Valentine’s Day grouches and Cupid critics — step aside. This often scoffed away day is all about taking some time to show some love. Not just to a significant other but to friends, family and especially yourself.
Embrace the corny and lovey dovey festivities and let the cheesy flags fly this year with fun and festive Valentine’s Day gifts to salute every loved one on your list (including you).
Put a spin on the obvious choice of flowers with Texas based bloom gurus Amapola Flora, whose DIY flower arrangement boxes are delivered to the door — complete with all materials, including fresh cut flowers and illustrated step by step instructions, to do your own arrangement.
It’s pretty petals with an added activity kick for the overachieving, green thumbs that you love.
Continue the twist on Valentine’s Day tradition by giving Maggie Louise Confections. Hailing from Austin, these artisanal chocolates come in clever shapes and nostalgic flavors such as pecan pie and peanut butter candy that will kick all other candy to the curb.
In lieu of the traditional holiday garb, show your appreciation by giving a piece of art. Donald Robertson’s “I Heart” print, an homage to legendary fashion house Comme des Garcon, is equally as flirty and fun as it is a collectible.
For those wanting to wear their hearts on their sleeves, a celebratory ensemble for the occasion can be complete with a heart printed dress, bright colored spectacles or an amoré themed handbag. Why give a greeting card when you can send your message on a powerfully captioned 100 percent cashmere Lengua Franca sweater?
Gucci embroidered sneakers with “loved” emblazoned on the sides will leave no room for doubt.
Perhaps, serve up a spoonful of love with some heart shaped flatware that will delight the hostess in your life.
For those wanting to celebrate in a more low key way, cozy up in some festive pajamas or a robe by Mirth Caftans — a percentage of each sale is donated to a child welfare organization in Jaipur called Taabar. Buzzy new towel brand, Weezie, is offering a limited edition set of its fan favorite makeup towels with apropos hearts to add a little lovin’ to one’s makeup routine.
Sucker for a good love story? Give a set of five anthologies, including love poems, letters, songs and sonnets by some of the world’s most renowned writers. This plethora of romantic sentiments will truly drive your point home.
Everyone deserves a shot (or two) from Cupid’s arrow. Even if you’re targeting yourself.