As a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, a girl who just loves to love love, Valentine’s Day is a bright and shiny, heart-denoted spot on my calendar. If you happen to be a cynic of cupid and his arrow, it is of no matter to me — I am immune to the arguments of commerciality that insist February’s day of love is a “Hallmark holiday” and the recent viral proclamations of “Singles Awareness Day” have not put a damper on my spirits. I have already watched Valentine’s Day twice (favorite storyline is obviously best friends Julia and Reed because, spoiler alert, they are really in love!) and have begun the Pinterest search for themed decor and baked goods. Clearly, I am all in when in comes to the preachings of the patron saint of love and believe there are loads of reasons to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Whether you are in a committed relationship, trying your hand at casually dating or bee-bopping around unattached, Valentine’s Day can absolutely be your holiday. Nearly all humans remember when the Prime Minister in Love Actually said, “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.” This quote has been causing holiday hearts to swell for over a decade, thanks to a film fandom that rages on season after season, but the leader of England also makes a great case for participating in the celebration of St. Valentine. It isn’t the type of love you have in your life that is most important, it’s that you recognize whatever love is around you and celebrate it with a rosy outlook. And maybe a pink construction paper cut-out heart or two.
Since we have established that Valentine’s Day is an every love kind of day, the only thing left do is figure out who to love on! In my opinion, best friend love is one of the most unconditional, and is always deserving of a shout out. Your BFF has likely helped pick out your lingerie or put you into a fabulous dress for those years you celebrated with a significant other — and has also drunk wine and watched rom-coms by your side when you only had each other. A soul sister reminds us that we will always have a special kind of love in February and all year round. So, why not give your bestie some props this year? Remind her that a best friend is like a forever Valentine with one of these 15 perfectly themed gifts.
1. SO SHE CAN WEAR HER HEART ON HER EARS:
Whether or not she is rocking arm candy this Valentine's Day, we can all appreciate a good stud. See what I did there? These heart posts from Kate Spade are the perfect holiday embellishment.
2. SO SHE CAN NAIL THE TAYLOR SWIFT INSPIRED BEAUTY GAME:
So, your best friend covets Taylor Swift's perfect red lip? Don't we all. In that case, there is no better way to celebrate her than by gifting the proper tools for a perfect pout. NARS Dragon Girl is one of Swift's go-to shades, so it is sure to be a new favorite for your friend.
3. SO SHE CAN APPROPRIATELY ACCESSORIZE:
Love may be in the air, but it is still cold out in most parts of the country. A heart print scarf will warm things up and promote stylishly understated accessorizing for the holiday. Your friends with a less overt adoration for Valentine's Day will love you for it.
4. SO SHE HAS RED HOT LIPS AND NAILS FOR WHATEVER THE DAY BRINGS:
Butter London's Ladybird will ensure you and yours have the perfect bright red lips and tips for Valentine's Day and all the days ahead. If anyone out there still needed an excuse to rock a rouge lippy or mani, this is it.
5. SO SHE NEVER FORGETS THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE HER BACK:
It is an unspoken rule that you've always had each other's back and always will. With this cute sew-in label from Kate Spade, your soul sister can turn her favorite garment into a representation of this pact.
6. SO SHE HAS A ROSY OUTLOOK:
Heart shaped sunnies are perfectly themed and ready to give your bestie a rosy outlook on love. Plus, sunglasses remind us all that warmer weather is coming... eventually... and that just may be the best gift you could give.
7. SO SHE REMEMBERS LOVE IS ALL AROUND:
A love ring is like the modern day version of tying a string around your finger so that you don't forget. With this pretty script, your BFF will always have a reminder that love is all around.
8. SO SHE CAN WEAR HER HEART ON HER TEE:
Stylish holiday tees can be hard to come by, but with this adorable graphic tee from ILY Couture, your bestie will have a fashionable way to show the world she loves love too. Bonus points if the two of you decide on matching Valentine's Day ensembles.
9. SO SHE KNOWS YOU LIKE HER AS MUCH AS YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE:
There are few things that top your love affair and obsession with coffee and your best friend understands. It makes you a better person. Comparing her to your favorite caffeinated beverage with this sparkly, on-trend Bow and Drape crew fleece is the ultimate valentine.
10. SO SHE ALWAYS HAS A TINY PIECE OF YOUR HEART:
Your BFF is your girl, your sister from another mister and your Sex and The City coined soulmate. This tiny heart midi ring from Catbird shows her she always has a little piece of your heart.
11. SO SHE CAN COZY UP FOR THOSE ROM-COMS IN STYLE:
Whether she is curled up watching a marathon of the classics (enter Breakfast at Tiffany's) with you or spending a romantic night in sipping champagne with her other half, Victoria's Secret's Sweethearts pajamas will have her feeling festive and cozy.
12. SO SHE HAS A KITSCHY WAY OF LETTING EVERYONE KNOW SHE IS IN LOVE:
If your bestie was recently bitten by the love bug, show your support by gifting her this cat-themed tee by ILY Couture so she can let her love flag fly.
13. SO SHE CAN CELEBRATE YOUR FRIENDSHIP:
Friendship bracelets are the best and, while no amount of fancy will ever replace the ones we used to create by braiding together floss from the craft store during the lazy days of summer, this Kate Spade bangle is definitely a the covetable, grown-up version.
14. SO SHE CAN ROCK A LOVE-THEMED MAGENTA MANI:
Deborah Lippmann's "mystic marvelous magenta" is the perfect shade of Valentine's Day for the friend who loves to debut a holiday-themed mani, but is a pink girl through and through. Plus, the name of this limited edition shade, Dear Mr. Fantasy, seemingly puts out good vibes for your BFF on this day of love, regardless of her relationship status.
15. SO SHE CAN DISPLAY HER LYRICAL LOVE:
Maybe your lady love is a fan of Drake or Queen Bey. Maybe she is just a lover of messaging jewelry. EIther way, these candy heart inspired necklaces by Erica Weiner will perfectly compliment her unique style.
Happy Valentine's Day my loves! If I could have read this list to all of you out loud, I totally would have slow jammed it like Romeo Midnight in the opening scene of Valentine's Day — just a little gift from me to you. Since that wasn't possible, I hope your day is full of perfectly themed fashion and beauty gift exchanges between best friends, delicious pink and red baked goods and, most importantly, all different types of love. Remember, it truly is all around if you take the time to look.
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