Skip To Content

    36 Practical Things To Get Your Loved One For Valentine’s Day

    Things that are useful and worth the money? You got it!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 polaroid camera so they can document all your future vacations, parties, and time spent lovingly together. It's incredibly easy to use: just point and shoot!


    I have one of these polaroid cameras and it is the hit of every gathering I've been to! Whether a birthday party, a wedding, or just a trip to the local park, this camera is a fun way to document you and your friends, family, and S.O. The photos tend to have a vintage look to them, which I love.

    You can hang the polaroids in your bedroom or add them to a scrapbook. There's also a macro lens provided for closeups and detail shots. All you need is AA batteries to get started.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in five colors and with film packs).

    2. A Crock-Pot to cut down on their time spent meal prepping so they can spend more time on the couch cuddling with you. This model has a countdown clock so they can see exactly how much time is left for their meal.


    I've owned a Crock-Pot for quite a while now and absolutely love it. It's so easy to use and makes the most delicious meals. This past weekend I made chili, since the temperatures outside are beyond chilly.

    Once you buy your ingredients, you really just dump everything in and set your timer. Some recipes call for slight prep work, but it's truly minimal. You can cook on high or low (your recipe will instruct you which), and once that cook time is over, the Crock-Pot will switch to "keep warm."

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49+ (available in six sizes).

    3. An Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K that'll give them (and therefore you) access to thousands of shows, movies, games, and apps. Hulu? Check. Netflix? Check. Prime Video? Check.

    For more information, check out my review of the Amazon Fire TV Stick. The difference between the original (what I own) and updated 4K model is a faster processor, a new antenna design, and ultra HD streaming. The 4K remote also allows you to control volume (a big plus IMHO).

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    4. An HDMI Switch, because they always complain about toggling between inputs, and with this gadget, you no longer have to listen to that!


    This device will let them switch inputs seamlessly, and it an be used with computers, gaming consoles, or projectors. No more using the remote to get from one input to the other. Now they can just press one button.

    Promising review: "This was the perfect solution I have been looking for. In my room, I have a 32" and a 50" television. I prefer to game with my 32" TV and watch media on my 50" TV. Prior to this I was constantly moving my HDMI cable manually from one TV to the other. Now I can just switch TVs with the press of the button." –Reign82886

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    5. A monthly underwear subscription so they always have new and cute undies that aren't stretched out or over-worn. They'll truly appreciate this if they always find themselves out of underwear and too lazy to do laundry.


    You can select one or two pairs per month. Members can select extra pairs or bralettes and add them to their monthly bag (for an extra charge). You can skip bags if you'd like, and don't worry, you can cancel the subscription anytime before the 14th of each month. To see previews of each month's undies, follow along on Instagram. You can select a mix of styles (cheeky panties and thongs), only thongs, or never thongs. Every month, a package will be delivered to your doorstep.

    Sign up for a subscription from BootayBag for $9+ per month (2 pairs per month are $13). BTW, if you sign up now, you'll get 25% off your first month of the Mix It Up bag!

    6. A set of all-natural bath bombs so they can soak any and every stressor away when they have a rough day they want to forget.


    Unlike many others, these bath bombs won't stain your tub. They're cruelty-free and include scents like black raspberry vanilla and lavender.

    Promising review: "I LOVE bath bombs! I decided to try these bath bombs because the price is unbelievable for what you get. Wow, was I surprised! They smell AMAZING, leave your skin feeling soft, and don't leave a ring in the tub! I take a shower each morning, but I like to take a quiet relaxing bath every night and these definitely surpassed and exceeded my expectations! Plus I love that I am helping a small business!" —Amanda Moore

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $26.80.

    7. A rain shower head to consistently provide the most amazing and calming experience, because you know they get their best thinking done while shampooing.

    This shower head is big (12" x 12"), so it provides full coverage and warmth. It's made of stainless steel, has self-cleaning silicone nozzles, and works with all standard sized shower arms. The chrome finish makes it a statement piece for any bathroom.

