Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Prefers Practical Gifts
If you and your significant other have celebrated many Valentine’s Days together, you may be a little less enamored with symbolic gifts like flowers and chocolates than you were at the beginning of your relationship. That doesn't mean you've given up on the romance of Valentine's Day; you just prefer to give and receive more practical gifts that show you're paying attention to each other's interests and needs.
Oftentimes, the most useful gifts end up being the most appreciated. Think about what your valentine needs. Is it something to help them relax, or something that makes their morning routine a little bit faster? Would signing them up for a new subscription service help free up some time that they can spend on themselves?
Follow this train of thought, and you’ll come up with a pragmatic Valentine’s Day gift that shows how well you know your partner and how much you care. If you need a little inspiration, check out our list of practical but thoughtful gift suggestions below.
1. A Smart Mug That Will Keep Their Coffee (And Their Heart) Warm
Recommended: The Ember 2 Heated Coffee Mug, starting at $99.95. Free shipping on U.S. orders.
Anyone who nurses their morning cup of coffee while working understands the struggle to keep the drink at the perfect temperature. At first, it’s too hot, so you wait for it to cool. You answer a few emails, then take a big sip only to find you’ve waited too long—your coffee is now tepid and disappointing.
If you want to solve this everyday inconvenience for your significant other, get them an Ember smart mug. Using an app, they’ll be able to set their mug to their ideal drinking temperature, and the mug will sustain it for up to 90 minutes.
2. The Ultra-Cozy Wool Lounger Fluffs from Allbirds
These hybrid shoes act like sneakers but feel like slippers. They have durable, flexible soles but feel soft and fluffy and easily slip on and off. Plus, they’re machine washable.
Made with merino wool, sugarcane, and castor bean oil, they’re light on your feet and on the planet. Your valentine will love the relaxing feel of these everyday sneakers and take comfort in Allbirds’ use of renewable materials and commitment to sustainability.
3. Our Perfect-Fit Adjustable Nolah Squishy Pillow
Shop the Nolah Squishy Pillow.
Does your partner struggle to fall asleep or often wake up with aches and pains? Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to buy them a luxurious new pillow that helps them relax, sleep better, and wake up feeling refreshed every morning.
If a pillow isn’t the right height or doesn’t provide enough support, it can’t keep the neck straight and aligned with the spine. But pillows aren’t a one-size-fits-all product; people have unique needs based on their physique and sleep position.
Our adjustable shredded foam pillow is the perfect gift for anyone who has yet to find a pillow that’s “just right.” With removable foam filling, the Squishy Pillow’s loft is completely customizable. Plus, it offers gentle contouring and maximum breathability for cool and comfortable sleep.
4. The Theragun Mini On-The-Go Massage Gun
Recommended: The Theragun Mini by Therabody, $199. Free shipping.
Therabody is known for its industry-leading massage gun technology, which you can now experience on the go with the Theragun Mini. While small and portable, this device offers a deep and powerful muscle massage. Whether they pack it for stressful work trips or a relaxing vacation, your significant other will get endless use out of this three-speed mini massager.
5. Atlas Coffee Club’s Subscription to Coffee From Around the World
Recommended: The Atlas Coffee Club box subscription, $9 for one half-bag, $14 for a single bag, and $28 for two bags every two or four weeks. Shipping included.
An Atlas Coffee Club subscription will satisfy your partner’s coffee craving and travel itch at the same time. This coffee club subscription service features premium coffees from the world’s best coffee regions, including Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Colombia, Indonesia, and more. Sign your valentine up for an Atlas subscription, and they can taste-test their way around the globe without leaving the kitchen.
6. A Weekender Bag That Keeps Tech Devices Safe
Recommended: The Tech Novel Duffle by Herschel, $139.99. Free shipping.
For adventurous couples who love to explore and travel together, a weekender bag makes a handy gift.
Herschel's Tech Novel Duffle is equal parts stylish and practical. It features zippered pockets, internal organizer pockets, a fleece-lined laptop compartment, a convenient shoe compartment, reinforced handles, and a padded shoulder strap. This utility bag will keep belongings safe, letting you travel in style and comfort without worrying about your tech gadgets.
7. Our Silky-Smooth Nolah Bamboo Sheet Set
Shop our Nolah Bamboo Sheet Set.
Want to make your bedroom feel like a high-end hotel? Our bamboo sheets will leave you and your valentine longing to lounge in bed all day.
Much like silk, bamboo sheets have a cool touch, super-soft feel, and smooth texture that soothes the skin. But unlike most silk bedding, our bamboo sheets are machine washable and dryer friendly. That means you can give your significant other luxury sheets without adding hand washing and hang drying to anyone’s workload.
8. A Silicone Secondary Wedding Ring For the Gym and Travel
Recommended: A silicone ring by Enso Rings, 25% off sitewide during the Valentine's Day Sale.
As much as you’d like to wear your wedding or engagement ring 24/7, there are a lot of occasions and locations where it just isn’t safe or comfortable to wear precious jewelry. But that doesn’t mean you and your spouse or betrothed have to go ringless to work, the gym, or when traveling. With a silicone ring set, you can wear more flexible and durable versions of your symbolic bands anywhere.
9. A Book Lover’s Dream Subscription Service
Recommended: A Book of the Month gift subscription, $49.99 for three months, $99.99 for six months, or $179.99 for 12 months. Shipping included.
Give an avid reader a book, and it will hold them over for a few days or weeks. Give them a book subscription, and it will provide them entertainment and escape for an entire year. A subscription to a book delivery service like Book of the Month is any bibliophile’s dream. Sign your significant other up, and they’ll receive a new book every month.
10. The Ultimate Travel Cooler by Yeti
Recommended: The Hopper Flip 12 Soft Cooler by Yeti, $250. Free shipping.
Any camping, beach-going, road trip-loving, or otherwise adventurous valentine will love the luxury of a Yeti "carry-the-day" cooler. The Hopper Flip 12 Soft Cooler packs Yeti's advanced insulation technology into a compact flip-top cooler designed for travel. This high-performance cooler can fit a full day's worth of food and beverages, keeping its contents cool for hours on end. It'll make the perfect travel companion for you and your significant other's next adventure.
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