2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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By: Stefanie DiMartino

It’s been a hard year and everyone could use some extra love! It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so if you need some gift guidance, this list can help inspire gift ideas for all those you love and care about. Below, find the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts:

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Top 22 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for 2021

BEST NYC/LOCAL GIFTS

RAAKA CHOCOLATE

What says I love you more than chocolates? Give the gift of Raaka chocolate! “This month we’re celebrating the power of flowers with two floral-infused collaboration bars made in partnership with the landmark New York Botanical Garden: the creamy, marshmallow-like Vanilla Violet and the gentle, aromatic Chamomile Lavender. Each bar is wrapped in botanical artwork from NYBG’s historical archives. These bars will be available for individual purchase and through February’s First Nibs batch along with Rose Cardamom.” – Raaka 

COMPANY XIVALENTINE

While we cannot wait for live performances to happen again, Company XIV doesn’t disappoint and is offering virtual entertainment! “Roses are red, violets are blue, pop the Champagne, Company XIV loves you! Company XIV is offering a sensual evening at home with spectacular burlesque, circus, music, magic and aerial performances. Premiering on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14th at 8pm.” It is the perfect gift for a perfect night in!

BROOKLYN ROASTING COMPANY

You can never go wrong with the gift of coffee! Brooklyn Roasting Company offers coffee subscriptions which would make a great gift. Or, you can shop their special Valentine’s Day Blend, available in 3 different designs. “Imagine a luscious fresh strawberry, ripe and full of bright fruit flavor, dipped in a warm melted dark chocolate. Inside this magical Valen-tin, you’ll find the coffee equivalent– a beautifully balanced Balinese coffee, chock full of lovely strawberry notes mingling with a big-bodied Gayo Mountain Sumatran –chocolatey and verging on the volcanic.” – Brooklyn Roasting Company

OLFACTORY NYC

Perfume always makes a wonderful gift. Olfactory is an NYC based store specializing in custom scents. You can get Sarah’s signature scent – Taylor, which consists of Olfactory’s jasmine blend, with more jasmine added, along with lily, and freesia for a floral explosion! You can save 20% using code SFUNKY20

BAKED BY MELISSA

“The ultimate Valentine’s Day gift! Send your Valentine all the love with 25 handcrafted cupcakes in six delicious flavors including Dulce de Leche, Strawberry Cheesecake, Salty Chocolate Caramel & more! This gift comes fully equipped with a gift box plus our limited edition ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ card!” – Baked by Melissa

Of course these perfect bite-sized cupcakes are sure to be a sweet gift.

JEAN-GEORGES 

Famed chef and New York restauranteur Jean-Georges is offering a limited edition Valentine’s Day Chocolate Box and a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cookie Box! The chocolate box contains two of each flavor, such as Amaretto Caramel, Raspberry Rose, Passion Fruit, Hazelnut Crunch, Coconut Almond and Alfajore. The cookie box features 6 of each of the following: chocolate nero cookies, ganache filled heart shaped oreos, passion fruit caramel swirl brownies, dark chocolate dulcey chip cookies. You can order the cookie and chocolate boxes online. The chocolate boxes are also available for pickup at several Jean-Georges restaurant locations

MILK BAR

Does a dozen Cake Truffles, a tin of cookies, AND a tiny little Red Velvet Cake for two on Valentine’s Day sound amazing to you? Then this is the perfect gift for you! Milk Bar is offering this Valentine’s special, sure to be extra sweet!

J.BESPOKE COCKTAILS TO GO

For a romantic night in, J.Bespoke, an upscale cocktail lounge in Manhattan, is now offering Bottled Cocktails for pickup or delivery! Bottled cocktails contain all ingredients including dilution. Simply chill the bottle and serve cold over ice with included garnish. Keep refrigerated at all times and shake bottle before pouring. All orders come with potato chips. Small bottles are 2 drinks and large bottles are 6 drinks. 

Note: Pickup and delivery available Wednesday through Saturday, 5 – 8 pm. For same day orders, please order two hours ahead of time.

For orders outside of Manhattan, contact host@jbespoke.com.

NYC TOUR

For when travel and life is back to normal, you absolutely cannot go wrong with the gift of an NYC tour! You can get a gift card for a tour at a later date or book a custom designed private tour with Sarah, Luis, or Tom. They are all NYC experts and enjoy showing others around the city they love. Also, you can customize the tour to fit your own personal interests. You certainly do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

NYC SHOPPING

Shop on ShopIn.NYC and find unique gifts on NYC’s local version of Amazon, where “local stores have teamed up to make an “everything store” with free same-day delivery, all in one box. You can also buy a gift card for anyone that wants to shop local and “can be used to purchase food, alcohol, toys, gift items, clothing, pet supplies and more. Treat the loved ones in your life to “The Gift of NYC.” – ShopIn.NYC

You can view the full list of participating stores here. More are always being added! 

*Note: Delivery is anywhere in Brooklyn and only available to the following Manhattan zip-codes: 10001, 10011, 10018, 10019, 10023, 10024, 10025

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BEST GIFTS FOR HER

Real roses that last a year! You can choose the color of the roses you want and the small heart box comes with 15-17 roses.

Venus Et Fleur Small Heart Box of Roses | $329+

A simple, but elegant double heart necklace makes a great gift!

Swarovski Infinity Double Heart Necklace, White, Mixed metal finish | $119

Self-care gifts always make great gifts. And, you can’t go wrong with this Valentine’s peach fizz bath bomb!

Harper + Ari Valentine Bath Bomb | $12

A little pampering and skin care goes a long way! This Valentine’s set comes with serum, face toner, konjac sponge, and a rose quartz face roller.

Valentine Beauty Gift Set | $50

The cutest and most perfect gift for your galentines! 

Galentine’s Day Succulent Plant Valentines gift box | $24.99+

The Body Shop Juicy Strawberry Valentine’s Love Heart | $15

BEST GIFTS FOR HIM

What is even better than that first morning cup of coffee? A sweet, personalized mug of course!

Forever & Always Personalized Mug | $19.99+

If you have an aspiring brewer in your life, you can’t go wrong with a beer making kit!

Mini Keg Beer Making Kit – Lager | $40

What says I love you more than custom socks with your face on it? Makes a cute and funny gift!

Custom photo socks | $19.55+

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 23 Piece Mens Grooming Kit, Trimmer for Beard, Head, Body, and Face | $54+

Undies with hearts make a great gift. Even better, you can get a matching set for yourself! You can both be #twinning!

MeUndies Men’s Boxer Brief w/ Fly | $24

An extra special and unique gift for the board game lover!

Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game | $85

In conclusion, these are some of the Top 22 Best Valentine’s Gifts for 2021. Hope everyone has a safe & Happy Valentine’s Day full of love!

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