50 Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts to Celebrate the Friends You Love
Your significant other isn't the only one who deserves some love on Valentine's Day. Here's what to get the other VIPs in your life.
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Show your BFFs some love
Don’t forget about your besties on Valentine’s Day! After all, they’re the ones who are there for you through it all—offering a shoulder to cry on when things go awry, cheering you along every step of the way, providing much-needed laughs and loads of good times, and simply letting you be yourself. The bottom line: Good friends are worth their weight in chocolate, as these insightful best friend quotes illustrate beautifully. And now, there’s even a whole holiday dedicated to celebrating your Galentines on February 13. But what qualifies as the perfect Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day gifts for your friends?
The key is to find something thoughtful, fun, and sweet—just like them! And better yet, you don’t have to (and actually shouldn’t) spend a fortune on these little presents. Show your pals how much you appreciate them by finding gifts that suit their personalities and tickle their fancy. The best-ever Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to be hard to shop for, and you can even get some great last-minute gifts when the clock is ticking. In short, we’ve got you covered, just as a good friend should.
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For the home decorator: Kate Spade New York Sweet Talk Trinket Trays
These pretty little trinket trays will come in handy. They can be used as a catchall, a chic candy plate, or simply as a decor item. Offered in three motifs that are all perfect for Valentine’s Day, they can also be used at any time of the year. Adding a luxe accessory like this is just one of the home decor ideas that can make a space look more expensive.
For the techie: MyKronoz Zebuds Premium Wireless Earbuds
Raise your hand if you’ve ever lost your earbuds. No need to be shy—we’ve all been there. We’ve also felt the pain of having to replace a pair that costs a couple of hundred dollars. These wireless earbuds from MyKronoz are the perfect Valentine’s Gift for a friend because they come with all the attributes she needs but none of the sticker shock. At less than $40 per pair, you can afford to get yourself a pair, too. Here are more genius products for people who keep losing things (because we all have that friend).
For the bestie who loves beauty products: Dear Dahlia Paradise Blooming Balm
Life is all about the little pleasures, and this luxurious balm is one little pleasure your BFF can enjoy every day. Not only can the uber-rich, all-natural formula hydrate lips, but it’s also formulated to give other areas in your face a nourishing touch, as well. She can swipe it over her pout, then add it to her cheekbones and chin for a highlighting effect. Don’t miss these other amazing gifts for her under $50.
For the fun, flirty pal: Honeydew Intimates Something Sweet Pajamas
Comfy pajamas don’t have to be boring—choose wisely and you’ll find something that’s both fun and flirty. This cute cotton set with lacy accents is perfect for staying in and looking great. Bonus: It’s machine washable, so it’s a breeze to take care of and will last for many Valentine’s Days to come. Another way to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a friend? By consulting the stars! Our ultimate gift guide for every zodiac sign will point you in the right direction.
For the old-school friend: Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer
Some friends are more old-school when it comes to pictures. You love saving everything digitally, but your best pal still enjoys a good old printed photo. If that’s the case, surprise her with this portable smartphone printer. The tiny contraption, which is about the size of your phone, easily connects with Bluetooth and can have high-quality prints ready in 12 seconds flat. This is definitely one of those awesome tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself, so you might want to buy two!
For the wine lover: VoChill Personal Wine Chiller
There is nothing worse than sipping on a lukewarm glass of rosé. VoChill is here to save the day, keeping your BFF’s wine glass chilly for up to an hour. Available in a variety of chic colors, this is the item she didn’t know she needed and now won’t know how she ever lived without it. This little gift just might inspire the two of you to plan a trip to one of the most gorgeous wineries in the world once life gets back to normal.
For the hostess with the mostess: Tag Stinson Stoneware Brie Baker with Lid
Baked brie is always in a chic host’s repertoire. This ultra-modern dish and lid set by Tag take the popular appetizer to another level. The rounded lid adds flair during presentation, but it also allows the cheese to melt perfectly with any toppings. For other affordable Valentine’s Day gifts for friends, check out these under-$50 Target finds that only look expensive.
