Valentine’s Day comes around once a year to totally screw over men whose girlfriends have impeccable taste (a.k.a. hard-to-shop-for women). No matter the occasion, finding gifts for her that she’ll truly love can feel impossible. Every year, no matter what you do, it seems like your girlfriend gets that cringe-y “No, I do love it!” face whenever she unwraps your present. Then there’s the awkward back and forth about whether she actually likes it and you are forced to reassure her that she can, “Totally return it if she wants to!”
Sigh. Let’s skip that this year, shall we? To help you out, we’ve gathered the best gifts for girlfriends that they actually want.
The type of gift you get your girlfriend depends on many factors. First off — does your girlfriend even like and/or care about Valentine’s Day? Chances are the answer is yes — but if she doesn’t, we would recommend going the simple route with classic Valentine’s Day gifts such as food, flowers, booze or chocolate. You’ll never go wrong with chocolate. If your girlfriend likes Valentine’s Day — that’s where the fun begins.
Below, you’ll find all of the best gifts for girlfriends for Valentine’s Day 2022, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
How Much Should You Spend on Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Girlfriend?
When deciding how much to spend, the first question to ask yourself is this: how long have you been together? If you’ve been going steady for a few years or more, then you’re going to want to invest in something nice. In most cases, this means spending $100 and buying flowers (stop by a local florist or check out our favorite online flower delivery services). And, no, that number does not include the cost of dinner or whatever else you have planned. For serious long-term relationships, we’ve got plenty of great girlfriend gift ideas below.
Is this all starting to sound a little too expensive? That’s okay, too. In this case, we recommend having a conversation with your significant other about your Valentine’s Day budget. For all you know, she’s struggling to find you a good present, too. Many couples agree to a spending limit, and others agree that they would rather attend an event or go on a special date night instead of exchanging gifts. Having this conversation in advance can protect you both from disappointment. (Editor’s note: no matter what you decide regarding spending limits, plan on buying her flowers. Buying your partner flowers is always a good idea.)
But what if you’ve only been seeing each other for a few weeks? Getting something too expensive might freak her out, but you also don’t want to pretend the holiday doesn’t exist. Don’t worry, because we’ve got great girlfriend gift ideas for new relationships, too. Overall — don’t overthink it. If she doesn’t like it, she’ll at least appreciate the gesture.
Where to Get Valentine’s Day Gifts
Surprisingly, one of the most Googled questions about Valentine’s Day after “What to get my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day” is “Where to get Valentine’s Day Gifts.” So, let’s clear this up. You can buy Valentine’s Day gifts anywhere you regularly shop, but here are some of the best options by category:
- Flowers – Read about the best online flower delivery services here.
- Chocolates – Head to your local supermarket or try some of these.
- Jewelry – Nordstrom, Macy’s, Blue Nile and Amazon all have quality pieces.
- Lingerie – You’ll find a list of online lingerie retailers here.
- Miscellaneous Gifts – We recommend Amazon, Etsy and Uncommon Goods.
The Best Girlfriend Gift Ideas
Worried you won’t find the perfect present? Relax. It really is the thought that counts.
If you pick something from this list, though, we’re confident she’s going to like it — we can almost guarantee it. Combine your gift with a thoughtful card that speaks from the heart, and you have everything you need for a special night. Here are some of our favorite gifts for girlfriends at the moment — a.k.a things we would be psyched to get on Valentine’s Day.
1. MATE The Label Thermal Wide-Leg Pants
We’re obsessed with these pants and we don’t even own a pair (yet.) MATE The Label is an eco-friendly clothing line that makes super comfortable loungewear, like these wide-leg pants that are one of their best sellers. These pants are available in a variety of colors and styles and are perfect for WFH life. They’re nice enough to wear out on errands but are perfect for a night in. Plus, they come in a huge variety of sizes so you’ll be able to find her perfect fit.
