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All of the Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Treat your gym-fanatic girlfriend, notoriously picky husband, and more to a Strategist-approved gift.

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Courtesy of Retailers, Getty
Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Courtesy of Retailers, Getty

Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, so it’s crunch time to order the perfect present for your S.O. (or yourself). Whether you’re shopping for your hard-to-impress husband, your girlfriend who’s just gotten into hiking, or your partner who changes hobbies more often than they change their socks, we’ve pulled together a master list of gift guides for all the special someones in your life.

Below, you’ll find 30 standouts from those roundups, many of which are vetted by the likes of pop stars, chefs, beauty gurus, designers, and our very own readers. We’ve also come up with longtime Strategist favorites — some that we’ve tried ourselves and others that are consistent best sellers on our site. And depending on how much you plan to spend on February 14, we found dozens of gifts at every price point. Of course, as the day gets closer, stock and shipping times may change, and with this being the last weekend to shop (unless you want to join the really last-minute crowd), you’d be wise to order within the next 24 hours. Almost all the gifts on this list will arrive on time if you choose the fastest shipping option, though we’ve noted any possible exceptions. As always, if you want to stay on top of our gift coverage, sign up for our newsletter so you won’t miss a beat.

If their love language is receiving gifts, our list of ideas under $50 will keep you on budget with 66 affordable picks. Plus, each one is available on Amazon, such as this festive silk eye mask, our best (less-expensive) weighted blanket, and Renata Cherlise’s Black Archives, which is available for preorder and will arrive on Valentine’s Day. Read more here.

[Editor’s note: The weighted blanket may arrive on time if you order using the fastest shipping option.]

Our edit of gifts under $25 proves that a thoughtful present doesn’t have to cost a lot. From our top-rated lube that resembles an expensive perfume, to a two-sided Frank Lloyd Wright puzzle, to this delightful mushroom-shaped nightlight, we’ve got you (and your wallet) covered. Read more here.

There are countless ways to express your affection, but few are as timeless as a bouquet of flowers. We found 25 (non-bodega) options, such as a modern take on red roses, two tiny cacti, and these Asiatic lilies paired with a box of rose tea. Best of all, each one is available to order online for delivery on February 14. Read more here.

Candy is, of course, a Valentine’s Day staple — but we think the little ones in your life deserve a gift that isn’t just filled with sugar. From a trio of animal-themed lip balms to patterned pajamas to this crochet kit you can use together, we found 46 fun options they’ll love. Read more here.

[Editor’s note: The pajamas should arrive on time if you use Hanna Andersson’s next-day shipping option.]

He may consider himself a techie, an outdoorsman, a gourmand, a gamer, or all of the above. Whatever his hobby, we rounded up 65 Strategist-approved ideas, including this coffee-table book curated by photographer Brian Kelley that features more than 400 scans of National Park Service maps and brochures. Other highlights: these waterproof matches (that can even burn underwater) and an analog foot massager he can keep under his desk. Read more here.

From Ellen Pompeo’s oil diffuser to Danny Trejo’s favorite fuzzy dice, our roundup of 54 delightful items will help you shop for her this Valentine’s Day. For a practical (and actually useful) present, go with our best-overall kitchen scale, which Strategist kitchen-and-dining writer Emma Wartzman calls “super-intuitive.” Read more here.

Upgrade his gym apparel with our best overall pair of men’s gym shorts, which he can wear for CrossFit or a six-mile run, says multisport athlete Nik Karbelnikoff. If those aren’t his style, try a collapsible chip-shot net or one of our favorite coffee-table books, which Strategist writer Katherine Gillespie describes as a “delectably designed photographic recipe collection dedicated to all things corn flour.” Read more here.

Regardless of how long you’ve been dating, giving a gift to your girlfriend may still feel high stakes. For the makeup obsessed, this color-adjusting blush is “extremely natural looking,” says Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton. Or shop our list of 34 picks at different price points — including our best fingerlike vibrator and a tiny camera that “taps into that nostalgia pleasure center of the brain,” says former Strategist tech writer Jordan Bowman. Read more here.

Husbands can be tricky to shop for, but we sourced lots (65, to be exact) of celebrity- and expert-recommended ideas that are sure to impress. You’ll find T-Pain’s favorite electric corkscrew, this Lou Diamond Phillips–approved heated vest, and the electric kettle classical pianist Jeremy Denk owns three of. Read more here.

If your wife is serious about her bedtime routine, this wearable book light, our best-overall pajama set, and a not-too-challenging Times crossword book — which comes recommended by former New York Magazine literary critic Molly Young — will get her ready to relax. And if not, we have 74 other highly vetted gift ideas. Read more here.

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All of the Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas