Sure, flowers and chocolates are nice, but they sure don’t last longer than a week. What I’d like this Valentine’s Day is something I can use over and over again, and think fondly of the person who gifted it to me. Just because it’s practical doesn’t mean it can’t be romantic – what says I love you like a Tile finder so you can always locate your keys without saying “Honey, have you seen my…”?
Also, they always say the stomach is the way to a person’s heart, so I threw in a devilishly delicious cookbook as well for the gift that keeps on giving. If you’re looking for a surefire Valentine’s Day gift this year, check out these 37 gifts that are also super practical so you know they’ll get used often!
This Jewelry Case Is So Handy
If you’re traveling (someday we will again!) or just have a small jewelry collection, this jewelry case is the perfect solution for storing your pretties. The triple-stacked containers are big enough to hold your essentials in style, and it’s so easy to throw in your bag for when you’re on the road or in the air. I love how sophisticated it looks, like a little clutch purse for your jewels!
This Spoon Holder Is Grabby In A Good Way
Whenever I’m cooking, I can’t find a place to set my spoon neatly. If I leave it in the pot, chances are the wood handle will get scorched on the side of the pan, and if I put it on the stove, it makes a huge mess. I’d really appreciate a helping hand from this crab spoon holder that clips right on to the side of your pot or pan and keeps your spoon right where you need it for mess-free cooking!
This Ina Garten Cookbook Is High On My List
Who doesn’t love comfort food, especially in the dreary, frigid month of February? The Queen Bee of cooking, Ina Garten, happens to be just the person I’d love to sit down with over a hot cuppa and trade recipes. The next best thing? This Modern Comfort Food cookbook chock full of tasty, not too difficult meal ideas to help when my meal planning energy is zero.
This Cold Brew Maker Works So Well
Nothing says love like a cold glass of caffeinated goodness, which is why I want (another) one of these cold brew makers to satisfy my buzz cravings. We own this one, which works incredibly well, to make iced coffee for my husband, but I’m an iced tea fanatic, so I’d like one just for me! It’s so simple to use; just pop in ground coffee or tea bags and leave overnight. In the morning, you have a smooth jug of liquid gold (brown?) just waiting to start your day.
This Desktop Vacuum For All Those Crumbs
I eat at my desk occasionally. Ok, way more than that. And I have to admit, even I’m overwhelmed by the crumbs at times. What I’d love is this cute ladybug desktop vacuum to zip away the evidence of my snacky crimes. It couldn’t be easier to use or more adorable, and it’s actually very effective according to over 3,000 rave reviews!
These Clothes Hangers Double Your Closet Space
The fastest way to this girl’s heart? More closet space, please. These clothes hangers work miracles by creating double your closet space when hanging vertically! Yes, it’s a practical gift but also incredibly thoughtful, especially when you share a small closet with your husband (hint, hint).
This Desk Organizer Is So Versatile
My desk is an unholy nightmare of pens, earphones, and other doodads that are scattered about. What I need is this desk organizer that promises to store everything away in its own space. The best part is the pink part detaches so that you can use it as a standalone organizer for even more storage options. This also works brilliantly to store cosmetics!
These Cable Clips Are Adorable
I’ve got so many cords and cables on my desk I don’t know what’s what. I’d love these cute bunny cable clips to keep things in order. Since they stick on anywhere, I’d also use them on the side of my nightstand to hold my phone charging cable that I have to search for every night when it falls on the floor and under the bed. These would also make an adorable Easter basket stuffer!
This Meat Chopper Pulls Triple Duty
I’ve been lusting after this meat chopper forever since I make a meal with ground meat at least once a week. It helps it cook more evenly and quicker, it’s always harder to chop up with a wooden spoon, and I worry about bacteria getting in the tiny crevices and cracks in the wood. The good news is it’s not a one-trick kitchen pony – you can use it to mash up berries for jams, ice cream toppings, pies, and more, and you can also use it for things like making a quick egg salad.
This Humidifier Is Great For Winter Air
The air’s so dry in my house I can basically hear my sinuses cracking and crying out for moisture (thanks, winter)! This humidifier is just the ticket for adding water back to the air, soothing dry skin and flyaway hair, and yes, making those parched sinuses feel better. I love that it has a little container in the lid for a small succulent plant to add some greenery to your space, too.
This Headphone Stand Charges Me Up
Since the kids are only in school two days a week, that means I get little to no privacy when I’m trying to work or have a telehealth appointment via computer. I’ve been using headphones to get a modicum of peace when I’m trying to talk to other adults, but I’m always misplacing them (or the kids steal them for online school!). I’d love this headphone holder that also has three USB outlets so I can charge up my phone and other devices while always knowing where my trusty noise-canceling buddies are.
