With its traditionally romantic connotation (and customary overzealousness when it comes to heart-shaped candy, chocolate, and a rom-com over popcorn), it's not exactly hard to loathe the saccharine commerciality of Valentine's Day. Whether we're still licking our wounds from a relationship gone sour or just jaded by the miles and miles of pink, red, and white, the days leading up to the holiday can be intimidating. And regardless of your relationship status, the glorification of love tropes can be claustrophobic, to say the least. Anyone else?
Conventionally speaking, a lot of this will probably never change. A drugstore aisle sans teddy bears, Russell Stover chocolates, and sweethearts? The horror. However, we'd like to think we've made some small steps in the gifting department. Sure, some things like a stunning perfume or iconic red lip will always be signature, but we've also had our eye on a few things that fall outside the *heart-shaped* box—regardless of who you're shopping for. So be it your parents, your significant other, your siblings, or your friends, we have you covered. From wellness gifts to beauty gifts (some classic, some not), we've scoured the wish lists of everyone we know to create the ultimate 2018 Valentine's Day gift guide. No matter who they are, keep reading for 22 gifts your valentine of choice is sure to fall head over heels for.
If we could bottle up the classic leather-jacket-with-a-plain-white-tee look, it would smell like this. A favorite of Byrdie boys, this scent is strong, seductive, and intense—with notes of bergamot, ginger, and sage.
This might look like a basic lip balm. But alas, it's not. In addition to its chic vintage packaging and not-too-shiny finish, this rose-infused lip balm is one of the only formulas that keeps our lips flake-free for hours on end.
Good hair while traveling can be tricky to navigate. However, with some help from this lightweight hair dryer in an appropriate but not too precious shade of pink, shiny, frizz-free hair can and always will "Be Yours."
Boasting maximum precision and an impressive 13-piece spread, this all-in-one kit from tech-leading brand Philips is a gift to whoever you give this to. (Because beard burn is no joke.)
If you're new to Otherland (a fresh, dreamily concocted brand representing the antithesis of stuffy candles past), consider yourself introduced. And why not share the love? Choose any one of the brand's signature five scents to send to your valentine (and yourself) or go all the way this V-day with an aesthetically pleasing threesome like the above.
There's something effervescently classic and romantic about monogrammed leather, no? And married with your (or your valentine's) favorite Atelier Cologne scent? A match made in heaven. Choose from plenty of colors and engraving options, and if you don't want to stop there, the brand also just launched long-burning candles so the fire can burn bright all night long. (We recommend the brand's Vanilla Nolita Candle $75)
There's a reason team Byrdie can't stop talking (or gifting!) these sumptuously silky pillowcases from Slip. Boasting pure mulberry silk, they decrease static and breakage and increase shine. Consider your hair cuticles sealed with a kiss.
Despite the fact it's appropriately pink (and, ahem, a divine addition atop your valentine's vanity), this sturdy rose quartz roller from celebrity esthetician Angela Caglia is more than a pretty face. We've spotted it in the kits of multiple makeup artists, and thanks to its depuffing, soothing, and glow-enhancing capabilities, it's no wonder.
A no-brainer for the valentine with a bad case of wanderlust, consider Away's cult-loved luggage the ultimate gift this February 14. Features include an unbreakable polycarbonate shell, interior compression system, removable laundry bag, and a Valentine's Day–esque but versatile shade of red.
Lately, we're hard-pressed to think of any better gift than the gift of undisturbed beauty sleep. And since that's a pretty big ask (because please, let's be serious), we can't stop obsessing over Wander Beauty's newest gleaming addition: lavender- and hyaluronic acid–infused eye masks. We've been taking them everywhere and have a hunch that your sleep-deprived valentine will too.
Instead of giving your valentine actual diamonds, why not gift them (or again, yourself) with the gift of shiny hair by way of diamond dust? And, no, this is not a drill. This majestic straightener from NuMe uses diamond dust and Brazilian Keratin to fortify weakened hair with protein while simultaneously releasing negative ions for the best of hair days.
