Fall In Love With These 20 Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Your loved ones are worth way more than a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates. Instead, opt for one of these presents that will make your Valentine fall for you all over again.

1. ANATOMICAL HEART T-SHIRT; $15

Anatomical heart t-shirt
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you can wear it on your chest? Slip on this quirky cranberry tee that literally turns your insides out.

Find It: Amazon

2. WIRELESS ON-EAR HEADPHONES; $220

Why You'll Want It: Ensure that all your favorite love songs can be heard loud and clear with these cordless noise blockers. With 40 hours of battery life, the beat goes on for a long time.

Find It: Amazon

3. JEWELRY BOX; $30

Umbra Tesora Jewelry Box, Concrete/Copper
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: A jewelry box should be a reflection of the gems that it holds. Hopefully, your Valentine’s favorite necklaces, bangles, earrings, and baubles are worthy enough for this.

Find It: Amazon

4. COOLER BAG; $40

Picnic at Ascot Wine and Cheese Cooler Bag
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Dates don't have to be complicated. For less than $50, nab this picnic cooler bag packed with a set of glasses, napkins, a cutting board, and a corkscrew—just add wine and cheese, along with your partner and a sunny day at the park.

Find It: Amazon

5. INITIAL PENDANT NECKLACE; $58

Initial Pendant Necklace
Nordstrom

Why You'll Want It: Nameplate necklaces are sweet, but you can get more creative with a simple initial. Pick your Valentine’s first name, or refer to your favorite place. The possibilities are endless.

Find It: Nordstrom

6. STAR WARS PLUSH BOUQUET; $50

Star Wars Bouquet
Think Geek

Why You'll Want It: Flowers are pretty, but they often don’t stay that way for long. Characters like Darth Vader, Han Solo, Leia, and Yoda (propped up on dowels that look like lightsabers!) are forever.

Find It: Think Geek

7. GOURMET CANDY PIZZA; $35

chocolate pizza
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Some like it hot, but you’ll love it sweet. One-up your usual box of chocolates with a pizza pie made with a milk chocolate crust and topped with caramel popcorn, heart candies, and a mint chocolate drizzle.

Find It: Amazon

8. STRANGER THINGS GREETING CARD; $5

Stranger Things Greeting Card
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Your favorite Stranger Things fan will get a kick out of a handmade greeting card like this, featuring Eleven in her bloody-nosed glory.

Find It: Amazon

9. HANDHELD PAC-MAN ARCADE GAME; $26

Handheld Arcade Game
Urban Outfitters

Why You'll Want It: Share the nostalgia of the '80s, with no quarters required.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

10. REUSABLE TOTE BAG; $19

Reusable Tote
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Choosy from 40 punny sayings for these tote bags—all 100 percent cotton and reusable.

Find It: Amazon

11. CHAMPAGNE-FLAVORED COTTON CANDY; $3

Champagne Cotton Candy
Target

Why You’ll Want It: Rosé season doesn't have to end. Now, your love can enjoy the taste of the sparkling wine without the bubbles (or the hangover).

Find It: Target

12. MINI PATTERNED POLAROID ALBUM; $12

Mini Patterned Polaroid Photo Album
Urban Outfitters

Why You’ll Want It: A phone's camera roll won’t always conserve those precious memories. So just in case, help your loved one store 36 of their favorite Polaroids in this mini album.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

13. FRIDA AND DIEGO MUGS; $25

Freida and Diego Mugs
MoMa Store

Why You’ll Want It: Don’t go breakin’ the art—these printed mugs are made of glass, after all. Because of that, your Valentine will be inspired to preserve the cups that bear an uncanny likeness to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Find It: MoMA Design Store

14. ELECTRIC COCKSCREW; $30

Electric Corkscrew
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Uncorking a bottle of your go-to vino is as simple as a push of a button, thanks to this opener with an eight-hour charge.

Find It: Amazon

15. CHAMPAGNE BEARS CANDY; $20

Nordstrom Champagne Bears
Nordstrom

Why You’ll Want It: Don’t let the the size of these gummies fool you. The childhood favorite gets a major adult upgrade—they’re infused with French bubbly. Cheers!

