There’s never a bad time to shower someone you love with a little extra gratitude. Sure, flower bouquets and chocolates are great tried-and-true gifts to give in any season, but there are some occasions when a floral arrangement just doesn’t cut it. If you’re looking to gift your partner, friend, or family member something a bit more atypical this Valentine’s Day, you’ve come to the right place.
We rounded up the best gifts to give someone other than flowers, with product picks that are highly recommended by consumers and POPSUGAR’s team of shopping experts. Each of our selections are just a touch more meaningful than the usual Valentine’s Day gifts, but they’re all equally special and sure to show your loved one just how much you care. We made sure to include options at various price points, so you can find something well within your gifting budget. Bonus: all of these products are also easy to send online or by mail, so you can show your long-distance friends some love from afar.
From edible options and birthstone jewelry to personalized carry-on travel bags and customized puzzles with their picture on the front, these clever gift ideas are sure to brighten up their day. Read ahead to shop our favorite outside-the-box Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
1. A Mindful Journal: The Five-Minute Journal
For a fun and effective way to get their mind working in the morning, give them The Five-Minute Journal ($29). This simple gift doubles as a thoughtful present that’ll inspire them to start a new habit and practice more gratitude on a daily basis. You can’t beat that. Read our review of The Five-Minute journal to learn more.
Editor Quote: “I find that when I write down my intentions, I really am more mindful throughout the day, and I use the nighttime prompts as a way to reflect on the good and bad parts of my day. It truly is a five-minute (max!) commitment, and I have seen my gratitude levels markedly improve since I started using it.” – India Yaffe, Former Associate Editor, Commerce.
The Five-Minute Journal
$29 from amazon.com
2. A Cooking Essential: Click & Grow Indoor Herb Garden Kit
Whether they have a green thumb or just love the freshness that comes with using home-grown ingredients in the kitchen, they’re sure to enjoy receiving this unique Click & Grow Indoor Herb Garden Kit ($91). The bestselling compact herb garden brings all the benefits of having your own greenery straight into your home. Learn more about the must-have in this Click & Grow Indoor Herb Garden Kit review.
Editor Quote: “The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a great home addition for both the beginner and advanced plant enthusiasts. For anyone who’s too busy to grow traditionally, this is a perfect way to still get the experience of growing without the stress.” – Mona Thomas, Living Editor and Content Strategist.
Click & Grow Indoor Herb Garden Kit
$91 from amazon.com
3. A Deep Game: We’re Not Really Strangers Game
Whether you’re spending quality time with close friends, family, or even a complete stranger, the We’re Not Really Strangers Game ($16, originally $25) is an interactive game that’ll inspire them to connect with the people they’re playing with on a much deeper level. Read our in-depth review of the We’re Not Really Strangers Game for a peek at the featured prompts.
Editor Quote: “Unlike most card games, this one isn’t about winning. A note included in the box says it clearly: ‘There are two ways to play this game: play safe or play to grow. The second is how you win.’ The cards take you through a series of questions and icebreakers that will make your existing relationships stronger or create new ones, whether you play with your partner or a group of friends.” – Shelcy Joseph, Former Associate Editor, Fashion.
We’re Not Really Strangers Game
$16 from amazon.com
$25 NOW 36% OFF
4. A Bedtime Essential: Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask
While you might not be able to give them the gift of a better night’s rest (something we could all use), you can at least help them drift off more soundly with this Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask ($50). The buttery soft accessory is a bedtime essential for celebrities like Ashley Tisdale, Remi Bader, and even Shea McGee. Plus, the cozy eye mask is highly recommended by POPSUGAR’s editors, as confirmed in this Slip Sleep Mask product review.
Editor Quote: “This Pure Silk Sleep Mask is great at blocking any and all lights, from the reading lamp on your bedside table to the LED lights that may be attached to your bed frame. If you share a bed with someone who requires total darkness to fall asleep (or if you’re that person), it’ll be a total game-changer.” – Shelcy Joseph, Former Associate Editor, Fashion.
Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask
$50 from nordstrom.com
5. A Unique Candle: Homesick Let’s Toast Candle
You can personalize any Homesick Candle ($29, originally $38) with a message on the back to let your loved one know how you really feel. Pick out the city they call home and send it to them as a gift, or include a funny inside joke that’ll make them laugh every time they see it. The fragrances are subtle, so the candle will make for a charming addition to anyone’s home. Check out our Homesick Candle product review for more details.
