- Getting your girlfriend a meaningful Valentine’s Day gift doesn’t require hours of internet research on your part.
- The reporters and editors on the Insider Picks team spend every day covering the latest, greatest, and altogether best products you can buy, and we put together a list of thoughtful gifts for your girlfriend.
- Still looking for gifts? Find more gift guides broken down by interest, budget, and person here.
For couples, gifting can be especially enjoyable. You know what your partner loves, what small daily annoyances of theirs that you can solve with a thoughtful gift, and how much they’ll appreciate knowing the gesture came from you. In other words, you’ve been training all year for Valentine’s Day in a way.
Odds are you want to give them something wonderful – whatever your price range is. All you need is a little direction, and a few great options to choose from.
The top 5 best gifts for your girlfriend:
- A beautiful candle from Otherland, a cool startup
- A personalized gourmet coffee subscription from Driftaway Coffee
- An Aquis towel that makes her hair dry faster
- A gourmet Cozymeal cooking class with a renowned chef
- A pair of Apple AirPods wireless earbuds
Check out all 60 gifts for your girlfriend:
The best performance socks she’s ever worn
Bombas makes the best socks we’ve ever tried, and they’re a holiday gift we find ourselves giving every year to loved ones. They’re lightweight, moisture-wicking, and built to circumvent annoyances like uncomfortable seams and heel slipping.
A one-size-fits-all lid that instantly declutters the cabinets
This was one of the gifts that professional chefs recommended to us for avid home cooks. If she loves to cook and has a plethora of differently sized pots and pans with all the corresponding lids, having one universal lid can declutter and streamline her space in a heartbeat.
A weighted blanket for better rest
Weighted blankets help create more restful sleep by “grounding” the body, and YnM makes some of the most popular and affordable weighted blankets on the internet. There are multiple sizes and weights for the ideal fit and width (they recommend picking whichever is about 10% of your body weight), and the segmented design allows you to move around without displacing all the weighted beads inside.
Her favorite specialty food straight from the source
Goldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US – a cheesecake from Junior’s, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration.
Festive matching underwear from one of the internet’s favorite startups
Get yourself and your girlfriend festive matching underwear – which also happen to be some of the most comfortable pairs we’ve ever found. MeUndies gives you the options to create your own personalized set – two styles listed for women, two styles listed for men, a mix, and whichever length or cut you and your partner prefer.
A large print on fine art paper of a favorite memory
Artifact Uprising makes luxury prints at accessible prices – and they make especially thoughtful gifts that look like they should cost much more. Get one of their favorite photos printed on archival fine art paper for $20 and up, or thoughtful cards for as little as $1 per custom card. You can also make a color series photo book for $20, a set of prints for $9, and a personalized calendar on a handcrafted wood clipboard for $25.
A camera lens kit for her phone
If she loves taking photos and wishes her phone’s camera could do more tricks, pick up an Olloclip lens kit with a fish-eye, wide-angle, and macro lens inside. They work well and they’re easy to use. Plus, the company even has a universal mount in the works.
Comfy, high-end sheets at the best price on the market
Brooklinen is one of our favorite companies, point-blank. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Picks team uses Brooklinen on their own beds.
The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 14 colors and patterns, and you can mix and match them to suit your taste. Grab a gift card if you want to give her more freedom. If you opt for a sheet bundle, she’ll receive a core sheet set (fitted, flat, two pillowcases), duvet cover, and two extra pillowcases in soft, smooth 480-thread-count weave.
Beautiful candles from a cool startup
Otherland is a candle company started by Abigail Cook Stone, a former art buyer for Ralph Lauren. If you want to give your girlfriend a candle that burns for 55 hours, looks beautiful, and comes from a startup that she’s probably seen (or coveted) before, this is a great option. Find a full review here.
A mug that keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours straight
This mug is a common desk companion for the Insider Picks team. The 12-ounce coffee mug has the company’s proprietary TempShield insulation that made its water bottles famous. This mug will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. Read a full review of it here.
The internet’s favorite olive oil
Brightland’s olive oils make great gifts for cooks and anyone who loves to entertain. The white bottles protect the EVOO from light damage and look nice displayed on a countertop. Find a full review here.
The convenience of Apple AirPods
When it comes to convenience, truly wireless earbuds are the best. And Apple’s AirPods are very popular with iPhone and Android users alike. They look subtle compared to other bigger options, and they’re incredibly easy to use. For the latest option, you can pick up AirPods Pro for $249.99 on Best Buy too.
