Practical Valentine Gift Ideas in 2021

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away and I’m here to bring you practical gift ideas for your special Valentine. Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about celebrating a significant other. Love is all around us – celebrate family and friends as well.

Here are some gifts your Valentine is sure to love and use in 2021:

Chocolate – This may seem obvious, but if your Valentine has a sweet tooth, chocolate is a must! Give a local chocolate company a try, small-batch chocolate just tastes so much better and you’re supporting a small business. Here are a few of my favorites: Chocolate Inspirations, Veruca Chocolates, Graham’s Fine Chocolates, and Cora Lee.

Coffee Grounds/Tea – There’s nothing like a delicious cup of joe or tea in the morning. Treat your Valentine to a new coffee/tea to try. Complete the gift by throwing in a mug or flavored syrup. Some of my favorite places for coffee and tea products are Brewpoint, Elle and Beck’s, Rook’s, Newport Coffee, and Adagio Tea.

House Plants – Flowers are always great, but house plants last longer and some even have great benefits like purifying the air! Support your local plant shop and nursery this Valentine’s Day. They’ll be able to provide you with recommendations and care tips.

Personalized Photo Puzzle – Has quarantine made anyone else become a puzzle person? Walgreens and Shutterfly allow you to create custom puzzles from your favorite photos. What a perfect gift idea and you can always spend quality time working on the puzzle together!

Hand Sanitizer – Spread love, not germs. This is the perfect gift for any and all Valentines. Give this lavender hand sanitizer from Pelindaba a try!

Lottery Scratch Offs – These are fun for your Valentine and you can even add a cute note that says “I won the lottery when I fell in love with you.” Cheesy, but hey- it’s Valentine’s Day. Hopefully they win big and hopefully they share their winnings.

Dinner At Home – Order takeout from your favorite local spot or cook a homemade meal for your loved one. Acts of services really do go a long way and show that you care. Check out Giada’s website for delicious meals and recipes. Maybe even order dessert from your local bakery to pair with your meal! Don’t forget to support local.

Alcohol – If your Valentine is a craft beer, whiskey, or wine drinker, this a great gift. You can pick up an assortment for them to try and maybe put together a little at-home tasting. Don’t forget the charcuterie or snack pairings!

Face Mask – All of the cool people are wearing masks! Please be kind and wear one – gifting them is cool too. One of my favorite boutiques, Angelina, has a great assortment!

Beauty Products – With all of the mask wearing and hand washing, our skin could use some TLC. A beauty face mask, body butter, face oil, jade roller, gua sha, etc. are all great. Scratch Goods is one of my favorite local Chicago companies to purchase wellness products from.

Sweatpants or Pajamas – I mean this one is kind of self-explanatory and probably the most practical. Are jeans even a thing anymore? Bonus points if you buy a matching sweatshirt & joggers outfit.

Something for the Home – We’re all spending a lot more time at home, might as well enjoy the space we live in. Get your Valentine a candle, artwork, cheese/cutting board, humidifier/essential oil diffuser, or a new gadget they’ve been talking about.

Book a Virtual Experience – This could be something fun for you both to enjoy together! Whether it be a cooking class, dance lesson, wine tasting, coffee brewing lesson, etc., there are so many virtual events out there and at affordable price points.

Do you have Valentine’s Day gift recommendations of your own? I’d love to hear them!


Gee Nicolette

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