For your brunch buddy: Dash Mini Waffle Maker
As they say, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. This mini heart-shaped waffle maker knows that—and (bonus!) this is a best friend gift that you can also enjoy when you visit. But that’s not all: This versatile little machine also makes paninis, hash browns, and a slew of other yummy foods. If your friend’s a foodie with little time to spare, try these products that cut cooking time in half.
For the one with the impeccable manicure: ManiMe
Your bestie will appreciate getting a celeb-style manicure this Valentine’s Day. ManiMe is a tech-forward company that scans your nails and 3D-prints custom stick-on manicures featuring designs from famous manicurists. The futuristic nails won’t break the bank, and they’ll also last for weeks without chipping. What’s your BFF’s favorite nail color? These are the 9 subtle things her nail color reveals about her.
For the clean-beauty fan: Tower 28 Beauty SuperDew Shimmer-Free Highlight Balm
Give your ride-or-die a beach vacation in a balm. This clean formula from Tower 28 gives wearers the ultimate glow without any sunburn involved. Perfect for normal, dry, or combination skin, this product also has hydrating aloe vera extract and calming green tea. Find out the 15 makeup secrets of women who always look put together and then share them with your closest gal pals.
For the accessorizing queen: Helen Ficalora Alphabet Charm
If it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us. Lady O happens to be a fan of this jewelry company that offers personalized charms in sterling silver and various golds. (Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, and Blake Lively are also fans.) This is a gift your BFF is sure to wear with every single outfit—and think of you every time she does. If you love this idea, check out these other personalized gifts for friends on Valentine’s Day and other holidays.
For the natural beauty: Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint
It’s hard to find time for a full beauty routine when you’re always on the go. Come to your busy bestie’s rescue with this all-in-one tinted serum that not only covers up imperfections but also provides SPF and good-for-your-skin niacinamide that helps with blemishes and oil production. She’ll thank you all year long for the time she saves with this ingenious formula.
For the one who likes it hot: Truff White Truffle Hot Sauce
You don’t need millions in the bank to give your best friend the very best life has to offer. Case in point? This luxurious white truffle hot sauce with packaging so luxe, it feels like it belongs in a jewelry box, not your pantry. In case you were wondering, this is the reason why truffles are usually so expensive.
For the pal who misses spa treatments: Glow From Within
Scoring a facial with one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after skin-care specialists isn’t easy. But you can still score picture-perfect skin for your BFF by giving her this tell-all book from celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas. From diet to daily routine, Vargas reveals the secrets to a glowing complexion.
For the one who’s always cold: Ugg Classic Mini Fluff Genuine Shearling Booties
Let her kick off those high heels and relax in style with these super cozy Ugg Classic Mini Fluff Shearling Booties. The famous bootmaker is offering a deal on these you won’t want to miss.
For your always-stylish friend: Slip Pure Silk Pleated Face Covering
If your Galentine always wants to look chic, even if when she’s donning a face mask, this is the gift for her. Slip’s rose-gold pleated design has an adjustable metal nose piece to ensure the perfect fit, features a luxurious mulberry silk outer layer and an inner cotton lining, and comes in five colors and patterns. The brand uses its proprietary Slipsilk, a uniquely commissioned long-fiber mulberry silk that doesn’t tug or pull on skin or hair. Nothing but the best will do for your bestie. Here are more super stylish face masks she’ll love.
For the lover of luxury: Diptyque Baies Scented Candle
This fancy candle will make the whole house smell like sweet little nothings. Scents of roses and blackcurrant leaves will make lighting this the best part of your friend’s day.
For the scent-sational: Rahua Palo Santo Oil Perfume
Rahua Palo Santo Oil Perfume is a great Valentine’s Day gift for guys or gals. Not only does it smell delish, but it also doubles as a wellness offering. Made with high-quality essential oils and inspired by the Palo Santo “holy wood” that shamans have used medicinally and spiritually since the Incan era, this rollerball-style perfume is natural, energizing, uplifting, and promotes positive thinking. Your Valentine can also feel good about supporting a sustainable, environmentally friendly beauty brand. If this is right up her alley, you should also consider these equally awesome eco-friendly gifts.