A high-tech towel that keeps her from slipping around during yoga classes
Manduka is known for making the best yoga products, and their Yogitoes towel is one of the most loved. It has tiny 100% silicone nubs on one side that grab yoga mats and keep yogis from slipping around during the exercise. Having a good towel can make a big difference.
It also comes in 19 great colors and gets eco-friendly points. Each Yogitoes towel is made from eight recycled plastic water bottles, and made with dyes free of azo, lead, or heavy metal.
A gift card to a popular wine subscription club
Winc is a personalized wine club – and we think the best one you can belong to overall. Members take a wine palate profile quiz and then choose from the personalized wine suggestions. Each bottle has extensive tasting notes and serving recommendations online, and makes it easy to discover similar bottles.
Gift her a Winc gift card, and she can take a wine palate profile quiz and get started with her own customized suggestions.
The “world’s most comfortable shoes”
Allbirds’ newest collection is a line of water-resistant shoes, but for the uninitiated (or anyone looking for comfortable sneakers for casual wear), the classic Wool Runners make a great gift.
A nice gold vermeil and sapphire zodiac sign necklace
Mejuri is a Canadian startup created in 2015 to make fine jewelry affordable to buy – and it has racked up wait lists with more than 40,000 people on them before. Their popular Zodiac Necklace is cool, minimalist, and something she can wear every day. It’s made in gold vermeil with AAA quality white sapphires. Mejuri’s affordable pricing means the estimated traditional retail price of the same necklace elsewhere would be closer to $235.
A cashmere crew from Everlane that she’ll own forever
For a closet staple she’ll own for years to come, Everlane’s $100 Cashmere Crew (available in a whopping 15 colors) is about the safest choice you can make. Everlane has tons of great gifts (you can find the Everlane basics we wear repeatedly here), so you can’t really go wrong.
A popular fitness tracker
The Fitbit Charge 3 isn’t the newest model the company has released, but it is perhaps the best and most popular. It has a lot of useful activity tracking features without a big, clunky screen or an exorbitant price. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, in-depth sleep tracking, advanced workout features, and real-time workout tracking on the screen. The battery life lasts around six days.
A small cold brew coffee maker
This small cold brew maker (available in 1-liter and 1.5-liter options) makes coffee’s less acidic, smoother cousin cold brew in 12 hours in the fridge, so there’s minimal hassle and always a treat ready in the morning on her way out the door to work.
A monogrammed jewelry case from a minimalist fashion startup
Keeping track of tiny and delicate jewelry is difficult – but jewelry cases are a pretty and useful solution. Especially if you’ve gotten her jewelry in the past, or plan to in the future, this is a thoughtful and personalized gift. It’s made from premium leather, comes in six colors, and can be monogrammed with her initials. Cuyana is also a cool leather bag startup she may have already heard of.
A surprisingly elegant headband
Sleek velvet is studded with faux-pearl accents for a headband that’ll add a feminine touch to every outfit she pairs it with.
A customized map of her favorite place
Grafomap lets you design custom maps of anywhere in the world – like the first place you met, the best trip you ever took together, or the hometown she couldn’t wait to show you. It’s unique, thoughtful, and pretty inexpensive. You can find the full Insider Picks review here.
Touchscreen-compatible leather gloves
Something she’ll use often is a pair of sleek, cashmere-lined leather touchscreen gloves.
Plan a trip for the two of you to take together — and maybe use this online travel concierge to help
If you want to gift an experience for the two of you to enjoy together, grab a card, a gift card to Journy or Airbnb, and come with a few location ideas in mind.
If you haven’t heard of Journy, it’s a startup that matches you with an expert travel planner to design the ideal trip for $25 per day – complete with booking hotels, making restaurant reservations, and keeping landmarks and local haunts in mind. If you want to surprise her with a trip already planned, go through Journy yourself and present her with the full, detailed plan.
A new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for reading anywhere
Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest and lightest yet, with double the storage. Perhaps the best features are that it’s waterproof and has built-in adjustable light for the perfect reading environment indoors or outdoors, day and night. If she loves a nice, relaxing bath, pair this with a caddy, bath bombs, and a glass of wine for a relaxing night in that you’ve already taken care of.
A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%
Aquis’ cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half – a claim we’re happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there’s less damage to wet hair while it dries.
A funny and unique card
You can pick up a card from Walgreens on your way to exchange gifts, but it’ll mean more if you think just a few days ahead. Etsy has great options for cheap, unique, handmade gifts that are cool and thoughtful. This one is perfect for a couple who appreciates a “The Office” deep cut.
