Sure, splurging on a partner, BFF, or significant other on Valentine’s Day can be a sweet and special experience. After all, science tells us that we really do get more joy out of giving than we do receiving. But after the year we’ve had, it’s time we treated ourselves. Besides, since we’re all still social distancing, it’s the perfect time to cuddle up with our longest relationship — ourselves. All our recommendations for Valentine’s Day gifts for you are under $50, most are from women-owned companies, and all can be enjoyed from the comfort of home. We hope you find something to suit your mood this year!
SPIRITED AND BUBBLY
Bubble baths are great, but they’re even better when you add some bubbles of a different kind — the kind held aloft in glass flutes. Wine expert Elizabeth Hawthornthwaite of Elizabeth and Wine, a global virtual wine tastings company, explains that she is, “crazy about crémant,” a French sparkling wine made. She recommends Crémant de Loire ($15.96) “It’s very similar to champagne but minus the price tag!” LOVE.
Hawthornthwaite also recommends “DOCG” Proseccos, like Prosecco “Fedéra”, which “can be enjoyed all night long.” At just $14.96 a bottle, you might as well order two. “England is now making sparkling wine as good as anything from France – and winning multiple international awards to demonstrate that fact!,” adds Hawthornthwaite. She suggests checking out Chapel Down for $39.99 to see what all the buzz is about.
If you’re looking for something a little more casual as a Valentine’s Day gift for you, try canned organic wines from Ramona ($19.99 for a four pack). Or if you’re more of a mixed drink maven, try some fun creative cocktail mixes from LAVA ($14.99).
And if you want to pool resources with a few friends and actually see someone (virtually, of course) you can hire Hawthornthwaite to host your own virtual wine tasting. She’s offering HerMoney readers 10% off a tasting 6 or more with voucher code EW14FEB. Valentine’s Day zoom party, anyone?
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
Are you one of those people who loves flowers, but hates the fact that they only stick around for a week or so before they’re toast? Then let us introduce you to Rosepops flowers as an option for a Valentine’s Day gift for you. These arrangements last up to a year, and prices start at $31.
And what would a lovely arrangement of flowers on your coffee table be without the glow of a candle next to it? Try the “Love Spell Candle” ($8) from Williamette Candle, the “Love Aromatherapy” soy candle ($18) from Blissoma or a range of wellness candles from Vibrant Honey.
Cue up some zen vibes for free on YouTube, get a warm bath started, and try Fresh Faced Skin Care’s Fresh Bath Box ($30), ORGAID’s sheet masks ($24), Gleamin’s face mask ($39.99), or Swoon Skin’s heart shaped cleansing kit ($19.99). In a pinch? Order a spa box from goPuff, which delivers same-day!
TURN UP THE HEAT
Make your own tasting menu with a virtual cooking class. Rouxbe even offers a free 30 day trial, so you can see if you like it (and if you’re really going to use it) before you commit. Feeling ambitious? Use the evening to start a 12-hour online healthy cooking class with CulinaryRX($49.99). Or try one of Airbnb’s (who knew?) cooking classes here.
FLOW AND MOVE
In-person classes at your favorite studio may no longer be happening, but that doesn’t mean you can’t de-stress and get the relaxation you’ve been missing. Try a class from Fuel Your Flow ($40) or try the super cheap $4 class from BC Wellness Plus. If yoga is not your thing but you still want to get moving, try out one of the affordable classes from Flex & Flow… And if free is best for you and your budget right now, allow us to point you to YouTube, where a search for “candlelight yoga” yields some pretty awesome class options.
CULTIVATE YOUR CREATIVE SIDE
Why not get your creative juices flowing this Valentine’s Day with an art project? Order a Valentine’s Day Kit ($32) from Pottery Awesomeness, collaborate on coloring posters ($19.99) from Anna Grunduls Design or if you have kids, just raid their arts and crafts supplies and make each other some good old-fashioned valentines. If you haven’t glued and glittered in a while, you don’t know what you’ve been missing!
Maybe you just want to treat yourself with a little keepsake. We get it. Activities, candles and bubbly are great, but sometimes there’s nothing better than opening a sweet little box, tied ever-so sweetly, with some sparkly jewelry inside, just for you. We love Penh Lenh’s Infinity Circle bracelet ($42) or Beaded tassel bracelet – blush ($24). Use the code HEARTEYES25 for 25% off.
Whatever you do for Valentine’s Day (even if the answer to that is “completely ignore it”) we hope that this year you can spread a little love to others in your life — and most importantly to yourself with a Valentine’s Day gift to you.
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