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

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12 Items Every Taco Lover Needs

Amazon
Amazon

October 4 is National Taco Day. Let’s tacobout some products you can buy to show your love for this most excellent of foods every day of the year.

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1. TRICERATACO HOLDER; $22

Two dinosaur shaped taco holders with tacos in them.
Amazon

Yes, you could buy some more standard stainless steel taco holders, but why not get these punny and whimsical stands instead? They’re made of BPA-free plastic and are dishwasher safe. If carnivorous dinos are more your speed, try the TACOsaurus Rex.

Find it: Amazon

2. SHORT SLEEVE TACO SHIRT; $16 - $25

Subtly show your taco appreciation with this button up shirt, which is equipped with a tiny taco print and is made of 100 percent cotton. (They recommend buying a size up from your usual size.)

Find it: Amazon

3. TACO WAIST PACK; $11

A fanny pack with tacos on it.
Amazon

Don’t call it a fanny pack: This taco-adorned waist pack has three compartments and an adjustable strap that will accommodate taco bellies up to 46 inches.

Find it: Amazon

4. TACOS: RECIPES AND PROVOCATIONS; $21

This book, written by New York City chef Alex Stupack, is filled with essays, gorgeous photographs, and, of course, recipes. Learn how to make tortillas from scratch, whip up delicious salsas, and top it all off with fillings that are anything but basic. The book promises to “change the way you make—and think about—tacos forever.”

Find it: Amazon

5. TACO HAT; $20

A hat that looks like a taco.
Amazon

Perfect for Taco Tuesday or Halloween (or both!), this hat measures 8 inches by 18 inches.

Find it: Amazon

6. TACOS VINTAGE TEE; $20

This retro shirt comes in men’s and women’s cuts and five different colors.

Find it: Amazon

7. TACO CAT BED; $48

A cat in a bed that looks like a taco.
Amazon

This adorable, cozy taco bed is perfect for your feline friend. Made of padded fleece and microfiber yarn, it has wire in the trim to help it hold its shape and comes with catnip-stuffed pepper toys.

Find it: Amazon

8. TACO DOG COLLAR; $20

A dog collar with tacos on it.
Amazon

This dog collar is both durable and stylish: Made of polyester with a plastic buckle, it’s adorned with a mustachioed taco.

Find it: Amazon

9. KIDROBOT TACO PILLOW; $30

A cute taco pillow with a happy face on it.
Amazon

This friendly-faced pillow will look great on your bed or couch. If photorealism is what you’re looking for in your taco, consider this one.

Find it: Amazon

10. TACO SOCKS; $12

These crew length cotton socks are adorned with avocados, peppers, limes, hot sauce, and tacos. On the bottom, they say “If you can read this” and “bring me some tacos.”

Find it: Amazon

11. TACO POOL FLOAT; $11

A pool float shaped like a taco with a face on it.
Amazon

At 5 feet long, this vinyl taco float is made for lounging in the pool. It comes with a patch kit for easy repairs.

Find it: Amazon

12. TACO KITCHEN TOWEL; $15

Made of microfiber fabric, this tea towel—which measures 16 by 24 inches—is both cute and functional: Made of microfiber terrycloth, it’s ultra absorbent, and the dyes won’t fade.

Find it: Amazon

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