Every year, Valentine’s Day seems to catch me off-guard. Maybe it’s because I’m still recovering from the holidays — or I’m too wrapped up in football fever. Regardless, it’s time to think about showing love and appreciation for the special people in our lives. If you need a little gift-giving inspiration that goes beyond the familiar flowers and chocolate, here are some top picks for making the day special.
Illume Candles and Diffusers
The gift of peace and relaxation (via a really good scented candle or diffuser) is perfect for anyone you know who needs a little calm in their life — maybe your best friend who’s struggling with a stressful job or a teacher who’s on their feet all day. The Illume collection includes a few new ones to check out: Sea Salt, Vetiver Sage, Hidden Lake, Terra Tabac, and Citrus Crush.
World’s Softest Socks
Okay…socks may not initially seem like the top gift to give, but when it comes to the homebody who loves to be comfy and cozy, these socks will not disappoint. Help your Valentine enjoy a lazy Sunday curled up on the couch with a favorite book.
Dana Herbert Cosmetic Pouches
Designed and manufactured in Portland, Oregon, these artsy cosmetic bags are great for a Valentine who’s always on the go. I’m planning to use the pouch itself as the gift bag for my sister — and I’ll stock it with a few goodies she’ll enjoy on her upcoming trip.
These sweet rollerball scents are presented in a really impressive glass-and-wood packaging with great attention to detail. At around $20, it’s hard to find better gift-giving value! And, the perfumes are made with clean, natural ingredients.
If you’re shopping for someone who loves self-care, grab a gift from this local Seattle fave. From bath salts to lip tints, your Valentine will love the luxury and quality of these organic, ethical, and environmentally friendly products.
If you haven’t tried Metropolitain, Metropolitan Market’s house Champagne, now’s the time! Sourced directly from Champagne, France, there are three varieties — a pure Chardonnay (think romantic date-night dinner), a Chardonnay-Pinot blend (the split makes a sweet gift), and a gorgeous Rosé (great for a Galentine’s gathering). The quality on these totally outweighs the reasonable price point!
A unique bottle of a non-alcoholic spirit, beer, or wine makes a cheers-ful gift that can be enjoyed any evening of the week. Alcohol-free beverages have been increasing in popularity and there is an array of interesting choices to explore.