Valentine’s Day is about more than just chocolates and flowers, though sometimes it’s hard to really pinpoint what exactly is going on amongst all the commercial extravagance and glitter that comes along with it. For those of us keeping in the loving frame of mind and trying out alternative ways to surprise our significant other this year, here are some fun items to purchase for that perfect Valentine.
For those of us who like to enjoy fine things but don’t necessarily have the budget for it, consider nabbing you and/or your significant other an Oak Bottle. Their claim to fame? It’s an oak aging accelerator that adds flavor to even the most ordinary of drinks. (i.e. You can still get two buck chuck and make it a new experience on Valentine’s Day.) Plus? It’s a great rustic statement piece for the home or bar!
HOMEMADE GIN KIT
You’ve got a spirits connoisseur on your hands? Congrats, it’s a growing phenomenon to be the maker of your own beverage! Get this homemade gin kit from uncommongoods to do a little DIY together! (And then laugh at the horribly expensive bottles your friends get.)
Sure, when people think “Valentine’s Day”, one of the first items that pops into their heads is intimates. But P.J. Salvage is doing something different with intimates, making them sexy and beautiful for every woman. Check out their options on the site, and consider making your woman feel wonderful in a more subtle and comfy way!
MATTHEWS 1812 HOUSE ESPRESSO DESSERTS
Put a spin on your regular chocolate gifts with the incredible new line of espresso desserts from Matthews 1812 House. Choose from espresso cake, duo cakes, or espresso caramel sauce to really give an edge to the holiday.
ROBERT MATTHEW BAGS
For the on-the-go human being, it can be difficult to find the perfect item. You don’t want to go crazy with obnoxious patterns, trendy prints, or anything completely dated. But what you CAN do is indulge in the sleek, simple, beautiful bag designs by Robert Matthew. Among their array of clutches and purses (The Aria and Kaylee Crossbody are two of our favorites), find scarves and jewelry to accessorize!
Birdie bag by JEMMA
Already featured on our Galentine’s Day List, the Birdie bag is the perfect companion for the go-getter in your life. It has dedicated compartments to take you seamlessly from the office to the gym to your social life, with space for your credit cards, laptop, phone, wallet, and shoes. It even comes with a little washable laundry pouch and cosmetics bag!
PET CAR PROTECTOR
For the animal lover in your life, keeping the car might be an unbearable feat. But if they’re taking their pet on their next journey, it might be awesome to nab them a pet hammock to protect their backseat! Check out this option from Groupon, or a slew of other options online, to take care of their fur friend their Valentine’s Day!
CATS AGAINST THE WORLD
Hi. If you’ve ever heard about Cards Against Humanity – and you love it, duh – then you probably own every single expansion pack. But not this one. Cats Against The World is the unofficial expansion pack to the game, highlighting all the sassiness that being a cat person would imply. Plus, all the proceeds go to saving the lives of abandoned cats and kittens in California. So give to a good cause AND your sense of humor!
Sure, it’s not Shark Week anymore, but these shark socks definitely caught our eye. Plus, getting silly socks for your significant other has gotten immensely easy, with sites like WovenPear, LootCrate, and UncommonGoods. Keep them warm and happy!
Meredith Schneider is often referred to as an entrepreneur, photographer, writer, and multi-media maven. In her free time, she likes to make baked goods and complete DIY projects. She loves Batman. You can find her random musings on Twitter and Instagram.