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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: 14 Unique Ways to Show Your Love

Valentine’s Day is an excuse to double down on showing the important people in your life that you care. And you don't have to be in a romantic relationship to enjoy the day! From partners to parents, children, friends, and anyone you truly look forward to hanging out with - make this the year you find a way to celebrate your most special connections. To help you go beyond the traditional flowers and candy - we’ve gathered some of our favorite ideas here to share with you.

Whether you’re looking for fun DIY gifts, experiences you can share together, or ways to give back, here are some of the best Valentine’s Day gifts around this season.

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

Homemade Dinner or Dessert

Nothing says I love you like a home-cooked meal. Cook your partner their favorite dinner or bake a wild and crazy dessert for a get-together with friends. Food and scents can evoke memories - so make something that brings back a part of your favorite vacation. A salty margarita from your trip to Mexico? Olive oil poached fish from your trip to Croatia? (Our founder Jane Park proposed to her husband over a meal of half Korean kalbi and half American barbeque). If you’ll be solo, treat yourself right with a new recipe you’ve been dying to try.

Needs some inspiration? This Everyday Chocolate Cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen is a favorite here at Tokki.

Photo courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

A Mix-Tape - 2020 Style

So, maybe you won’t be burning songs onto a CD for your crush a la early 2000’s middle school days, but you can still share your love through music with an epic Spotify playlist. Send it straight to the inbox of your special someone or play it in the background during a romantic dinner at home. Maybe your bestie is a need for a new pump-up playlist or something a little calmer and relaxing to slow down. Creating a playlist for someone is sure to add happiness to their everyday life. Every single one of our playlists includes Lizzo these days...

An Organic Face Mask

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Grab your best friends and these ingredients for a fun night of DIY pampering. These face masks only take a few natural ingredients as well as a bit of elbow grease to bring it all together. Light up some candles, pop a bottle of bubbly and put on your favorite rom-com for a relaxing evening with the girls. For a little "off the beaten path" ideas, we love Murial's Wedding and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Deeds of Service Gift Ideas

Do the Thing They’ve Been “Meaning to Get Around To”

It’s the little things that can make all the difference - when they are acts of meeting a true need. If an important person in your life has an endless to-do list, it can be the most meaningful gift to help them finally take care of a couple of items that just never seem to get done. Or maybe the one that they're dreading the most.

Treat them to a car wash, help them weed their garden or deep clean their kitchen. There's nothing that says "I love you" like scrubbing something gross or cleaning out something nasty. (I would LOVE for someone to pick up Sonic's poo out of the backyard. That would be UBER romantic!!).

Up-Level an Aspect of Their Lives

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

The gift of elevation can make a real difference. If you notice that someone you care for in your life could use an upgrade to make their life better, do it! Let’s say your friend loves to cook and a home herb garden would make their recipes all the more delicious. Or maybe your partner could benefit from actual studio space for their woodworking, painting, or other artistic pursuits.

Enhancing the daily experience of those you care about is a gift you give to them and to yourself. Seeing and meeting a need is like love Tetris where everyone gets all the bonus points.

Give Back Together

Spend a day volunteering for your favorite organization together and spread the love far and wide. Don’t have a favorite organization? A quick online search for volunteer opportunities in your area is all it takes to find a cause that speaks to you. There are always nonprofits who need food or clothing sorting, park cleanups, and more. Finding something to do together can strengthen your growing bond.

Gifts that Give Back

Photo courtesy of Lula's Garden

Lula’s Garden Jewel Garden

Each of these precious succulent gardens is hand-planted in Los Angeles. The gift box they come in doubles as a planter so your loved one can keep them for years. The best part? Lula’s Garden donates a portion of their profits to help communities throughout the world receive access to clean water.

Giving Key

Photo courtesy of thegivingkeys.com

Each of these keys comes stamped with an inspirational word like “Love,” “Dream,” or “Create.” No two keys are exactly alike, and a portion of each purchase goes to support the creation of jobs for those who are transitioning out of homelessness.

OneHope Wine

Valentine’s Day and wine go together like peanut butter and jelly. OneHope Wines makes sure that vino and philanthropy go together just as well. Each bottle sold benefits the development of children with Autism through ABA therapy. They carry white, red, rose, and sparkling varietals, so there is something for every palate. Plus, this wine fits perfectly into a Tokki wrap to make it extra special.

Ocean to Mountain Tokki Wrap

Embrace Ambition Bracelet

The perfect gift for your best friend, sister, or daughter, this dainty bracelet was created to inspire women to embrace their power and ambition. 100% of net proceeds go to the Tory Burch Foundation which benefits female entrepreneurs all over the world.

Tokki Ship A Gift: Candies

This is a gift inside a gift: give her a beautiful Tokki with a personalized message, wrapped around small batch, handmade sweetness. Our custom Valentine's GIFS help you share how you feel if you're not the Shakespeare type. Send the gift directly to your Valentine, and we'll email you a link to upload your photo, video or text message. She's never gotten a gift like this before.

Tokki Ship a Gift Candies - send the most beautifully wrapped gift and we'll send you a link to create your personal note. https://tokki.com/products/ship-a-gift-candy/

Experience-Based Gifts

Concert, Movie, or Play

Is their favorite band coming to town? Are they a theatre lover? Do they love night’s out at the movies? Grab tickets for both of you to have a fun night out on the town. Pair it with dinner and drinks afterward so you can bond over what you saw together.

Mini Stay-cation

Sometimes all you need is one night away. Check out Airbnb to find a sweet, secluded cottage with a waterfront view or a high-rise condo all to yourself that gives you the perfect view of the sunset. A change of scenery even just for a day and night does wonders for your peace of mind. You and your special someone will cherish your brief but wonderful time away for years to come.

New Hobby They’ve Wanted to Try

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If your friend, partner, or a family member has wanted to try cooking, pottery, bouldering, or any other new hobby, why not give them the chance to do so? Studios of all kinds offer single and multiple class package options that your loved one can enjoy. You can always join them as well for a fun bonding experience you’ll never forget.

Share the Love This Valentine’s Day 2020

Tokki is committed to supporting our planet through sustainable, eco-friendly gifting options. If you’ve picked out that perfect gift for the one you love, check out our limited edition Tokki gift wrap designs and share the love while helping to improve our environment. 10% of our profits go toward protecting our planet. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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