It’s no secret that people have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. However, we firmly believe that the holiday is only cheesy if you do it wrong. Framed the right way, it’s a simple celebration of love—and whether you’re married, dating, or single, you certainly have plenty of loved ones worth celebrating.
The key is to go for gifts that feel personal and thoughtful, rather than adhering to the holiday go-tos (looking at you, drugstore chocolates and hastily purchased bouquets). Read on for a few of our favorites, ranging from totally free to totally splurge-worthy—and sure to please husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, teachers, and anyone else you think could use a little something extra to brighten up their February. Love.
Aveda Love Composition Oil
Scented with sandalwood, jasmine and frankincense, this all-star organic oil makes a great first impression—and leaves a lasting one, boasting enough uses to make it a staple in anyone’s routine. Add a few drops to a bath to take the relaxation to the next level, or use it as a massage oil to leave skin feeling soft and supple. We’ve even used it to soothe split ends and dry cuticles. At $30, it fits into most v-day budgets—and best of all, Aveda donates $4 from every purchase to the National Audubon Society for projects that fight climate change. Now that’s something to love.
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If someone you love has been burning the candle at both ends (or just needs regular reminders to take time for self-love), why not treat them to hour of stress-melting bliss? In addition to being one of the most relaxing gifts around, massages actually improve flexibility, prevent muscle injuries, boost the immune system, and reduce the effects of long hours sitting at a desk working. (We know what you’re thinking, and yes, you should absolutely book one for yourself, too.) Massages at Masters Studio start at $60—but really, can you put a price on undying appreciation?
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A Personalized Playlist
Whatever happened to good ole mixed tapes to show your feelings? Personally, we’re on board with a modern revitalization of this classic romantic gesture. This Valentine’s day, make your sweetheart a playlist with songs that make you think of them or that you just know they’ll love. This totally free V-day gift is strong on the sentimentality front—because nothing is worth more than a truly thoughtful gesture.
If your loved one could use a little more balance in their life (who couldn’t?), gift one of Aveda’s new Tulasara facials this Valentine’s Day. Tulasara, meaning “moving toward balance” in Sanskrit, is inspired by Ayurvedic methods for achieving healthy, glowing skin. Personally, we think this is one of the most relaxing services in St. Pete (not that we’re biased)—and even better, it can be customized to soothe a variety of skin concerns, including dryness, excess oil, acne, and sensitivity—because everyone deserves to feel like their needs are truly understood. Like massages, these facials start at $60—and believe us, the beautifying effects will outlast those of the long-stemmed roses you’re eyeing.
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A Real Photo Album
Instagram shots are cute and fun for scrolling, but there’s nothing like real life prints you can look at every day to remind you of all the good times you’ve had. For a thoughtful, handmade Valentine’s gift, print out your favorite memories and add them to an album with heartfelt captions. (This is an especially great option for anyone in a long-distance relationship.)
Stress-Fix Soaking Salts
This is the Valentine’s gift for anyone likely to use the holiday as a reason to celebrate their love for the tub (you included). They can be added to a bath or used to gently exfoliate dull winter skin—and the heavenly lavender and clary sage aroma is clinically proven to reduce feelings of stress. With both a 6 oz ($20) and a 16 oz ($42) option, these soaking salts are perfect for pairing with a bottle of wine or a soothing candle. Hello, next-level bath experience.
Stop by Masters Studio to shop these items and get personalized recommendations for additional gifts. Because at the end of the day, just remember that whatever you decide to gift your other half, it’s the the thoughtfulness you put into it that really counts.
Happy Valentines Day!