MATE the Label Organic Thermal Wide Leg Pant
2. Glossier The Super Pack
If she’s a woman, then she’s heard of Glossier — and she’s probably drooled over their moisturizing serums and then promptly labeled them too pricey to purchase for herself. Dude, now’s your chance to shine — this three-pack has the brand’s best serums wrapped into one convenient package. The trio will deliver the essential vitamins her skin needs to shine with even tone and clarity — they’ll mesh perfectly with her existing routine and make her shine even more brightly than she does now.
Glossier The Super Pack
3. lululemon Align Pants
These are the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn. If your girlfriend loves fitness or even just wearing athleisure, then you should get these for her. The material they’re made of is super soft and weightless, and the 28-inch high-rise cut is perfect for wearing with workout crop tops or cropped sweatshirts. These are designed for yoga, but I wear them doing almost anything and they’re super comfortable. They’re also available in a huge variety of sizes and colors. Take a discrete peek at the leggings she already has and get her a complementary color she doesn’t already own.
lululemon Align Pant 28
4. I’m Never Not Thinking of Your Butt Mug
We love this mug and think it’s hilarious. It’s funny, sweet, cute and overall a great vibe if this is the type of relationship you have. The mug is dishwasher and microwave safe, perfect for the caffeine addict and will make them think of you every time they use it. It might be a little awkward if they sip from it on a work Zoom call, but there’s little you can do about that at this point.
I'm Never Not Thinking of Your Butt Mug
5. The Bouqs Co. Exuberance Arrangement
Ordering flowers is a classic Valentine’s Day gift for a reason — they’re beautiful, smell nice, liven up any room and bring a smile to your partner’s face. This “exuberant” display from The Bouqs is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for girlfriends. It has a variety of colored roses in hues like pink, orange, yellow, red and even ivory. Every rose from the Bouqs Co. is grown on an eco-friendly, sustainable farm and comes in a fun signature vase. You can also opt for a mason jar vase (a very farmer chic option IMO) for $10 more.
The Bouqs Co. Exuberance Bouquet
6. Ninja Foodi 4-in-1 Blender
Is your girl a fan of smoothies, acaí bowls, bowls or anything blended? Then she needs this Ninja blender. The “power pitcher” is exactly what she needs to blend up all those nutrients. This baby can blend, chop, crush ice, act as a food processor and even make dough. The smartTORQUE function is designed to process through the thickest of substances without stalling, and it has six different preset Auto-iQ programs to choose from so using it is easy. It’s also easy to clean and the whole thing is dishwasher-safe.
Ninja SS201 Foodi Power Pitcher
7. Mejuri Organic Pearl Hoops
You might think that you can’t go wrong with jewelry on Valentine’s Day, but women have wildly varying jewelry tastes. Picking out the right jewelry can take years of practice for most guys. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to not just the pieces she already owns, but the ones she actually wears regularly as well. These pearl drop hoops from Mejuri are a favorite of mine because they’re simple enough to wear every day and have a classic design, but they’re also elegant enough to save for special occasions. The pearl is freshwater and the hoops are gold vermeil over sterling silver.
Mejuri Organic Pearl Hoops
8. Godiva Chocolatier Classic Ballotin Chocolate Box
You honestly can’t go wrong with chocolate. They say diamonds are forever, but we say chocolate is forever going to please her, and if you’re at a loss for girlfriend gift ideas, it’s always a safe bet. These Godiva chocolates come in a gift box with 19 pieces of delectable chocolate goodies.
Godiva Chocolatier Gold Chocolate Box
9. Nipaqui Zero Waste Kit
Okay, this is an unconventional Valentine’s day gift, but with the right girl, we think it would be a perfect pick. If she’s become especially concerned about the environment or going zero-waste as of late, or even pays close attention to recycling, then this is a great gift idea. Inside this kit, there’s everything she needs to go zero waste in her everyday life including reusable metal straws, washable silicone ziplock bags, organic cotton produce bags (a personal favorite of mine) and beeswax wraps. She’ll love the environmental gesture from you and your gift will save hundreds of single-use plastics from use in years to come.