    Promising review: "OMG, I can't believe how amazing this is. I had a small shower head before and I would spend time getting different parts on my body wet in the shower. But this is really like a rain shower outside. Not only does it cover my entire body, but the water comes out really well. It was easy to install. No tools needed and it looks amazing. I couldn't be happier." —Stephen Stokes

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two shapes and two sizes).

    8. A cooking class that'll teach them valuable skills and recipes they can share with you to make time spent in the kitchen more fun and less stressful.

    Sur la Table

    Classes are available at Sur La Table store locations and range from cooking with wine to kids' cookie decorating. Interested in bringing the entire family? There are family fun classes focused on making heart-shaped pizzas and homemade pies. If you're looking to get a bit romantic, you can book a French desserts class. Or hit the kitchen with your girls for a Galentine's Day class.

    Book a class from Sur la Table for $55+ per seat (you can search classes based upon location).

    9. A personalized cutting board that'll put a smile on their face every time they use it.

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $159+ (available with or without a bottle of mineral oil for upkeep).

    10. An adorable sweater with hearts on the sleeves because yes, you wear your heart on your sleeve for them and you want them to know it!, Amazon

    Promising review: "It's so comfortable. It's baggy, as it should be, and it can be worn with leggings appropriately or with jeans/slacks. I threw a tank on underneath the sweater, but you don't need to for coverage. The sweater is appropriately knit to not be seen through." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S—XL and six colors).

    11. A faux fur blanket if they're the type that always seems to be cold. This will keep them warm on the nights you're far from home.


    This faux fur blanket does not shed, can be machine washed, and can add a touch of elegance to any room it's added to.

    Promising review: "This is such a great blanket. It’s super soft on both sides and a decent size. I haven’t had any issues with shedding yet, even after washing. This would make a cool gift for anyone who likes blankets and/or soft things. I think it adds a great texture to any room. Plus, it’s very warm. One side has the long faux fur, while the other is covered with sherpa." —Schrodinger's Spy

    Get it from Amazon for $35.98+ (available in five sizes and 25 colors).

    12. And if they really and truly are constantly freezing, a mini heater to keep under their desk for instant warmth.


    This little heater is temperature-adjustable with three settings: high, low, and fan only. It has a built-in overheating protector so you don't have to worry about it well, bursting into flames.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my wife to use while she's at work. She said it made her office so hot in a short period of time, that she had to turn it off. I asked her to bring it home for the upcoming weekend so I could see what she was talking about. I plugged it in, turned it on, and to my shock and amazement, this mini heater got really hot! I couldn't believe how good this thing worked. If you're looking for a mini-heater that works great and is also cheap, this is the one for you! It's also very safe. There's a small peg on the bottom of the heater. If it tips over enough to let this peg pop out, it will shut off immediately. If you have small kids and/or animals running around, this is definitely a safe heater to use around them." —E.J.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two styles).

    13. A LUNA mini 2 facial massager and cleanser that'll wash away dirt and excess sebum on their skin, leaving their complexion brighter and cleaner. Its gentle and fine bristles won't irritate their skin, plus it's totally waterproof!

    @foreo via Instagram

    The LUNA mini 2 vibrates, allowing for a deep clean to unclog pores and remove grime. You can control the vibration's intensity and it's so simple to use! Just turn the brush on and move in circular motions around your face (first, apply your normal cleanser). The brush will vibrate for 60 seconds, and then you can rinse your face with water! To learn more, check out our full review of the LUNA mini 2 facial massager and cleanser!

    Get it from Foreo for $139 (available in five colors).

    14. A shaving kit so you can help them upgrade the chore of personal grooming. This kit will help them get the best shave yet with six essential and high-quality tools.


