Whether you’re single, dating, or married, Valentine’s Day can come with its share of pressures.
And while we can’t help with the date or the restaurant reservations, we do have your back when it comes to a little gift-giving. In an effort to take some of the stress out of shopping for Valentine’s Day, we’ve made a list of fun, romantic gifts for under $20 (we also added a few upgrade options for those who want to spend a little more). And if you don’t have a valentine in your life right now, think about gifting yourself one of these little gems, because we all deserve a little pampering!
Bath Bombs for the At-Home Spa Experience
April’s Bath Bombs Gift Set
There’s nothing better than a bubble bath after a long day at work, or even at play. Let’s face it, the at-home spa experience is delicious; the relaxing scents, the bubbling warm water, add in some candlelight and the world melts away. Help your valentine on his or her way to zen with a bath bomb. April’s is a great package of colorful bath bombs that are infused with different essential oils which take the bath to new heights of aromatherapy bliss.
$16.99 for a set of 8
Inspirational Geode Bath Bombs
At a slight price bump, there’s the hand-made, Inspirational Geode Bath Bombs that look like geodes— rocks with a core of jagged little crystals inside. The set of three gives a 3-minute colorful fizzy show upon being dunked into the water. Choose from “focus and balance” or “calming” geodes.
$36 for a set of 3
Scented Candles Extraordinaire
Feu de L’Eau Grapefruit + Tabacco Candle
Candles are a cupid favorite that never goes out of style. Try Feu de L’Eau’s Grapefruit + Tabacco candle this year. Feu de L’Eau—translated from French the name means Fire of the Water— handcrafts dozens of other beautiful scent combinations each with chic French names all starting with Fire (Feu). At Feu de L’Eau candles are made by pulling hot wax through water. The design, packaging, and scents are chicly minimalist and gender-neutral, making these candles the perfect gift for him or her.
The Ultimate Cookbook
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat
For the Valentine who likes to cook, why not pick up the essential reading: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat. The cookbook was a New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook. From professional chefs to amateur foodies, everyone loves this book so much that Nosrat is now the star of a popular Netflix series by the same name. Perhaps, if you’re lucky, your significant other will even make you dinner from Nosrat’s book, using her four pillars of cooking for a memorable meal.
The Effortless Travel Mug Set
TeamFar Tea Coffee Mug Set
Love coffee? Love the outdoors? For a match made in heaven, gift to your special someone the TeamFar Tea Coffee Mug Set. This stylish set-of-4-mugs are each bathed in a bright primary color with a crisp white interior. The mugs are made of high quality ceramic coatings and BPA free too. The versatile and super utilitarian cups are perfect for on the go, whether its a camping trip, a picnic or just a morning cup of coffee.
Exotic Chocolate Bars
Nothing says romance on Valentine’s day like the aphrodisiac that is chocolate. At Chicago-based Chocolat Uzma the founder and pastry chef, Uzma Sharif learned the art of chocolate and pastries from her grandfather who was the owner of several bakeries in Pakistan. After traveling through Europe and attending culinary and pastry schools in the US, Sharif opened Chocolat Uzma. Here, the chocolates are all an expression of exciting spices and ingredients. Each chocolate to brings to life a beautiful fusion of cross-cultural flavors. Shop from chocolates such as the Kashmiri Chili bar, a blend of dark chocolate, Saigon cinnamon, and Kashmiri Chili.
Chocolate bars $8
Sipping Chocolate $18
Book Club Subscriptions
Literary Dream Crate
For the book-lover there’s a book club subscription that wil melt your valentine’s heart. Choose between 2-3 books each month and then select a preferred genre: mystery, romance, thriller, etc. All books are gently used and many are sourced from local libraries. Literary Dream Crate is a super-affordable way to keep the voracious reader satisified and a brilliant plan to keep gently loved books in circulation.
My Coffee and Book Club
Now, if you can go over our budget, there’s a monthly combination book club/coffee club that nails it. Each month your valentine can enjoy a 12 oz bag of hand roasted, small batch coffee and two hardcover books of a genre of their choice from My Coffee and Book Club. What could be better than sinking into a comfy chair with a cup of awesome coffee and a brand new book.
Staying in New York City – About The Lombardy Hotel
The Lombardy Hotel is just as iconic to Midtown Manhattan as many of the other historic and cultural attractions in the area. Not only are our rooms comfortable and tasteful, we provide amenities such as a full salon, coffee shop, and exercise room. We also host the American Cut Midtown steakhouse, perfect for a business lunch or dinner on a special occasion. We look forward to hosting you.
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