Love: Give a Little, Take a Little (V-day gifts & spa services for others and yourself)

Although it seems like the holidays were yesterday, another one is right around the corner: it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day! ‘Tis the season to spoil your with gifts, affection and a hearty dose of relaxation. With that in mind, read on for our favorite Valentine’s treats sure to help recipients unwind—and focus on what really matters.

Aveda Love Composition Oil

Heat things up with this sensual composition oil made with sandalwood, jasmine, and frankincense. This organic, nourishing oil makes the body, hair, scalp and skin feel (and smell) heavenly. Add a few drops in your bath to take the relaxation to the next level, or use it as a massage oil to leave skin feeling soft and supple. The best part? Aveda donates $4 of every purchase of this oil to the National Audubon Society for projects that fight climate change. Talk about love.

Massage

There’s really no way to say “I love you” like a gift that lets them enjoy an hour and a half . Need more convincing? Massages are much more than just relaxing—they also improve flexibility, prevent muscle injuries, boost the immune system, and reduce the effects of long hours sitting at a desk working. We know what you’re thinking, and yes, you should absolutely book one for yourself, too.

A Personalized Playlist

Whatever happened to good ole mixed tapes to show your feelings? We vote for a modern revitalization of this classic romantic gesture. Make your sweetheart a playlist with songs that make you think of them—they can listen all day, and they’ll think of you the whole time. Bonus: unlike the mixed tapes of old, there’s no limit to the amount of songs you can put on your playlist, so let the good music roll.

Tulasara Facial

If your loved one could use a little more balance in their life (who couldn’t?), a Tulasāra facial is the ideal gesture. Tulasara, meaning “moving toward balance” in Sanskrit, is inspired by Ayurvedic methods for achieving healthy, glowing skin. The facial can be customized to soothe a variety of skin concerns, including dryness, excess oil, acne, and sensitivity—ensured your sweetheart gets exactly the special treatment they deserve.

A Real Photo Album

Instagram shots are cute and fun for scrolling, but there’s nothing like real life prints you can look at everyday to remind you of all the good times you’ve had. Print out your favorites and add them to an album with heartfelt captions for a gift that will definitely make them smile every time they see it.

Stress-Fix Soaking Salts

These soaking salts are a game changer for bath lovers everywhere. Infused with lavender and clary sage essential oils, the heavenly aroma is proven to reduce feelings of stress. Add some rose petals to the water and a glass of wine, and enjoy in for the most relaxing bath of your life.

At the end of the day, just remember that whatever you decide to gift your other half, it’s the the thoughtfulness you put into it that really counts. Happy Valentines Day!

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