I'm not going to sugarcoat it for you: I've been single for the better part of the last year. I don't mean dating-around-but-not-tied-down single, either. I haven't been on a date, answered a booty call, or even flirted with a stranger at a bar in approximately 365 days.
While the pandemic hasn't stopped everyone from dating — surely people will always find ways to meet up and hook up no matter the circumstances — it just hasn't happened for me. And I'm willing to bet I'm not the only person facing this predicament, even as Valentine's Day is just around the corner, taunting passersby with heart-shaped stickers and chocolates.
Whether you've been single for months or newly on your own again, it's been a period of independence, friendship, and probably a sex toy or two. And with Valentine's Day coming up, it's a great time to show yourself how much you care. Self-love can come in many forms, and it can certainly materialize in the shape of a new bag, a pair of really good boots, or even a vibrator. (Psst: here are some of the best sex toys you can buy right now).
If you're feeling like treating yourself to a little something special for Valentine's Day this year, stay with us. Below, we reveal what eight shopping writers and editors are buying themselves for the romantic holiday. You'll find everything from an affordable diamond studded tennis bracelet and wine sold by the glass (why didn't we know about this sooner?) to a sonic clitoral massager and CBD bath bombs.
It's time to shop for that special someone who's gotten you through everything the last year — and every one before it — has thrown at you.
Pavoi Tennis Bracelet
I already have several pieces of jewelry from Pavoi, a popular (and very affordable) brand on Amazon, including these gold hoops and huggie earrings that I wear almost every day. Since nearly everything from the line is $30 or less, I feel zero guilt treating myself whenever I'm in the mood for something new and sparkly. Right now I'm eyeing this $15 tennis bracelet to liven up my stack.
Shop now: $15; amazon.com
Belif Hungarian Water Essence
After obsessing over Belif's The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb all winter, I've been itching to add the brand's similarly lightweight, ultra-hydrating serum to my regimen next. It's full of nourishing antioxidants that claim to transform dull skin. This year, I'll be treating myself to a glowing, healthy complexion.
Shop now: $42; ulta.com
I write about sex toys frequently and have a good grasp on which ones will make for the most memorable climax. Before the year ended, I tested Lelo's latest and greatest model, the Sila. Similar to the Kardashian-loved Sona 2 Cruise, it uses sonic stimulation to hone in on your clit for a gradual (and powerful) build that can't be replicated. This newest model has a wider opening than most clit toys, so it's basically guaranteed to fit your body's unique shape. Another plus: It keeps quiet and automatically shuts off once it's not pressed against your body, so you won't need to worry about waking up roommates during personal time. Trust me when I say this Valentine's Day, the only gift you need is this toy.
Shop now: $169; lelo.com
Omnom Chocolate Icelandic Bean-to-Bar Sea Salted Toffee Chocolate
Instead of mingling with a bunch of strangers in a bar, I'm designating Valentine's Day as a day of self-care this year. And nothing says self-care to me like enjoying some utterly scrumptious chocolate, of which the best I've tried lately is Omnom's sea salted toffee chocolate, made directly from bean to bar in Iceland. Creamy caramel is mixed with milk chocolate to produce the bar's incredibly smooth taste, and it's sprinkled with fresh sea salt from Iceland for a savory balance. Plus, it sure doesn't hurt that it comes in gorgeous pink packaging, so I'll be buying it for all my single friends, too.
Shop now: $9; amazon.com
Le Mini Macaron Le Maxi ''Rouge & Moi'' Limited Edition Deluxe Gel Manicure Set
The Le Maxi ''Rouge & Moi'' limited-edition gel manicure set from Le Mini Macaron is the perfect way to give myself an at-home professional manicure without the salon prices. The kit includes everything you need for a perfect gel manicure, plus the most beautiful and classic nail polish colors, including pink and deep red.
Shop now: $65; ulta.com
Usual Wines Brut Rosé
Wine by the glass might be my favorite discovery of this year. Usual Wines sells perfectly portioned mini bottles of yummy sparkling and flat wines. Bonus: The empty bottles are cute enough to reuse as vessels for small flowers. I'll be ordering a box to sip and savor by myself for Valentine's Day.
Shop now: $48; usualwines.com
Highline Wellness CBD Bath Bomb
As luck would have it, I've continued my streak of becoming newly single right before Valentine's Day. The upside? More time to treat myself. This year I plan to spend the day hiking, followed by a soaky bath featuring this essential oil-packed CBD bath bomb I've had my eye on.
Shop now: $15; highlinewellness.com
ZonLi Adults Weighted Blanket
Perhaps my favorite thing about flying solo is having a full bed all to myself. There's nothing quite like guiltlessly hogging the sheets, tumbling around until I find the right spot, and spreading out in a satisfying starfish stretch to start my morning. And while not having anyone to complain about my snoring is an added plus, there are times that I do crave the cozy feel of having another person in my bed — without actually wanting another person in my bed. This cozy weighted blanket makes you feel like you're being held, comforting you while ridding daily stresses and anxieties. Each square is uniformly filled with heavy glass beads for even weight distribution, and the banket is available in multiple sizes and weight options.
Shop now: $47 (Originally $65); amazon.com