These V-Day Beauty Gifts Are SO Much Better Than Flowers

We love flowers and chocolates as much as the next person, but when it comes to legitimately useful gifts, we'll take a rose-infused lip balm over a dozen of the real thing any day. If you're like us, classic Valentine's Day gifts can feel a little, well, underwhelming. In fact, us beauty nerds would rather rip open a heart-embossed package filled with products than tear into a box of chocolates. (Unless, of course, we can have both.)
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we've made taking the road less traveled a bit easier, with recommendations that are not only fitting for the holiday, but also wonderfully practical for the rest of the month, too. The items ahead aren't just for your S.O. — they're great for self-gifting, too. Because if this time of year isn't the best time to #treatyoself, we don't know what is.
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Click through our slideshow for non-traditional Valentine's Day gifts that are perfect to give — or keep all for yourself.
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Not only does this fragrance have a meaningful backstory — it's named after WWI nurses who were often referred to by soldiers as "Roses of No-Man's Land" — but the actual scent is downright beautiful. Unlike many rose perfumes, which can smell powdery or dated, this formula is both sweet and spicy thanks to a blend of pink pepper, raspberry blossom, and rose petals.

Although the scent can be purchased as a traditional spray-on eau de parfum, we're partial to this roll-on oil as the scent lingers on the skin much longer.

Byredo Rose Of No Man's Land Roll-On Oil, $85, available at Byredo.
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Love liquid lippies but hate the way they feel? These new crayons from Nudestix glide on like a creamy, traditional lipstick, but dry down to a completely budge-proof and transfer-proof finish. Total win-win if you ask us.

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Blossom, $24, available at Sephora.
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When it comes to the most-indulgent beauty rituals around, a relaxing bath is at the top of the list. Invest in a bottle of himalayan bath salts to soothe tired muscles and relax your mind this winter. Plus, if you spring for this one from Mullein & Sparrow, you can refill the container with epsom salt from the drugstore later on.

Mullein & Sparrow Pink Himalayan Bath Salts, $28, available at Catbird.
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Notes of bergamot, grapefruit, nutmeg, tobacco, and rosewood make this candle the perfect bright-yet-smoky bath time scent.

Molton Brown Tobacco Absolute Single Wick Candle, $49, available at Molton Brown.
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No time for a bath? Treat yourself to a luxurious, rose-scented soap that will perfume your entire shower instead. It also contains a host of oils (coconut, rose, and grape seed, to name a few) to hydrate dry skin.

Lush Love You, Love You Lots, $7.95, available at Lush.
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We'll be the first to admit that this lipstick's lucite packaging is what caught out eye. But once we slicked it on and saw the beautiful balmy veil of color it left behind we knew it would become a makeup bag staple.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick in Orchid Beanie, $32, available at Nordstrom.
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We're stocking up on hydrating lip balms this time of year — especially if they come in cute apothecary-style packaging and contain a slew of hydrating oils.

Jurlique Rose Love Balm, $12, available at Jurlique.
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In fall, these encapsulated-flower lip balms were hard to get ahold of, but now they're readily available online. They're the perfect collector's item to add to your makeup bag — not only because they're damn cute, but because the formula offers a sheer hit of pink pigment and a boost of hydration.

Winky Lux Flower Balm, $14, available at Winky Lux.
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Not only is this oil blend intensely hydrating, thanks to coconut, evening primrose, and jojoba oils, but it's infused with actual flowers, making it a practical and beautiful product to keep on your vanity.

Posies & Co. Frangipani Body + Hair Oil, $28, available at Anthropologie.
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This whipped body lotion is equal parts sweet and sultry, thanks to notes of dark amber and wild vanilla.

& Other Stories Sardonyx Fire Body Soufflé, $17, available at & Other Stories.
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