If you’re more likely to be celebrating Single’s Awareness Day this February 14 than you are gushy, mushy, Valentine’s Day, it’s time to treat yo’self. Whether you choose to sit around in a face mask and eat chocolates or hibernate under a weighted blanket and sniff candles, we’re here for you being your best and most single self. After all, the only person who can take care of your lonely ass is you. So, in the interest of treating ourselves, we present a round-up of self-care splurges we’re 100% in favor if you blowing your paycheck on. Sure, you could spend your money on the half-off Valentine’s Day candy on February 15, or you could spend it on some self-care that will actually help you and make you not feel like garbage the next day. Totally your call, though!
A Weighted Blanket
A lot has been said recently about weighted blankets and their ability to curb anxiety. What better time to test that theory out than Valentine’s Day when you’re single and your mom just reminded you that she isn’t getting any younger and why can’t you just give her the grandkids she so desperately wants?? Anyway, the Comfitude weighted blanket comes in heavy to soul-crushing (in a good way, not the actual terms) and several trendy colors (see: 50 shades of grey). I hung out under one while writing this list and, let me tell you, I feel smothered in a cuddly, warm way.
A Good Body Scrub
If you’re trying to scrub away the stench of
failure Valentine’s Day and couples sh*t, the Sheamoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hand & Body Scrub is amazing. It replenishes necessary oils (and love) to your sad dry winter skin while exfoliating. Plus, it’s made with certified organic and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help soothe your body. Praise be.
I’m not even sorry. If you want to sit around and shove amazingly delicious artisan chocolate into your mouth come Valentine’s Day, you do you. Luckily, you don’t have to resort to trekking to your local Walgreens and buying yourself a big ugly red cardboard heart. Dandelion Chocolate, Dick Taylor Chocolate, Maverick Chocolate, French Broad Chocolate, Raaka, and Ritual Chocolate all create delicious, incredible, bean-to-bar chocolate that you can feel good about indulging in. They also all ship said goodies, so there’s no excuse not to order some.
An Adult Candle
I know that perusing the $5 deals on the outer rims of Target is appealing, but in the interest of adulthood and treating yourself to something really nice, it’s time to invest in a good candle. We love NEST Fragrances because they’re clean, they smell like what they’re supposed to smell like, and they’re just expensive enough for me to feel fancy when I light one.
Fancy New Clothes
You know when you find an online boutique and you’re all, this sh*t gets me? That’s me and Sezane. All of the clothes are beautiful, and although they can be a bit pricy, they come packaged in the cutest, prettiest, most amazing boxes complete with stickers and postcards and a little linen bag. I highly recommend any and all of the dresses; just be sure you get your measurements right, as those European sizes can be a bit tricky.
A Pamper Box From Winston Flowers
Drop major dollas on yourself because you f*cking deserve it. The Spa Indulgence box from Winston Flowers includes Formulary 55 bath bar in sweet pea and clover, paired with a rosehip and clay facial mask. There’s also an exfoliating Sasawashi towel, plus a skin brightening citrus and lavender body polish and a smoothing monoi and jasmine body cream by Birchrose. But wait, there’s more. They’ve also included Bee Raw’s white peony tea and orange blossom honey which you can drink in the natural clay mug from Pigeon Toe Ceramics. It all comes in a gorgeous crate that’s likely going to be reused as decor in your apartment (not mad about it). There’s even an air plant for you to kill, and a hand-poured Winston Flowers soy candle.
A Comfy Pillow
I’m not going to ignore the need for throw pillows and general coziness when self-care is the topic. Seriously, upping your comfort game with cute pillows, blankets, and soft sh*t can do wonders for your mental state. The Betches Gangsta Napper pillow is honestly one of my favs, since it’s super cute, super soft, and goes nicely with my decor.
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Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, which means it’s time to start brainstorming what you can give your boyfriend to let him know how much you love him! (Because gifts are what truly matter, amirite?) Whether you have $30 or $1,000 to spend, there are unique gifts out there that he’ll probably like. If your mans is into health and fitness sh*t, here are a few awesome wellness Valentine’s Day gifts that he will actually love.
Personalized Gym Gear
Your boyfriend lifts weights on the regular. Everyone at the gym knows him by name and waves at him when he walks in the door. Yeah, he’s pretty cool. For those who don’t already know his name, it’s time for them to learn! Get him some personalized gym gear to rock when he works out. There are tons of websites (like Etsy) and sports stores (like Spread Shirt) that offer gym gear that can be personalized with the design or words of your choice. Buy him a backpack or weight-lifting belt (or something else that he’ll love) and embroider his name onto it so people know who it belongs to when it inevitably gets lost in the locker room.
Iron Attitude Belts Men’s Blank Belt
If your boo is obsessed with the number on the scale and how many gains he’s gotten over the last week, he’d definitely love to get a smart scale for V-Day (if he doesn’t already have one). Certain smart scales like the ones by Withings (shown below), Garmin, and Fitbit offer tons of features that the average scale doesn’t, including the ability to track and compare your progress, body fat, water weight, muscle weight, etc. They can even connect to your smartphone (yay, technology!). You can purchase a smart scale online on Amazon or in store from Best Buy and Kohl’s.
Amazon Withings Smart Digital Scale
Wearable Sleep Tracker
Maybe your man doesn’t sleep well, or he obsesses over the amount of hours he sleeps every night. Sounds like he could benefit from a sleep tracker like the Fitbit Versa. This sleep tracker will monitor just how well he sleeps at night, and for how long. You can buy a sleep tracker from Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Target, or any electronics stores inside your local mall. By using it, maybe he’ll stop snoring and keeping you awake all night, and then complaining to you the next day about how he slept like sh*t.
FitBit Versa Watch
Weekend Getaway Trip
Look, self-care is an important part of wellness. So give your man some much-needed R&R for V-Day with a weekend getaway. This gift is a win-win because not only is your man getting a gift, but so are you! Go for a hike, hit the beach, or relax at a spa for a weekend. Depending on the type of vacation you know he’d enjoy (and your budget), you can find super cheap getaway deals on websites like Groupon Getaways (there’s literally an $88/night deal for a hotel overlooking Niagara Falls) or Cheap Caribbean. There are all types of deals for all types of prices out there somewhere. No matter if you can only spend $100, or if you’re ready to drop a grand, he’ll be sure to ~thank you~ for this one.
Groupon Embassy Suites By Hilton Niagara Falls
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