Editor Quote: “My apartment now constantly bursts with the calming notes of a Homesick candle. Since discovering the brand two months ago, I have ordered a few of their themed options, but one of my favorites as of late is the Book Club Candle. It’s partly because it conjures up images of me wrapped in a blanket with my favorite book and partly because it makes my space feel personal and lived-in.” – Shelcy Joseph, Former Associate Editor, Fashion.
$29 from homesick.com
$38 NOW 24% OFF
6. A Stylish Travel Bag: Paravel Cabana Tote
Give them a lightweight and stylish accessory that’ll help them carry all of their travel essentials with this Paravel Cabana Tote ($165-$185). It features zippered pockets and a leather base that can be personalized with initials. Plus, it’s made of sustainable materials that repel spills, so you can wipe them away easily and keep it looking clean. One editor reviewed the Paravel Weekend Bag, which differs slightly in size from this pick, and praised its high quality.
Editor Quote: “For an extra $25, you can get your initials embroidered on the front of the bag (that’s what I opted for). If you want something extra special, you can get your initials hand-painted for an extra $65. I appreciate all of the customization options the brand offers, especially if you’re looking to gift this bag.” – Macy Cate Williams, Former Content Director, Commerce.
Paravel Cabana Tote
$165 from tourparavel.com
7. Birthstone Jewelry: Rowan February Mini Birthstone Charm
The Rowan February Birthstone Charm ($22) is perfect for those born in February, but the brand offers studs and hoops with birth stones for every month of the year. The earrings are hypoallergenic, so you don’t have to worry about them irritating their ears. Read our review of Rowan’s Birthstone Earrings to learn more.
Editor Quote: “While I love this collection for myself, it would make an awesome gift for friends and family. (And trust me, I would not be buying them for others if I didn’t like them myself.) I highly recommend that you pick up a pair — they’re very worth it.” – Haley Lyndes, Former Assistant Editor, Commerce
Rowan February Birthstone Charm
$22 from heyrowan.com
8. A Bottle of Wine: Avaline White Wine
The only thing better than receiving a fresh bouquet of flowers is getting a flavorful bottle of wine. The Avaline White Wine ($24) is one of our favorites because it’s made with organic grapes and no added sugars, and features a subtle citrus finish. In our product review of Avaline Wines, one POPSUGAR editor described her drinking experience as “love at first sip.”
Editor Quote: “My everyday wine (to complement dinner, charcuterie boards, and my latest Netflix binge) tends to be a white wine. And when it comes to whites, I like mine crisp and dry — so I was definitely pleased when I took my first sip of Avaline White Wine. It’s light and fresh, with citrus notes that linger. The blend of Spanish grapes was flavorful and perfect for easy drinking, which made it a big hit at a recent family gathering.” – Alida Araica, Associate Email Marketing Manager.
Avaline White Wine
$24 from drinkavaline.com
9. A Wall Print: Chasing Paper x Keeley Shaw “All Important All Valid” Enneagram Print
Anyone who obsesses over their enneagram type will appreciate adding this Chasing Paper x Keeley Shaw “All Important All Valid” Enneagram Print ($12) to their wall art collection. The simple print comes from Chasing Paper’s enneagram collection, which features designs meant to evoke certain emotions depending on a person’s archetype. One POPSUGAR editor claimed the print “gave her home more meaning” in this Keeley Shaw x Chasing Paper Print review.
Editor Quote: “I think truly great art is meant to evoke an emotional response or thought — sometimes good or bad — and that’s part of what I love so much about Shaw’s work, and this print, in particular. Emotions are literally built into the DNA of each design in this collection and all with such care and attention to detail that you feel as if something really special is adorning your walls at all times.” – Kyley Warren, Assistant Editor, Commerce.
Chasing Paper x Keeley Shaw “All Important All Valid” Enneagram Print
$12 from chasingpaper.com
10. A Monogrammed Crossbody: Leatherology Willow Envelope Crossbody Handbag
Not only is this Leatherology Willow Envelope Crossbody Handbag ($190) incredibly stylish, but it’s also customizable. Crafted from premium Italian leather, the accessory can be debossed or hand-painted with your loved one’s initials. Read our Leatherology Small Wallet on a Chain review to see why.
Editor Quote: “Whether you’re picking this up for someone as a present or purchasing it for yourself, its small design and gold chain elevate any outfit and fit in with every season.” – Haley Lyndes, Former Assistant Editor, Commerce.
Leatherology Willow Envelope Crossbody Handbag
$190 from leatherology.com
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