No Stress Valentine's Day Gifts for the Ones You Love
Sarah Stallmann READ TIME: 9 MIN.
Valentine's Day is certainly one of those polarizing holidays with a spectrum of willingness to participate ranging from gung-ho to not-at-all. And, boy, is the struggle real when it comes to gifting. Do you opt for the classic flowers and candy? Go for something unique and personalized? Sexy and fun? Are you worried about doing too much? Not enough?
You are NOT alone. Whether you are filled to the brim with love – or existential dread – we believe that to find the fun in Valentine's Day gifting, you should remove the pressure of it all and simply show some love to whoever in your life most deserves it - whether you're boo'd up or not. In that spirit, we've gathered a list of great gifts from some fabulous LGBTQ-owned business that will help you to spread some love and joy to that deserving counterpart – or for yourself.
For Love - partners, besties, moms or YOU
Jewelry is a classic gift that never goes out of style and the pieces by Mateo New York are crafted with care and class by Jamaican-born designer Matthew Harris. This gorgeous 14kt gold diamond initial necklace is the perfect everyday piece to gift to a loved one – either with your initial close to their heart, or theirs.
For the recently heartbroken friend, a daring new love interest, or anyone you love that needs a little guidance
Valentine's Day can be tough for some, but there's nothing that makes you feel more in control than learning a bit more about what the universe has in store for you. Enter "cosmic mixologist" Graham Breitenstein, a professional dancer, performer AND astrologist whose expertise of the Oracles has helped countless clients feel more secure in what lies ahead. Help your loved one manifest big things with a personal zodiac candle handmade in LA, or inspire them to dig in further with a custom Oracle reading.
For the beauty buff
Noto Botanics is all natural, all vegan skincare loved by your favorite influencers and makeup artists alike. Crafted by Gloria Noto with a minimalist aesthetic in mind, Noto Botanics is more than just clean skincare. Their commitment to their community goes beyond their products with their extensive mission to give back to important organizations like Planned Parenthood, The Okra Project and the Transgender Freedom Fund.
For your friends
Take it back to elementary school by gifting your crew some classic Valentine's Day cards from wife-and-wife duo Allison and Jamie Nadeau of Ink Meets Paper. Their gorgeous letterpress paper products are a thoughtful and accessible gift to show some love to your nearest and dearest.
Ink Meets Paper Valentine's Cards| $5.99 >