This year let’s all agree to move beyond the traditional Valentine’s Day present of chocolates and flower

s. I’m all for giving and receiving something practical for Valentine’s day instead. If you’re scratching your head, don’t worry! I’ve done the legwork for you with my annual Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! I’ve tested each product personally and can 100% vouch for them and the companies behind them. Many have an eco-friendly or natural ingredient spin so you can feel about supporting the company behind them. A few are even on sale or have a discount offered if you sign up for their mailing list. 

Read on for what to get for Valentine’s Day!

Shinesty His & Hers Not So Sweet Heart Underwear – Shinesty has the perfect gift for your significant other no matter the holiday! The two of you can match in this fun and sexy conversation heart underwear that features sayings like “Pen15” and “Send Nudes”. This isn’t just a novelty product though. Their underwear is lightweight, moisture-wicking, and breathable. Their signature MicroModal material is 3x softer than cotton and makes them so comfortable. If the two of you end up loving them, they actually have a monthly underwear subscription you can sign up for!

Dinoski Spike the Dinosaur Coat – Dinoski’s animal coats are the best! They are perfect for sparking the imagination of your little valentine! You can choose from a dinosaur, lion, or unicorn coat. I got a dinosaur coat for my nephew and it’s honestly the cutest. The coat is tested and comfortable to negative 4°F, it’s waterproof and has aqua seal zippers. The coat comes with an adventure book and honestly, my nephew was so enthralled with it that was like a completely separate present! The coats are also eco-friendly coats as they are made from recycled water bottles. How amazing is that!? They also plant a tree with TreeApp with every purchase. Dinoski products are designed to be handed down between siblings, but they will also take outgrown items back in exchange for a $40 store credit. They will clean it, repair it and find it a new home under the “Pre Loved” section of the website. My only complaint is that they don’t sell one in my size. 🙂

Facialworks Beach Please Sunscreen – This may seem like an extremely random gift, but I’m getting Pat sunscreen from Facialworks for Valentine’s Day this year. He doesn’t spend as much time thinking about his skin as I do (given the items in this guide I think it’s clear I’m obsessed!) and I worry about him getting skin cancer someday. Beach Please is a sheer SPF 55 sunscreen that will protect his face on a daily basis. So many facial sunscreens are tinted these days, so I was happy to find this untinted version for him that still absorbs easily. It’s a physical, mineral SPF that guards the skin against UV rays and creates a lightweight barrier that soaks into the skin with no zinc fragrance or chalky, greasy finish. It’s perfect for my outdoorsy Valentine that wants no-fuss skincare. Facialworks is one of the most eco-friendly skincare companies I’ve come across. All products are packaged in glass bottles and jars. If you’re in the greater Los Angeles area, you can stop into one of their retail stores and actually refill your products – saving you money and packaging waste.

Revel Nails Pretty in Pink 4 Color Starter Kit – The Revel Nails system is unlike anything I’ve seen before. It’s basically magic. You dip your nails in colored powder and somehow they turn into a beautiful glossy nail that has better staying power than gel manicures! It has a lightweight, natural feel and there are no UV lights or hard gel applications. Even though your Valentine is staying at home during the pandemic, they can still have a lovely, long-lasting manicure. Their Starter Kit has four fun pink colors that are perfect for Valentine’s Day and everything needed to start the Revel system.

Elina Organics Diamond Elixir – They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so what better gift than diamond-inspired skincare? Elina Organics’ famous Diamond Elixir serum brightens and firms skin. It’s organic, handmade, and cruelty-free. The light and silky formula cools the complexion and reduces redness. Vegan Hyaluronic Acid gives youthful plumpness. It leaves my skin more hydrated throughout the day and also gives a subtle “diamond-y” glow.

Sömmer Soft Lavender Petal Earrings – I’ve never seen anything like these petal earrings from Sömmer. They are absolutely exquisite. Every piece is handmade in Portugal by Sofia, the founder. They are sculpted one by one, with her own hands, making every piece is unique and special. When the petals sit on the ears it almost makes them look like a delicate flower! The studs are antiallergic 14k gold-filled.