    It comes with a safety razor, five blades, badger hair brush, alum block, shave soap, and stainless steel bowl.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my fiancé and he loves it. I was a little worried about the scent of the soap being too strong for him, but it's very subtle and soft. The alum bar is great for showing him where he was shaving too close. The razor is heavy duty and the blades are high quality. The brush has a very strong feel; it's advertised as a badger bristle brush and you can feel the difference between this and the synthetic brush. His shave is cleaner and more precise, and he's very pleased." —Sandy

    Get it from Amazon for $55.

    15. An electric bottle opener to make uncorking much easier so the both of you can enjoy a bottle of red at the end of the week. Or day.


    Promising review: "I'm a sucker for wine bottle openers. When the electric bottle openers appeared, they held promise, but were unreliable and short lived. The Secura is the first one I have used that is a solid performer. On a single charge, the Secura is able to open several bottles without hesitation. Other similar openers petered out quickly and lost torque. This works well with artificial and composite corks. The Secura works so well that I'm disappointed now when I'm confronted with a screw cap top instead." —Cooking Texan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. A guide to wine so they can feel like a true wine connoisseur while shopping for the perfect bottle.


    Promising review: "If you're a beginner like me, someone who loves drinking wine but doesn't completely understand it, this book with open your mind about wine in such an easy to follow way. If you're a wine lover, this book offers the greatest quick references to find what you're looking for. It features a great layout and design. Everything is presented in a way that just makes sense. In fact, just yesterday I was in a tasting room in Santa Barbara and with the knowledge I've picked up in this book, I realized I hated all the wines I was trying! Not just blanket snobbery either, I was actually able to tell what parts of the wine just weren't working for me. How great is that!" —John E-Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+.

    17. A sweet keychain that'll remind them of what a catch they are! And how much they're loved.

    Get it from Gift Key Ring Shop on Etsy for $22.50+ (available in two styles).

    18. A heat-protecting spray made with biotin to keep their hair from breaking after continuous styling. No one wants sizzled hair, and that includes your S.O.

    Foxy Bae

    To use, spray a generous amount onto your hair before blow drying, flat ironing, or curling.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. I bought this for my daughter since she flat irons her hair daily. This leaves her hair smooth and shiny. It's easy to apply, and I love that it can be used on wet or dry hair. We've spent a small fortune trying so many different products, but now we have found THE one! I highly recommend this product." —Laurie S.

    Get it from Foxy Bae for $14.95.

    19. An Oculus Go if you're looking to get really immersive together. With this virtual reality headset, you can play horror games, go sky diving, or tour a space station together without even leaving the couch.


    Check out our full review of the Oculus Go for all the details.

    Promising review: "This is a phenomenal product that makes for a great family toy. I highly recommend it for people who don’t want or need an expensive, tricked-out PC and a bunch of cords everywhere. I’ve brought home a bunch of mobile focused VR kits over the last couple of years and all of them have failed to capture interest or otherwise been a total pain in the butt to actually use. This has captivated the entire family in short order because it’s drop dead simple, the app ecosystem is more mature, and the resolution is high quality. The product itself is well designed and comfortable and is a massive step in the right direction compared to previous alternatives." —Alex C. Rudloff

    Get it from Amazon for $199+ (available in two versions).

    20. A second generation Amazon Echo so they can pretend they have a personal assistant. Need a news update? Weather update? Need to keep track of their grocery list or to-do list? Alexa has them covered.


    I have an Amazon Echo and it can do a lot. It can give you news briefings, weather updates, and tell jokes. It can play music, ask trivia questions, or control smart lights. It can also give traffic updates, order you an Uber, or set alarms. It can act as a timer while baking, and will keep track of your grocery list. Every morning I get an updated weather forecast and listen to the radio as I get ready for work.

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in four colors).

    21. A pair of noise-canceling headphones they can use on their morning commute, at the office, or around the house when they just need some time to themselves.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    Promising review: "These sound great and have great active noise-canceling! They connect very quickly with Bluetooth devices and I haven't had any issues with the connection dropping or anything. I haven't even charged them once since opening them about a week ago, and they're still going strong (and I've used them 3-4 hours a day for a week)!" —B. Morrow

    Get them from Amazon for $99.

