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12 must-have items you need for the perfect Valentine’s Day date

Whether you’re going out or staying in, don’t forget these Love Day essentials

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love Valentine’s Day. No matter how crazy life gets, it’s always nice to take a moment to appreciate the love you have in your life, whether it’s from a partner, friends, family, or even just for yourself!

The most loved-up day of the year is just a few weeks away, and if you’re going to be celebrating, it’s time to start stocking up on supplies to make the holiday memorable. Whether you’re planning to go to dinner, have a picnic, or just stay home to watch TV, you can make your Valentine’s Day date extra special with these key items.

1. A box of delicious chocolates straight from France

These high-end chocolates blow generic store-bought options out of the water.
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These high-end chocolates blow generic store-bought options out of the water.

Nothing against Russel Stover, but if you really want to wow your valentine—and their taste buds—you’ve got to get this gift box from La Maison du Chocolat. It has the classic red heart shape you’d expect for the holiday, and it’s packed with high-end French-made confections, including ganaches, pralinés, almond pastes, and more. The box comes in two different sizes—14 or 45 pieces—and it’s every bit worth the splurge.

Get the La Maison du Chocolat Valentine’s Day Gift Box from Food52 for $135

2. A sultry candle to set the mood

Fill your home with the sweet aromas of jasmine, lavender, and mandarin.
Credit: Brooklyn Candle Studio

Fill your home with the sweet aromas of jasmine, lavender, and mandarin.

Candles are a must-have for any date night, and Love Potion from Brooklyn Candle Studio is the perfect option to get you in the mood for romance. The 7.5-ounce candle is made from soy wax and can burn for up to 50 hours, and it has notes of jasmine blossom, lavender, and mandarin. Together these fragrances are reminiscent of a bouquet of flowers, and reviewers say it’s fresh and floral without being overwhelming.

Get the Love Potion Minimalist Candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio for $28

##3. A set of spicy lingerie for under your date-night outfit

You'll feel sexy and confident in lingerie from Adore Me.
Credit: Adore Me

You'll feel sexy and confident in lingerie from Adore Me.


There are lots of great places to buy lingerie, but one of our favorites is Adore Me, which carries a wide selection at reasonable prices. You’ll find everything from two-piece bra and underwear sets to spicy bodysuits, flattering corsets, and more modest pajamas, and the brand has a VIP membership that earns you steep discounts. Plus, Adore Me carries a good range of sizes, allowing you to find something that will flatter your body type.

Get the Vianna Unlined Set from Adore Me for $54.95

4. A big, beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers

This beautiful bouquet is sure to put a smile on your partner's face.
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This beautiful bouquet is sure to put a smile on your partner's face.

Flowers are another quintessential Valentine’s Day purchase, and Urban Stems are one of our favorite flower delivery services. The brand offers next-day delivery to addresses across the country, and we’ve particularly smitten with the Double The Unicorn arrangement. This bouquet features purple, lilac, and pink blossoms, including roses, aster, and alstroemeria, and you can add on a vase or other treat to sweeten the delivery if desired.

Get the Double The Unicorn Arrangement from Urban Stems for $99

5. A bottle of wine—or two—to sip by candlelight

Winc offers more than 700 wines made from grapes sourced around the world.
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Winc offers more than 700 wines made from grapes sourced around the world.

Winc is a great Valentine’s Day present for anyone who loves discovering new wines. When you sign up for this wine delivery service, it will guide you through a quick quiz and recommend several bottles of wine based on your specific tastes. The service costs $59.95 per month, and you can use these credits toward however many bottles you want to buy. Winc makes all its own wines, and they currently offer more than 700 types made with grapes from all around the world.

Sign up for Winc

6. Bite-sized cupcakes to feed to your partner

These bite-sized cupcakes are the perfect post-dinner treat.
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These bite-sized cupcakes are the perfect post-dinner treat.

I love any excuse to bake homemade treats, but if you’d rather have them delivered to your door, we highly recommend the mini cupcakes from Baked By Melissa. These bite-sized treats are not only adorable but unbelievably tasty, and they come in flavors like Triple Cookies & Cream, Caramel Hot Cocoa, Red Velvet, and more. The Love Gift Box comes with 25 of these sweet treats, but there are larger boxes available, as well as pick-your-own packs.

Get the Love Gift Box 25-Pack from Baked By Melissa for $40

7. Our favorite meal kit to make cooking a breeze

Skip the expensive dinner out and cook with Home Chef instead.
Credit: Home Chef

Skip the expensive dinner out and cook with Home Chef instead.

If you don’t want to face Valentine’s Day crowds at your favorite restaurant, you can make a delicious meal at home with the help of Home Chef. Hands-down our favorite meal kit delivery service, Home Chef offers an impressive weekly menu, complete with gourmet options, 15-minute meals, oven-ready entrees, and more. The ingredients are always fresh and pre-portioned, making it easier to get cooking, and you can even add on desserts, appetizers, and/or extra protein to your weekly delivery.

Sign up for Home Chef

8. A smart speaker to broadcast your Love Day playlist

This sleek speaker delivers impressive audio quality.
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This sleek speaker delivers impressive audio quality.

This Valentine’s Day, you can crank up your favorite tunes on the Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker and dance around the kitchen. This gadget is one of the best smart speakers we’ve tested, offering high-quality audio in a sleek, affordable form. The speaker comes in five colors, and you can control it using hidden buttons, voice commands, or your smartphone.

Get the Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker from Best Buy for $99.99

9. An extra-large blanket to cuddle under

The Big Blanket offers plenty of room for you and your partner to curl up.
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The Big Blanket offers plenty of room for you and your partner to curl up.

You’ll never have to fight your partner for more blanket coverage when you have the Big Blanket. This oversized blanket is a whopping 10-by-10-feet, allowing two (or more) people to comfortably share it.

Get the Premier Plush™ Blanket from Big Blanket for $245

10. A fun and flirty card game designed for couples

You'll be talking and laughing all night long with these conversation starters.
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You'll be talking and laughing all night long with these conversation starters.

The Take, Flirt, Dare! card game ensures you’ll never run out of things to talk about with your partner. The game comes with three packs of cards, depending on what you’re in the mood for. In the “Talk” pack, you’ll find conversation prompts to help you get to know each other on a deeper level; the “Flirt” pack will encourage intimacy and leave you feeling all loved up, and the “Dare” pack will help you step out of your comfort zone with fun and sexy challenges.

Get Talk, Flirt, Dare! from Amazon for $22.17

11. A delicious bath bomb for a solo or tandem soak

The name of this bath bomb speaks for itself...
Credit: Lush

The name of this bath bomb speaks for itself...

Whether you’re indulging in some self-care this Valentine’s Day or getting cozy with a partner, there’s no better way to relax than with this bath bomb from Lush. The super-popular bomb contains jasmine, clary sage, and ylang-ylang—all aphrodisiacs—as well as soy flour to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Plus, it will turn your bath a pretty pink color… then all you need is some rose petals and a bottle of wine!

Get the Sex Bomb Bath Bomb from Lush for $7.95

12. A spicy toy to end the night with a bang

This toy is the cherry on top of a romantic evening.
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This toy is the cherry on top of a romantic evening.

Take sexy time to the next level on Valentine’s Day with the help of the Soraya Wave vibrator. This luxe sex toy has the iconic rabbit design, and it’s made from super-smooth premium silicone that’s soft to the touch. The sculpted tip of the toy moves in a “come-hither” motion, while the vibrating external arm is fully flexible to hit just the right angle. It has eight settings to play around with, and it’s 100% waterproof, too.

Get the Soraya Wave from Lelo for $207

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