Love: Valentine’s Day Gifts: Give a Little, Take a Little
Aveda gifts, thoughtful gestures & spa time. What’s not to love?
Although it seems like the holidays were yesterday, another one is right around the corner: it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. ‘Tis the season to spoil your loved ones—and yourself—with gifts, affection and a hearty dose of relaxation. With that in mind, here are some Valentine gift ideas to help recipients unwind—and focus on what really matters.
Aveda Love Composition Oil
Heat things up with this sensual composition oil made with sandalwood, jasmine, and frankincense. This organic, nourishing oil makes the body, hair, scalp and skin feel (and smell) heavenly. Incorporate it into your Valentine’s Day: run them a bath with candles, mood music and a few drops scenting the water, or use it as a massage oil to leave skin feeling soft and supple. The best part? Aveda donates $4 of every purchase of this oil to the National Audubon Society for projects that fight climate change. Talk about love.
This is one of those classic Valentine’s Day gifts, because there’s really no way to say “I love you” like a an hour and a half of stress-melting bliss, sans phone or other distractions. Need more convincing? Massages are much more than just relaxing—they also improve flexibility, prevent muscle injuries, boost the immune system, and reduce the effects of long hours sitting at a desk working. We know what you’re thinking, and yes, you should absolutely book one for yourself, too.
A Personalized Playlist
As The Beatles said, “Can’t buy me love,” so not all your Valentine’s Day gifts need to cost money. Whatever happened to good ole mix tapes to show your feelings? We vote for a modern revitalization of this classic romantic gesture. Make your sweetheart a playlist with songs that make you think of them—they can listen all day, and they’ll think of you the whole time. Bonus: unlike mix tapes of old, there’s no limit to the amount of songs you can put on your playlist, so let the good tunes roll.
If you’re looking for some more Valentine gift ideas—and your loved one could use a little more balance in their life (who couldn’t?)—a Tulasara facial is the ideal solution. Tulasara, meaning “moving toward balance” in Sanskrit, is inspired by Ayurvedic methods for achieving healthy, glowing skin. This relaxing spa service can be customized to soothe a variety of skin concerns, including dryness, excess oil, acne, and sensitivity—ensuring your sweetheart’s body, soul and skin get exactly the special treatment they deserve.
A Real Photo Album
Instagram shots are cute and fun for scrolling, but there’s nothing like real-life prints you can keep on your shelf to remind you of all the good times you’ve had. Print out your favorites and add them to an album with heartfelt captions for a gift that will make them smile every time they see it.
Stress-Fix Soaking Salts
These soaking salts are the ideal Valentine’s Day gift for bath lovers everywhere. Infused with lavender and clary sage essential oils, the heavenly aroma is proven to reduce feelings of stress. Add some rose petals to the water and a glass of wine, and enjoy the most relaxing bath of your life.
At the end of the day, remember that whatever you decide to give the ones you love, it’s the thoughtfulness you put into it that really counts. Happy Valentine’s Day!