Unique Valentine's Day gift ideas for her - whether you are looking to make her a DIY present or go shopping. 

Valentine’s Day is a hard holiday to shop for. The gifts never really seem quite straight forward; it all depends on how long you’ve been dating, how serious you are and what type of relationship you have. Here’s how I see it: if you are in a new relationship and don’t want to go all out, think small – buy her chocolates, flowers or that cute teddy bear you eyed up at Hallmark. They sound cliche, but sometimes we girls are simple. If it’s a new relationship, she’ll just be happy that you got her anything! You can personalize your gift even more by adding a sweet note or turning it into a DIY.

DIY gift ideas even work well for more established couples. I have to admit, they are personally some of my favorite gifts, because you know your significant other put a lot of work and time into making something special for you! Some ideas for DIY gifts are this romantic quote mug or other mug designs (all you need is a mug and a sharpie!) or a ‘reasons why I love you’ box or card book,  but you know Pinterest has so many more.

On the other hand, if you are looking to buy your girl something unique and exciting this Valentine’s Day, there are so many other options for you as well. Hey, maybe you should even surprise your mom and sister with a cute little Valentine’s Day gift. The items on this Valentine’s Day gift guide range from $6 to $225, so there is bound to be an option for any relationship, budget and girl.

Kate Spade New York ‘Gramercy Grand’ Watch

Wow, we’re starting off big here, but I wanted to go in order of appearance, so don’t get discouraged. This is BY FAR the most expensive item on the list, and there are much more affordable options in the intro and to follow! But if this Valentine’s Day is an extra special one for you two, and you want to splurge on your present, this Kate Spade Watch is classic.

Tisty Tosty LUSH Bath Bomb

Let her know that she deserves to be pampered. LUSH bath bombs are an inexpensive yet luxurious treat. This is a gift that would be great for your girlfriend, sister or mom! Everyone needs a relaxing bath every once in a while – and there is a scent to fit them all.

Kendra Scott ‘Mabel’ Necklace

The ‘Mabel’ Kendra Scott necklace is a great staple, meaning if you’re not sure what style jewelry she would enjoy, ‘Mabel’ will probably suit her. There is nothing too flashy or stylistic about it. It is a simple yet elegant, classic piece. It’s also petite and dainty, perfect to wear everyday and think of you.

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Définition Lipstick

Lancome carries some of my favorite lipsticks. I don’t have time to reapply my lipstick throughout the day, and with Lancome, I don’t really have to. Even after the initial coat wears off, it leaves your lips a pretty color close to the first shade – just slightly more muted. If she loves beauty and makeup, pick her up one of these (available in more colors)!

Kate Spade New York Stud Earrings

Again, studs are kind of a classic, and you can’t go wrong with them. Although these Kate Spade earrings seem like a bold choice with the hot pink color, there are other color options available for any style.

Victoria’s Secret Mini Eau De Parfum Gift Set

Choosing a fragrance for someone can be hard! Especially considering fragrances smell different on every person that wears them. That means that what it smells like in the store, might not be what it smells like on her. This mini eau de perfum gift set allows you to play it safe and allows her the excitement of trying a new fragrance each day. It’s fun, and you might have provided her with the opportunity to discover her new favorite scent!

Xhilaration Long Fur Throw – Cream

A cozy blanket with a little note about your next cuddle session would make any girl swoon. Wrap it up with a movie, candle or her favorite book to take your gift to the next level.

Personalized M&Ms

Feel lame just buying her chocolate? With these personalized M&Ms, she’ll be wowed by the fact that you went out of your way to personalize them – because it’s the little things, you know? Customizing these little treats can get out of hand and expensive quickly, but if it’s done right, it can be worth it and done on a budget.

May Designs Notebook

May Designs offers cute, customizable notebooks for every style, meaning there is an option out there for the woman in your life. With May Designs, you have the option to change the cover design, interior pages and add a monogram. The cover pictured above is Burst of Pink. Make this gift extra special by leaving her a special note on the first page or spice it up by giving her a fun pen set as well.

I want to know: what is your favorite gift idea on this gift guide? Do you love getting DIY gifts? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Carolyn Rose

    Fantastic roundup of ideas! I personally have a *very* similar Kate Spade watch my boyfriend got for me and can personally vouch for it as a wonderful gift. I love all of these ideas and that they’re at different price-points. :)

  • I’m going to need those earring and that watch!! Hope cupid is good to me this year :)
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

  • You are so right, any gift will do just knowing your guy put in some effort means more than the actual gift itself. I got a calendar from May Designs for Christmas and I LOVE it! Personalized gifts are always a winner! Great gift ideas, girl!


  • I love that Kate Spade watch! And the personalized m&m’s are such a cute idea (and I’d eat them ALL) :)

  • Marguerite Dunigan

    I love love love Kendra Scott :) And the DIY stuff is ALWAYS a good option :) I enjoy making cards, meals, etc. Love this post! Love the red lip too!

  • Christine Waller

    Love all of these ideas! I’ll have to send this post to some of my guy friends for sure!


  • These are great gift ideas! They would truly make me feel pampered :)

  • Lydia Guanga

    Definitely would love receiving any of these from my hubby! My favorite is either the Lush bath bombs or that Kendra Scott necklace – I love the daintiness! Some of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received from my husband have been the ones he made, even if it’s just a card! I always make him lemon bars :)

  • Ali Lowery

    Thank you, Carolyn! I love that watch. I think it’s beautiful and has been on my wish list for quite some time. I’m just waiting for the perfect time to buy it ;)

  • Ali Lowery

    Right? :) I hope cupid is good to you this year too! If not, there is always next year! I don’t think they’ll ever go out of style. Such staple pieces!

  • Ali Lowery

    Thanks, girl! I think it is so important to remember that and not get greedy or upset over what you got/ didn’t get. Especially for me as a college student, I know that I don’t have a ton of money to spend on gifts, so it’s awesome to just be appreciative and love the thought behind it. But so true. I love May Designs and anything personalized :)

  • Ali Lowery

    I’m so bad with sweets! They would be gone way too fast, but I would want to appreciate them too. What a dilemma :)

  • Ali Lowery

    I love DIYs, and food is another great idea! My boyfriend loves eating (lol), so I’m sure he would be fine just having a nice home cooked meal or treats for Valentine’s Day.

  • Ali Lowery

    Thanks, Christine! Pass it along :)

  • Ali Lowery

    Thank you, Sarah! I’m glad you liked them :)

  • Ali Lowery

    I love the daintiness too! I like simple pieces that I can pair with a lot of different outfits. But I couldn’t agree more about handmade gifts. They are so thoughtful! I love that you have a tradition of making him lemon bars! I’m going to try making cookies this year. Maybe I will have to make that a tradition too :)