Find It: Nordstrom

16. HOYA HEART & EZRA PLANTER; $32

The Sill
The Sill

Why You’ll Want It: This heart-shaped plant is small enough to fit on a desk, but is sure to put a big smile on your partner’s face.

Find It: The Sill

17. WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER; $105


Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Let the good times roll, and the slow jams play with this waterproof and shockproof speaker.

Find It: Amazon

18. BATH FIZZIES; $25

Bath Fizzies
Nordstrom

Why You’ll Want It: There’s no way that your partner won’t want a bath with these vanilla musk and jasmine fizzies.

Find It: Nordstrom

19. HERE COUNTRIES GLOBE; $35

Here Globe
MoMa Store

Why You’ll Want It: Bon voyage! Planning your next romantic getaway just got more exciting with this 3D map, complete with marker pins.

Find It: MoMA Design Store

20. MEN'S CARE CANDLE TRIO SET; $24

Candle Trio
Urban Outfitters

Why You’ll Want It: Present your special someone with a set of candles—in vetiver patchouli, bergamot leather, and sage pine—that are almost too cool to burn. Almost.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

10 Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix Without Coffee

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Looking to get an extra buzz without drinking another cup of coffee? Luckily, sleepy people everywhere have created a huge market for all things caffeine-related. Here are some more unusual products that will give you a buzz.

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1. Perk Energy Bracelet

A woman wearing a Perk bracelet
Perk, Amazon

These bracelets administer caffeine right through your skin. They're lined with energy patches that provide the same amount of caffeine as a medium cup of coffee, according to Perk, but over the course of four hours to prevent jitters or crashing. Because the caffeine isn't going through your digestive system, the effects are also stronger and hit faster. Each bracelet comes with 30 caffeine patches to get you started.

Buy it on Amazon for $40.

2. Viter Energy Mints

Six light blue tins of energy mints
Viter Energy, Amazon

Worried about getting coffee breath? Viter Energy mints will make your mouth minty fresh while putting a pep in your step. Each mint has 40 milligrams of caffeine, so eating two mints is about the same as an 8-ounce cup of coffee. (The caffeine content of coffee varies from brand to brand, but according to the Mayo Clinic, an 8-ounce brewed coffee might contain anywhere from 95 to 165 milligrams of caffeine, while an espresso will around 47 to 64 milligrams. A tall dark-roast brewed coffee at Starbucks contains 193 milligrams.) These mints have a "strong and intense wintergreen flavor and menthol kick” as the makers describe it, but they also come in spearmint, cinnamon, chocolate mint, and peppermint flavors.

Buy them on Amazon for $20 for six tins.

3. Shower Shock Caffeinated Soap

Showers are about to get a lot more energizing—no freezing cold water needed. This vegetable-based glycerine soap from ThinkGeek is made with caffeine to give your morning a jump start even before your first cup of coffee. Each Shower Shock bar packs about 200 milligrams of caffeine per use. (Each bar is about 12 servings.) It also has a refreshing peppermint smell—but no, it's not edible.

Buy it from ThinkGeek for $8 or from Amazon for $16.

4. pureLYFT Energy Stir Sticks

Boxes of pureLYFT stir sticks near citrus fruit
pureLYFT, Amazon

Now you can add caffeine to any beverage you like with a stick that you can swirl into your drink. The plastic sticks are filled with crystals that dissolve after just 10 seconds of stirring. Each packs 125 milligrams of caffeine. You can opt for the plain version or try flavors like orange, mixed berry, and lemon-lime.

Buy them on Amazon for $13 per pack of six or at these other retailers:

5. OGX Fight Fallout Shampoo

A brown bottle of OGX shampoo
OGX, Walmart

Energize your scalp with caffeine-infused shampoo. While this shower addition might not actually wake you up, some studies have suggested that caffeine may (slightly) help with hair loss. OGX claims their shampoo helps thicken hair and keep it on your head. The company also makes a conditioner and a "root stimulator" spray with the same ingredients.

Buy it from Walmart for $12 or at these other retailers:

6. Power Toothpaste

Say goodbye to groggily brushing your teeth. Power Toothpaste is infused with caffeine that quickly kicks in as soon as you're done with your oral hygiene routine. Each tube has enough mint-flavored paste for 90 brushes with roughly 80 milligrams of caffeine per serving.

