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The Hater's Guide To Spending Valentine's Day

Lifestyle, ShoppingMaría Elena RodríguezComment

Ok so, if you've been reading me for a while now, you know that last year I posted a blog post about why I hate Valentine's Day so much. And before you accuse me of being a whiny single lady who hates V-Day, I am not. I was and currently am in a steady relationship and we both decided a while back not to celebrate this date, because of the reasons listed on that post. ✌🏽

But this year, as part of my New Years Resolution, I am all about self-esteem, being lovable, sending thank you notes (like these or these 😍) and having more friends... Seriously, lol. So I wanted to make things differently and talk to you guys about ways to make Valentine's Day suck less. Because it is everywhere and there's almost nothing we can do about it. And ya'll know I won't be sending you to a restaurant! So here's a very cute (if I do say so myself) Valentine's Day Gift Guide:


If you're spending valentine's day With friends:

valentines day galentines gift guide


Sugar Paper Be You Art Print // Shiraleah Pineapple Aluminum Container // Kate Spade New York Monedero Heart // Besties Book // Jonathan Adler Brass Elephant Ring Bowl // Sugar Paper Gift Tag

First of all, if you're spending Valentine's Day with your friends, you're already very lucky! Secondly, the key here is looking at "Galentine's" just as any other day of the year, but a little bit more special. So if you are going to buy them something, buy them something that you KNOW will make them happy. Like this pineapple container. Have you seen someone not smile when they see a pineapple? Of course not! Or just give them a bottle of Prossecco with a cute gift tag like this one

And what better way to celebrate friendship than with a coffee book about BFF's? Better yet if she's your roomie! If you have a bigger budget, you could get them this heart shaped Kate Spade coin purse or this beautiful Jonathan Adler ring bowl


if you're spending VALENTINE'S DAY WITH YOUR significant other:

boyfriend gift guide


Flight 001 Guy Stuff Pouch // Joy Mangano Christie Leather Weekender Bag (it's on SALE!) // Williams Sonoma Two In The Kitchen Cookbook // Gucci Signature money clip // Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit

My boyfriend and I always bond over traveling or having weekend getaways. So what better way to spend this lousy holiday than planning your next getaway? That's why I included this beautiful duffle bag (on sale!) that you can totally still from him/ her, as well as this pouch for toiletries. 

I'm also a very lucky girl and my boyfriend knows how to cook very well, but if your S.O. doesn't even know how to boil water, this Williams Sonoma cookbook will surely make you two bond in the kitchen this Valentine's Day. 

Lastly, if he/she's a keeper and you have a little extra cash laying around, go ahead and buy him/her a designer wallet like this one. But if you're just starting out as a couple, I would suggest going for a simple and non-expensive beauty kit like this one or this one


if you're spending valentine's day With your family:

what to get your family gift guide


Gift Boutique Mine Stackable Mug // Nordstrom at Home 'Cuddle Up' Faux Fur Heart Accent Pillow // Mikasa Cheers, Party Collection // kate spade new york 'posy court' heart dish // Monopoly Classic Board Game

I know what you're thinking... This is not exactly the scenario you think about when you think about Valentine's Day but hear me out, OK? If you have to spend V-Day with your family, PREACH it! No matter how annoying they are, you will always need them somehow. Plus, I included board games and glasses of wine in this Valentine's Day Gift Guide for obvious reasons. #IGotYou

My advice to you is to enjoy their company by playing Monopoly over wine. It will not exactly be a relaxing experience, but it will sure keep you entertained! Also, make your mom happy by getting her these gorgeous glasses of wine you can start using right away or this beautiful coffee mug she may need in the morning after all that wine. 

Also, is there anything more Valentine's Day-ish than heart shaped everything?! I think not. No matter how much you hate this date, you have to admit this pillow looks pretty cozy and this ring tray will definetely bring a smile to your mom's face.  


If you're spending valentines day alone:

If by any chance you end up spending Valentines Day alone, good for you! In the words of my sister: "You are a strong independent woman!" If you would like to treat yourself to something, I would suggest just adding to your cart any of the items listed below. Because you damn well deserve it girl! 

Now I want to know about you! How are you spending this Valentine's Day? Any plans? Let me know in the comments bellow. Also, don't forget to sign up for my newsletter here! I'm sending out cool stuff to your inbox every other week. 

Until next time, 

María Elena

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