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Valentine’s Day can be hard for us single folk. Hearts and roses everywhere, prix fixe dinners for two: it often feels like Valentine’s Day was built for couples. But, you can still have a really special Valentine’s Day as a party of one.
As someone who has been single for pretty much ever and loves getting sentimental, I feel pretty qualified to speak on the subject of spending V-day alone. At the end of the day, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love – and that comes in all forms, not just the romantic kind. If you’ll be spending February 14 alone this year, why not give yourself a little extra love? Keep scrolling for some amazing gifts to treat yourself to this V-day. Time to be your own cupid.
For Your Sweet Tooth: Milk Bar Better Than Roses, $49
If your Valentine’s Day agenda includes lounging on the couch and watching a 90’s rom-com…or three…you’ll need some indulgent treats to munch on through your movie marathon. Sure, you could go to the drugstore and buy a heart-shaped box of chocolates, but you deserve more. You deserve Milk Bar.
The Better Than Roses set is filled with 18 of Milk Bar’s decadent, chewy, cakey truffles. You’ll get six each of the B’day, Chocolate, and Red Velvet flavors. If you’re spending the day with friends or family, this box of bite-sized treats is perfect for sharing. But hey, if you want to keep them all to yourself, we don’t judge. We probably would too.
Something to Set The Mood: Otherland Daybed Candle, $31
A great candle elevates the mood in any room. With whimsical but chic designs and delicious scents, Otherland candles are the whole package. This one in particular feels oh-so-festive for V-day with its pink packaging and floral scent profile. Notes of peony blossom, rosebud, and pear water will make your room smell like a fresh bouquet of your favorite flowers. With a 55-hour burn time, this candle will last a lot longer.
To Treat Your Skin: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, $65
Nothing says self-love like paying some extra attention to your largest organ: your skin! To up-the-ante on your routine and make a Tuesday feel more like a spa-day, splurge on a luxe face mask. Face masks are easy and fun to use, plus they usually yield pretty quick results.
If you’re going for glow, this Tata Harper mask is it. It’s a BHA-based product that gently exfoliates to leave behind skin that’s softer and dewier in just a few minutes. It has a cult following for the instant radiance it imparts on those who use it. And yes, I’m guilty as charged. If your skincare goals are more along the lines of hydration, plumping, calming redness, or really anything else, chances are there’s a face mask for that. Some other brands to check out are Summer Fridays, Glow Recipe, Fresh, and Golde.
Buy yourself the damn diamonds: Mejuri Diamonds Station Necklace, $320
It’s 2022 and we’re not waiting around for someone to shower us in sparkles anymore. Jewelry, and diamond jewelry in particular, is typically seen as something reserved for special occasion gifting and not something you usually buy for yourself. But why wait for a special someone or special moment to get your most desired baubles?
Mejuri was founded with a mission to help people bring a dose of luxury to their everyday lives. With a wide range of different price points, metals, and stones used, Mejuri has something for everyone. The Diamonds Station Necklace is an amazing pick if you’re looking to elevate your everyday wares. It’s dainty on its own, but can be layered with other gold necklaces for a more funky vibe. It’s also made with 14k gold so it won’t oxidize or get discolored over time.
To Keep Traditions Alive: UrbanStems Bouquet, from $45
Not only do they smell amazing and look beautiful, but flowers are scientifically proven to make us happy. This V-day, spruce up your space and your mood with one of UrbanStems’ fresh and fun arrangements. UrbanStems has the basics covered (yep, we mean roses), but also has a wide variety of more unique blossoms like ranunculus, delphinium, and snapdragons, among many others, to choose from.
The best part about getting a bouquet of flowers for yourself is that you get to choose exactly what you want. UrbanStems even has little add-ons like chic vases, Sugarfina candy, and candles, if you want to create a whole gifting experience. Plus, you can personalize it with a fun note. Secret admirer, who?
Something To Sip On: Usual Wines Mixed Pack, 12-Pack, $96
Wine for one can be a struggle. You open up a bottle, but realize you just want a glass. You drink, put the rest in the fridge, and probably end up wasting that precious grape goodness. Usual is a solution that doesn’t sacrifice on flavor or drinking experience. The single-serve wines are simple: great grapes, no additives, minimal intervention. They come in sleek, minimalist glass bottles that each house one large glass of wine.
Usual’s selection is small, but well-curated with a red, two rosés, a brut, and a few fruity canned spritz options. The Mixed Pack features a bright, fruity red, a crisp rosé, and a dry, fizzy brut. If you’re hosting a little Valentine’s Day soirée, this variety pack is the perfect way to make sure all of your guests get a glass they love. If you’re riding solo, Usual is the perfect sidekick to a night filled with your favorite takeout and favorite movies.
To Get Cozy: Eberjey Inez Washable Silk PJ Set, $228
When it comes to how I feel about Eberjey pajama sets, obsessed is an understatement. Never did I think I would spend more than $100 on pajamas, but as someone who counts a good night’s sleep as one of life’s best pleasures, once I tried Eberjey I could not go back to my sweatpants and high school t-shirts. And when it comes to gifting, I recommend these to everyone.
I’ve never tried the brand’s washable silk, but I’m already eyeing them as a splurge for myself. If you want to go to sleep feeling like a dream, you won’t regret cozying up in anything from Eberjey. While pricey, it’s a holiday and we’re focusing on self-love, right? What says “I love you” more than a pair of PJs that’s classy and helps you get those Zzzs.
So, it looks like we’re at the end of the night. Gifts to make it through Valentine’s Day, to help host an epic V-day party, and to keep as a little token of your self-love forever. Wishing you lots of love and candy hearts this February 14. Still thinking about what to get yourself? Shop the edit below: