valentines

Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means precisely two things will happen: You’ll probably buy too much chocolate, and while eating said chocolate, debate if you should get your partner that awkward, oversized stuffed animal in an attempt to be cute.

This year, skip the awkward gifts, but definitely don’t skimp on the dark chocolate (more on that later), and focus on getting your partner a gift that’s in line with a healthy lifestyle. Because the sexiest thing you can do for each other is stay healthy, right?

1. Meal delivery service

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Maybe some people would find this unromantic. But to me, there’s nothing sexier than nourishing the ones you love with food. And if my partner got me a meal delivery service so I didn’t have to spend all week cooking that food, I’d be over the moon. Services like Terra’s Kitchen and Blue Apron will send you fresh, pre-cut, ready-to-cook ingredients. It will help you both stay on track with healthy eating, all while enjoying the time together cooking. And even better? Every meal takes 30 minutes or less to complete, so you can get back to enjoying a romantic evening together.

2. Exercise pass

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Gifting your significant other a full-fledged gym membership or fancy piece of exercise equipment can be tricky. Will they be offended? Instead, purchasing a pass to try a new CrossFit or boot camp class together might be a safer and more fun bet for both of you. Your partner will get the chance to try out a new form of fitness, and you can breathe a sigh of relief that they don’t get the wrong idea from you.

3. A pressure cooker

Pressure cookers are all the rage right now, and for good reason. They allow you to whip up a healthy and delicious meal in a fraction of the time. If you haven’t tried one yet, this is the perfect time to gift your partner with one. And you’ll reap the benefits for yourself, too.

4. Dark chocolate

We don’t even have to debate this one, folks. Chocolate is healthy. Dark chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants, minerals, and anti-inflammatory ingredients, and it’s scientifically proven that chocolate makes you happy. And let’s not forget the fact that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, so who knows what the evening’s activities after desert will include?

5. An active getaway

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Surprise your partner with a weekend getaway that includes something other than your typical “sleep in and eat a lot” vacation. Some ideas include a 5K race or other fitness venture you can both try on the trip, a healthy cooking class, or a walking tour of a new city that gets you out and about while exploring new sights.

6. Fitness tracker

There are so many different types of fitness trackers on the market that it can be easy to get overwhelmed deciding which one might be a good fit for your partner. I like to keep things simple. This Fitbit has a sleek and minimalist design that’s also waterproof, syncs to almost any device, and keeps track of sleep and exercise automatically. Oh, and it also functions as an alarm clock, so it will actually get your S.O. out of bed to work out. Amazing!

7. A happiness planner

If you have a partner who loves to plan, why not gift them with a planner designed to bring more happiness into life? The Happiness Planner is designed to help you work through your life with self-reflection questions, action items, and intention. And with a beautiful design, it makes planning the big and small aspects of your life more joyful.

8. A fancy coffee and espresso machine

Again, this one is not up for debate. Coffee is good for you. You probably shouldn’t drink gallons of the stuff, but coffee, in moderation, has many health benefits. And the best way to reap those benefits is to drink high-quality, fresh coffee. If your partner loves to use K-cups, but also longs for the fresh taste of espresso (like the gourmet coffee snob you know they are), this machine can whip up either with the touch of a button. Of course, you’ll want to avoid all those high-sugar, high-calorie Frappuccinos and coffee drinks that are more like milkshakes!

9. The gift of sleep

You know what’s super healthy? Naps. Naps are a great way to detox the body, clear your mind, and boost your immune system. Encourage your partner to take an indulgent Valentine’s Day nap with the help of a super comfy new pillow. Then you’ll both be well-rested and ready to enjoy a fun-filled night together. Even if all that means is binge-watching Netflix, your secret is safe with us!

Bottom line

If you’re still trying to figure out what to get your S.O. for Valentine’s Day, keep in mind that sweets are only enjoyed for a few minutes, but they have their health to think about forever. Consider which healthy gift they would most enjoy. Show how much you love them with a new pillow or healthy meal delivery instead of candy. 

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  • In 2016, U.S. consumers spent about $1.7 billion on candy on Valentine’s Day, according to the National Retail Foundation.
Chaunie Brusie