Fall In Love With These 20 Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Your loved ones are worth way more than a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates. Instead, opt for one of these presents that will make your Valentine fall for you all over again.

1. ANATOMICAL HEART T-SHIRT; $15

Anatomical heart t-shirt
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you can wear it on your chest? Slip on this quirky cranberry tee that literally turns your insides out.

Find It: Amazon

2. WIRELESS ON-EAR HEADPHONES; $220

Why You'll Want It: Ensure that all your favorite love songs can be heard loud and clear with these cordless noise blockers. With 40 hours of battery life, the beat goes on for a long time.

Find It: Amazon

3. JEWELRY BOX; $30

Umbra Tesora Jewelry Box, Concrete/Copper
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: A jewelry box should be a reflection of the gems that it holds. Hopefully, your Valentine’s favorite necklaces, bangles, earrings, and baubles are worthy enough for this.

Find It: Amazon

4. COOLER BAG; $40

Picnic at Ascot Wine and Cheese Cooler Bag
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Dates don't have to be complicated. For less than $50, nab this picnic cooler bag packed with a set of glasses, napkins, a cutting board, and a corkscrew—just add wine and cheese, along with your partner and a sunny day at the park.

Find It: Amazon

5. INITIAL PENDANT NECKLACE; $58

Initial Pendant Necklace
Nordstrom

Why You'll Want It: Nameplate necklaces are sweet, but you can get more creative with a simple initial. Pick your Valentine’s first name, or refer to your favorite place. The possibilities are endless.

Find It: Nordstrom

6. STAR WARS PLUSH BOUQUET; $50

Star Wars Bouquet
Think Geek

Why You'll Want It: Flowers are pretty, but they often don’t stay that way for long. Characters like Darth Vader, Han Solo, Leia, and Yoda (propped up on dowels that look like lightsabers!) are forever.

Find It: Think Geek

7. GOURMET CANDY PIZZA; $35

chocolate pizza
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Some like it hot, but you’ll love it sweet. One-up your usual box of chocolates with a pizza pie made with a milk chocolate crust and topped with caramel popcorn, heart candies, and a mint chocolate drizzle.

Find It: Amazon

8. STRANGER THINGS GREETING CARD; $5

Stranger Things Greeting Card
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Your favorite Stranger Things fan will get a kick out of a handmade greeting card like this, featuring Eleven in her bloody-nosed glory.

Find It: Amazon

9. HANDHELD PAC-MAN ARCADE GAME; $26

Handheld Arcade Game
Urban Outfitters

Why You'll Want It: Share the nostalgia of the '80s, with no quarters required.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

10. REUSABLE TOTE BAG; $19

Reusable Tote
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Choosy from 40 punny sayings for these tote bags—all 100 percent cotton and reusable.

Find It: Amazon

11. CHAMPAGNE-FLAVORED COTTON CANDY; $3

Champagne Cotton Candy
Target

Why You’ll Want It: Rosé season doesn't have to end. Now, your love can enjoy the taste of the sparkling wine without the bubbles (or the hangover).

Find It: Target

12. MINI PATTERNED POLAROID ALBUM; $12

Mini Patterned Polaroid Photo Album
Urban Outfitters

Why You’ll Want It: A phone's camera roll won’t always conserve those precious memories. So just in case, help your loved one store 36 of their favorite Polaroids in this mini album.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

13. FRIDA AND DIEGO MUGS; $25

Freida and Diego Mugs
MoMa Store

Why You’ll Want It: Don’t go breakin’ the art—these printed mugs are made of glass, after all. Because of that, your Valentine will be inspired to preserve the cups that bear an uncanny likeness to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Find It: MoMA Design Store

14. ELECTRIC COCKSCREW; $30

Electric Corkscrew
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Uncorking a bottle of your go-to vino is as simple as a push of a button, thanks to this opener with an eight-hour charge.

Find It: Amazon

15. CHAMPAGNE BEARS CANDY; $20

Nordstrom Champagne Bears
Nordstrom

Why You’ll Want It: Don’t let the the size of these gummies fool you. The childhood favorite gets a major adult upgrade—they’re infused with French bubbly. Cheers!

Find It: Nordstrom

16. HOYA HEART & EZRA PLANTER; $32

The Sill
The Sill

Why You’ll Want It: This heart-shaped plant is small enough to fit on a desk, but is sure to put a big smile on your partner’s face.

Find It: The Sill

17. WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER; $105


Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Let the good times roll, and the slow jams play with this waterproof and shockproof speaker.

Find It: Amazon

18. BATH FIZZIES; $25

Bath Fizzies
Nordstrom

Why You’ll Want It: There’s no way that your partner won’t want a bath with these vanilla musk and jasmine fizzies.

Find It: Nordstrom

19. HERE COUNTRIES GLOBE; $35

Here Globe
MoMa Store

Why You’ll Want It: Bon voyage! Planning your next romantic getaway just got more exciting with this 3D map, complete with marker pins.

Find It: MoMA Design Store

20. MEN'S CARE CANDLE TRIO SET; $24

Candle Trio
Urban Outfitters

Why You’ll Want It: Present your special someone with a set of candles—in vetiver patchouli, bergamot leather, and sage pine—that are almost too cool to burn. Almost.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

These Costco-Themed Pajamas Pay Homage to Their Famous Pizza and Sample Tables

Costco
Costco

If you're looking for another way to flaunt your love of Costco, now you can wrap yourself in these Costco-themed ladies' flannel pajamas every night. Complete with a pair of matching socks, this PJ set is available on the retailer’s website for $10.

The pajamas are decorated with just about everything people have come to know and love about the iconic bulk retailer: giant slices of their famous pizza, snack containers the size of oil drums, and their trademark free sample table that customers have been known to make meals out of. Along with a drawstring and an elastic waistband, the bottoms also feature snap cuffs, allowing you to adjust the pant leg to your optimal length. This PJ set comes with three pockets and a blue and white print on the cuffs, drawstring, and waistband.

Costco socks
Each pair of Costco pajamas comes with a pair of matching socks.
Costco

Did you know that Costco also sells caskets? Find out more about how the retailer can prep you for the afterlife, along with 13 other facts, here. And if you're in the market for a Costco membership, head here.

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Trick Your Friends Into Thinking You’re a Sommelier With This Wine Pairing Towel Set

Wine pairing towels on sale at UncommonGoods.
Wine pairing towels on sale at UncommonGoods.
UncommonGoods

One of the most stressful parts of cooking a delicious dinner is figuring out what kind of wine would be the perfect complement to your meal. What goes with steak? Salmon? Pizza? Opinions and palates will always differ.

But don’t throw in the towel just yet. Behold this lifesaving wine pairing towel set, which is available on UncommonGoods for $28. These nifty towels show you which wines—both white and red—go best with certain foods. And they don’t skimp on the options, either. They feature 68 common wines and 56 different foods (that’s 3808 possible combinations).

Each bottle is ranked against each food, and the pairing quality is listed as either excellent, good, or avoid. And as a bonus, they also feature notes about each wine’s acidity, tannins, body, and sweetness. So if you don’t want to ask Alexa about the wine you’re drinking, you can just sneak a peek at these towels while everyone else is praising you for your amazing pairing skills.

Great for wine novices, wine snobs, and everyone in between, these towels are the perfect resource for anyone who needs a little extra help when it comes to choosing the right bottle for dinner. Learn some more fun facts about wine here.

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