Nipaqui Zero Waste Kit
10. Savage Not Sorry Lace Teddy
Lingerie is one of the best girlfriend gift ideas for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions, but it is definitely not the right gift for every relationship. Before buying lingerie as a gift, you should be 100% certain that your girlfriend likes wearing lingerie, not just because you like it, but because she likes the way it makes her feel. You should also be honest with yourself — are you buying this as a gift for her, or is it really a gift for you? Finally, you also need to know her measurements.
If you’re ready to buy lingerie online, there are tons of great brands we’ve recommended in the past — Agent Provocateur and Fenty are good places to start. If you’re not sure what type of lingerie to buy, a teddy like the one below is a popular option. The Savage Not Sorry Lace Teddy from Savage x Fenty is made from sheer lace and features a plunging neckline that’s perfect for special occasions like Valentine’s Day. Plus, Fenty has inclusive sizing and options for women of all sizes. Remember, guys, when in doubt, you can always ask her what kind of lingerie she likes best.
Savage Not Sorry Lace Teddy
11. Capri Blue Watercolor Candle
Capri candles are the best, so if your girlfriend is a candle lover your quest for a great gift might be over. This decorative glass is a great design piece and will make her and/or your apartment smell fantastic. The scent is clean linen and isn’t too strong while it’s burning. The vessels are all watercolored and the high-quality wax blend burns for up to 85 hours.
Capri Blue Watercolor Candle
12. BrüMate Uncork’d XL Wine Glass Tumbler
BrüMate has been making a splash recently for their triple-insulated tumblers that’ll keep anything cold for hours. The best part about this XL wine tumbler? It can hold up to half a bottle of wine in it and will keep it at the exact temperature you pour it in until you sip the last drop — so if your girlfriend is a wine lover grab her this for your Valentine’s Day picnic. The tumbler stays cool but also dry to the touch and condensation-free, so you can hold your beverage comfortably. The splash-proof lid is clear and removable, and the tumbler comes in a wide range of finishes including this Glitter Peacock Violet Ombre — which also happens to be my spirit animal.
BrüMate XL Wine Tumbler
13. FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Matte Lipstick
We love a bold red lipstick for a night out (or in) where you’re trying to look sexy. This red lipstick is from Rihanna’s makeup line and has a matte finish and high-octane pigment that compliments a variety of skin tones. This lipstick has the rich color your girlfriend is looking for without the dense weight, and the creamy texture stays on with no feathering after application. You don’t have to know what that means — just know it’s a good thing that she’ll appreciate about her favorite new lipstick.
FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Matte Lipstick
14. Firstleaf Wine Club Subscription
Another potential way to your girlfriend’s heart? Wine. Or, more specifically, a wine subscription box like FirstLeaf. We personally use FirstLeaf and love their club model — you get a box of six high-quality wines every month or every other month from all over the world. You can rate the wines in each shipment and they’ll continue to tailor your boxes to your tastes, and 92% of the wines they offer are award-winning so you know you’re getting something high-quality. This is a great gift if your girlfriend is missing her regular wine tastings with her girlfriends or dreams of one day tasting blends in the Italian countryside. (Hopefully with you by her side!)
Firstleaf Wine Club Subscription
Starting at $79.98 for 6 Bottles
15. The Ordinary Hydration Support Formula
If your girlfriend is really into skincare, chances are she’s heard about The Ordinary. Their Hyaluronic Acid formula is super nourishing, hydrating and balancing for all skin types. The Ordinary is known for using simple, effective formulas that work — and this one is no different. You don’t need to know or understand the ingredients, or the details of why it works — just know she’ll love it. The best part? This company doesn’t dress up their products in fancy bottles and charge $45 for them, and this popular skincare supplement costs less than $8 a bottle.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
16. MagicMakers Back Massager with Heat
A little pampering never hurt a Valentine’s Day — and this back massager is the perfect thing to gift a stressed-out GF for your big day of love. It has eight different rotational massage heads and has 3D mesh fabric for even heat distribution. It also has a 15-minute auto shut-off system just in case and an overheat protection mechanism if your girlfriend tends to leave things on by accident. Increase her feel-good hormones and give her body a chance to relax with this easy gift.