Buy it from Power Toothpaste for $15 or from Amazon for $20 (with Prime shipping).

7. HeroEC Energy Water

A 12-pack of water bottles
Hero Water, Amazon

Swap out your coffee for something a little more refreshing. This hydrating water from Hero Water comes with electrolytes and 60 milligrams of caffeine, without the bitter aftertaste of coffee.

Buy it on Amazon for $20 for a pack of 12.

8. Jolt Energy Gum

A box of Jolt Energy Gum
Jolt, Amazon

Based on the popular soda, Jolt Energy Gum comes packed with guarana, ginseng, and 40 milligrams of caffeine per serving. The spearmint and "icy mint" flavors are designed to deliver a minty kick that's sure to keep you up for a while.

Buy it on Amazon for $20 per pack of 12 (120 pieces total).

9. First Aid Beauty Matcha Wake Up Wipes

A pack of facial wipes
First Aid Beauty, Amazon

Start the morning right with a clean and refreshed face. These caffeine matcha wipes remove dirt, soothe with aloe, and wake you up. The caffeine reduces puffiness and redness, too. Each pack comes with 25 wipes designed for all skin types.

Buy it on Amazon for $7 and at these other retailers:

10. Eagle Energy Caffeine Infused Inhaler

A three-pack of caffeine inhalers
Eagle Energy, Amazon

Made with guarana extract, ginseng, and vitamin B12, Eagle Energy’s caffeine inhaler is a sugar-free, calorie-free way to get your energy boost. According to the company, “Eagle uses a customized heating system that creates a vapor and is engineered to maximize caffeine bioavailability and prevent the creation of any unintended by-products.” Because the caffeine is inhaled, it only takes three to five minutes to kick in.

Buy it on Amazon for $26 per pack of three.

The 3 Best Mattresses You Can Order Online Right Now

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President’s Day is quickly creeping up, and you know what that means: Everyone and their mother will be shopping for new mattresses (which traditionally go on sale over the holiday weekend). However, if you don’t feel like fighting off the crowds at your local mattress outlet, there are plenty of great online deals you can take advantage of—and you don't have to sift through a thousand reviews to find a great one. Check out our buying guide to the three comfiest mattresses on the market right now from Leesa, Allswell, and Linenspa.

1. Leesa’s Universal Adaptive Feel Memory Foam Cooling Mattress

Leesa's universal adaptive feel memory foam cooling mattress
Leesa, Amazon

Do you kick off the covers in the middle of the night because you get too hot? Try Leesa’s 10-inch-tall cooling mattress. It has three unique foam layers: The first layer is designed to keep you cool, while the second offers body-contouring comfort, and the third helps relieve pressure and provide core support. The “adaptive feel” label refers to the fact that it adapts to your body no matter what your preferred sleeping position may be. The mattress comes in twin through California king sizes, with prices starting at $375.

Buy it on Amazon or from Leesa's website, where you can get 15 percent off plus two free pillows this weekend.

2. Allswell’s Luxe Hybrid Mattress

This extra-thick mattress is so popular that it frequently sells out from Allswell and at other retailers. It packs 12 inches of high-end material into one mattress, including quilted memory foam and an outer layer designed keep you cool in hot weather. Similar mattresses tend to go for thousands of dollars, but the Luxe Hybrid retails for far less. Prices start at $345 for a twin, $485 for a full, $585 for a queen, or $745 for a king. (Not sure about the difference in mattress sizes? We've got you covered.)

Buy it from Allswell's website, where you can save 15 percent through February 20 using the offer code 15FORALL. It's also available at these retailers:

3. Linenspa’s memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress

The Linenspa memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress
Linenspa, Amazon

Amazon customers swear by Linenspa’s hybrid mattress, which comes in sizes twin ($96) through California king ($198). Ideal for people who like medium-firm mattresses, it combines the benefits of memory foam with the support one gets from a traditional innerspring mattress. The standard version is 8 inches thick, but Linenspa also offers a 10-inch version in all sizes. (We also love the company's incredibly affordable down-alternative duvet, which is $50 off right now on Amazon.)

Buy it on Amazon, where the 8-inch queen mattress is currently 18 percent off ($156).

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