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Best of Indie Spotlight: Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Yourself

February 12, 2013
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Valentine’s Day can be seen as a dreaded holiday for many singles. With couples prancing around with their heart-shaped balloons, bouquets of red roses, and Valentine-inspired gift bags of goodies, this love-centered event can make singles cringe in corners and hide away for the day. However, who ever said that Valentine’s day was just for couples? Since Valentine’s Day is a centered around love, you can celebrate this once-horrific festival with love for yourself! Whether it’s a day at the spa or taking a weekend vacation to a quaint town, there are countless ways to show yourself some love on Valentine’s Day. Of course, a timeless tradition to indulge yourself is with a little trips down shopping lane! From hilarious to classy to comfy, selected Etsy designers have gathered on this list to present you with ideas that can give you a case of the giggles, a pinch of cheer, a big grin, and a whole lotta love on Valentine’s Day.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Bottle Cap Pins
By Jewels4Thought

Maybe you’re the type to glare at couples on the street or hiss at romantic movies playing on TV — whichever describes you the best, Jewels4Thought will have just what you need to proudly display your anti-valentine’s day attitude with their funny and sassy bottle cap pins! From “Kiss Off” to “Valentine Schmalentine”, you can choose what you’d like your silver bottle cap based, multi-colored pins will say.

Heart Slippers
By Fizz Accessory

Since February is a chilly month in most areas, why not wrap your feet around Fizz Accessory’s hand-woven heart slippers? Decorated with two large, bright red crocheted hearts and secured with an embellishing button, these slippers will keep you cozy and prove that you don’t need to be in a romantic relationship to warm your heart — or feet!

Valentine’s Day Beating Hearts Metal Ear Gauges
By K.C. Peck

Looking for an edgy, glam way to spice up Valentine’s Day as a single? Wear K.C. Peck’s beating hearts metal ear gauges to give your outfit a punk-styled appearance! Alternating heart-shaped patterns are applied to a stainless single flared plugs, which come in various sizes from 8g to 2g.

Single Status Cufflinks
By Urban Eye

Gentlemen, if you’re going out for the night on lover’s day, single, and ready to bring your A-game, then dress up with Urban Eye’s single status cufflinks! Whether you’re wearing a solid color or striped dress shirt, these amusingly fashionable cufflinks come in classic black and white that fits any shirt style. Urban Eye also offers customizable colors so that you can mix-and-match to your liking!

Tub Tea Pampering Bath Tea
By Eco Chic Soaps

You’ll go “ahhh…” when you sink into a tub full of Eco Chic Soaps’ soothing and rejuvenating bath tea set! Simply place these aromatic tea bags into a tub filled with warm water and soak in the fragrant mixtures of rose, orange peel, jasmine flower, and other scents for a “pampering” good time. Eco Chic Soaps adds a touch of eco-friendly nature in their tub tea for an enhanced natural appeal.

I Love You S’mores Sampler
By Tookies

Sit back and relax with a comforting s’mores from Tookies! With decadent chocolate, fluffy marshmallow, and crunchy graham crackers, this scrumptious classic comes in 2 s’mores bar jar, 2 s’mores gourmet marshmallows, and 4 “s’more-wiches” in Tookies’ s’mores sampler. Handmade with love and sweetness, Tookies’ s’mores sampler is the perfect, indulgent Valentine’s Day treat that you can give yourself! (I’d say it’s much better than a carton of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!) 

2-Sided Relationship Status Necklace
By Baby Loves Pink

Facebook relationship statuses has now been fabulously transferred to Baby Loves Pink’s fun, 2-sided necklace! With “Available” and “Taken” on either side, singles can delight in the “Available” status that this necklace portrays. Who knows, maybe after Valentine’s Day, you’ll be switching over to the “Taken” side of this heart-shaped pendant!

Handmade Red Polka Dot Journal
By Buntmal

Valentine’s Day can bring back some painful — even blissful — memories for you. Jot them down and freely extract your feelings and thoughts in the blank pages of Buntmal’s handmade, red polka dot journal! Wrapped in a passionate red and cutesy polka dot patterned fabric, this handbound journal is a handy and chic utensil to express your love woes and joys at anytime. You can even dedicate this journal for Valentine’s Day only thoughts for a memory keepsake for years to come.

Eat Drink Love Mug
By Pen Endeavors

Waking up in the morning and enjoying a hot cup o’ joe or calming tea is a way to indulge yourself during a renowned couple’s day. Pour your favorite drink in Pen Endeavors’ “Eat Drink Love” mug and savor every sip with a bit of self-love! Made with white porcelain and colorful letters, this simple yet elegant 12oz. mug will help remind you to love yourself — even on Valentine’s Day.

Elbow Heart Patch Sweater
By Three Bird Nest

If you’re the hopeless romantic, whether single or taken, you can’t help wearing your heart on your sleeve! With Three Bird Nest’s simple yet stylish elbow heart patch sweater, you can literally do what you do best and express yourself by wearing this adorable knit sweater. In mint green and soft gray, Three Bird Nest’s sweaters come in two attractive colors to fit your style.

With these charming self-gift ideas for Valentine’s, you can tackle this holiday, face the loving couples, and embrace your single status on this day. Give this day a different meaning to yourself! There’s no need to follow the conventional trends that society has set for this love-filled event. Deliver yourself flowers and chocolates or pamper yourself in any other way instead of hiding under your blanket with a box of tissues. Plus, it’s only one day out of a whole year that exudes cheesy love — you’ll be okay!

Written by Emily Nguyen, a freelance writer and core contributor to NerdWallet Shopping.