Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I’m not really a big Valentine’s Day person, and never have been – like Leslie Knope, I’m more of a Galentine’s Day fan if anything! But when I was younger, my parents would always give me and my sister a little something for Valentine’s Day, and that always made the holiday more special. Actually, my mom’s birthday is two days after Valentine’s Day, and for some (okay… a lot) of my childhood, I had trouble remembering which day was which!

With that in mind, my list isn’t full of crazy gifts, but just some fun things to remind you to enjoy the day.

Some people may go out for a nice Valentine’s Day date, but even if you’re single you can enjoy this Rewined Candle in Rose. A lot of times, candle scents overwhelm me, but I picked this one up on a whim in West Elm one day and was hooked. It just smells so incredibly good! I’ve now hooked my mom and sister on it, too. It’s my favorite candle, hands down.

I think Valentine’s Day is best celebrated with some sweets! Sugarfina makes the cutest little desserts – their champagne bears are their best known, they’re (non-alcoholic) champagne-flavored gummy bears! They also make these cute bento boxes with three different kinds of sweet treats.

My favorite gift-able dessert, though, are macarons. I know they’re a bit of a fad right now, but I really think they live up to the hype! If you’re a Pittsburgh local, you have to check out Gaby et Jules in Squirrel Hill. In addition to delicious macarons, they make a variety of other French desserts. Plus, they ship their macarons nationwide! If you want to surprise a friend with a Galentine’s Day treat, this is the way to go.

Finally, if you are looking for something a little more substantial, I really like this simple heart necklace from Alex and Ani. It’s understated and subtle, but captures the spirit of the holiday perfectly.

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