9 Valentine’s Day Gifts That Are Also Presents for Your Home

published Feb 10, 2017
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Whether you’ve been dating for a month or cohabiting for years, there’s nothing wrong with choosing a Valentine’s Day gift that’s in the best interest of your significant other’s home—or even better—the home you share together. All the gifts here will surely please their recipient (even if that recipient is you, or a Galentine’s Day pal) while improving the quality of your home.

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Tom Dixon London Reed Diffuser, $99 at Nordstrom (Image credit: Nordstrom)

Do you have enough Dyptique candles stored away to last through a nuclear winter (if not, they make a great Valentine’s Day gift, too)? But the gift of great scent always improves a home — and never goes out of style. Tom Dixon’s infuser is as beautiful as it smells, and with notes of black pepper, cedar wood, oud and patchouli, it makes for a great unisex gift.

If you don’t already have an “Alexa” in your home, what the heck are you waiting for? Siri’s much sophisticated and wiser older sister will vastly improve the quality of your home life by answering important questions (she’s great at conversions when you’re cooking or baking), playing music on demand (through services like Spotify & Amazon Prime music), turning on and off your lights (she can connect with a variety of smart home hubs), or even Start. Your. Car. That’s right, Alexa is integrated with and can already start your Genesis vehicle and Ford is rolling out the technology later this month, with more manufacturers expected soon.

Sometimes a literal gift just works — especially in the case of this sparkly gold and embellished Jonathan Adler pillow, which will look great on any armchair or bedscape.

Chameleon Cold Brew, Prices vary, starting at $4.59+ at Target, Whole Foods & The Vitamin Shoppe

This one will make your java-loving partner a seriously happy camper, especially if you arrange it in a basket with some chocolate for pairing. Great to serve hot or cold whenever you have guests, Chameleon’s cold brew is 100% organic and comes in a variety of flavors that even the biggest coffee snobs agree are out-of-this-world delicious. Must-try flavor: The Mexican, with “cinnamon, almond and lightly sweet vanilla [that] enhance this naturally spicy bean blend.”

Thumbtack, Credits Available in Different Denominations on Thumbtack.com

You know all those annoying at-home projects you keep back-burnering due to a lack of time: hanging a gallery wall, mounting your TV, building that IKEA piece that’s been sitting in a box—or um—cleaning out the garage for that soon-to-be-had yard sale? With Thumbtack, you can hire local experts to help you with a variety of projects, both inside the home and out. Seriously, you can even hire wedding photographers and personal trainers on the app… the options are endless. It’s also very simple to use: just narrow down what you need and put in a request for a pro to do the work for you. Within 24 hours, you’ll get a bunch of quotes back and can decide who you want to hire based on price, level of experience, or reviews.

Whether your significant other is a girl or guy (or doesn’t conform to gender norms at all), this durable, gender-neutral box is the perfect place to house jewelry or organize a collection of watches and cuff links.

Dyson 360 Eye Robot, $999.99 at Best Buy

The best thing about this vacuum, other than the fact that it will keep your rugs and floors dust-and-dirt free: It secretly becomes like a cute little pet that you care for. This robot creature is so smart that it creates a regular cleaning path and so you can watch him or her work its cord-free magic while you’re at home — or program it to clean up when you’re gone. For clean freaks, it’s the V-Day splurge gift of the season that you can get for the both of you.

Teak Bathtub Caddy, $39.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

This simple but elegant teak bathtub caddy will up your bathroom game to a near-spa level experience. Use it to prop up a good book — or your tablet (risky, but doable!) — alongside a glass of wine or a set of champagne flutes if you’ll be enjoying the bath together.

IRIScan Book 3, $87.99 on Amazon

This portable and cordless device scans pages from books and magazines without the need to physically tear them out. That means it’ll help to declutter your world if you’re looking to archive old magazines, newspapers, important documents, or anything else that can sometimes take up too much valuable space in your home.