Topfoxx Vixen Rose Gold Sunglasses – Is there any better time to have literal rose-colored glasses to see the world through? If you have a stylish Valentine, they will love these fun and fabulous sunglasses from Topfoxx. The mirrored lens and fun shape are just over-the-top enough while still being fun and classy. Topfoxx also sells blue-light blockers which are perfect if you have a loved one who is working from home in front of a computer all day.

Cocktail Sneakers Red Weekender – I personally hate wearing heels and will go out of my way to only wear flats. It’s like Cocktail Sneakers read my mind. They make elevated casual footwear options for people like me who favor comfort but also want to look put together. The red shade of the Weekender is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It has an almond-shaped toe which makes it look a little dressier, and the suede fabric is such a nice detail. Most importantly? They are so comfortable. Cocktail Sneakers also makes a darling white lace sneaker as well. In case you are worried about choosing the wrong size for your valentine, they also include a free return shipping label to make the process hassle-free.

Wine Insiders Date Night Stunners Half Case – How fun would it be to arrange a romantic wine tasting right in the comfort of your own home this Valentine’s Day? The Date Night Half Case makes it easy with six bottles of red, white, and rosé wine. The half case includes expertly selected bottles from Italy, France, and the U.S. It would also be so fun to organize a virtual tasting via video chat with a group of friends. Everyone orders their own half case from Wine Insiders, and then you can drink it and virtually compare tasting notes! It would be such a fun way to feel connected while we are all trying to stay at home. Something we all need more of right now right? No matter what you are planning with your Valentine, you will have 6 delicious wines that will elevate any evening with the one you love.

Steeped Coffee Lineup Sampler – You’d never guess that Steeped Coffee’s delicious ethically sourced coffee is instant! This is a great eco-friendly option for a friend or loved one who can’t live without their caffeine fix. All coffee and packaging are 100% compostable, giving a quick and convenient cup of coffee without plastic waste. This sampler back has four caffeinated blends and one decaf allowing them to find their perfect cup of jo. Once they do, Steeped Coffee offers a subscription service so they never go without. 

Better World Lavender + Tonic Candle – Better World candles are truly a small luxury. The minimalist design will fit with any aesthetic and the scents are so unique! I personally have the Lavender + Tonic candle which I find very light and calming, but they also have more neutral scents such as White Burch + Spruce. The best thing about this candle? For every one you buy, a portion of the proceeds will go to the charity of your choice. This is a beautiful and romantic gift that will also allow your loved one to give back to the causes they care about!

Meebak 2-in-1 Cica Toner – I love all of Meebak’s Cica products! Cica is short for Centella Asiatica. The plant can soothe and heal dry, irritated, and damaged skin, but is compatible with all skin types. The newest product from Meebak is their 2-in-1 Cica Toner. It smells heavenly – like you are in a forest of pine trees surrounded by fresh air. Just spray it all over the face after cleansing. It’s easy to apply and the spray goes on evenly.  The toner will help absorb all lotions and creams that are applied afterward. Your valentine can spritz it throughout the day when their skin needs a little boost of hydration. It’s like stress relief in a bottle! If your loved one gets hooked on cica, you can also indulge them with a gift set. If you sign up for their email list, you get 20% off your purchase.

Eggtronic Marble Charging Stone – Research shows that couples prefer gifts they can get real use out of and have thought put into them.  This year, give the glorious gift of battery life with a beautiful Eggtronic Marble Charging Stone. Unlike most chargers, this real marble charger is actually beautifully designed! By having it on their desk or nightstand, it will be a lovely and practical reminder that you care. Mine sits right next to me at my desk so I can pick up my phone whenever I need it and when I put it down it keeps my battery charged. No more running out of juice by the end of the day! In addition to cellphones, it also works for some wireless headphones.