For the valentine with perpetually perfect nails, try gifting an under-the-radar bottle of polish that marries charm, quality, and irresistible color payoff. Meet: Flora 1761 the must-have eight-free, vegan, and cruelty-free lacquer brand your nail-blessed pal doesn't know about yet. We recommend the polish for its gorgeously gilded packaging alone, but the shades—especially "Garden Rose"—are just as chic.
If you're willing to make a splurge, this elegant fragrance from Louis Vuitton is the one to make this Valentine's Day, Not only will your valentine love the classic packaging, but you'll also have the option to engrave it. Plus, thanks to rose absolute, Turkish rose essence, Italian iris, and Virginia cedar, it's the light and decadent kind of scent virtually anyone in your life will love. And if they don't? Well, keep it for yourself.
Expertly blended with top and heart notes of bergamot, grapefruit, cedarwood, nutmeg, and rosewood—and then based with earthy tobacco, leather, and Peruvian Balsam, this is the kind of scent that everyone can appreciate. And if you're not quite ready to go all in on a perfume, aroma reeds are a fuss-free yet sophisticated alternative.
So, yes, $75 is a bit of an investment for a mask that goes on your mouth, but when you consider that it lasts for three uses (we recommend to use within the same week) and helps hydrate, tighten, and firm for a plumper pout, Nannette de Gaspé's Women's Mouth Masque is a fun and cheeky gifting option that everyone from a best friend to your mom to an S.O. will appreciate.
Though self-care gifts might not be the most unpredictable for Valentine's Day, we're wholehearted believers in the wonder an elevated bathing experience can do for your (or your valentine's) state of mind. Plus, this bath soak isn't your average mix of mineral salts. With help from Himalayan pink salt and chia seed oil, this lovely concoction is the equivalent to a badly needed martini and neck massage in one, sans bartender or masseuse.
For the picky valentine who loves to smell good and has the need to have the newest, best-in-class beauty products at all times, look no further. This fresh (and beautifully bottled) fragrance is the first by Proenza Schouler and it's good. Notes include living cactus flower accord and creamy orris accord.
Yes, we've talked about them a lot, but consider these berry-flavored and appropriately heart-shaped gummies a strategic alternative to your basic sweethearts. (Your hair and dentist will thank you for it.)
Okay, okay, you didn't expect us to put together a Valentine's Day gift guide without some sort of aphrodisiac, right? Featuring an organic, proprietary blend of cacao powder, shilajit extract, shatavari root powder, horny goat weed leaf extract, maca root extract, schisandra berry powder, and a hint of stevia for sweetness, this dust is genius for any wellness junkie on your love list this February.
As we mentioned earlier, nothing can feel more valuable than a restful night of sleep, and this nontoxic, vegan, and lavender-infused option from Osea for Parachute is one to get you in the mood. Truly, it's your bathtub's better half.
If your wellness-loving valentine is looking for health, happiness, and romance this year, this stunning rose tonic from Simples Tonics is the best iteration of flowers you could possibly gift them this year. The tonic is carefully crafted from Bulgarian rose water and balances natural mood-boosting properties with get-in-the-mood perks as well. Unfortunately, the product is only available at the Simples Tonics shop in Santa Monica, but if you're in the area (or crave a California vacation), we highly recommend making a pit stop.
Even if you're single this Valentine's Day, you can still surround yourself and your lips in a veil of adoration. Enter Tata Harper's beloved tinted lip treatment (which also comes in a punchy shade of raspberry—"Be Adored") and is universally flattering. No, really, we've never seen it look anything but amazing on someone. Organic, volumizing, and gorgeously pigmented, it's the ultimate sweet treat for your pout.
To round out our Valentine's gift guide this year, we wanted to close with something super special your green-minded valentine will fall head over heels for. It's limited edition (so we suggest being quick about it), it's valued at over $310, and it features the crème de la crème of nontoxic fare any beauty enthusiast will flip for. (We're especially obsessed with Odacité's Green Ceremony Cleanser, RMS Beauty's Vintage Cake Liner, and The Beauty Chef's Collagen Inner Beauty Boost.)