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    45 Valentine's Day Gifts That Are Actually Super Practical

    Presenting things they will actually *le gasp* use. More than once.

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    1. A moisture meter because they skipped over the sourdough phase and dove headfirst into the ~plant~ era of 2020. All they'll have to do is pop this color-coded tool into the soil to determine whether or not their green babies require more agua.

    2. A W&P Porter cocktail glass to give their homemade margarita some extra zhush. It's even equipped with a splash-proof lid because red wine spills while wearing white T-shirts = practically inevitable and also incredibly sad.

    the white wine glass with confetti designs

    3. A color-changing LED string for extra lighting if their room is best described as dungeon vampire chic. This has six levels of brightness ranging from warm to light, takes minutes to install, is 32-feet long, and adds a bit of oomph to any WFH corner.

    4. A set of ceramic dishes inspired by the franchise they've been begging you to binge for a decade. Will you ever watch Star Wars? Not a chance. But at least you can give them a proper, thoughtful place to eat their roasted porg from.

    the white plates with black illustrations

    5. An Amazon Fire TV stick with the ability to turn any TV into a smart TV — they can just plug this puppy into the HDMI port, connect it to Wi-Fi, and simple streaming awaits. Let's pour one out for the times of DVR and lengthy commercial breaks.

    The HDMI stick and remote

    6. A Dash mini rice cooker for the perfect two cups of rice in ~20 minutes, minimal effort required on their part. This no-frills gadget is easy to operate (just add water and press the cook button), keeps their meal warm, and can even be used for oatmeal, stews, soups, veggies, and more.

    7. A celestial pour-over coffee set more gorgeous than anything that has ever crossed the threshold of my kitchen, myself included. This hunk of ceramic is dishwasher-, microwave-, oven-safe, plus it's a literal piece of art for under $25.

    the celestial coffee kit

    8. A Tushy bidet attachment so they can ditch the wasteful TP once and for all — no more screaming out to a roommate for a fresh roll because they've realized, all too late, that there wasn't any left.

    9. A portable pack of soap sheets that will certainly come in ~handy~, particularly during *eye twitches* these times. Public toilets — and the decorative dispensers that never contain soap — will no longer have to feel like the enemy.

    The pink plastic container with ears and a nose, plus the pink paper-thin soap sheets

    10. An Atlas Coffee Club subscription that delivers fresh beans ::immediately thinks of Even Stevens:: to their doorstep. Each box curates a new coffee type with personalized roasts and grinds, a postcard from a new country each month, plus tasting notes and tips for each batch. If they weren't already a coffee snob...

    11. A Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet with the uncanny ability to sauté, sear, bake, broil, braise, fry, or grill any meal to perfection. Look no further than this beauty when it comes to a solid kitchen gift, which is perfect for almost every meal they'll want to whip up — we're talking breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    the black skillet with salmon asparagus

    12. Reusable silicone straws for guzzling down iced coffee with gusto. The secret perk of this particular set? Cleanliness! Snap closures mean they can open the straws in half to ensure they're dry and gunk-free! All they'll have to do is give 'em a good wipe down. No more "cleaning" brushes required.

    13. A skin scrubber for an at-home facial that *feels* like a splurge. Dead skin cells, leftover makeup, blackheads, and whiteheads will be sloughed away thanks to high-frequency vibrations that replicate all the ~slightly gross yet extremely satisfying~ TikTok videos that have taken up an alarming amount of their time.

    14. A mug warmer that no WFH setup is complete without (at least not according to the NYC bloggers I follow). This is perfect for slow drinkers who prefer their caffeine hot, hot, and hot, even if they poured it hours ago.

    the pink desktop heater

    15. Sponge cloths so they can recreate satisfying before-and-after cleaning shots in their own abode. These biodegradable beauts are fabricated with a durable cellulose material that is ultra absorbent *and* reusable — they can just chuck 'em in the dishwasher or washing machine when needed.

