While you might hate how consumerist holidays like Valentine's Day can be, sometimes the smallest gesture of affection can be restraining yourself from offering the expected Hallmark card or bouquet. Ahead, we got the creative juices flowing for you with 40 gifts that will show her you're up to speed on the latest niceties...Diptyque? Pink bath salts? A vegan leather bag? "You shouldn't have."
An Ode to Summer
This woven tote will have her dreaming of warm weather. Start planning that trip to the Caribbean. ✓
An Hourglass Diffuser
Candle gifts can be the white elephant that keeps on giving...so that's why you give them a Diptyque hourglass diffuser instead. The coveted French brand has released a marble diffuser with the smell of freshly plucked roses—all you have to do is flip the glass over to begin a new diffusion cycle. Voilà.
Booze But Make It #Fahncy
Moet, prices vary
Meet Moet: the champagne you'll love, with even better wrapping.
A Reversible Ring
Les Georgettes, $39
A ring without any commitment aside from making her jewelry collection that much more chicer.
Take Me Away
Give her a carry-on she'll actually want to keep, which comes with a built-in charger.
A Shoe Travel Kit
Cole Haan, $25
An airport-friendly shoe kit that has everything she needs to keep her most coveted heels clean: shoe cream, an applicator, a buffing brush, two colors of edge polish, a cloth, and an instant shine sponge. 💯
Rebecca Minkoff, $88
A necessary reminder that women run the world.
Michael Lo Sordo, $595
A velvet tie-waist coat that will never go out of style. Plus, satin lining. We repeat: satin lining.
A Statement Lip 💄
Take her breath away with this classic Chanel matte lipstick.
Modern Vice, $149
She'll feel like she can do anything while walking in these patent leather embellished booties.
A Vegan Leather Wonder
Angela Roi, $245
To quote a co-worker: "It's actually gorgeous." Take it from us, this vegan leather satchel is a keeper.
Rebecca Minkoff, $498
It's time to retire the black leather jacket and swap it with this pink moto one instead.
A Minimalist Wallet
A sleek leather staple that fits the theme of the holiday.
Bootie, Bootie, Bootie Rockin' Everywhere
M. Gemi, $448
We found you, The Momento—handcrafted in Italy. Pro tip: If she has a wider foot, go up half a size.
A Silk Wonder
A silk twill scarf that looks and feels like a piece of art.
An Artist's Dream
Christina Burch, $1,300
Speaking of art, help her bring new energy to her home with this print that symbolizes beauty and rebirth.
A Bedazzled Clutch
Steve Madden, $58
She'll never be short of date-night clutches that add the perfect touch to any night out on the town.
Technicolor Cocktail Glasses
A set of blown-glass tumblers inspired by the way your socks bunch up when they're rolled down (genius).
A Smart Pair of Headphones
Urban Ears, $49
Make her commute that much easier with a foldable pair of headphones that are easy to stow in a bag and allow her to pick up calls hands-free thanks to its built-in microphone.
A Non-Horrendous Rain Jacket
Stutterheim x Garance Doré, $295
A very chic rain jacket just in time for spring showers, courtesy of the collaboration between blogger Garance Doré and Stutterheim.
A Roomy Workout Tote
Eddie Bauer, $80
A washable nylon workout tote with room for a change of clothes, a water bottle, and snacks in its stash pockets. Added perk: it's got two handles for extra portability.
Just in Time for Vacation Season
A beautiful pair of cherry sunglasses with white tortoise flecks around the eyes.
To My Funny Galentine
To your best feminist gal pal who's also celebrating her single-dom today. 🙌
Breakfast-in-Bed Done Right
So you can cue up your breakfast-in-bed in style.
A Fresh Scent
An ultra-romantic scent that smells like a bouquet of fresh flowers, without feeling sickly sweet (it's a recent update on Chloe's popular Love Story perfume).
Not Your Average Stud
Sculptural earrings for the woman who loves art (and wearing it, too).
"I Woke Up Like This"
Maison du Soir, $48
A tailored sleep shirt that's ideal for weekend lounging.
An Ulta-'Grammable French Press
Truly the most beautiful French press we've ever seen, in candy colors of marigold and pink.
Put a (Signet) Ring On It
Fresh from the collaboration between Pamela Love and Shinola, here's a subtle signet ring for a mom or special friend that's ready to be engraved with her initials.
If you really want to make someone feel like a princess, get them a lip balm infused with shiny flecks of gold.
Everything Looks Better in Rose Gold
A chic golden watch without any of the flashy hardwear, for the girl who likes to keep things minimal.
Help her shed her clutter with a fabulous mini bag that only fits the essentials.
Green Thumbs, Welcome
West Elm, $69
Instead of flowers, why not get her the whole damn terrarium?
Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.
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