MagicMakers Back Massager with Heat
17. Eva II Hands-Free Vibrator
Speaking of massage — this couple’s vibrator is the tiny but mighty sex toy you need to spice things up in the bedroom. The flexible wings fasten it onto the woman and provide clitoral stimulation as well as penile sensation during penetrative sex. Eva is waterproof, made of medical-grade silicone and has a three-speed motor so you can pick the pace that works for both of you. She also stays out of the way so you can focus on the task at hand and enjoy your special night. Like lingerie, couples’ sex toys are one of the top Valentine’s Day gifts for girlfriends in 2022, but they aren’t the right choice for every relationship.
Eva II Hands-Free Vibrator
18. Hoya Heart Duo
This adorable heart-shaped cacti duo was one of the best Christmas gifts for women, and it’s also the perfect small gift for Valentine’s Day 2022. Each plant is a rooted cutting from a Hoya Kerri succulent plant that enjoys a lot of sunshine and infrequent watering. They come in matching pots with saucers for catching water, and you can choose between black, blush and mint for the colors. These will make a great gift for a plant-loving girlfriend or a girl who can’t seem to keep a plant alive — as their care is fairly straightforward. You can give her one and keep the other one so you’re matching — she’ll love that.
Hoya Heart Duo
19. Agent Provocateur Zadi Bra
Lingerie is one of the best Valentine’s day gift ideas for girlfriends, and it’s a sexy gift if your girlfriend loves dressing up for you on date nights. This bra comes from the lingerie specialists at Agent Provocateur and is a beautiful undergarment. It has red foil embroidery, a full cup shape and shimmering iridescence that’ll light her up in the bedroom. It also has a matching thong and suspenders if you want to complete the package, but the bra on its own is still a very thoughtful and spicy gift. This sexy look is also available in a Valentine’s Day bodysuit.
Zadi Full Cup Underwired Bra
20. Goddess Figure Candle
These candles are a beautiful way to honor her body this Valentine’s Day, and they’re handmade by a black artist in London. Dowa Doneye has created three distinct body types for you to choose from and each one comes in three different colors. They’re sculpted from beeswax for a natural sheen and are perfect for appreciating the beauty and essence of women.
Goddess Figure Candle
21. Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
Make her feel like the pampered spa queen she is with this ultra-plush from Brooklinen. It’s made extra-thick for that spa quality and is 100% Turkish Cotton, made in Turkey so you know it’s for real. It has deep pockets, a piped collar, cuffed edges and a sturdy waist tie that’ll hold it all in place. This is one of the most popular gifts featured on SPY in 2021, and we’re confident it’s one of the best gift ideas for your girlfriend, too.
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
22. Pure Enrichment PureRelief Radiance Deluxe Heated Blanket
Luckily for you, Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of the winter. This means that you can focus on cozy, hygge gifts for her, especially if you’ve been in a relationship for a while. Give her something to encourage her to cuddle up on the couch with you. Give her a Pure Enrichment PureRelief Radiance Deluxe Heated Blanket. Plug this baby in to get an extra boost of warmth for your next Netflix sesh.
Pure Enrichment PureRelief Radiance Deluxe Heated Blanket
23. Camo Zebra Boa in Rose
Help her channel her inner Carrie Bradshaw with this Camo Zebra Boa in Rose from At Home With Ray. Once upon a time, someone told us that gifts should always be something the recipient wouldn’t buy themselves. This boa distinctly falls into the category, as few women would splurge on a scarf as bold as this one. But wearing it will make her feel like a rock star and perfectly on-trend.
Camo Zebra Boa in Rose
24. Hot Sox Women’s Heart Lollipop Socks
Warning: buying socks for your girlfriend is not appropriate in every situation. If your girlfriend is the type who loves getting sparkly things at every occasion, she’s going to be disappointed with a pair of socks. But, if you don’t want to spend a lot on your Valentine’s Day gift for your girlfriend or you’re in a new relationship, these Hot Sox Women’s Heart Lollipop Socks are a great option. They’re also ideal as a gift for friends this February.