Dippin’ Daisies After School Terry Hoodie – Dippin’ Daisies is my go-to place for loungewear. I basically haven’t taken their After School Hoodie off since it arrived in the mail. In fact, I’m wearing it right now as I type this! The hoodie features a front pocket and cuffed sleeves. It’s slightly cropped but not enough to make me feel self-conscious. It’s also perfect for layering over a t-shirt. You valentine can wear it for a mellow day at home, or a Zoom call when they can turn off the video. 🙂 It’s also on sale right now, so act fast! Bonus gift points for you if you include their matching sweatpants or shorts.

GLU Girls Like You At-Home Manicure Kit – A mother-daughter duo founded GLU, a tween/teen-focused beauty & wellness brand focusing on growing up. The kit focuses on mindfulness with nail care as the tool. The kit comes with 5 nail shades, a topcoat, sweet-smelling pomegranate cuticle oil, an all-natural lavender soy polish remover, and all the tools they will need for a perfect polish. It’s a fun activity the two of you can do together. The kit is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic.

FLOSS Beauty Lip Advocate – FLOSS sheer lip tints deliver long-lasting hydration and give a soft wash of buildable color for the lips. They are simple to use and super forgiving even if you’re a makeup minimalist like me! The formulations don’t overpower the skin or cover it up, but instead, focus on embracing and enhancing one’s natural beauty. All FLOSS products are cruelty-free and vegan. I’m personally obsessed with the Proof color which is a sheer berry that gives my lips just a subtle tint. It’s perfect for a Zoom call!

Spongellé Rose Botanica Candle – This heavenly rose candle has notes of sparkling citrus, Turkish rose, and jasmine. The candles are hand-poured in Los Angeles and made with a luxe wooden wick that flickers and creates a crackling sound similar to fire. I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s like taking a luxurious rosewater bubble bath next to a wood-burning fire. Inspired by the calming beauty of nature, it’s truly a five-star experience at home.

Sweet Bee Organics Sacred Skin Bundle – The natural beauty in your life will love Sweet Bee Organics. A good introduction is their Sacred Skin Bundle. It contains their Sacred Skin Face Serum and African Black Soap Oil Cleanser. The Face Serum is made by combining raspberry seed oil, Vitamin E, and organic frankincense with neroli to create a unique blend that is great for all skin types. Just putting it on is a relaxing and luxurious experience. The Black Soap Cleanser helps with fine lines, wrinkles, oily skin, aging skin, and skin that is prone to breakouts. The products are natural, hydrating, and fun to use. They come in glass containers and are cruelty-free and vegan. They also source their ingredients directly from the farmers. These are perfect for anyone in your life (men too!) as we all need to take care of our skin.

Bonne et Filou Strawberry Dog Macarons – If I’m being honest, our number one valentine is always our dog, Maddie. We love to spoil her! This year, we’re getting her Dog Macarons from Bonne et Filou. These little delights are healthy for all dogs, free from artificial coloring, preservatives, corn, and wheat. Each cookie is baked with oat flour, honey, and coconut oil, then filled with decadent yogurt cream. Unlike the human variety, they are a hard treat designed for a long-lasting chew.  With a wide range of flavors to choose from, like lavender, mint, and strawberry, these little treats are the perfect way to spoil your furry friend this Valentine’s Day!

Sugarwish Wish Gram – Remember the Candygrams that were sold in elementary school for Valentine’s day? Sugarwish has taken this fun gift into the digital age. You can now send Valentine’s candy (or popcorn and gourmet cookies) straight to your Valentine’s phone! Sugarwish allows you to send Valentine’s treats via email, text message, Snapchat, Slack, Facebook, or any other messaging platform. This is such a fun little treat for those coworkers you now only see through zoom or for a niece or nephew. They get the gift card and then can select the treats they want from Sugarwish. Everything arrives in the mail in just a couple of days. 

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