Whether you're currently single and want to celebrate yourself, or you're in a relationship but not expecting to be bowled over by the perfect gift, it's time to buy yourself something nice.
Here are 10 little indulgences that will feel like big luxuries and put a smile on your face without breaking the bank.
- Rose Green Tea, $19 for 4.4 ounces at Kusmi Tea: The tin this tea comes in is so pretty, it'd be worth the purchase just for the packaging, but the tea itself is exceptional. It's comforting and floral and something about it just feels rich and fancy.
- Tea For Me Set, $28 at Anthropologie: Forget tea for two — this tea is for you, and you do not have to share.
- Cookie Shot Glass, $18: Use this mold to bake a cookie in the shape of a shot glass, then fill the cookie cup with Nutella, jam, chocolate, milk, hot chocolate, espresso, more chocolate, or whatever you like. Tip: Lining the cookie cup with a bit of chocolate means it won't soak other ingredients, like milk, right away.
- Wines by the Glass at Your House, $81 for three months at Vinebox: This mail-order wine service is like having a hip wine bar at your house. They'll take into account your wine preferences and tasting goals — are you feeling adventurous or cozy? — and send a personalized selection of great wines from around the world in pretty vials, just for you to try at your leisure.
- Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt KIND Bars, $14.50 for 12: Nothing solves a "I want something to eat, but I don't know exactly what" moment like a dark chocolate and sea salt KIND bar. They're crunchy, chewy, salty, sweet, and full of hunger-busting protein. Having a whole box of these that you don't have to share is like having a delicious secret. (If you don't live alone, you might need to hide these.)
- Dog-a-Day Dessert Plate, $14 at Anthropologie: These little plates will brighten your day every time you eat from them. You can't possibly say no to that Westie's face, can you?
- Pernigotti Cocoa Powder, $23 for 12 ounces at Williams-Sonoma: This is Ina Garten's favorite cocoa powder, and Ina Garten always chooses the best.
- Chocolate Molecule Necklace, $28 at MolecularMotifs: This necklace represents the molecular structure of Theobromine, a natural chemical found in chocolate. Whoever said diamonds are a person's best friend must never have met chocolate.
- Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles Kit, $35 at Uncommon Goods: This DIY chocolate truffles kit will make sure you get exactly the chocolates you want this year — whether you like coconut, peppermint, cayenne pepper, sea salt, or all of them mixed together. As a bonus, you'll definitely get to lick the bowl afterwards.
- Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, $12 for a pint from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream: This Riesling-poached pear sorbet is light but rich with notes of Riesling wine, and it's the perfect elegant indulgence. Of course, if what you're looking for is more along the lines of the chocolate-iest ice cream money can buy, the Darkest Chocolate Pint is what you need.
Are you treating yourself to anything good this Valentine's Day?