    16. Faux fur slipper booties to give their hooves a warm hug. If you have had it up to *makes arm gesture above my head* with them sticking their freezing feet between your legs, I urge you to buy this ASAP because it may just save your relationship.

    the yellow slipper booties

    17. A stackable mug set and holder serving major Pinterest vibes. Not only will the aesthetics run deep with every morning sip of java, but this is also *fab* for anyone with limited cabinet space.

    18. Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula hand cream, because winter weather and extra hand-washing translates to dry, dry, d-r-y. Beloved by the TikTok community, this fragrance-free cream manages to heal chapped skin overnight, which means they can finally bid adieu to scaly skin.

    Hand holding the small tube of cream with text "wave buh-bye to flaking, dry hands from all that hand-washing"

    19. A reclaimed wood serving board because you can't spell charcuterie without a "U" and rest assured that "U" will be the main beneficiary of this gift — they'll have no choice but to put out a spread of Manchego and prosciutto whenever you stop by from here on out. God, I love cheese.

    the reclaimed board covered in cheeses

    20. A Kodak instant camera with Bluetooth capability for printing full-sized photos either directly from their camera *or* their phone's camera roll. The photo paper is even equipped with adhesive on the back, which means they may finally tackle that study abroad scrapbook they've wanted to make for, like, eight years.

    21. A TubShroom invented by a wizard to catch all the hair in their shower (the kind that inevitably leads to clogs). They can think of this magic weapon as their new bathroom bodyguard *and* an easy way to avoid emergency phone calls to the plumber.

    the stopper

    22. A limited edition Balm Dotcom Roulette — think three iconic salves (with scents ranging from fig and birthday cake to mint and coconut) beautifully packaged in a deck-of-cards-inspired gold box which, tbqh, makes for the perfect gift if the thought of wrapping paper and clear tape makes you shiver.

    23. A "Did you feed the dog?" sign for anyone who lives with a partner or roommate who shares dog duties. If there have been multiple days in which your pupper has scarfed down two breakfast due to human error...get this ASAP.

    device with sliders for two meals each day of the week

    24. A set of Pact waffle bath towels so they can finally replace the ones they've been using since freshman year dorm days. These babies are ultra soft and absorbent, which is fantastic — but the *real* pièce de résistance relies in their ability to dry quickly ergo preventing potential towel odor.

    25. An electric space heater because their landlord controls the temperature and they are freezing 24/7. They can either a: start scouring Zillow for a new apartment or b: use this energy efficient tool, which can fit compactly on their nightstand, has three heat modes, and is what the kids would call ~aesthetic~.

    26. Personalized coasters that can be customized with a photo of the two of you! This will come across as romantic, but you and I both know that this gift is really a subtle way to remind them — ever so gently — to stop ruining the coffee table.

    the coasters

    27. An oversized balloon-sleeve sweater perfect for adding a ~pop~ of color to their wardrobe. And if they're not a fan of daring reds (although it would be ideal considering it is Valentine's Day and all)... it's available in a ton of neutral hues, too.

    reviewer wearing the red sweater

    28. An expandable and adjustable wooden caddy tray that even has a designated spot for their wineglass. Tell them to envision a fizzy bath bomb and perhaps a good show streaming on Netflix, perched on a sturdy surface that guarantees their laptop won't suffer water damage.

    29. A Sur La Table online cooking class for a gift that keeps on giving. Each interactive course starts at $29, lasts up to two hours, is lead by expert chefs, *and* means they'll be able to whip up their very own pad thai. Or dumplings. Or [insert food to make my stomach growl here].

    hands kneading dough

    30. A Wilton nonstick mini loaf pan that even I, a terrible baker at best, am interested in purchasing. This baby is the perfect size for whipping up the banana bread recipes they've been inundated with for the past ~seven months. I'll give you a minute to drool over the chocolate chip banana bread with maple pecan glaze pictured below.