Hot Sox Women's Heart Lollipop Socks
25. KLASSE14 Disco Volante Rose Gold Watch
Girls almost always love sparkly things. While rings and necklaces are nice, watches are really the most useful type of jewelry. That’s why we recommend buying her a watch that she loves wearing and will last her for decades. The Disco Volante Rose Gold Watch from KLASSE14 is one such thing. The black face and mesh gold band add elegance, while the inner workings of the watch ensure it will run with accuracy for years to come.
KLASSE14 Disco Volante Rose Gold Watch
26. Plum Paper Personalized Notebook
Buying a Valentine’s Day gift for your crush or your new girlfriend is akin to walking through a minefield. But, small, personalized gifts will never miss. That’s why we love these Plum Paper Personalized Notebooks. Not only are they useful, but you get to choose the name and cover design, allowing you to create a gift that’s personal to her. You can also choose between notebooks and planners, depending on which she would use the most.
Plum Paper Personalized Notebook
27. Massage Envy Gift Card
For the hard-working women, a gift card for a relaxing massage is always an ideal gift. Massage Envy salons can be found across the country, so there’s likely one near you, and their massages are generally affordable. Therefore, a gift card for $100 or so would allow your girlfriend to enjoy an hour of bliss. You can purchase gift cards at each location or you can send an electronic gift card if you’re in an LDR.
Massage Envy Gift Card
28. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
Whether your girlfriend is still heading to the office daily or she’s still working from home, she definitely needs her caffeine needs met. And, if she’s like us, she’s all too used to her cup of coffee or tea going cold before she can finish it. That’s where the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 comes in. It keeps beverages at a selected temperature for up to an hour and a half or longer when it’s attached to the charging base. As an added benefit, she’ll think of you every time she takes a sip of her drink throughout the day.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
29. Marshall Minor III Headphones
For the music lover, there is no better gift than the ability to listen to their music in quality and style. That’s why we recommend buying her a quality pair of headphones, like the Marshall Minor III. These bad boys pack a punch in a small package. Like you would expect from any Marshall product, the Minor II Headphones boast 12 mm, custom-tuned drivers, delivering a loud and crisp sound. They also have intuitive volume controls and feature 25 hours of wireless play time.
Marshall Minor III Headphones
30. LEGO Valentine’s Brown Bear Building Kit
Whoever said LEGOs are for boys didn’t know what they were talking about. For a cute and fun gift for your girlfriend this Valentine’s Day, consider the LEGO Valentine’s Brown Bear Building Kit. This is something you can do together or she can do on her own while thinking of you. Either way, she’ll end up with a lovely memento of your Valentine’s Day gift in the form of a brown bear holding a trio of heart balloons.
LEGO Valentine’s Brown Bear Building Kit
31. GoPro HERO9 Black
If your girlfriend loves adventure, she needs an adventure cam to capture the fun. And, the GoPro HERO9 Black is the best on the market. This mini camera is ready to accompany you and your girl near and far. It’s shockproof and waterproof, and it can record in 5K Ultra HD. It also boasts both a front and a back LCD screen, so you can always see what you’re recording. And, if you want to make the gift extra special, you can always buy her some GoPro accessories designed for her favorite activities, like a dive case or helmet mount.
GoPro HERO9 Black
32. Romantic Mapmaking: Chart A Love Story
What’s better than one gift? Two gifts, of course! And, that’s exactly what you get with the Romantic Mapmaking: Chart A Love Story course. The first part of the gift is time spent together. During the course, you and your girlfriend will sit down with a professional mapmaker to chart your love story. The second part of the gift is the mystical map you’ll have at the end of the class, showing the arc of your relationship. Don’t worry, art skills aren’t required, and the class comes with all the tools you’ll need.