    These headphones were selected for our low-price pick for the best noise-canceling headphones by BuzzFeed Reviews.

    22. A custom handwriting bracelet so they can have "I love you" written in your handwriting on their wrist forever. Whenever they are feeling a bit down, all they have to do is look at those three words to feel better.

    Before or after purchasing, you send a picture of the handwriting you wish to get. This could be a photo of the handwriting or a scan. Since all orders are custom, turnaround time is six to nine business days. If you need an order rushed, you can specify that, too.

    Get it from Caitlyn Minimalist on Etsy for $27.75+ (available in three finishes and nine sizes).

    23. A ClassPass two-week free trial that'll help them stay on-track with their fitness goals.


    ClassPass gives you access to a wide range of classes! You can sign up for yoga, HIIT workouts, boxing, rowing, or strength-based classes. What's great about this membership is that you can try a variety of gyms instead of doing the same old workout over and over again. Once you sign up, you download the ClassPass app to your phone, and search/book classes there.

    Sign up for the two-week free trial here.

    Read more about the two-week ClassPass trial for all the deets!

    24. A Sona clitoral massager, because making sure they are fully satisfied is at the top of your list. Of course.


    It's also waterproof, has eight settings, and operates via sonic waves and pulses.

    Promising review:
    "I’ve had my Lelo for about three months now and I’m so happy I splurged. I can safely say I’ve gotten my money’s worth from it already! I’m not a fan of normal vibrators and clitoral stimulation is what works for me, so when I heard of the Sona, I figured why not give it a try. Some of the settings are quite intense, but others are just right. All you need is a few minutes with it on the right spot and that’s it. Prepare a day off in advance because you’ll want to use it again and again!" —Elchen

    Get it from Lelo for $69 (originally $149, available in three colors). Or check out this vibrating couples' ring.

    25. A beer growler to bring along on brewery tours so they can get the most bang for their buck. Beer lovers rejoice, because this thing will keep opened beer fresh for days on end!


    It can hold up to 64 ounces of liquid.

    Promising review: "This is the BEST BUY I have made online. It really works well. When I go to a local brewery for a fill, it will keep for more than four days once opened for a drink. I am positive you won't be disappointed once you hear the pop when you release the top for the first fill of your glass." —Michael Matz

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four finishes).

    26. Or a personalized whiskey barrel you both can use to age spirits just like professional distilleries. Any whiskey lover will have a field day with this thing.

    Uncommon Goods

    Since the barrel is smaller, it'll age spirits 10x faster than normal barrels. Before your first use, just cure the barrel for 3-5 days (you can find this in the instructions). Then you turn the barrel and contents weekly until it's reached its ideal oakiness.

    Promising review: "The personalized whisky barrel comes with everything that is needed to use it as a whiskey barrel. It's a very unique gift idea. My husband likes his glass of whiskey on occasion and this was the perfect gift. He loves it! And I personalized it to show our wedding anniversary. It's a special keepsake." —Christina

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $85+ (available in two sizes).

    27. A Nintendo Switch so they can game out in the comfort of their own home — or play anywhere using the handheld mode for gaming on-the-go.


    There are thousands of games to choose from including the option of playing alone or with someone. The console can even be used as a workout tool!

    Promising review: "The Switch is an actual game changer (pun intended). My husband loves that that he can toss it into his backpack and play Zelda during his commute or choose to hook it up to my TV and play Super Smash Bros. with his friends. I personally am obsessed with the Fitness Boxing game. It's been a great alternative for when I don't want to drag myself to the gym — you really break a sweat! The Switch is excellent. Get rid of all your other systems, this one does it all." —Heather Braga

    Get it from Amazon for $299+ (available in two colors and as bundles).

