Sure, flowers and chocolate will always be welcome on Valentine’s Day. But if you’re looking for something a little less predictable for the lucky lady in your life, we’ve got a few ideas for you, and none of them require awkwardly sifting through the lingerie racks at your local mall. (That’s what online shopping was made for.)
But before you whip out your credit card, think about what she really wants. Does she set her alarm every morning for a run? Put her paychecks toward her closet? Whatever you answered yes to, there are options for you—and her—below. And remember, the best gifts are the ones she wouldn’t necessarily buy herself.
TOM FORD EYE QUAD IN HONEYMOON
Trust us when we say that as soon as she sees the Tom Ford label she’ll be impressed. The quartet of eyeshadows will be in heavy rotation in her makeup bag. And you can doubly impress her by sharing that she can create the perfect smoky eye or just use it for a dab of color with the versatile palette.
Even though there might be snow on the ground, gift her these woven slides that scream springtime. Or, to take it up a notch, promise to take her away on a vacation where she can wear them.
RALPH LAUREN ROMANCE EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY
Talk about a twofer: Not only are you giving her the classic fragrance with the name that sums it all up, but the set also comes with a set of four small boxes of chocolates. The perfume comes in a 3.4-ounce bottle and features notes of rose, lily, white violet, and exotic woods.
WOMEN’S TOP HANDLE WITH LOCK SATCHEL – A NEW DAY
She’ll love the classic silhouette and the fact that it’s hands-free, thanks to the crossbody strap. Plus, the pretty lilac gives it a sweet touch.
DEBORAH LIPPMANN BED OF ROSES
While the name of this gift set is perfect for cupid’s favorite holiday, she’ll be wearing every color nail polish year-round. The full range of pinks, from a dainty nude to a pretty plum, covers the rosy nail spectrum.
SWEATY BETTY HIGH INTENSITY RUN BRA
Instead of buying your workout warrior a lacy red bra (not that she wouldn’t love that, too), gift her with a red sports bra instead. It puts the fun in functional, with sweat-wicking fabric and super support that can withstand the most intense workouts.
REBECCA MINKOFF JAMIE HEART CROSSBODY
Rock ‘n’ roll meets romance in this heart-shaped purse with a badass vibe, courtesy of the gunmetal hardware. It’s the statement bag she never knew she always needed.
TOCCA GIULIETTA CANDELA
More candles are always a good choice. The scent of pink tulips of Corsica and sweet green apple was inspired by Fellini’s true love for his adored wife, Giulietta.
MOLTON BROWN ROSA ABSOLUTE BATH & SHOWER GEL
Valentine’s Day calls for roses everywhere, so why not in the shower too? This luxe bath and shower gel spotlights the timeless fragrance. The blend of Italian rose oil, blackcurrant, geranium, and a base note of patchouli inspires romance.
ATHLETA CRISS CROSS SWEATSHIRT
She’ll be pretty in pink in this super soft sweatshirt that’s built for layering. It’ll take her to and from any gym or studio in style.
THE BODY SHOP BRITISH ROSE INSTANT GLOW BODY BUTTER
Forget the bouquet—beautiful British roses are grown on a farm in Herefordshire and used as the base of this rich body butter. It delivers a glow and hydration that sticks around for 24 hours. Even better, it contains fair trade shea and soybean oil from Ghana that does good for your skin and their local community.
REI CO-OP PASSAGE 2 TENT
For the girl who loves the great outdoors, it doesn’t get much better than promising her a camping getaway and getting the al fresco weekend started by gifting her with this tent for two. It’s spacious when it’s pitched yet compact when it comes to storing it.
She’ll be thrilled to stash this in her purse or suitcase. The chic makeup bag houses all the minis she needs: Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer, Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Red Berry, Crayon Khol Eye Pencil in Intense Black and Eye Contour Gel.
OLD NAVY SUEDED-KNIT MOTO JACKET
A moto jacket is always cool, and this take in faux suede can be layered under her winter coat or worn as a topper once the weather warms up in the spring. The asymmetrical zipper adds a modern touch to the classic cut.
BANANA REPUBLIC CRYSTAL DOME DROP EARRING
You don’t have to know what statement earrings are, but trust us when we say they’re a crowd-pleaser. A sparkly pair is sure to make her smile.
JUICE BEAUTY PHYTO-LIQUID LIP TRIO
Every shade in this triple threat set is just right for Valentine’s Day. Plus, they’ll make her lips feel as good as they look, with Juice Beauty’s exclusive Moisture Plant Blend.
STATE WOMEN’S KANE BACKPACK
The lucky recipient of this slick silver carryall will be impressed with your in-the-know eye. This gem is a double whammy when it comes to hot trends: It’s metallic, and a super functional backpack.
MARC JACOBS DAISY EAU SO FRESH TWINKLE
The latest edition of the runaway hit, Daisy evokes blue skies and flowers of springtime, even on the chilliest February days. The intoxicating blend of floral and fruity notes includes raspberry, violet, wild rose blossoms, and a base of crème de cassis. Bonus: The bottle will stand out on her vanity.
M-61 POWER-PACKED ESSENTIALS
You’ll be sure to win the approval of the TSA and your lady with a perfectly curated skincare set that’s ideal for a jet-setter. The sleek makeup bag houses travel-sized versions of the clean line’s best-sellers, including the Power Cleanse, PowerGlow Moisturizer, Hydraboost Eye Serum, PowerGlow Peels, Hydraboost Line Reducer, and an M-61 hair tie.