Gifts Southern Living Editors Want This Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and you know what that means: It’s time to think about gifting. As it happens, the editors at Southern Living HQ have been eyeing a few things. Whether we’re passing hints to husbands, wives, boyfriends, or girlfriends or treating ourselves this February 14th, we have no shortage of gift-giving ideas at the ready. No matter the style or budget, we have plenty of recommendations that would make swoon-worthy Valentine’s gifts, and we’ve gathered them all here in one SL editor-approved wish list. All you need to do is drop a hint or, if you’re doing the gifting, wrap them up with a lovely bow and a sweet card signed with a heartfelt message or romantic poem. (The card is non-negotiable—just ask Mama.)
From classic red roses to skincare, kitchen tools, and more, these are the treats we’re dreaming of receiving come Valentine’s Day. (Hint, hint!) Although there is at least one gift on this list that, if we did actually receive it, would make us quite literally swoon. We’re wishing you a wonderful holiday, and we’re hoping these ideas will provide you some gifting inspiration along the way. Happy Valentine’s Day!
To buy: $249, amazon.com
“Since my valentine is imaginary here, I’ve decided the budget is too. I really want an airfryer, but since the price is a bit steep and technically I don’t need it, I’ve been trying to hold off. But it seems like everyone is giving it a go lately, and I just want in on the slightly-less-guilty fun!”
—Katherine Owen, Assistant Editor
Lake Pajamas Flurry Ocean Short-Long Set
To buy: $104, lakepajamas.com
“Growing up, my mom would give me a matching pajama set every Valentine’s Day—and it’s still one of my favorite gifts to receive. There’s truly nothing better than a cute yet cozy pair of pj's.”
—Grace Haynes, Assistant Copy Editor
Tulips for Your Valentine by Southern Living
To buy: $64.99 (20% Off with code SLCV), 1800flowers.com
“It's always fun to receive a bouquet of flowers. Even better when it's filled with one of your favorite blooms. Some girls aren't fans of the red-rose-bouquet (like me) so this bright pink and red tulip arrangement was an unexpected surprise."
— Krissy Tiglias, Executive Editor
Sephora Collection Face Mask in Rose
To buy: $6, sephora.com
“I think Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all kinds of love…you know that Love Actually mantra—love actually is, all around? So as a single lady, I choose to celebrate the day with a little self love. If I were dating a fella, I’d love to get a bouquet of flowers—either yellow dahlias or pale yellow roses with the pink edge. But since I am not, the gift I have my eye on is a big basket of rose water face masks from Sephora. The sheet masks make my skin feel soft and vibrant and the scent soothes all that stresses.”
—Rebecca Angel Baer, Digital News Editor
To buy: $249, amazon.com
"I think these mixers are the best aspiring-baker tool on the market. Every time I've used one, I'm so thrilled. You can let meringue whip on its own, use the dough hook for bread, or add an attachment to make pasta. You can do anything! Plus, if I had this mixer, I'd be able to whip up a batch of sugar cookies to say thank you to my Valentine."
—Abbi Wilt, Associate Digital Editor
Brooklyn Butcher Blocks Walnut Cutting Board
To buy: $120, amazon.com
“The quickest way to my heart is a massive handcrafted walnut cutting board. It’s just the kind of 'beautiful/functional kitchen gear' that I haven’t justified buying for myself (yet)—but if someone bought it for me, I’d probably marry them.”
—Micah Leal, Copy Fellow
AERIN Rose Hand & Body Cream
To buy: $42, aerin.com
"I'm a sucker for pretty packaging, so I crushed on AERIN's Rose Hand & Body Cream instantly, but its light floral scent is what secured this splurge-worthy find a spot on my vanity. I just ran out of my first tube, too...hint, hint, Mom."
—Betsy Cribb, Style Editor
Boscia Luminizing Pink Charcoal Mask, Glamglow Mask Treatment Set, and a Sephora Gift Card
“The ideal Valentine's Day gift would be one of relaxation, and there's nothing better than an at-home spa night to make you feel refreshed. With a Sephora gift card, I could pick out any of my favorite beauty and skincare products and achieve total zen. I've been obsessed with face masks lately, and I'm dying to try Boscia's limited edition Luminizing Pink Charcoal mask (the colors are made for Valentine's, too), or any of GlamGlow's top-rated masks. With this Mask Treatment Set, you can try a few kinds and decide which is worth the full-size splurge. Now, can someone bring me some cucumber slices for my eyes?”
—Mary Shannon Wells, Editorial Fellow
Benchmark Bouquets 2 Dozen Blushing Beauty Roses
To buy: $44.02, amazon.com
“My favorite Valentine's was the year my husband and I decided to ditch the hints and just tell each other straight up what we'd like. I wanted a bouquet of roses from the grocery store. He wanted hot wings for supper. I love roses in just about any color, but I'm a little partial to pink and red.”
— Valerie Fraser Luesse, Senior Travel Editor
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter
To buy: $38, sephora.com
"I love highlighters, but when purchasing for myself I usually go with a budget-friendly option. I have been eyeing the Becca pressed highlighter for months, so I consider it the perfect gift for a Valentine's Day treat."
—Jenna Sims, Assistant Digital Editor
Diptyque Rose Delight Candle
To buy: $68, shop.nordstrom.com
“You can’t go wrong with a gorgeous candle. I’ve been admiring a few Diptyque scents from afar, but this one has won me over thanks to the fragrance (rose petals and honey!) and the design (botanical whimsy!). I think it’s the perfect Valentine’s—or Galentine’s—Day treat.”
—Caroline Rogers, Assistant Editor
2017 Jeep Wrangler Smoky Mountain
To buy: from $38,145, jeep.com
"Doesn't every Southerner fantasize about road trips through the Smoky Mountains, the Everglades, and the Texas Hill Country? Hey, a girl can dream."
—Abbi Wilt, Associate Digital Editor