For the eco-conscious: Sukk Stainless Steel Straw
Plastic straws are a drain on the environment, but some drinks just don’t feel right without them. Let your best friend sip to her heart’s content with this reusable straw that can easily hang from a backpack or purse in its handy little pouch. Best friend gifts shouldn’t be complicated, and this one is simple enough to be useful every day. Here are another 65 Amazon products that will get just as much use.
For the low-maintenance friend: Mara Universal Face Oil
We all have that friend who always looks effortlessly gorgeous. Don’t complicate her no-fuss routine—instead, give her a product that will offer countless benefits all in one application. Mara Universal Face Oil is packed with age-defying algae and plankton extract, and it’s specially formulated with four superfood plant oils to replenish and hydrate skin.
For the friend with great hair: Mydentity MyStardust Intense Shine Spray
This high-shine finish spray is formulated with watermelon extract to help reduce frizz, tame flyaways, and keep everything in place—without weighing down your hair. It also packs a one-two punch by adding moisture and improving overall smoothness. The invigorating cherry blossom fragrance is the cherry on top! For a great budget buy, pick up this $8 frizzy hair product that has near-perfect reviews on Amazon.
For your pregnant pal: Leachco Snoogle Pregnancy Support Pillow
Your pregnant bestie can’t stop complaining about how hard it is to get a good night’s sleep. Although insomnia is incredibly common during pregnancy, it’s no fun. Get her this popular full-body pregnancy pillow to help alleviate some of the most common pain points and support her in all of the right places so that she can get back on track with her beauty sleep.
For the gal who glows: Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor and Serum Infuser
A propensity for blackheads is partly genetic. Help your partner in crime fake good pores with this genius device that will clean them out in a flash, prepping skin for the products of her choice. The good-looking gadget also comes in pink, if you’re really going for a Valentine’s Day theme. Still need something for your significant other? Check out these best-ever Valentine’s Day gifts.
For the friend with bold style: BP. Sunglasses
Who says that seeing through rose-colored glasses is a bad thing? It definitely isn’t with this fun heart-shaped pair! Let your best friend show her love for Valentine’s Day with these whimsical shades, which also offer 100 percent UV protection. Here’s to sunny days ahead in your friendship! Here are another 15 affordable sunglasses that look expensive.
For the well-accessorized: Mark & Graham Heart Jewelry Case
Could this handy, heart-shaped jewelry case be any more adorable? Choose between a bright pink or lovely blush, and then personalize the case with your best friend’s initials. The luxurious pebbled leather is incredibly durable, and the zipper closure makes it easy to take it on the go. If she has a lot of trinkets, share these clever ways she can organize her jewelry.
For the chocolate lover: Alter Eco Deep Dark Sea Salt Truffles
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy chocolate—and that’s almost the same thing when it comes to truffles. These organic Ecuadorian chocolates are filled with melt-in-your-mouth Malabar coconut oil, in Sea Salt, Salted Caramel, Silk Velvet, Mint Créme, and Classic Dark. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream. Chocolate is often front and center on Valentine’s Day, but all sorts of delectable food gifts can strike the right note, too.
For the true sweetheart: Peggy Li Creations Simple Hearts Necklace
Delicate and ephemeral, this sweet and simple 14K gold choker, handmade by Peggy Li Creations, will remind your favorite person that no matter how far apart you may be, she always has your heart.
For the friend who always borrows your charger: Native Union Night Cable
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Friends don’t let friends have dead phone batteries. Instead, gift your pal this super-strong, flexible charging cable for Apple devices from Native Union, with a 10-foot cord for reaching almost any outlet in the room. With an eye-catching rose hue and a cool decorative knot, it’s less likely to get accidentally left behind.
For the snap-happy friend: Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Instant Film Camera
Besides being adorable in eight metallic colors, including ruby red, the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 is a solid camera for a reasonable price that takes great little instant photos. It’s got a self-adjusting smart flash, three color filters, and a selfie mode. When your gal pal brings it along, snaps some pics, and gives them away, she’ll be the life of the party. Before you pose for your next picture, make sure you know these handy tricks that will make you look better in photos.
