In spite of all the reasons to hate it, I love Valentine's Day. I say this as a very single woman, btw. This is my first Valentine's Day in four years that I'll be spending alone, and instead of dreading its approach, I'm surprisingly excited about it. Remember elementary school? When you get excited about the cards and the candy and the chocolate? I have the same sort of excitement, only not about any of those things. I'm just excited by the fact that at its core, apart from the hyper-commercialism, Valentine's Day is a holiday completely centered on love. Let's love. Period. It's maybe a little sad that we need the reminders of some holidays like this one and Thanksgiving (reminder: be thankful), and sure it's a little sad that love to a lot of people equals red and pink hearts and chocolates and roses (but hopefully not only those things), but maybe we, just by human nature, need to be reminded every year, and hopefully the annual reminder spills into our lives many many other points during the year.
All that to say, here are a few fun, less run-of-the-mill Valentine's gift ideas, for those of you who have someone to spend the day with, or are looking for ways to make a friend feel the love this year.
How cute is this Romantic Giraffe Lovers Print?
I love that it's printed on a dictionary page, and it's only $7 on etsy!
This Stud Muffin Soap is supposed to smell like things guys like to smell.
Musk and meat, I imagine. $6 on etsy.
I'm swooning over these Custom Couple Wooden Dolls! I wish I'd thought of it!
Even so, only $65 for a pair on etsy.
What better paper to write a love note on than this
beautifully simple Hello Love Stationery Set? $10 on etsy.
I may or may not have already ordered myself one of these Valentine Pad-Printed Bowls....
who says you can't be your own valentine? $8 at west elm
These Monogrammed Glass Shadow Boxes would make a stunning container for a jewelry gift.
$24-79 at west elm
How adorable are these vintage inspired valentine cards?
Love Notes Mailing Set $25 at modcloth
This Mother of Pearl Heart Charm is charm-ing. $15 at anthropologie
I like this Love Knot Necklace as a gift because of the symbolism of intertwining two lives.
$42 at anthropologie
This Threaded-Wrapped Sentiment Necklace provides a pop of color
with a dose of handmade charm. $48 at anthropologie
I saw the Gabriella Slip and went wowwwwwwwww. Stunning.
$198 at anthropologie
Who needs Victoria's Secret? This is sexy.
Tinted Edges Bra & Undie $60 each at anthropologie
And this. Maggie Bra & Undie $60 bra, $50 undie at anthropologie
And if you want to be saucy, how about these Ruffled Undies by Calvin Klein
$12 each at bloomingdale's
Happy February 1st, and happy [early] Valentine's day, friend. Hope you feel (and show) the love.
p.s. the winner of the DRY Vintage giveaway is Caitlin! Congrats!
p.p.s. I got that job I was telling you about!!!!