My Lipgloss Be Poppin’ With This Lip Treatment
I’m so tired of reapplying chapstick and lipgloss throughout the day. I’ve tried different brands and styles, but none of them seem to cure my chapped lips; they just temporarily relieve them. This cruelty-free lip balm finally did the trick! Its formula contains kukui oil, shea butter, and grapeseed oil, smoothing and healing my lips simultaneously. I also have it in a rose tint! All of their products are paraben-free. I notice the best results when I apply the lip balm after using this lip scrub. It’s the perfect duo.
This Garlic Salt Is Heavenly
Would I buy myself gourmet garlic salt? Probably not, which is why it’s the perfect gift! I’m a garlic and salt fiend, put them together and you’ve got a killer seasoning I’d use on everything from buttered, toasted bread to salad dressings. This “flavor bomb” promises heady notes of caramelized garlic and hand-harvested salt from the Oregon coast and has almost 1,000 glowing reviews for being so good people eat it right out of the jar!
These Wool Socks Are So Toasty
I got my daughter some Darn Tough wool socks for Christmas, and now I’m jonesing for my own pair to warm up my icicle feet! They’re not scratchy but are incredibly warm but won’t make your feet sweat, thanks to the breathable wool. And I just love the kicky striped prints. Maybe they’ll be my gift to me for Valentine’s day….*adds to cart*
This Tile Finder Keeps You Sane
Yes, this might be the most practical gift on the list, but I promise this tile finder is worth its weight in gold. Attach it to the thing you lose most often (keys? kids? dog?), and you’ll instantly be able to find it via an app on your phone. My notoriously scatterbrained dad got one recently and hasn’t misplaced his keys or glasses since!
These Slippers Are Like A Hug For Your Feet
What’s earned these memory foam slippers over 30,000 (!) rave reviews? Maybe the fact that they’re like “walking on air,” machine washable, and the warmest, most comfortable thing your feet have ever encountered. You can also wear them outside thanks to the rubber sole so that basically means you never have to take them off. #win
This Ice Cube Tray Makes Fast Food Nuggets
You know how the ice at fast-food restaurants isn’t cube-shaped, but more like a nugget? As an avid ice chewer, I can’t get enough of that slightly rounded shape, and I love that the cubes are small enough not to water down your drink too much like big squares can. Guess what – I found a way to get that kind of ice at home in this ice cube tray that has over 3,500 glowing reviews for making perfect nuggets! Looks like I’m not the only weirdo who has a favorite ice shape.
This Jewelry Dish Is Stellar
I love when presents are personalized, such as these zodiac jewelry dishes. I misplace my rings and earrings the minute I take them off, so this would be a perfect sink-side or bedside gift in which to store my pretties. The pastel colors are so gorgeous, too, and the constellations add the perfect amount of interesting detail.
These Bowl Huggers Prevent Burns
Winter means hot bowls of soup and chili, which also means scorched hands. These bowl huggers are such a thoughtful gift for the person who cooks the delicious stew that warms your heart and stomach (around here, that’s me). They’re made of microfiber and can go right in the microwave so that you can handle piping hot bowls immediately. Super handy, and they’re even red for V-day!
This Bedside Shelf Holds It All
Yes, I have a bedside table, but it’s already stacked high with books, candles, etc., and my phone always manages to fall off after my husband’s already asleep and wakes him with a start. If he were smart, he’d gift me this bed shelf that can hold the overflow or act as its own nightstand if space is tight. My daughter has a similar one, and it’s so handy for storing the pile of books and her alarm clock!
This Watering Can Is Gorgeous
I’ve always wanted a cute little watering can to take care of my plant babies. We have the clunky plastic kind for outdoor gardening, but this one’s perfect for indoor plants. Plus, it looks nice if you leave it out on the countertop since it’s got such a sleek, pretty design.
These Soup Crocks Are So Homey
I love French onion soup, but it’s hard to make in regular bowls because the toasty cheese topping overflows and makes the bowl hard to hold on to. These little soup crocks solve that problem in the homiest way possible! You get a set of four cheerful, good-sized bowls, and the handles make ’em easy to grab even when they’re filled with piping hot soup, stew, or chili.
This Burger Holder Keeps Your Hands Clean
We’re a big burger grilling family, but I hate how messy my hands get when I load up on ketchup, mustard, pickles, and lettuce – the whole thing kind of slides around and gets crazy. The good news is I found this Burger Buddy, which protects hands from the burger drips and keeps the whole thing together better, so you get equal toppings in every bite! They come in a set of four flexible silicone bowls that are great for sloppy joes, pulled pork, or any other messy sandwich you can dream up.