A fun, unique local date
Local pasta-making classes, wine tours, pottery workshops, secret concerts, nature outings – you can book from thousands of fun classes and experiences on Airbnb Experiences to make wherever you live feel new, exciting, and full of possibilities. It’s also an under-utilized part of Airbnb, making it a thoughtful and unusual gift – and one you may keep using yourselves for out-of-the-box date nights in the future. Find out more here.
A 100% silk pillowcase that reduces frizz and keeps skin hydrated overnight
Silk pillowcases reduce frizz and damage to hair and make it look shiny and healthy. It also reduces the likelihood of wrinkles and keeps skin hydrated overnight by absorbing less of the moisture in the skin.
A houseplant that arrives already potted and is easy to care for
Leon & George is a San Francisco startup that will send beautiful plants – potted in stylish, minimalist pots – to her door. All she has to do is to occasionally add water. Flowers are wonderful, but houseplants have a much longer shelf life, and most of Leon & George’s options are very easy to care for.
We’d also recommend checking out Bloomscape for small plant trios under $70.
Beautiful earrings she’ll own forever
Stone and Strand is a one-stop shop for affordable fine jewelry. According to the site, the Triple Threat White Topaz Huggies are limited edition and 100% ethically mined, and no two pieces are exactly alike.
A membership to a popular skin-care and makeup subscription that sends new, cool, and best-selling products once per month
Birchbox is a skincare and makeup subscription that sends tons of samples of new and cult-favorite products to subscribers so they can find products they love without much commitment or cost upfront. Makeup and skin-care products can be expensive, so this is a particularly helpful service.
A stylish leather makeup pouch that’s thoughtful and easy to travel with
Dagne Dover is quickly becoming one of the best women’s handbag companies to know, and their Lola Toiletries Pouches are a great and relatively affordable gift. The small size ($75) is perfect for everyday makeup essentials, and the large ($105) can be used for toiletries, makeup, or as a small purse. It’s made from beautiful pebbled leather, and you can pick from seven foolproof color choices.
The new Sonos Move portable speaker
The Sonos Move is one of the best speakers on the market. It’s powerful, can be controlled by your voice or an app, and has Amazon Alexa built in so on WiFi you can play music, check the news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, without much effort.
A small skin-care tool that removes 99.5% of dirt, oil, and makeup residue
Our team swears by these gentle yet effective cleaning brushes. They have hygienic silicone bristles and come in five different models for different skin types. The Luna is small enough to bring on the go, so they can maintain their skin-care routine while traveling.
A leather wallet from the same manufacturer as Prada for a fraction of the price
Italic is a startup that makes unbranded luxury goods from the same factories that produce designs for brands like Givenchy or scents for Le Labo – minus the markup. The Zip-Around Wallet is made from soft, calfskin leather and comes in four classic colors. It comes from the same manufacturer as Celine and Prada, and Italic estimates it would cost $295-$300 in traditional retail. It’s also good to note that the company plants one tree for every order. You can find a full review of the company’s leather goods here, and of their candles here.
A subscription to a coffee service that sends coffees specifically for her taste preferences
If she loves coffee, she’ll probably love to try Driftaway. It’s a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it, remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your specific tastes. The first shipment will be a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which she’ll rate online or in the app to start getting personalized options.
A book of love letters written by history’s great men
It can be hard to do yourself justice in words – whether they’re spoken or written in a card. This compilation of love letters written by great men can help you say it without actually technically saying it. Bonus points if you write your own, or mark the ones in the book that most closely resemble your own feelings.
A beautiful diamond necklace she’ll have forever
A diamond necklace doesn’t have to be thousands of dollars, as fine jewelry startups like AUrate are proving. This necklace is something she can keep and wear forever, and both the solid gold and conflict-free diamonds are of the highest quality.
Cozy fuzzy socks and the tools for a great night in
A cooking class from one of the nation’s top chefs
With a Cozymeal class, they’ll learn how to make anything from fresh pasta to Argentinian staple dishes from the nation’s top chefs. In addition to cooking classes, Cozymeal offers food tours in various cities.
You can also book a cooking class through Sur La Table depending on your location.
Cute, quirky potholders that look like pasta
If she loves to cook – really, even if she barely tolerates it – potholders that look like farfalloni pasta noodles are pretty cute. And the silicone mitts with inside ridges keep hands safe from hot pots and lids.
A pair of leggings from an eco-conscious startup
The best bathrobe that money can buy
Snowe’s $98 unisex bathrobe has been called the best and most absorbent terry robe on the market, and I’m just one more fervent believer. The cotton fiber traps air for extra absorbency, is soft and plush, and the unisex sizing means it will feel like a blanket-turned-robe. Perfect functionality, and extra points for coziness.
a personalized passport cover and luggage tag set
Beautiful passport sets are a great gift for plenty of reasons. They’re useful, likely something she won’t have already bought herself, and are often associated with the joy and excitement of travel. Sometimes, you want to own one thing for a long time – and luggage tags and the memories that accompany them are one of those items.
