With January feeling like the month that would never end, we don’t blame you for letting Valentine’s Day sneak up on you. It happens to the best of us. You could show up this year with the same heart-shaped chocolates and teddy bear you do every year. Or you can spice it up and win some big brownie points by gifting your sweetie something unique, meaningful and, in some cases, hilarious. Here are six gifts your honey, gal pal, partner (or even ex-partner) would love to receive on Valentine’s Day—or any day.
The 7 Virtues Peace Perfumes
For a more romantic occasion
This gift is a great way to spread love this year—to your special person and around the world. The 7 Virtues’ clean, vegan perfume line is crafted by sourcing ingredients from farmers around the world who are rebuilding their local economies after war, natural disasters and other catastrophes wiped them out.
The company was born when founder Barb Stegemann decided to give farmers in Afghanistan a legal alternative to growing poppies and falling victim to the illegal opium trade. From there, she extended her idea for liberation and financial freedom across the globe, setting up trade in Haiti, Rwanda, the Middle East and Madagascar.
With unique scents for men and women, your special someone will fall in love with the perfume and you (all over again). Plus, The 7 Virtues is releasing a new scent on Valentine’s Day, so your person will have something to look forward to once they realize they can’t get enough.
For your gal pal, bro-chacho, or anyone you want to make laugh
This tea is not only delicious but so relatable it’s scary. Forget your high tea with the queen of England. This tea is for everyday queens who deserve a YASSS and some caffeine for all their hustling.
Entrepreneur extraordinaire Kevin O’Leary made this Shark Tank pitch his latest investment. These delicious teas feature added energy boosts, health benefits, and sassy names like “Wake the F*ck Up,” “Calm the F*ck Down,” and “Fierce B*tch.”
These teas were also recently seen on social media gracing the shelves of Chrissy Teagen’s at-home pantry, so you know they are a comedy and taste must.
Atomic Habits Journal
For a family member or loved one who would lose their head if it wasn’t attached
What better way to say “I love you and I want the best for you,” than helping your person get organized and build better, longer-lasting habits. James Clear, habit expert and author of New York Times bestseller Atomic Habits, has habit-building down to a science.
He created the Atomic Habits Journal to help you integrate small, minute changes into your day-to-day life. When these small changes accumulate, they lead to huge changes in your life.
For a long-distance friendship…or an ex whom you think is a giant potato
This is pretty much exactly what you think it is. Another one of Kevin O’Leary’s humorous investments, Potato Parcel is a company that will carve a face, message, or anything really, into a potato and send it to your person…or ex-person.
So, make a friend laugh or make an ex cry with a customized potato this year.
For anyone you want to make smile
LovePop cards are a million steps above your average Hallmark card. To really show someone how much you care, order a unique and extravagant pop-up card. These beautiful cards are more like pieces of art than a throw-away note. LovePop has a special line of Valentine’s Day cards with ornate pop-up flowers you have to see to believe.
Wicked Good Cupcakes
For your sweetie who doesn’t like chocolate
I know, we can’t believe these people exist either. But they do. And you have to shop for them. Developed by Tracey Noonan, Wicked Good Cupcakes ships fresh, homemade cupcakes in a jar to anywhere in the nation. They’re delicious, more creative than heart-shaped flowers, and a beautiful way to say “I think you’re pretty sweet!”
Jessica Welch is a freelance writer, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Anthropology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her business thought articles often appear on Business 2 Community, Born 2 Invest, and YF Entrepreneurs.