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Jewelry is overdone: 5 last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts we recommend instead

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re already sweating a gift for your partner or spouse, don’t fret. Jewelry is always a go-to, but we’ve decided to skip it this year and recommend some fresh ideas instead. We’ve searched online to take the guesswork out of shopping this year and have come up with some thoughtful gifts that’ll melt any heart.

The day is meant for people who love love and the time to spoil their loved one a little bit. Sure, jewelry is nice and all, but it’s fun to buy your honey something unexpected — a gift that shows you’ve been paying attention and know exactly what would put a smile on their face.

Here are a few gifts we think just might do the trick.

plant heart in hand

Heart-shaped plant

If you’re loved one has a green thumb (or even if they don’t), check out this adorable Hoya Heart Plant from Costa Farms. According to the description, “The Hoya kerrii plant is commonly referred to as the Hoya Heart because of its heart-shaped leaves,” and it is too cute for words. The plant comes hand-potted in your choice of planter, which comes in three styles. And best of all, it needs minimal care. Who wouldn’t smile seeing that on their window sill every day?

“Why I Love You” book

If you want to seriously impress, who wouldn’t be over the moon to receive an entire book dedicated to why you love them? This love book is a perfect way to tell someone how you feel about them. This one has a LoveBook Creator, which lets you build your book of reasons, create your characters to look like you, and select the pages you want to use. We love how customizable it is, and you’ll score some serious points for your thoughtfulness. It’s also perfect if you get tongue-tied trying to verbalize your feelings. Just let them read how much you adore them instead.

Memory candles

Since most of us still aren’t traveling amid the pandemic, why not remind your boo about all the fun times you’ve shared together? Homesick candles are a perfect way to do that (plus, they smell amazing). You can select one or several candles that remind your signification other about the ski trip you took, your first home, that time you went pumpkin picking, or that beach cottage weekend you’ll never forget. Sure, it’s not like being there in person, but it’s a pretty fun and thoughtful way to remind them of the time you shared.

Sexy Truth or Dare

Uncommon Goods always has fun, interesting gifts, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. This year, why not kick things up a notch with a sexy truth or dare game. “Featuring 100 racy seductions printed on double-sided sticks, all this game asks is that you and your partner draw a stick and choose truth or dare — intense blushing guaranteed,” the description reads. You get to read and decide how you’re going to play — either offer a truth or perform the dare. If you’re looking for a fun way to spice things up, we’re sure this game will get the party started.

Memory Keepsake Dish Set

If you want to bring on the waterworks, Uncommon Goods also has these beautiful, customizable Memory Keepsake dishes (We told you this site was a fave.) You choose and upload the images you want to use, and their ceramicist, Melissa Reddick, glazes each dish in black and white onto a “stoneware catch-all with a sparkly gold rim.” Maybe it’s a picture of the two of you, your first home, your partner’s beloved grandma, or your dog. Whatever the memory, your loved one will appreciate the time and effort you put into the gift and will treasure it for years to come.

Sure, you can never go wrong with jewelry, but this year, why not surprise them with one of the gifts above to show you really used your imagination. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, use it as a way to remind your partner how very much you love them. It shows them you’ve been thinking about them, which is really all anyone wants to know. Your partner deserves a little extra, and the five gifts above give you room to be naughty and nice — a perfect combination for a day dedicated to celebrating love.

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