    28. Allbirds Wool Runners if they're on their feet a lot throughout the day. These sneakers will make a world of difference in their level of comfort.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    These were selected as our mid-price pick for the best casual everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get them from Allbirds for $95 (available in women's sizes 5—10 and 14 colors). They're also available in men's sizes (also $95, available in sizes 8—14 and 12 colors).

    29. An essential oil diffuser that'll disperse the wonderful aroma of lavender to help them fully unwind after a terribly long work day.


    This diffuser also has seven colors for mood lighting. You can keep it on one color only, or rotate through the full seven. Or you can use no color at all! You can even brighten the colors or dim them, depending on how you're using the diffuser. If you want to keep it on at night, you can dim the light to be more like a night light.

    Promising review: "I love this diffuser! It's super easy to use and has so many different settings. The light color options are awesome to set an ambiance and the timer is the best thing ever. I can pretty much set it before bed, sleep through the night and wake up nice and relaxed. I don't have to worry about it staying on since it'll turn off once the water is emptied." —Lisa Campos

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99. And check out these essential oils to get started.

    30. A portable massager they can use in the car or attach to their office chair. It has four rotating nodes to relieve knots and muscle tension.


    The nodes reverse direction during the massage to ensure a deep-kneading effect. There's also a heating function that can be turned on or off, but fear not, after 20 minutes the massager will shut off to prevent overheating. With adjustable straps, this massager can be attached to any chair.

    Promising review: "It's a good size and works really well. It helped loosen up my back. I also noticed I was having back pain from the way I was sitting at my desk at work, so it helped me loosen up and relax my muscles. The motors are pretty strong and rotate forward and backward for change of pace. I also like that it shuts off after 15 minutes so you get a break." —alex Luciano

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    31. A cityscape ring you can customize to be your S.O.'s hometown, the place you met, or the location of a significant event in your relationship. So adorable!

    If you'd like a city that isn't currently available on the seller's drop-down list, just email for a custom mock-up.

    Get it from Caityln Minimalist on Etsy for $26.25+ (available in three finishes and various cities and sizes).

    32. An Aerogarden for the home chef in your life who dreams of growing their own herbs, but doesn't really know where to start or how to take care of them.


    Make their dreams come true with this seriously awesome countertop garden that reminds you when to water and add plant food! Each one comes with Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil and Miracle-Gro plant food. Read our full review of the countertop Aerogarden here.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line sold exclusively at Macy's for $189.99 (available in two colors, get 50% off with code HOME).

    33. A weekend bag that'll become their go-to for little romantic getaway trips between the two of you. Awwwww!!

    Mark & Graham

    The shoulder strap is adjustable, the inside is lined with cotton, and the outside features warm leather accents. In short, it's a beautiful bag!

    Get it from Mark & Graham for $149 (originally $199, available in four colors).

    34. And a compact makeup bag that'll also come in handy for weekend trips, because who actually has their makeup well organized when traveling? Def not your S.O.


    A bonus? The front flap has a clip so you can hang the entire bag up during your stay. This will result in way more bathroom counter space!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this bag. I can fit ALL of my toiletries in here, and then some. It carries an unbelievable amount of supplies. While fully packed, I'm a bit scared to hang it up, but once some of my cosmetics are out and on the counter, I can confidently hang. Absolutely great toiletry bag for a great price point." —City Pickle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two styles).

    35. A couch-arm table so they can enjoy movie nights even more. Finally, a stable place for snacks and drinks!!!

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "My parents use this product in a variety of ways. It holds their drinks and food when watching tv. It also holds papers when my dad works on his laptop while sitting in his chair. It is very well made. They leave it up all the time. It was a perfect gift for someone who is hard to find meaningful gifts for." —Hank

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $150 (available in two shapes).

    36. A birthstone pendant necklace, because their birthday is one of the most important days of the year to you! And they can wear this beautiful necklace for years to come, so it's a win-win!


    Get it from Nordstrom for $50+ (available in all 12 birthstones, in either gold or silver finish).

    Your Valentine when they open your spectacular (and very useful) gift:

    Reveille Productions

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form