Not every woman wants a dozen roses and a tennis bracelet for Valentine’s Day (or any holiday). Many ladies, me included, would prefer practical yet fun gifts. The kind that we can use regularly but might not spend the money to buy ourselves.
That’s where this list comes in. Behold, V-Day gifts for the rest of us. And, in case I have any credibility at all as a female gift receiver, I can affirm that I would love to receive all of these gifts (ahem).
a cute tumbler
You know that New Year’s resolution your girl made, the one to drink more water? Chances are she’s feeling pretty waterlogged about now. This adorable bottle is the perfect balance between “I support your desire to be healthy” and “You’re perfect just the way you are.”
jewelry with meaning
I might have included a piece from this same shop on my list of gifts for guys, but I had to include this necklace, too. Jewelry might be a stereotypical V-Day gift, but a necklace like this is sentimental enough to get a pass.
the good chocolate
Again, chocolate might be just a little bit of a cliche, but there’s a reason it’s a classic. It works. But this year, skip the heart-shaped box stuff and go with something much more hearty. Chocolate like this– dark and filled with super-fruit- will allow her to convince herself that she’s practically snacking on health food. Bonus points if you buy extra and stash it for the next time she needs a fix.
your favorite nail polish color
I never paint my nails and think “oh, J. is going to love this.” I think I speak for a lot of women, though, when I say it would be fun to paint my nails a color I know my husband loves. Choose a decent-quality nail polish- Essie, OPI, and Zoya are my favorites- in a color that grabs you. Bonus points if you gift her with an at-home pedicure, too. (If you’re a big spender, go ahead splurge on this $4 top coat, too; it’s a good one.)
a card that tells the truth
Skip the roses and hearts junk and buy her a card that speaks the truth. I promise she’ll love it way more than that flowery poetry.
Looking for gift-giving inspiration for your man? Check out my list of 5 not lame valentine’s day gifts for your man.
What non-traditional Valentine’s Day gifts are you giving this year?
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