Fun and Feel-Good Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and the Zodiac with this collection from Davidoff (©Davidoff of Geneva)

By Jennifer McKee

Still looking for a gift for that special someone? Read on for ideas to go in every room of your house—and to a great cause.

For the Bedroom

Make the bedroom your comfort zone, starting with the place you lay your head. Designed with attention to every detail from the ground up, Big Fig is perfect for plus-sized sleepers; its hybrid design offers extra support to cushion the sleeper’s body, preventing aches and pains and allowing the user to sleep more soundly. Its plush top is made with ThermoGel cooling technology, so you don’t get too warm during the night.

Treat yourself to better sleep from Big Fig (©Big Fig)

Blot out any and all extra light with a great sleep mask. Coco & Eve has the perfect solution: the Beauty Sleep Bundle, which comes with a pillow case and satin eye mask. The brand also carries a silky face mask you won’t mind doing errands in—or anything else that takes you out of the house.

Guys and gals alike will adore Leatherology’s leather eye mask, made from full-grain leather and with a comfort nose patch. It comes in eight colors, and personalization is available.

A leather eye mask? Yes please! (©Leatherology)

Spend the whole day in comfort when you pull on a pair of PLUMS. The super-soft underwear and loungewear is available for men and women; there’s even matching men’s and women’s prints in case you want to match with your sweetheart.

For the Kitchen

Enjoying a date night at home? Perini Ranch’s Mesquite-Smoked Tenderloin is worth the splurge. This quintessential Texas steakhouse has been racking up accolades for more than four decades and has been honored as an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation.

Enjoy a memorable meal from Perini Ranch. (©Perini Ranch)

Oysters are a romantics best friend, and you can’t get better than freshly-plucked gems from Real Oyster Cult. This month, shuck the briny Sailor’s Valentine; pair it with succulent Jonah Crab Claws for a truly decadent feast.

Need a new seasoning to give your meals flair? Try the Tuscan Rose & Pink Peppercorn Savory Salt from Atlanta’s Bella Cucina. European Flat crystal salts combined with aromatic rose petals from Tuscany lend a hint of floral perfume, balanced with the mild spice of crushed pink peppercorn. Suggested use: mix with European butters.

Now for a little something sweet. Nothing tastes better than empowerment (OK, maybe chocolate), but you can have them both in Unexpected Virtual Tours’ Empower gift boxes, which feature unique foods and gifts from female-owned businesses.

Delight in the Empower Foodie gift box. (©Unexpected Virtual Tours)

For the Bathroom

Your sweetie won’t be able to keep hands off you after you lather up with Zum Bar Soap. Made from ultra-moisturizing, naturally homogenized goat’s milk, combined with 100 percent olive, coconut palm and caster oils, it’s like a superfood for your skin. We’re addicted to the Sea Salt, but you’ll also get a charge from the Coffee-Almond, Anise-Lavender and Frankincense & Myrrh.

We all want to be fresh, especially on the day for lovers. GoodWipes has got you covered. The Down There Wipes are perfect for a quick pick-me-up and come in ultra-feminine scents such as Rosewater, Shea-Coco and Golden Hour (vanilla, fresh air and bergamot). They’re biodegradable and won’t hurt your septic system. Stick a few in your purse to have them at hand whenever you need them.

Freshness is yours with Down There Wipes. (©GoodWipes)

Your bottom really will be as smooth as a baby’s when you use GoodWipes’ Booty Scrub. Naturally exfoliating sea salt, detoxifying charcoal and moisturizing coconut and sunflower oils come together for a scrub that does magic in minutes!

Guys will get an uplifting start to the day with the menthol-infused Frederick Benjamin Hydro-Glaze Cooling Aloe Shave Gel. It’s perfect for those with sensitive skin and gives such a smooth shave, you won’t be able to keep your hands off his face.

For Everywhere Else

Happy Planner just makes us smile. The brand offers whimsical and enlightening designs in its planners, notepads and home-office supplies. We can’t put down the Mickey & Minnie Grateful Heart planner, one of the many great designs from the Disney collection.

This Mickey & Minnie Mouse planner makes us smile. (©The Happy Planner)

Give him a little something exquisite with fine cigars from Davidoff of Geneva. In the brand’s ninth limited-edition Zodiac collection, Davidoff’s master blenders have created a unique cigar to commemorate the Chinese New Year, in the Davidoff Year of the Ox collection. It comes in a red lacquer collectable wooden box.

This February, Coach has brand new goodies for the guys and the gals. For him, the Coach League Backpack was designed for daily use and is crafted in color blocked, refined leather with lots of padding and storage space. Ladies will love the new Pillow Tabby, made from plush Napa leather. It comes in four pretty colors that help to welcome in spring.

We want to get our hands on this Pillow Tabby handbag. (©Coach)

How does an Oscar winner scent his home? You no longer have to wonder—Anthony Hopkins’ candles and diffusers are now available. They come in three delightful scents: Sandalwood, Amber Noir and Gardenia Tuberose. Proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry.  

For a Good Cause

Who doesn’t want to show off an adorable pug? You can do just that and benefit shelter animals at the same time when you purchase Doug the Pug Skechers. For every pair purchased, Skechers will donate to the Petco Foundation, which directly benefits shelter dogs and cats. Two pawsitively adorable designs are available.

Doug the Pug Skechers are perfect for animal lovers, and support a great cause. (©Skechers)

Make a gift from the heart and adopt a manatee, one of nature’s most trusting and vulnerable creatures. You can do so at Save the Manatee, and in the process learn more about Florida manatees, protect their habitats and even watch manatee webcams online.

The gentle manatee is a lovely creature. (©Pexels)

A home to more than 1,600 rescued and orphaned cats, dogs, horses, potbellied pigs, exotic animals and more, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is indeed that to animals. Animal sponsorship helps animals find loving homes, provides low- and no-cost spay/neuter programs, supports legislative and public education efforts all across the country that save the lives of pets―and more. Learn more about the beautiful creatures you can sponsor today.

How could you resist sponsoring (or adopting) an adorable animal from Best Friends? (©Best Friends Animal Society)

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