16 Valentine’s Day gifts women actually want

Not everyone wants flowers and chocolate.

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Romance is different to everyone. To some, it's flowers, chocolates, and champagne. To me, romance is just someone doing something nice for someone else that makes that someone smile.

Everyone is different. Everyone likes different things. Everyone has different things that make them happy. Since you are probably not a mind reader, it can be really hard to travel inside someone's head and figure out what would make them happy. On Valentine's Day, you can try, but you might fail, and chances are you don't want to spend money on a failed attempt at making someone feel loved.

Have no fear this year — we are here to help. Below you will find 16 gift ideas for all sorts of ladies. So please, stop trying to come up with your own gift ideas and failing. Stealing ideas and succeeding is a much better game plan.

Good luck not ruining Valentine's Day this year!

1. For the home chef: The Instant Pot

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Instant Pots are pretty much all the rage right now. If she loves to cook, she will love an Instant Pot because it literally does everything. It's a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, etc—all in one.

Buy now: Amazon, $129.95


2. For the book lover: Kindle

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The book lover may already have a Kindle, but who doesn’t enjoy the latest and greatest technology the world has to offer? The latest Kindle Paperwhite has a built-in light and Wi-Fi. The best part—it's on sale for 20% off right now!

Buy now on sale: Amazon, $99.99


3. For the home entertainer: Capri Blue Candle

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I know, I know, a candle sounds like a really cliche gift. But Capri Blue's candles smell so good, she won't even care. If she loves home décor, entertaining, or lounging by herself with a good book, she will love this candle. If you want to get more than just a candle, Capri Blue’s reed diffuser is another winner. This thing has honestly saved my bathroom from unpleasant smells, and I recommend it.

Buy now: Anthropologie, $28.00


4. For the fitness fanatic: Fitbit Alta

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Whether she runs, does yoga, takes barre class, or spins, if she’s active, she will love the latest Fitbit. You can even get one yourself so you can track your activity together!

Buy now: Amazon, $149.95


5. For the homebody: UGG Dakota Slippers

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The Dakota slipper has been around for years, combining fashion and comfort into one. You can even wear the slippers outside! Speaking from experience, you can’t go wrong with UGG slippers as a gift, even if you've given them before. There's nothing comfier than a new pair of slippers. And, honestly, nothing says romance more than comfort to a homebody! I would know.

Buy now: Nordstrom, $99.95


6. For the one you watch TV with: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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"Netflix and chill" is so 2015. But the act of watching Netflix never went out of style, and hey—it probably never will. So get her an Amazon Fire TV Stick. Not only will this gift secretly be for you as well, but it will make your Valentine's Day that much better. Your romantic evening of binge watching awaits...

Buy now: Amazon, $39.99


7. For the fashionista: Marc Jacobs Shoulder Bag

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This bag is the perfect size—it's small, but not too small to fit important belongings like a phone and wallet. And it's not too big, meaning it's easy to carry around everywhere. It's also super fashionable and a great color. Valentine's Day approved, by me (that means something).

Buy now: Amazon, $453.39


8. For the one who loves love: "642 Things About You (That I Love)" Book

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Get this book as a start to creating one of the most romantic DIY gifts ever. The entire book is filled with questions and space for you to write about why you love her.

Buy now: Amazon, $9.95


9. For the nostalgic one: Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Camera

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Make this Valentine's Day memorable and take some retro instant film pics with the INSTAX! If she loves taking pictures, she will love this adorable camera. Give the gift that keeps on giving... pictures of the two of you to put on your fridge.

Buy now: Amazon, $59.95


10. For the simple one: "You Complete Me" Puzzle

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How cute is this puzzle? The most cute. If you're looking for an affordable way to show how romantic you are, this could be the answer to your Valentine's Day prayers.

Buy now: Nordstrom, $15


11. For the jewelry lover: Kate Spade Alphabet Pendant Necklace

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Kate Spade made initial pendant necklaces cool again. You'll be giving her something fashionable and sort-of custom with a romantic message on the back that says "one in a million." The best part: This necklace won't break the bank.

Buy now: Amazon, $58


12. For the unromantic one: Hollabears Shawty U Fine As Sh*t Tho Teddy Bear

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To me, this teddy bear encompasses all things romance. Get this for me, along with a gluten free pizza and side of fries, and I will be yours forever. I'm serious.

Buy now: Amazon, $39


13. For the decorator: Zig Zag Baby Alpaca Throw

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These blankets make me swoon more than watching both Magic Mikes at the same time. As someone who is a fan of blankets, I think they make a great gift for someone who enjoys decorating, someone you live with, and/or someone you like to go under a blanket with. It's honestly a great blanket.

Buy now: Jonathan Adler, $199.99 - $295


14. For the one who has everything: POPSUGAR Must Have Box Subscription

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Color me biased, but the POPSUGAR Must Have Box might just be the best subscription box of all time. I got this box for over two years, and I loved getting a gift in the mail each month. It was like the holidays every day. Give her the gift of "the holidays every day" and get her a subscription to the POPSUGAR Must Have Box. There's actually no way she won't enjoy getting it.

Buy now: POPSUGAR, $39.95/month


15. For the one you’re nervous about shopping for: Sephora Gift Card

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So she likes nice things, but you have no idea what she considers “nice?” A Sephora Gift Card is a way for you to get her something nice, without having to pick out something nice.

Buy now: Sephora, $10 - $250


16. For the one who doesn't want much: Sam's Basic V-Day Package

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If you're not going to get me a gift that costs a whole bunch of money, that's totally fine. Valentine's Day is honestly really weird IMO. However, you can't just get nothing. So here is everything you need to make a very basic (but enjoyable) Valentine's Day package that I would actually want: Chocolates, Flowers (must match color aesthetic of my home, so neutral), Champagne (not Andre, don't be cheap on V-Day), and a card (duh, must be funny). You can even add in some of my favorite foods (pizza, cheese, french fries) and call it a day.

Buy now:

Chocolate - Ghirardelli Valentines Day Heart: Amazon, $23.52

Flowers: Your local florist! Click here to find out more

Champagne: Go to a liquor store. Grab some Chandon.

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