Self-love is undeniably important — but it's easy to forget about it around Valentine's Day. Single or taken, with so much focus on pleasing the people around you, you may end up burnt out before February even starts. Shopping for Valentine's Day gifts for yourself may seem like the exact opposite thing you should be doing before Feb. 14, but doing so may help you enjoy the big day even more.
Buying yourself what you want when you want it doesn't just take some of the pressure off a gift-heavy holiday. Whether you can quote Parks and Recreation's entire "Treat Yo Self Day" episode or can never resist completing RuPaul's "if you can't love yourself" call-and-response, it's obvious that everyone needs a reminder to put themselves first every once in a while. Instagram-famous artist Sophie King does it through embroidery: The artist's hand-stitched messages to take care of yourself have earned her over 77,000 followers and a spotlight in Vogue. You can pick up one of King's T'shirts — hand embroidered with the phrase "your first love should be yourself" — on her website King Sophie's World for 42 GBP, or around $55.20.
There are ways to feel special all on your own on days you can't get away with T-shirts, too. Pick up that gold Bagatiba necklace you've been waiting for a special someone to gift you, or splurge on brands you can only find online (so you end up buying less often) like Glossier. Just wearing a necklace you've wanted forever or a subtle Cloud Paint shade only you notice can be all the reminder you need that you're number one.
Or, try something subtler that will end up making you happy in the long run, like the $65 Active Botanical Serum both Gwyneth Paltrow and Supergoop!'s founder and CEO Holly Thaggard endorse or a $38 jar of Moon Juice's Brain Dust. The powder claims to defog your brain — increasing clarity and focus while decreasing stress. If you're wondering if Brain Dust really works, just take a look at the reviews written for the wonder powder; it currently has 195 5-star reviews on Moon Juice's website.
Starting to get into the swing of things? Ahead, 16 Valentine's Day gifts just for you to enjoy, regardless of relationship status or any gift hints you may've already dropped.
Remind yourself to keep up the self-love all the other days of the year with this embroidered T-shirt.
Go ahead and put in an order at your favorite online store — for something you may not need, but definitely want. Sure, a set of two pretty gel-cream blushes isn't necessary to a makeup routine, but will you look gorgeous and glowy using them on Valentine's Day? 100 percent.
Up your game at work with this blend of herbs and mushrooms. It promises to help you stay focused, happy, and stress-free — which may sound too good to be true. But the Brain Dust has nearly 200 perfect reviews on Moon Juice's own website (and more on the other stores like Sephora that stock it).
Invest in the perfect selfie mirror (and one you can position anywhere in your home for optimal lighting). Even better: You can snag this standing mirror for just $375 during West Elm's sale.
Is an explanation even necessary? The Faye bag's distinctly bold hardware instantly upgrades any outfit.
Yes, you'll have to wait for MaisonCléo's e-shop opens (12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesdays) to buy this blouse. Yes, it's hard to say what the euro-to-dollar conversion will be each week (at the moment, $194.32). However, this delightfully sheer, infinitely layer-able blouse from the French mother-daughter duo is worth it.
This luxe rose-scented diptyque candle is limited edition, so it'd be wrong *not* to buy one while you can. Plus, the pink and orange tumbler will add a pop of color to any place you put it.
'The Office' has a bevy of memorable characters, but Mindy Kaling's iconically sassy Kelly Kapoor can probably make any fashion-minded office worker laugh every time she comes on screen. Curl up with Khaling's casual essay collection to learn more about the comedy writer, and laugh just as much.
Anyone — taken or happily single — will feel decadent this Valentine's Day with a swipe of Fenty's universal red on their lips.
Inspired by nights spent flipping through magazines and sipping wine with friends, this organic cotton sweatshirt is printed with "magazine night" in French.
Set your skin up on a date with 22 nutritious botanicals. Though the reviews are enthusiastic, you can always try the cult serum's smaller 5 mL bottle for $65 before you take the plunge on the $185 bottle.
This cheerfully feminine throw blanket from Calhoun & Co. could make anyone smile.
Forget waiting for anyone to slide you a small wrapped box on Valentine's Day; treat yourself to that piece of jewelry you've had your eye on for ages. Anyway, even if you do get this Bagatiba necklace again on Feb. 14, it would look that much better layered.
After the thrills and frills of Valentine's Day's lingerie, slip into something more comfortable (literally). This moiré non-wire bra from the chic intimates brand Negative Underwear is pretty *and* was made with your comfort in mind.
Each of these gumdrops contains 20mg of CBD to help you relax and unwind this Valentine's Day.