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If you’re struggling to find a Valentine’s Day gift for the person you’ve been stuck in self-isolation with since last March, we don’t blame you. After all, you can’t really sneak out unnoticed to get a present from their favorite store or secretly stop by the drugstore to pick up a Valentine’s Day card on your way home from work. But you can order a nice Valentine’s Day gift online — and we found lots of things that will make thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts in this week’s sales roundup, all of which should arrive before Sunday, February 14. (We also found lots of things that’ll make great Valentine’s Day gifts for yourself or for a friend, if that’s more your speed this year.) And for even more sales coverage, sign up for our email newsletter.
These delicate now-under-$50 earrings from Roxanne Assoulin would make a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift that no one will know you got on sale.
Swedish sneaker brand Tretorn is one of our favorites, and we particularly like how pared down and simple the shoes are while being slightly more unexpected than Vans or Converse or even Vejas.
If your cookware is looking a little worse for wear after nine months of mostly eating at home, this T-fal frying pan will be a welcome upgrade, especially if you hate doing dishes. (It’s nonstick and dishwasher safe, meaning it’s very easy to clean.)
There’s lots of possible gifts for the valentine who’s become an outdoorsman during the pandemic over at Backcountry’s winter sale — like this slim Patagonia puffer jacket that’ll be just as useful for commuting once he has to start going back to the office.
These leather chukka boots for him are waterproof, with a chunky sole that’ll offer plenty of traction for icy sidewalks and trailheads alike.
Unlike Patagonia’s popular Black Hole duffel, which has one big compartment, this Patagonia duffel has a separate bottom compartment to keep wet clothes or muddy shoes or even dirty laundry separate from your clean, dry stuff. And like all Patagonia gear, it’s designed to last.
This air purifier should filter out 99.9 percent of airborne particles like dust and pet dander, but fair warning: It will work best in a room that’s 155 square feet or less.
Anthropologie is taking an extra 25 percent off already-on-sale items like this leopard-print (and neutral) fanny pack.
These cozy knit joggers with a neat, cuffed hem are available from size XS to 3X.
Some bleach-dyed tube socks that would look nice with white sneakers or peeking out of Chelsea boots.
It’s rare to find a down jacket for under $200 — and this one from Tommy Hilfiger is under $75. (It’s also available in black, blue, and bright yellow.)
Some very Olivia Pope–esque wine glasses that’ll make drinking a bottle of Trader Joe’s wine feel fancy.
If your valentine is already dreaming about their first post-pandemic beach vacation, they might appreciate this graphic Jonathan Adler beach towel.
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