Valentine's Day is right around the corner and, if you're anything like us, there's a high chance you haven't finished your gift shopping yet. Fear not: The Hunker Staff is here to help.
For this month's Hunker Recommends, our staff is sharing the items on their gift-giving (and -receiving) wishlists. From kitchen gadgets to dreamy home picks, here are our team's recommendations for foolproof Valentine's Day gift ideas.
"I am obsessed with this heart-shaped waffle maker. Especially if you're hosting a Galentine's brunch (which I do every year), this is a sweet way to be festive while still being chic!" — Branché Foston, Social Media Specialist, Influencers & Community
"I drink a lot of tea. I also have a cat. Naturally, this teapot fits my personality type as naturally as a cat fits on a windowsill. I'm all about gifts that people can use again and again, so this find is purr-fect for Valentine's Day, tbh." — Eva Recinos, Associate Editor
"In an effort to pare down on all the 'stuff' in our house, my husband and I agreed a couple of years ago to stop buying each other physical gifts. Instead, we like to choose experiences we can enjoy together, like concerts or weekend getaways. To celebrate Valentine's Day this year, we're going to take a road trip up the California coast and spend the weekend in Ojai. This charming country house we found on Airbnb makes my heart skip a beat." — Gina Goff, Director of Audience Development
"I smelled this in her store and loved it! (I'm already a fan of her Cedar scented candle.) And I think it would look quite lovely on my coffee table. So, someone please tell my sweetie." — Laurie Grossman, Director, Editorial Operations
"These feel vaguely romantic, I guess? But they feel more like a representation of our style as a couple — we love little tongue-in-cheek one-offs." — Leonora Epstein, Senior Director
"I'm nowhere close to becoming a sommelier, but there's nothing I love more than putting on my tasting hat to judge new wines and learn more about the different varietals and regions. Getting a shipment from Winc could become a fun and easy Valentine's Day tradition or even just a weekly date night idea." — Katie Maguire, Commerce Editor
"Let's be honest, there's probably nothing more romantic than watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset with the one you love. However, this stoneware planter is a close second. It features hand-painted stripes in a warm, West Coast-inspired color palette, which happens to be very on-trend at the moment. Plus, it's a great way to add a pop of color to any room and will complement a leafy green plant beautifully. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely smitten. " — Ariane Moore, Design Editor
"I'm hardly a top-tier chef. But, I sure do love chef-worthy kitchen accessories. They just make kitchen selfies work. That's why I've been coveting these salt and pepper mills from West Elm. They're cute, they're sculptural, and they're just affordable enough that I don't feel like a jerk for adding them to my Valentine's Day gift wishlist. Plus, a set of these could aid in V-Day dinner prep if, you know, you're actually into cooking." — Lowe Saddler, Design SEO Editor
Katie is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.