This Foot Rest Is So Comfortable
Most days, I’m at my computer for a large part of the day. And I never know where to put my legs for the most comfortable position – crossed? Feet on the floor? Tucked underneath me? Then my dad gave me this footrest for Christmas, and the problem’s been solved! It’s super comfortable to rest your feet on, plus you can flip it over and use it as a foot rocker if you need some movement to keep you awake at the computer or, like me, you just like to fidget.
These Gel Pens Are So Smooth
I’m a sucker for fun office supplies, and these smooth-writing gel pens are no exception. My previous ones have all dried up, sadly, so I’m in the market for new ones, and these get great reviews! Besides, how else am I going to be able to address all those valentine cards?
This Mechanical Keyboard Is So Much Fun
I work on a smaller Macbook, so I’m constantly fat-fingering the keys, which requires a lot of backspacing and re-typing. Very frustrating. So I was overjoyed when I saw this cool mechanical keyboard with big buttons that make a pleasant typing sound and works with your existing devices! It comes in many different colors to match your decor – I’m partial to this valentine-y color scheme myself.
These Silicone Straws Are A Joy To Use
I’m all for reusable straws to cut down on waste and the environmental impact, but they’re not all created equal. I have some metal ones who aren’t pleasant to drink from because of the weird mouth feel and freezing temp, but these silicone straws look dreamy since they’ll stay nice and flexibly firm. These come in a set of eight rainbow colors (with two cleaning brushes) and have over 6,000 rave reviews for ease of cleaning and being wide enough to drink thick smoothies from.
These Mason Jar Sleeves Are Genius
I love using mason jars for everything from my morning iced tea to yogurt parfaits to salads to desserts. I don’t love how slippery the jars can be since I’m always afraid I’m going to drop them and shatter glass everywhere. So I was super excited to find these silicone mason jar sleeves that just slip right on and prevent any butterfingers accidents from happening! They make glass just as portable as plastic, so I can even use mason jars for my kids’ lunches now…oh, the possibilities…
This Apple Slicer Works Miracles
If you have rabid apple eaters in the house like I do, you’re gonna want this apple slicer and corer. We’ve had this one for about a year, and I seriously use it every single day. It couldn’t be easier to use, either; just position it over the apple core and press down for instant snacks and lunchbox fillers!
This Bee’s Wrap Is So Eco-Friendly
I pack lunch for my kids the two days they’re in in-person school this year, and I feel like we go through so many plastic sandwich bags. A much better alternative for my wallet and the environment is this Bee’s Wrap, which is like moldable wax paper infused with beeswax. It even smells a little bit like honey, and you can reuse it so many times!
This Ravioli Maker Is Simple To Use
My kids love homemade ravioli, but it can be a pain to make when you have to cut out each square individually. Not anymore with this cool ravioli maker – simply put a layer of dough on the bottom tray, drop in some filling, place another layer of dough on top, then roll over the metal frame with a rolling pin. This will speed up dinner time immeasurably!
This Keychain Is Amazing
I love kitschy keychains from imaginary places – my favorite one of these is The Grand Budapest Hotel with a darling quote on the back. If you’re not into Wes Anderson flicks, it also comes in Schrute’s Farm, Bates Motel, and the Dragonfly Inn, among others. Cute and colorful, this would make a great gift for someone you’re just casually seeing and don’t want to make a big fuss about the holiday.
This Tea Infuser Really Floats
I love a hot cup of tea almost as much as the iced kind. Either way, I want to be using this adorable tea infuser when I make my next mug! Just fill the bottom with loose tea, then float it in your mug of hot water for the most fun way to make a cuppa I’ve ever seen.
This Rainfall Showerhead Is Pure Bliss
Ok, so this is one the whole family can enjoy. But mostly me since I’m the queen of long, hot showers around here. (My eldest is trying to usurp my title but there’s only room for one of us due to the small water heater!) This rainfall showerhead is easy to install, affordable, and creates the most luxurious, spa-like shower you can imagine. Need it now.
This Waffle Bowl Maker Creates Deliciousness
I love waffle cones, but they’re kind of hard to make at home. No prob – this waffle bowl maker is not just the next best thing; it might even be better than the original since you can fit more ice cream in it! I love that it’s compact enough that it won’t take up so much storage space, but it’s super cute if you have to leave it on the countertop, too.
This Wearable Blanket Couldn’t Be Cozier
It’s February, which means all I want to do is curl up on the couch and hibernate until spring. With this Comfy sweatshirt blanket, I can do just that! It’s long enough to huddle up under but doesn’t get in the way like a long, fuzzy robe does. And I know it’s gonna be good because it has over 28,000 outstanding reviews for comfort, softness, and warmth. Sign me up!