For the candy connoisseur: Dave’s Sweet Tooth Toffee
Be careful when popping open a bag of Dave’s Sweet Tooth Homemade Toffee, because this stuff is seriously addicting. The toffee—available in coffee, peanut butter, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, and chocolate cherry—is the perfect balance of soft crunch and sweet goodness, and it’s a great V-Day gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. And if you’re even considering buying one of these Valentine candies everyone secretly hates, we guarantee this is a better option.
For the life of the party: JBL Sound Module
This small but mighty wireless Bluetooth speaker from JBL lets your BFF turn her playlist up to 11 for up to five hours on one charge. And because it’s waterproof, she can safely take it to the beach or the pool (or just into the shower—why not?). Some of the less lovey-dovey of these Valentine’s Day gifts for him can also make good best friend gifts.
For the friend who always misses her salon appointment: R+Co Bright Shadows Root Touch-Up Spray
Life can get in the way of things like regular salon appointments. Don’t worry—you’ve got your bestie’s back. This R+Co touch-up spray will work wonders to refresh roots until she can see her colorist again. To really give your favorite pal the deluxe treatment, round out your gift with one of these fab hair masks that will give her super soft tresses in no time.
For the showstopper: Lancôme Oscillation Vibrating. Infinite. Power Mascara
You know you’re supposed to wiggle your mascara wand at the base of your lashes, right? Well, Lancôme’s Power Mascara takes that pro tip to the extreme with a wand that vibrates with 7,000 oscillations per minute to wrap every lash in long, lustrous, starry-eyed gorgeousness. Only the best for your girlfriends.
For the stressed-out bestie: Ahava Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salt
Your pal can take a regular bath—or she can sink into a virtual Mediterranean one with these Dead Sea bath salts from Ahava. The blend of skin-friendly Dead Sea minerals, including magnesium, calcium, and potassium, melts muscle tension, leaves skin velvety soft, and smells refreshingly of eucalyptus. If your budget allows, create a whole package with these indulgent essentials for a spa day at home.
For the whimsical friend: WowWee S.W.A.K. Interactive Kissable Key Chain
Send your love near and far with these fun-loving S.W.A.K. (Sealed With A Kiss) key chains. The cute plastic puckers make a “mwah” sound at the touch of a button, and at just $11, you can afford to pick a few of these to give as Valentine’s Day gifts to all your close friends. Check out these creative romantic gestures that perfectly say “I love you.”
For the home chef: Artisanal Kitchen Supply Enameled Cast Iron Heart Dutch Oven
Cooking winter’s soups and stews is instantly more fun and rewarding with Valentine-themed cookware, such as this two-quart enameled covered casserole from Artisanal Kitchen Supply. It’s literally heart-shaped! Also consider these awesome Amazon kitchen products people can’t stop buying.
For the one with the perfect pout: Aniise Pro Matte Lip Stain
Aniise Pro Matte Lip Stain gives your bestie the gift of iconic Valentine-red lips (choose the color Raw), with coverage that lasts hours. After all, Valentine’s Day is all about puckering up! If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, never fear—it’s just an excuse to get these great V-Day gifts you can give yourself.
For the friend who adores summer: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer
The Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer from Glow Recipe not only looks gorgeous on a vanity, but it also smells amazingly fresh, like real watermelon, and is like a tall drink of water for thirsty skin. One tester writes, “My skin looks brighter, more even, and has a glow to it! Love this stuff! Been using it for about a month and I won’t go back! You can’t make me!”
For the doughnut lover: Delicacies Sprinkle and Glaze Collection Doughnut Necklace
Sprinkles or glaze? That’s the question you need to ask your doughnut-loving gal pal, because this sterling silver pendant necklace by Delicacies features the scrumptious baked good in both versions. What a way to show her how sweet she is! For still more goodness, your purchase provides 20 meals to help fight hunger. Love this idea? You’ll also want to consider these other beautiful gifts that give back.
For the well-traveled: The Harmonist Candle
The pandemic has kept your favorite travel bug at home, but this gift is sure to take her back to her favorite escapades. The invigorating scent recalls herbs like lavender and coriander harvested in the South of France and juxtaposes them with spices from the Far East like saffron and tobacco leaves. One whiff of this luxurious candle and your friend will like her old self again.
