Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’re single or taken this year, it’s never a bad idea to celebrate love. If you’re single, the cynic in all of us can take over, causing a month-long wave of self-pity and loneliness. However, who said that Valentine’s Day is only for those in relationships? It’s a holiday built around love and as we know, there is more than one way to love. We love our parents, siblings, friends, pets, co-workers, etc. so let’s celebrate all of the love in our life, and what better way to do that than with a gift?
This year, go beyond just chocolates and flowers; while those are classic options that will always work, it’s nice to add some unique flare to an otherwise predictable holiday in terms of gifts.
One of the best gifts you can give a loved one is the gift of comfort. What do they do in order to unwind from their hectic lives? Amazon has a million options for comfortable clothing, pajamas, and blankets that anyone would love to get cozy in after a long day of work. Throw in some customizable heart-shaped tea bags for comfort they can ingest and you got a whole mini care package! If they’re looking for a more adult form of comfort, Amazon also offers a deal on a customizable 6-pack for your loved ones.
Customizable anything is always a great option that will warm the hearts of anyone. Regardless of what it is, custom elements that show you went the extra mile to make something specific for the recipient always takes a gift to the next level. Etsy is one of the best websites for custom anything. From wine labels, to guitar picks, Etsy offers hundreds of thousands of products that you can make specific to fit the needs of all your loved ones. Other examples of customizable items that make great gifts include jewelry, candles, picture frames, portraits, mugs, and more!
One of the better ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, especially if you are maybe feeling a little lonely, is to celebrate Galentine’s Day! The coveted pre-valentines holiday that was coined by Amy Pohler’s character, Leslie Knope, in the show Parks and Recreation, is meant to celebrate all the wonderful women and friendships that one has in their life. What better way to do that with some wine.
Wine and alcohol in general is an amazingly universal gift that anyone (who enjoys drinking legally and responsibly) will enjoy. The best part? Unless you’re a real wine-head, all of it tastes the same regardless of how much you spend, so it’s a great way to show your love for someone on a budget as well.
Going along with the theme of comfort and Galentine’s Day; self-care is always in season, so why not make it a little easier for your loved ones to love themselves with some basic self-care needs? Jade Rollers have become extremely trendy in terms of skin-care, and thanks to the massive demand there’s plenty of affordable options.
When it comes to self-care gifts, don’t overthink it, what would you want for yourself? Face masks, eye masks, nail polish, trashy magazines, fancy desserts, and scented anything, all create an environment of being in the present, and appreciating yourself and those around you.
Finally, when it comes to gifts you can give to your loved ones, think about their everyday needs. So often when we have to get a gift for someone, we think more about what they’ve been saying that they want, over what they actually need. But when we buy our loved ones something they say they’ve been meaning to get to or do for a while, it shows that we’re always listening and care about the way their lives are running.
Gifts that cover everyday needs can be as simple as a portable phone charger, for the friend who’s phone is always dead, or a subscription to a monthly shaving razor club, for the friend who never has time to go to the store because their regular lives are so busy. Other gifts can even be as boring as car mats or a monthly planner, both of which show that you care.
Regardless of what you decide to get for any of your loved ones, pick something else up for yourself as well. The biggest, longest, and most important relationship that we all endure is the one with ourselves, so don’t forget to take yourself out every once and a while and buy yourself some flowers, you deserve some special treatment too.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.