I think I’m one of those weird people who loves Valentine’s Day. But I can’t help it: It’s one day a year, completely devoted to telling those you love (and especially one person in particular) that you love them. Without getting all gushy about it, I think it’s kind-of an awesome holiday, so long as you make sure to include your single friends in some Galentine’s Day action (as in, don’t make them feel bad, buy them gifts and cards too, and don’t gush about the 5-foot stuffed bear and chocolates you get afterwards).
So, without further adieu, here are the things I would like to get (and will be giving) on Valentine’s Day:
For My Hubby: Baseball Cap with Wireless Headphones
My husband has to be one of the hardest people to buy for that I know. He’s not very materialistic, he doesn’t collect anything, and he tends to stick to the same clothes/shoes/accessories/tech items. That said, he and I both have a bit of a “nutty professor” element to our personalities, where we tend to lose items or leave them behind. Since he loves listening to podcasts when he’s out running, this nifty hat ensures that he doesn’t leave his headphones at home (or stuck in a different jacket pocket, or on the stairs, etc).
For Myself (Because I Love Me Too): Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Repair
Now that I’m in my last week of pregnancy (yes, long story there), my skin turned out to be a bit of a mess. Once sunspot-free and soft, my skin has been fighting sunspots and dry skin like no other. Thankfully, products like classic mainstay Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Repair, which I started to religiously apply month 3 of pregnancy, have kept my skin looking pretty damn good, if I do say so myself. I’ll have more pregnancy and postpartum skin-related updates in the future, but for now, this is my gift to me.
For My Best Girlfriends: Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box of Macarons
With almost half of the US population unmarried by age 40 now, Galentine’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning. As one of the lucky women who wanted to get married and ended up being happily married, I feel like it’s important not to rub it in anyone’s face and to share your good fortune with single/unmarried friends. This adorable box of Dana’s Bakery Macarons is sweetly indulgent and at just the right price point to say “I care but I’m not overdoing it for a made-up holiday” at $36 for 12 macarons. (And they’re delicious, too!)
For My Parents: Edible Arrangements Bouquet
The older I get, the more I realize it’s important to tell my parents how much I love them. That said, the older I get, the busier I also get, so it’s also important to choose thoughtful gifts that don’t take me forever to choose and ship and send. Thankfully, these Edible Arrangements literally took me about five minutes to select, write a digital card, and send. For less than $100, I got a bouquet that will make them super happy — and it’s really pretty too.