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Take a pause if you’re worrying about what to buy your partner for Valentine’s Day.
Exit the Google searches for “gifts they actually want” and “Have we been dating long enough?.” Take a breath, and think about what you would treat yourself to instead.
Date or no date, it’s never too last minute to invest in your self-care. And in the process, you may find some ideas for loved ones (and new flames), too.
Our team of editors works hard, and we certainly aren’t missing this opportunity to treat ourselves to some little luxuries. Here’s what we’re gifting ourselves, and you can, too.
- $ = under $25
- $$ = $25–$50
- $$$ = over $50
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask
Give your lips some TLC with this highly-rated lip balm.
“Living in Colorado for most of my life, I’m no stranger to dry lips. Recently, I’ve stumbled across several rave reviews of LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask. Taking these stumbles as a sign from the universe, I’ll be adding this balm to my Amazon cart ASAP.”
— Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor II
OUAI Chill Pills
Feel like you could use some relaxation without having to pay for an expensive day at the spa? These relaxing bath bombs from OUAI might just do the trick.
“I recently had a baby and, while pregnant, was really missing my ability to take long, steamy baths — one of my favorite activities on earth. Because I had a C-section, I had to wait even longer for the green light from my doc to take baths again.
“So, now back at work with a baby at home, I’m especially craving this R&R time after baby goes down for the night, and it’s giving me every excuse to splurge on some fancy bath soaks, bombs, and bubbles. I’m normally content with some good ol’ Dr. Teals Epsom salts, but I have been loving the idea of having some luxury upgrades in the mix.”
— Catherine Conelly, Editor II
Riddle Original Roll-On Fragrance Oil
Treat yourself (and those around you) to the smell of luxury. Made with high quality, skin-safe, nontoxic ingredients, this fragrance from Riddle is one that you can feel good about rolling on your skin. Plus, it’s also cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.
“This is the most rich and sensual perfume I’ve ever smelled! I’ve watched with mirth or felt in surprise as someone tries to locate the source of the soft, pheromone scent, sniffing around like Pepé Le Pew! Because it’s an oil-based perfume, it will adhere to your natural body oils and smell unique on everyone.
Customers note the small bottle smells better than the large bottle for some reason.”
— Kristin Currin-Sheehan, Multimedia Editor II
BodyRestore Amore Shower Steamers
If there’s nothing more relaxing to you than a hot shower, we recommend taking your R&R up a notch with these floral-scented shower steamers.
“I find aromatherapy effective for relaxing or taking a moment to reset my focus, whether it’s coming from a bath, scented candle, oil diffuser, or just a cup of tea. Aromatherapy in the shower seems like another good option.”
— Candice Abellon, Healthline Editor
Ippodo Sayaka Matcha
Founded in 1717, Ippodo Tea is a family-run Japanese tea company that’s known for sourcing and crafting beautifully smooth and aromatic teas — including matcha.
“I’ve tried numerous [cheaper] matcha powders, and every time, I end up disappointed. As getting a toddler ready for and to daycare on time doesn’t always leave room for a stop at my favorite coffee shop, I decided to treat myself to a jar of Sayaka matcha from Ippodo.
“While it isn’t cheap, it’s by far the best matcha powder I’ve tried. It whisks easily and quickly, and it has just the right amount of richness and sweetness when combined with frothed oat milk.”
— Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor II
Youth To The People Superclay Purify + Clear Power Mask
Break out the cucumber slices and put on some relaxing music. This pro-grade purifying facial mask is a prime example of how self-care doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly.
“Face masks make me feel as though I’m showing my skin a little extra love, since it’s not part of my day-to-day routine. I absolutely adore this option from Youth To The People. It feels like it works instantly thanks to its purifying nature that [the product claims] detoxes oils and calms existing breakouts.
“When I take this off after 15 to 20 minutes, my skin is noticeably smoother. I especially love to use it when I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup or am experiencing hormonal breakouts from my period.”
— Melissa Lee, Market Wellness Editor II
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Triple Repair Moisturizing Body Cream
Gift yourself smoother skin with this triple repair, clinically-tested body cream.
“I’ve become mildly obsessed with moisturizing my body, which constantly feels dry. I live in Los Angeles, which is essentially the desert — plus, it’s winter [YES, we get winter in LA!]. [More than] 17,000 rave reviews can’t be wrong, AND this product got a thumbs up from our medical vetting team, so I’m excited to treat myself to this wonder lotion.”
— Rita Mauceri, Senior Director of Commerce
Homesick Love Letters Candle
Featuring notes of jasmine, rose, and peony, this candle was designed with nostalgic scents to help bring back memories of long-forgotten love notes, tucked away in a shoebox or dresser drawer.
“I like burning a scented candle during the workday, and it’s even better if it’s themed to the season or time of year. While I haven’t tried this specific scent yet, I have ordered from Homesick in the past, so I trust that it would be a nice Valentine’s themed scent to gift myself.”
—Steven Rowe, Healthline Editor
DASH Heart Mini Waffle Maker
Sometimes, the best way to the heart is through the stomach. This cherry red mini waffle maker features a nonstick, heart-shaped surface that’s sure to bring a smile to your face every time you use it.
“While my husband will probably cringe seeing another DASH mini waffle maker in the house, I can’t help the joy I feel sitting down to a plate of festively-shaped waffles. Plus, I’ve found mini waffle makers to be more foolproof than larger ones.”
— Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor II
Funko Pop! BB-8 Star Wars Valentines
Sometimes, the perfect gift to give yourself is one that’s a little silly and makes you smile.
With a pink, white, and red color scheme, this Valentine’s Day-themed BB-8 is a great little indulgence, whether you’re an avid Star Wars fan or a bobblehead collector.
“I like to pick up Valentine’s Day decorations for the house, and I collect a good number of Funko Pops. Over the last year or two, Funko has released Valentine’s Day Star Wars-themed Pops, and I think they are fun to collect or as deck and office decorations.”
— Steven Rowe, Healthline Editor
Furinno 4-Tier Bookcase
For fellow bookworms, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of curling up with a good book. The Furinno 4-Tier Bookcase features a sleek, timeless design that’s great for keeping your book collection (or other items) organized.
“I’ve been looking for storage space that doesn’t take up too much room, and these look so sturdy and compact! Getting two will store more than enough of my things, and they also look nice and sleek. Very excited to buy it. It’s been in my cart for months, but it’s 56% off right now! I bought two of them!”
— Parisa Syed, Healthline Editor
The best “treat yourself” Valentine’s Day gift is the one that feels like a mini indulgence. And because every person’s needs and wants are different, we didn’t set many parameters for the types of items that our editors could recommend.
Here are the main factors we used when curating our list:
- Editor-recommended: Healthline editors recommended all the products after we asked them to share what items they plan on buying to show themselves a little self-care this Valentine’s Day.
- Availability: All the products are available to purchase on Amazon.
- Vetting: We vetted the products on our list to ensure that they align with Healthline’s brand integrity standards and approach to well-being. You can read more about our vetting process.
Whether it’s with a hydrating lotion, a heart-shaped waffle maker, or a festively-colored BB-8 bobblehead, show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day.
Don’t want to spend money? There are plenty of no-cost ways to practice self-care. Take our online quiz to discover your self-care style.