Box ($54.99)
Treat your special someone to this decadent and delicious gift of miniature donuts, which are dipped in dark, milk, or white chocolate before being topped with chocolate drizzle and candy toppings. Yum.
Serving Up Love
Savino Wine Saving Carafe Two-Pack ($67.95 on Amazon)
These chic, dishwasher-safe carafes use patented technology to eliminate the need for pumps or corks to preserve your bottle of wine. This two-pack contains one glass wine carafe and one shatterproof one, so whether you stay in or head out to the patio, you’re covered. The carafes are also sold separately, but this two-pack is the best deal.
Plans for a VDay hike? Your date will be so impressed when you unpack a picnic of goodies from this roomy backpack, which then folds up into a tiny ball and becomes their gift!
This set is perfect if you are planning a picnic. Each box contains two cans each of Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Sparkling Rosé produced by female and minority winemakers, plus a rich Compartes California Berries Chocolate Bar and a stemless GoVino glass.
I love this set of 4 ceramic plates for Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed or family dinner. Three of the bright and colorful plates have love-themed messages and the fourth is a fun floral.
Dimensions: 6.88 x 0.88 x 5.75 inches.
Rose Quartz is known as a healing crystal and one that communicates unconditional love, and these Rose Quartz earrings are absolutely stunning. They are comfortable enough to be worn every day, but elegant enough to be worn for a special occasion, and look far more expensive than they are. Ready to gift in a beautiful box and velvet drawstring pouch.
Normally, a gift of socks may seem boring, but with two pairs that are covered in hearts and two that are festooned with stripes, these colorful socks are far from ho-hum. Plus, they are so comfortable that he may never wear another brand. A women’s set is also available. For every item purchased, an item is donated to those in need. The brand has donated more than 50 million items to those at-risk.
This Vera Wang necklace, which was designed exclusively for Zales, features a sculpted bow on a dainty, adjustable chain and a tiny sapphire adorning the clasp. The necklace is understated and chic and is comfortable enough to wear every day. The chic black box with a fabric bow requires no wrapping.
These sneakers are an easy way to elevate his style game and provide him with incredibly comfortable footwear. They also feature a patented heel design that will allow him to slip into the shoes without bending down, making them as easy to wear as slides or flip flops. Available in a variety of colors, and women’s styles are also available.
This supportive and flattering chemise has really easy sizing and the fabric is supportive and forgiving, making it ideal for gifting. She’ll love to wear it on Valentine’s Day, but she may end up sleeping in it all the time or wearing it under dresses. Available in 9 colors, but I like the Cherry Blooms, which is white with tiny red flowers, or the Sweet Red, a show-stopping red. Available in sizes S-3X.
This statement-making plant with big, glossy red flowers looks like it was made for Valentine’s Day! Better than flowers because it lives on and on.
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