For the workout fiend: Core Club Subscription
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Vogue called these pilates classes “Los Angeles’ best-kept secret.” Now your best pal can get in on the exclusive workouts via the new Core Club app. Celebrity trainer Amanda Kassar will have your friend’s muscles shaking in exhaustion in a few minutes flat (and, yes, that’s a good thing). The app interface allows users to pick from a variety of workouts, including prenatal classes. In addition to these megawatt pilates classes, your bestie might want to check out these 50 habits that will make her look younger.
For the eyeliner aficionado: Skone Cosmetics Tattooed Solid Eyeliner
Whether your friend likes to bring on the drama or keep things low key with her eye makeup, Skone Tattooed Solid Eyeliner is the affordable option her peepers have been waiting for. Best friend gifts don’t have to be expensive—and neither do gifts for your significant other. Looking for ideas in that category? Here are some perfect Valentine’s gifts for every stage of a relationship.
For your childhood pal: Slip Pure Silk Hair Ribbon
She’ll reminisce about your schoolyard days together and make a sleek style statement at the same time with this retro hair accessory. Basic black or white goes great with any hair color, and the elastic rubber band is covered in pure silk to prevent snagging or damage. Here are another 15 easy upgrades that will make your best friend look expensive.
For the fan of organic skin care: Milk + Honey Body Cream
This organic Milk + Honey Body Cream gets its rich (but not heavy) texture from good-for-you ingredients including aloe, shea fruit butter, and virgin coconut oil. Even if it weren’t packed with essential oils and antioxidants, just the uplifting aroma—a refreshing citrus blend of pink grapefruit, bergamot, and cardamom—would make it feel luxurious.
For the cookie monster: Silpat Perfect Cookie Baking Mat
The secret to making perfect cookies every time is this Silpat Perfect Cookie Baking Mat. Not only does it mark exactly where to place the dough, but it also bakes cookies evenly so they slide right off the pan. For a girlfriend who likes to bake, this tool is a game-changer. Here are more kitchen gadgets you’ll both wish you had years ago.
For the clean freak: AMASS Botanic Hand Sanitizer
Your best friend will freak out over this famous hand sanitizer. It’s been featured everywhere from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal, and it also makes appearances at the swanky, celebrity-filled, members-only club Soho House. Make her feel like a million bucks with this super affordable botanical spray that smells of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, and allspice, and tucks neatly into her purse. If she’s a clean freak at home, too, also check out these gifts for people who can’t stop cleaning their houses.
For the one who loves being comfortable: Crocs Crocband Platform Clog
Classic Crocs pick up a 1.5-inch platform heel to make comfort cool again. Your gal pal will love this super lightweight flexible clog that one fan calls “Euro-hip, chunky, and very funky.” It comes in eight colors, including blossom, for your Valentine.
For the couch potato: Fire TV Stick 4K
If your BFF loves to binge-watch, she’ll flip for the Fire TV Stick 4K. This smart remote lets you talk to the TV and ask it to play some 50,000 movies and TV episodes on Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Showtime, and more, or tune into tens of thousands of channels, apps, and websites, including YouTube and Facebook. The Fire Stick also does classic Alexa tasks like streaming music and dimming lights. Your pal’s TV-watching will never be the same again. Here are more smart home devices that are worth every penny.
For the design buff: Zone Denmark Watering Can
Upgrading everyday objects can make your BFF’s home feel like a museum. Case in point: this beautifully made, ultra-modern watering can from Zone Denmark. The ergonomic carrying handle adds a touch of class, and the black finish makes it incredibly sleek. Plus, it holds a whopping 25 ounces of water, so she won’t have to keep running to the faucet to refill it, cutting chore time in half.
For the sentimental friend: VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite
If there’s old video footage of you and your girlfriends languishing on tapes you can no longer play, see it again and preserve it forever with VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite, a device that turns old VHS, Beta, 8 mm, or camcorder tapes into DVDs and other digital formats from this century. Now that’s a thoughtful gesture! Next, take a look at these Valentine’s Day flowers that will wow the people you love.
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