As much as we all love fresh flowers, there are some (admittedly cynical) reasons not to give them to your loved one on Valentine’s Day: Real flowers, by nature, don’t last. They also make a mess, dropping pollen and petals all over your table. And since some flowers can be poisonous if ingested, they’re not the safest choice to have around kids or pets. So if the object of your affection is allergic, has a mischievous cat, or would rather not spend their time cleaning up fallen stamen, we’d like to suggest the following alternatives. Here are 19 Strategist-favorite Valentine’s Day gifts that possess the best attributes of flowers without actually being real flowers.
For valentines who bring their lunch to work
For valentines who prefer flowers in a book
For busy valentines
For valentines who get turned on by mood lighting
For valentines who look forward to bedtime
Marimekko’s signature graphic flower print will make sure you and your valentine always go to bed happy.
For fickle valentines
This removable wallpaper will last forever. But if you get tired of it before then it’s also easy to take down.
For flower lovers who travel constantly
A remarkably real-looking orchid that even prolonged absence can’t kill.
For lovers with lips like no other
A tinted balm made with chrysanthemums that adjusts its color when applied based on your valentine’s unique pH-level.
For lovers with chapped lips
And one so moisturizing it turns even the driest lips into dewy petals.
For wildflower aficionados
For best friends who moved away
Recommended by teachers, this cheery pop-up daisy card will make any friend feel appreciated.