You can get this monogrammed starting from $20 for a bit more personalization, too.
A gift set of a dozen decadent bath bombs
This bath bomb gift set comes with 12 handcrafted bath bombs that range from mango-papaya to lavender in scent, and some of which include flower petals. They’re a great addition to a long bath, as is a bamboo bathtub tray.
A plug-in that adds voice-control to outlets
These plug-ins will turn a “dumb” outlet into a smart outlet. Plug in the WeMo Mini Smart Plug, download the free app, and that’s it – you control your lights and appliances from your phone anywhere and your voice through Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Home Kit. It only needs WiFi – no expensive hub.
A subscription to a famous book club that sends her great hardcovers once per month
If she loves books, Book of the Month is an especially thoughtful and unique gift – it’s a book club that has been around since 1926, and it’s credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time (“Gone with the Wind” and “Catcher in the Rye” to name a couple).
If you gift her a subscription, she’ll receive a hardcover book delivered to her door once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.
A gift bundle of the best hair dryer ever invented and popular hair products from a celebrity hair stylist’s line
This gift may seem inexplicably expensive, but the Dyson blow dryer is lauded as the best one ever invented, and it’s a cult-favorite in beauty. It prevents hair damage by measuring air temperature 20 times per second, has a specially designed Dyson motor for fast drying, and reduces static, breakage, and makes hair look smooth and shiny.
Personalized cartoon couple mugs
These cute mugs can be personalized for what you’re like as a couple, making for a special weekend morning coffee routine or just a nice reminder in the kitchen cabinet. On the back, you can add a family name and the year the couple was established.
A gift card to ClassPass so she can go to tons of boutique fitness classes without the expense
Boutique fitness classes are expensive. ClassPass makes them less so. With ClassPass, she can drop into diverse exercise classes at tons of different specialized studios for $15 or less per class (about half their traditional cost). If she likes to stsy active, is looking for a newfound favorite class, or likes yoga as much as barre classes, this is a great gift she’ll actually use.
Lush, subtly scented body wash
New startup Necessaire formulates its body care products with nourishing vitamins and clean ingredients. The subtly scented Body Wash will leave their skin feeling clean, soft, and nourished.
A stylish, savvy carry-on with an external battery pack
Away’s hyper-popular suitcases deserve their hype. Their hard shell is lightweight but durable, their 360° spinner wheels make for seamless traveling, and the external (and ejectable and TSA-compliant) battery pack included can charge a smartphone five times over so she never has to sit behind a trash can at the airport for access to an outlet again. It’s also guaranteed for life by Away. Find our full review here.
A stylish weekender to keep her organized on the go
Caraa Sport makes some of the most functional and best-looking gym bags on the market. This one can transition from tote to backpack by adding straps, has a hidden shoe compartment, and has a waterproof and antimicrobial lining.
An award-winning but pricey at-home facial
This is an award-winning mask with a big following in the beauty and skin-care community. It’s $80, but it’s an at-home pro-quality facial she can use anytime – which is a fraction of the price required for regular facials.
A framed keepsake of a favorite memory
Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed, or have them print and frame it, and you can take advantage of the team of designers for help deciding what frame to get.
A gift card for delicious healthy meals she can make in about 30 seconds
Daily Harvest is a food startup that makes it possible to eat healthy, delicious meals for less than $10 each even if you only have 30 seconds to spare for prep time. Meals are pre-portioned, delicious, and designed by both a chef and a nutritionist to make sure they’re tasty and good for you. It addressed all my healthy eating roadblocks.
Fancy popcorn and a movie night
Grab a movie night popcorn set and make some fancy popcorn for a movie night. Or, make a reservation at a nice restaurant, stock up on her favorite movie candy and some fun drinks ahead of time (wrap them for an extra wow-factor), get a Fandango gift card, and take her out for a dressed-up version of the classic movie date.
Kitchen towels that rate wines by how well they pair with certain foods
If she loves having a nice glass of wine and/or cooking, she’ll appreciate the thought behind these unique wine pairing towels. Grab a bottle and some corresponding ingredients for a fun night in for the two of you.
16 highly-rated sheet masks
Grab her 16 sheet masks to make it easier for her to have a frequent and well-deserved “treat yourself” day. These 16 are highly-rated and have both vitamin E and collagen included for healthy, happy skin.
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