Romantic Mapmaking: Chart A Love Story
33. Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game
The problem with many personalized gifts is that they are designed to be decorative. Sure, you can carve your names into a plaque, but then that plaque has to be displayed somewhere. That’s why we love this Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game. It carries all the sentimentality of a personalized gift, but it can provide years of fun because it’s an actual game. In a field of hearts, up to four lines (seven characters each) can show your names, important dates or any message you desire.
Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game
34. Long Distance Friendship Lamp
Celebrating Valentine’s Day apart? Give her something to show her how much you love her on a daily basis, even if you live miles away. The Long Distance Friendship Lamps are a unique answer to LDR love. The two lamps can be placed in two different houses. When you touch one lamp, it will change the color of both lamps, letting the other person know that you are thinking of them at that moment. The lamps just need WiFi to function, and you can link more than two, if necessary.
Long Distance Friendship Lamp
35. Compact Swivel Cheese & Tapas Board
Charcuterie is all the rage right now, and if your girl loves a good cheese platter, she’s going to go nuts when you give her this Compact Swivel Cheese & Tapas Board. This easy-to-store, two-level bamboo board comes complete with cheese tools and ceramic bowls for serving accompaniments. Everything has its place thanks to a series of groves and hidden drawers. And, when you’re done using the board, it can fold down to half its size.
Compact Swivel Cheese & Tapas Board
36. Custom Paint-by-Number Kit
This gift from Uncommon Goods is perfect for the creative girlfriend. Not only will it give her a project to paint, but it will also give you a hand-painted memento of your favorite memory. All you have to do is submit your favorite photograph of you and your girlfriend when ordering, and you’ll be presented with a personalized paint-by-number kit, including the canvas and paint. Add a frame to make this a complete piece of art.
Custom Paint-by-Number Kit
37. Create Your Own Reel Viewer
As a kid, reel viewers transported you to another world. Today, they can tell the story of your love for your girlfriend. Each of these viewers comes with a redemption code for creating a reel of seven photos. Of course, this works for anything — from baby photos to vacation snaps. Just keep in mind that you have to receive the viewer before you can create the custom reel, meaning you’ll need to order this ASAP to have the complete viewer and reel by Valentine’s Day.
Create Your Own Reel Viewer
38. The Kissing Mugs
Take it from us — your girlfriend wants to do more cute couple stuff with you. No matter how much you’re doing right now, it’s never going to be enough for her. So, go all in on the matching shirts, couples costumes and pairs of mugs. For the latter, we love these Kissing Mugs from Uncommon Goods. They’re made from ceramic and ideal for serving your coffee during your Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed.
The Kissing Mugs
39. Personalized Name Necklace by CaitlynMinimalist
Yes, jewelry is always a good idea. Sure, you could get her a diamond-studded necklace, but personalizing an accessory just for her might be even better. Plus, if that personalized piece is something like this gold name necklace, you’re giving her a gift that she can wear every day with almost any outfit. Simply select a finish and a length, then submit her name, and this Etsy creator will ship you a made-to-order necklace for your girl.
Personalized Name Necklace by CaitlynMinimalist
40. VAHDAM Assorted Tea Gift Set
Buying for a girl you’ve just started dating is one of the hardest things. Yes, you should try to get to know her a little bit before buying her a gift, but if you still don’t know what to get, tea or coffee is usually a safe bet. You just need to ask her which one she prefers. If she says tea, this VAHDAM Assorted Tea Gift Set is a great choice. Not only is it not too expensive, but it also comes with 12 quality loose leaf teas for her to try.
VAHDAM Assorted Tea Gift Set
41. Nonna Live Pasta Making Class
Most girls just want to spend more time with their boyfriends. So, give her your time as well as a fun activity that you can work on together with a Nonna Live Pasta Making Class. These classes take place over Zoom. All you need to do is gather the ingredients and sign up for the class. Then, you’ll get a live stream of an actual Italian grandmother teaching you how to make pasta. Does it get any more authentic than that? Your girlfriend will be head over heels with this gift, and she’ll be telling her friends and family about that time you gave her the perfect Valentine’s Day for years to come.