    31. A two-tier folding desk because living in NYC and working from home = typing emails in a space so tight, their elbows can't stretch too far from their side. This designated workspace doesn't take up a ton of room because it can thankfully be folded when not in use. *adds this to shopping cart*

    Two-tier wood-top desk with black metal crossing legs

    32. A universal plush cover for anyone who feels like they've brushed against Jack Frost's soul whenever they touch their steering wheel mid-January. I understand. It hurts. Thankfully this ~beary~ good car accessory can remedy that problem for your coldest pal in a second.

    reviewer photo of the gray bear cover on steering wheel

    33. A sunlamp because *breathes in the same air that's been trapped in my bedroom since March* nature. This mimics sunlight to boost their mood, improve focus, and help their body create a more consistent sleep schedule. (Psst, this is especially great for night owls who prefer working late!)

    The rectangle-shaped light sitting on the counter with a pour-over coffee next to it

    34. A down alternative duvet insert filled with a high quality polyester that will keep them warm but not *too* warm, because they wake up many a morning drenched in sweat. It's even purposely oversized by a tad to prevent their partner from hogging the covers.

    two models laying under a white duvet cover

    35. A mini fabric steamer that scoffs in the face of deep wrinkles. Yes, they just pulled this button-down out of the hamper! No, they don't have anything else to wear! A quick run with this steamer (it heats up in 90 seconds flat) means a crisp blouse that looks as if it were just picked up from the cleaners.

    36. An electric wine opener with a cordless, rechargeable design that uncorks bottles in a jiffy: They'll just have to press the button and 'tis done in only seven seconds. That $7 bottle of vino awaits. One single charge = enough power to open 80 bottles.

    A graphic showing the foil-removing cap, and how the cork is removed

    37. A wick trimmer because they absolutely bought 103 candles from the annual Bath & Body Works sale — and no judgement, because #same. But did you know that cutting the wick prevents soot and makes for an even burn so that every dollop of wax melts into eucalyptus goodness?! Now you do.

    reviewer using silver candle wick trimmer

    38. An OXO avocado slicer to pit, split, and slice avocados like there's no tomorrow. I guess you can say that this time-saving tool truly ~guacs~ at making morning avocado toast an absolute breeze.

    39. Reusable twist ties that will help them put all "this charging cord is tangled beyond help" situations to rest. These simple pieces of rubber are an easy (but genius) solution that keep everything from chargers to USB cables in check.

    reviewer photo of yellow tie around white chord

    40. An LG stick vacuum because they've reached peak adult which means there can be no greater gift. None. The gunk caked between carpeting threads and the dirt that has accumulated under their kitchen table will be gone, and they'll lovingly think of you whenever they empty the mess-free bin and marvel at the amount of dirt that has made its way into their home.

    41. Vinyl record coasters to keep their Ikea furniture protected in style. Music buffs will rejoice at the idea of their coffee mugs being graced by the likes of Pink Floyd, Elton John, and The Beatles.

    42. A Corkcicle glass set to guarantee that their whiskey stays colder than cold: we're talking ice cold. This glass includes a silicone mold to form a perfectly proportioned ice wedge that will keep their drink chilled but *not* watered down.

    the glass with ice and Whiskey inside

    43. A pair of wireless sleep headphones for anyone who can't fall asleep in less-than-perfect conditions. This plays a steady ~stream~ of white noise or music of their choice in soft headband form, which means even side sleepers won't have to wake up with sore ears.

    A model sleeping with the headphone band around her ears

    44. A six-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker capable of turning meal prep into something that is *le gasp* not difficult. This handy thing can make everything from golden lentil soup and mac 'n' cheese to chocolate lava cake and French toast. (Look at them! Turning into Betty Crocker!)

    the silver and black Instant Pot

    45. A balance ball chair to (surprise) improve their balance, engage their core, and prevent them from slouching over their laptop. This feels lovely on the tush but also prevents back pain — if this balance ball chair were an exam, it'd receive a perfect grade of A+.

    Reviewer pic of a green balance ball with a black holder in front of a desk

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