When looking around for practical Valentine’s Day gifts for her — well, we weren’t super impressed. Most women don’t want a vacuum (here honey, clean up after me!) or a gift card for an oil change (seriously, we were pitched that once) and yet maybe you’re shopping for someone who doesn’t want extravagant jewelry or 24 long-stemmed roses, either.
A practical Valentine’s Day gift for her still has to feel kind of Valentine’s Day-ish, right? And with that, here are some of our favorite practical gifts for Valentine’s Day for a special woman in your life.
If there’s one that’s perfect for her, then yes, that’s romantic in its own way. Feeling seen? That’s love right ther.e
– Liz, with Kate
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A practical Valentine’s Day gift for the obsessive reader
We love digital subscription gifts because they’re practical as well as uh…well, they’re easy to give and get. Fast. Whether she’s trying to keep up with the latest news from Fast Company or InStyle, one of our long time favorite practical Valentine’s Day gift ideas is a a subscription to Apple News Plus. You get access to hundreds of magazines each month, all on your phone or tablet for $9.99/mo after the free trial.
Of course any book from her favorite author, or something new in a favorite genre would make a terrific gift too. One of the next on our own reading lists: The Chosen and the Beautiful, by Nghi Vo, which topped a bazillion best-of-2021 lists.
A practical Valentine’s Day gift to keep her organized
A fresh new wallet can be a real treat — and yet, a super practical Valentine’s gift for her, because, organization! This deep red Longchamp wallet is a lovely Valentine’s gift and while it’s a bit of a splurge, it will last a good long time and suit any style, from traditional to trendy. (You can also check out the other Longchamp accessories in red at Nordstrom from coin purses and travel bags, to totes that never go out of style.)
A practical Valentine’s Day gift to keep her warm and cozy
We’re all about warm, comfy feet this time of year. And this kind of year. (Sigh.) So here are two wonderful options: TOMS Nahla fur-lined slippers are the top-rated slippers on the entire Nordstrom site and that’s saying something. Plus, they’re 40% off right now if you hurry.
We also love the wonderful options from Bombas Socks (a recent sponsor, but a longtime cool pick), like their Be Mine 4-pack of calf socks. But hey, if she’s not into hearts, there are so many cute, cozy options — and like TOMS, every pair gives another pair to someone in need so this is not just a practical Valentine’s Day gift for her, but for someone else too.
A practical Valentine’s Day gift to keep her caffeinated
If her love language is lattes, then she will love this affordable, red hand-held milk frother that has all kinds of uses. It’s great for hot cocoa or a matcha whisk too — and under $15 at Target! Throw in a red Yeti rambler to keep her drink hot all morning long, and it will be one romantic gesture that still requires water (ha) but won’t die in three days.
(And hey, if she does happen to be a matcha drinker, that matcha machine we recently featured on Cool Mom Tech really is something special.)
A practical Valentine’s Day gift to help her de-stress
In our list of practical tech gifts for the holidays, you’ll find plenty of practical Valentine’s Day gifts for her, too. One of them: a gift subscription to a favorite meditation or breathing app, which we’ve given to quite a few of our own friends and family lately. The Calm app has been Liz’s own lifesaver in pandemic times, but also check out options like Breathwrk app (a recent sponsor offering a nice deal for new subscribers), Headspace, Aura, and more.
If she’s already set on apps, maybe a new yoga mat in a soothing color would be appreciated. The Harmony Mat by Jade Yoga is a favorite of so many studios, yoga teachers, and fitness writers — and we love their environmental commitment through their partnership with Tress for the Future, which has enabled them to plant more than 1 million trees.
A practical Valentine’s Day gift for the adventurer…
or adventure planner
Smythson’s leather agendas and journals are high-end luxury — the perfect practical Valentine’s Day gift for her if she’s got big dreams, big plans. She can map out her bucket list vacation on the pages of this gorgeous pocket agenda with embossed crocodile leather, or check out the sweet Travels and Experiences blank journal.
Should you include a gift card toward travel too (you big spender you) well surely she wouldn’t say no.
A practical Valentine’s Day gift to get her off her feet
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Go ahead and clean the house for her yourself, which is always a treat. I mean not to get into gender stereotypes, but if you’re a married or partnered guy reading this, you may realize that the vast majority of us women are still doing most of the cleaning, even if we’re raising kids and holding down jobs too.
Or, call on the pros and give her the gift of a professional cleaning service to come in and deep clean your home. You can hire them for a one-time only clean, or set it up weekly or monthly. Care.com is a reliable option that we’ve had good luck with ourselves, or now you can find housekeeping help through local list serves or Facebook groups.
A practical Valentine’s Day gift for someone who thinks flowers are a waste
We happen to love fresh flowers around here, but maybe your valentine isn’t a fan of the ol’ bouquet. That’s okay, you can still pay homage to the most traditional of Valentine’s Day gifts for her with something a little more practical. Liz has not stopped raving about her Click & Grow self-watering indoor garden that she received for Christmas. Just three weeks later, she was cooking with her own fresh basil!
Another option that’s super affordable but just as lovely — the retro-chic Mason Jar indoor garden we spotted at Uncommon Goods. Grab one or a few so you’ll always have fresh herbs at the ready. Choose from basil, cilantro, mint, basil, parsley — or, if you want to get romantic, go for rosemary for remembrance. Sweet.
A practical Valentine’s Day gift to make crazy mornings a little easier
We know we’re not the only ones who get frazzled when we misplace keys phone, handbag, wallet — especially when trying to hustle the kids out the door. If this sounds like your sweetheart (no judgments!), then a Tile Mate tracker for her keyring might be a really appreciated, and extremely practical Valentine’s Day gift for her.
They are just a bit gifter too, now that they come in cool patterns like the floral Bloom Field (above), geometric Onyx Jazz, or the philanthropic Better Together Tile Mate that donates $18 for each purchase to the ACLU. The patterns are all available exclusively on the Tile Mate site, but if she’s good with classic black or white, Amazon has good deals too.
A practical Valentine’s Day gift to help her sleep
So maybe meditation alone isn’t doing the trick? We’re absolutely smitten over the high-end, delicious, carefully formulated CBD gummies by woman-owned CBD brand Molly J. We were gifted some and…just wow. Are they fantastic.
While there are different formulations for different purposes, the Blackberry Rose CBD Sleep Formula Box is calling us. It presents as gorgeously as a box of chocolate, but with far more practicality to it. I mean, chocolate does have its healing powers, sure. But the gift of better sleep in these crazy times? We hardly know a woman who’d turn that down on any holiday at all.