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The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts She’ll Actually Love

No tired flowers or candy, please.

The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for her is the one you buy. It’s tempting to dismiss this as a prime example of grotesque commercialization of an essential piece of our humanity. You wouldn’t be wrong — but you still need to buy her something. Because if anyone is there for you to mock the fake romance by reveling in it, then you must acknowledge that you really love them — and here’s a box of chocolate.

And guys, lend me your ears: I’m a woman and I’m a mom. And I’ll never forget one misguided albeit ostensibly well-intentioned Valentine’s Day gift from my husband: A gym membership combined with a book on eating healthy. He meant well. It did not go over well. So: Stay away from anything that implies a need for weight loss. Or anything with a warranty because no matter how much she wants a new toaster oven, this isn’t the time.

Here, then, is a list of gifts that could help with that. Some are offbeat. Some are fancy. The rest offer something else: a bit of calm, maybe, or, some silliness. Take a look.

A fresh, fun stoneware box to store her jewelry.

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The glazed stoneware box has a confetti-speckled lid, and is just the right size to keep her jewelry away from sticky kiddie hands.

Classic hoop earrings are a wardrobe staple she'll treasure.

This 14 karat yellow gold necklace is a beautiful piece of good luck.

Traditionally, this symbol keeps curses away. And in reality, it looks damn fine doing it.

Roberto Coin’s stunning pieces are sold at places like Neiman Marcus. And we dig this pair of oval hoops because they’re simple, they’re timeless, and they’re perfectly crafted from 18 karat white gold.

Hygge is yet another twee lifestyle term, but this candle really does smell decadent.

With its notes bergamot, rose geranium, and patchouli, this candle conveys warmth and intimacy. Both are good things.

If she's into gardening, she'll dig this gorgeous brass watering can.

As a rule, we do not recommend giving her any kind of household appliances. Of obvious reasons. But if she has a green thumb, she’ll appreciate this showpiece when she tends to her greens.

Whatever you do, don't get her stripper gear for bed. Opt for this easy and elegant set instead.

These PJs, which come in a variety of colors, are soft, lightweight, stretchy, and comfortable. In other words, they’re a win.

A sentiment is fleeting. A photo is forever.

Because seeing the family never gets tired or old or boring. This 13MP camera has on-screen editing and thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, makes photo sharing easy.

If she loves her pinot noir, make sure it tastes as smooth as possible.

This design-minded gadget purifies wine by removing sulfites and sediment.

Pamper her with edible love by filling this up with her favorite ice cream.

The heart-shaped spoon makes this taste extra sweet.

When is a backpack not just a backpack? When it's this minimalist work of art.

Both utilitarian and sleek, this backpack fits laptops up to 15.4 inches and has two additional mesh pockets for her phone and wallet.

These Only Hearts panties are both easy on the eyes, and easy to wear.

Only Hearts somehow straddles the fine line between sexy and wearable. Case in point are these cotton panties, which she’ll appreciate so much more than a generic and tired thong.

Whether she enjoys pour-over coffee, cold-brew, or hot tea, the Soma Brew Bottle does it all and takes it to go. As its name suggests, the bottle is made to brew drinks. Steep tea or filter coffee through its mesh sieve and sip from its top when it’s complete. The double-walled glass keeps its temperature constant for hours.

Give her bath an instant upgrade with a decadent at-home aromatherapy experience.

Himalayan pink salts help her skin detox, while floral essential oils zen her out.

If she loves things that smell nice (and who doesn't), this ultrasonic diffuser should do the trick.

Holding 100 milliliters of water and 10 to 20 drops of her favorite essential oils (sold separately), the Vitruvi stone diffuser can run up to seven hours between refills and includes two run settings (constant and intermittent). Its ceramic bulb also looks great.

Keep her hands soft and supple with these luxury French hand creams.

This Oprah-approved set of hand creams is so gloriously scented, you want to eat each one.

Because when you have kids, long showers are a thing of the distant past.

This is, bar none, the most perfect, fast-drying towel we’ve ever used. It’s not decadent. But it’s something she’ll appreciate.

So she never, ever gets cold feet.

These unicorn slippers come with a twist: a heater that recharges via USB. They’re charming and comfortable, with a plush synthetic lining that will make her feet sing. With pleasure. And maybe a laugh or seven.

These ultra-soft cotton PJs will elevate her sleep.

The jersey feels like second skin, and the whale print gives the pajamas a sense of whimsy.

We love Jason Momoa for many things, with his activism to ban single-use plastic at the top of the list.

Oh and he’s easy on the eyes. So there’s that.

A little zen goes a long way with this meditation-boosting headband.

She wears this headband while meditating, perhaps after using her Jason Momoa coloring book, and it helps her stay focused and on track.

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