Loved and loathed, Valentine’s Day is a holiday that can bring stress or joy depending on whom you talk to. For some, that anxiety stems from struggling to find the right gift for a loved one. If your loved one loves travel, you’ve come to the right place.
While vaccine distribution may give us a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, it’s still not safe to be taking your Valentine on a big, romantic vacation (although you can go ahead and plan one for the future). In the meantime, you can still appeal to their love of travel through a travel-related or travel-adjacent Valentine’s Day gift.
Here are some ideas to get your brainstorming going. Or you can just buy some Flowers for Valentines here.
The pandemic has inspired a new generation of campers. Whether your loved one is a seasoned camping pro, or one of those who hopped on the bandwagon, gear that supports their hobby may make a great Valentine’s Day gift.
There are about a million different ways you could go with this one. You could get apparel to keep them warm or just looking cool, camping cooking essentials or a subscription to the Dyrt. Opinel sells simultaneously practical and sentimental knives that can be engraved for your loved one.
Virtual travel experiences
While you can’t physically go on a far-flung romantic trip this Valentine’s Day, you can virtually. The Table Less Traveled, Airbnb, Amazon, Intrepid Travel and plenty of other companies are offering more virtual travel experiences than ever, and you can find something to suit your Valentine’s personality.
Through the magic of the Internet, take your loved one on a walking tour of Norway, a ravioli class in Capri, a yoga session in Delhi, or a free tour of New York that focuses on its historic love stories.
Future trip experiences
If the idea of a staycation just isn’t cutting it, surprise your loved one with the promise of a future vacation. Although it’s unclear when we’ll be able to visit places like Europe or Asia again, you can take advantage of savings now on trips to take later. Buy credits and vouchers or make bookings (very) far in advance with tour companies, hotels and experiences — just make sure they easily can be canceled or rebooked.
Support your loved one’s self care with travel-tinged bath and beauty products. Plenty of the world’s beloved hotels sell their toiletries, candles and robes.
You can also think of local bathing rituals from the places your lover loved to visit. There’s the NETT Exfoliator originally from Ghana to keep your valentine’s skin smooth, fair trade Argan oil from Morocco for hair and skin care, and birch branches to re-create the aroma of a Russian sauna in your shower. This “seaweed bomb” is allegedly good for you and will also conjure memories of trips to the U.K. coast.