Best Valentines Day Gifts

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Best Valentines Day Gifts 2024

A pocket projector for outdoor movie nights, a whiskey kit for date-night cocktails at home, and 7 more gifts for your Valentine

By Campbell Shea

Valentine’s Day gifting always feels like it comes around much too quickly after the Christmas rush. The stores may be stocked — replacing pine tree products with red and pink hearts across every shelf — but it’s only a matter of time before those boxes of chocolates start to grow stale. A Valentine gift should be just as unique as the special someone on your mind. This carefully curated list of best Valentines Day Gifts includes fun and fresh ideas that go way beyond the red box.

Modern Sprout Seed Bomb ($6.99) 

For the Valentine with a green thumb, give the gift that keeps on growing. Just in time for spring, these powerful little packets come in three aptly named varieties (You’re Wild Flower, Well Being Boost, and Grow Good Times) and contain easy to plant seed bombs that embrace their specific theme. You’re Wild Flower is a collection of seeds that will eventually bloom and attract local pollinizers; Well Being Boost will yield plants known for their healing benefits; and Grow Good Times will provide herbs for infusing into your favorite cocktails (um, yes please!). 

Dior Lip Kit ($80) 

For the fashion-forward Valentine, this set is everything. For starters, who doesn’t love unwrapping a designer box? Dior’s light pink balm is designed to “subtly revive lips’ natural colors” while the maximizer is known for its enhancing effects and “mirror-like shine.” The collection also includes a miniature Nude Rose gloss that is petite purse-sized. All that aside, Dior’s pink hues are both on trend and on point for all upcoming Valentine’s Day plans. 

Little Free Library ($189.95) 

For the bookworm in your life, this is a must. Whenever they feel the need for a new read, they can instigate a book trade right within their community. This is a great way to get friends and neighbors to take a screen break and return to a simpler pastime — a much needed breather in our ever-busy, ever-plugged-in world. The mini-library comes in its natural wooden form, allowing your Valentine to put their personal touch on it. Or, if you’re looking for an activity to do with your loved one on Valentine’s Day, consider painting the piece together. Awww. 

Kodak Luma Pocket Projector ($249.99)

Perfect for a movie night outdoors, on the road, or cozy at home, this little projector is an excellent option for the old-school Valentine who is always on the move. I’ve personally brought this wireless projector with me on all my travels and it makes for a fun viewing experience at the end of an active day. The picture quality is great, and it can be paired with a tripod or screen to complete the set — though these accessories aren’t necessary. As long as you have a steady service and a blank wall or space, cast your movie like you’re at a ’50s drive in. 

Whiskey and Rum Making Kit ($75, Uncommon Goods)

For the Valentine who likes to get crafty with their cocktails, try this do-it-yourself kit. The attractive oak cask adds a little personality to any bar and, after an initial curing period, can be used to create specialty house blends of whiskey and rum. The kit itself is handmade, easy to use, and makes a great present for the hard-to-gift Valentine with plenty of barware. Results may, um, vary, but your mixologist will no doubt enjoy a little experimentation. And, you never know, you might just get a free drink out of it! 

Randolph Sunglasses (starting at $339)

For the ultimate movie buff, we’ve got a gift straight out of Top Gun: Check out these legit military aviators that definitely channel Maverick. The polarized glasses arrive in a military issued case, complete with a custom dog tag keychain and a coordinating cleaning cloth. Take your pick of matte black, matte chrome, or 23k gold — and the cool customization options — and it will be no time before your Valentine asks you to refer to them by their official call sign. 

Olive & Cocoa – Tastes for Everyone (starting at $54)

For the Valentine who’s a total foodie, upgrade that usual box of V-Day chocolates with this delicious assortment of treats. If your special someone can never decide between sweet or savory snacking, this collection is a must try. The crates range in size from “petite” to “large” and include expected indulgences like chocolates (duh) and popcorn. But, where Olive & Cocoa goes the extra mile is with specialty cheeses, cookies, dips, and salsas on offer as well. The simple presentation of this present, combined with its deliciously curated collection of goodies, is a final check in the plus column. 

Omni Vacation Experience (choose your amount!)

If your Valentine can never sit still, help them plan their next epic adventure with an Omni Vacation Experience. The luxury hotel brand sells gift cards, which can be delivered via email or traditional mail, that can be purchased for specific stays. With properties across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the next best destination is certainly within reach. Enjoy picking out a spot to visit together, or let them choose their own adventure. Either way, any travel lover is sure to appreciate getting one step closer to getting away!

Philia Charm (starting at $32, Agapé Studio)

Of course, no Valentines Day gift guide could be considered complete without a little heart. For the hopeless romantic Valentine, I adore this sweet and modern charm that’s handmade by Paris’ Agapé Studio. It can be styled either as a necklace or clipped on a bracelet, depending on your preference. Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of this gift is the inspiration behind it, which the studio embraces, noting that: “Philia in Ancient Greece represented a ‘strong connection’ between people sharing loyalty and emotion even beyond just love…”

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