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Show yourself some love this Valentine's Day with 26 self-care essentials

Spending the holiday alone doesn't have to be a bad thing.
Illustration of UrbanStems called The Demi, Milk Bar Assorted Cookie Tin, and a GIF of the Piecework Disco Queen Modern Jigsaw Puzzle
TODAY Illustration / Food52 / UrbanStems / MilkBar

The last few years have been rough for single people. Social distancing and Covid guidelines have made it pretty difficult to meet anyone new.

Many of the most common routes for meeting people — at bars, through friends or meet-ups from dating apps — were made a lot harder by the safety precautions put in place over the last two years. While completely necessary, it didn't do much good for creating a love life.

All this to say, if you're flying solo this Valentine's Day, you're in good company. Some people might simply take this as an opportunity to skip the holiday altogether. But for anyone who loves any excuse for a celebration, there are still plenty of ways to make the day fun. After all, it's all about celebrating love and spreading it around to your friends, family — and yes, even yourself.

Below are 26 things that will turn your solo Valentine's Day into the perfect opportunity to treat yourself.

Valentine's Day self-care essentials

Pink Moon Over the Moon Duo

Made from naturally cooling rose quartz crystal, this gua sha tool comes with organic face oil so you can ease yourself into your daily practice. The set is also hand-crafted and cruelty free.

Calming Shower Steamers Gift Set

Don't have a bath? Not to worry! Toss these lemongrass, eucalyptus, mint, and lavender steamers into a hot shower and feel the essential oils melt all the stress away.

Calming Lavender Heat Pillow

Let your self-care routine continue even while you're sleeping. This soothing heat pillow is made from locally sourced barley and lavender filling. All you have to do is put it into the microwave for one to two minutes and drape it around your neck (or anywhere with tension) to relax.

Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oil diffusers have become quite popular in the last few years, and for good reason. They can help you unwind after a long day, and this one in particular has the capability to mist for over 8 hours. It also has four different light settings, making it perfect to use anytime.

Girlfriend Collective Rye RIB High-Rise Legging

Exercise is a part of self-care (no matter how much we try to avoid it), but nothing gives us motivation quite like new workout clothes. The Girlfriend Collective's high-rise leggings are smoothing and ribbed, making them super comfortable and easy to get into a routine with. Pair it with the Goji RIB Dylan Tank Bra for the full, matching set.

Goop Beauty Goopglow Cloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser

Clean skin is an essential part of a self-care routine, and this new cleanser from Goop Beauty is packed with great ingredients like omega-3s, omega-6s, and vitamins C and E. It also has a fruity smell that reminds us of the spring.

Bantam Bagels Classic Favorites Sample Pack

If you feel like treating yourself to something delicious on Valentine's Day, look no further than these adorable bite-sized bagels from Bantam Bagels. These NY favorites come in delicious flavors like cinnamon sugar, classic, french toast, and more.

Home Bar Hero: Mixology Class & Simple Syrups

Gift yourself an experience for Valentine's Day this year instead of opting for a traditional present. This 90 minute class will teach you how to make three craft cocktails from one of Brooklyn's best bartenders. The experience also includes a Flavored Simple Syrup Set, which will be mailed to you before your selected date.

Casper The Glow Light

Most of the lights around us (whether it's from your phone or the light bulbs in your house) can actually keep us up at night. Casper's glow light gradually dims and can help you wind down naturally for better, deeper sleep.

Pure Daily Care NanoSteamer

The cold weather can make it hard to keep your skin in check, but this ionic facial steamer can help increase the effectiveness of the products you normally use on your face. With over 23,000 five-star reviews, it's definitely worth adding to your self-care routine!

Therapedic Oversized Backrest Pillow

What better way to read or watch tv than with an oversized back pillow? Not only is it super comfortable, it also supports your back and neck. This pillow in particular even has a pocket to store your phone or remote.

My Life Story So Far

Take some time on Valentine's Day to reflect on your story and experiences. This journal is filled with inspiring prompts to spark memories, lessons, and more.

The Ritual x KonMari Intention Setting Kit

This kit from KonMari can help you set positive intentions with yourself, especially if you're a beginner when it comes to practicing self-care. It even has written instructions on how to use the different products to explore feelings of gratitude and possibility.

Spa Set

While normally you might treat yourself to a day at the spa, you can recreate the experience at home with this bestselling gift set. It features plenty of essentials including bath salts, a lavender body oil, a scented candle and a super soft face towel. You can even personalize the box with your name to make it feel more special.

Glossier Mask Duo

While you're soaking in the tub, give your skin some TLC with this popular mask duo from Glossier. The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack detoxifies, while the Moisturizing Moon Mask soothes and hydrates. Use them individually or pair them together for a complete treatment.

Cancelled Plans Do Not Disturb Candle

Light a candle and relax for your night in. This one, which has notes of spice, sea salt and vanilla will inspire you to silence your notifications and truly enjoy your solo time.

Alexander Del Rossa Women's Warm Fleece Robe

Nothing feels more luxurious than wrapping yourself in a soft, warm robe, and this one is perfect for your night of self-care thanks to the super cozy plush material. It comes in multiple color options like pink, burgundy and blue. Choose your favorite and you'll be ready to curl up on the couch with Netflix and a glass of wine.

Halluci Women's Cross Band Soft Plush Slippers

A lounging outfit is never complete without a comfortable pair of slippers. These plush shoes (which can be worn outdoors thanks to their solid soles) have more than 21,000 five-star ratings on Amazon. One Shop TODAY writer said they "are the softest things I've ever slipped my feet into."

Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Variety Box

While you settle in for a cozy night, don't forget to grab a calming cup of tea. This sampler set includes a range of flavors from peppermint to orange, so you'll have plenty of options to suit your mood.

Olive & June The Mani System

Give yourself the perfect manicure at home with this complete kit from Olive & June. It features a handy tool that makes it easier to apply polish to both hands, a cuticle serum, a clean-up brush for a mistake-free mani and more. Choose one color to go along with the set — may we suggest a Valentine's Day–themed pink or a bold glitter polish?

UrbanStems The Demi

As cheesy as it might sound, sending yourself flowers can make your day a little brighter. UrbanStems has plenty of beautiful arrangements that are perfect for Valentine's Day, like this combination of football mums, cocculus and eucalyptus. They're also great to send to friends to let them know you're thinking of them, especially if you skipped your usual Galentine's celebration.

In Good Taste California Wine Mixer

Turn your living room into your own personal tasting room with this wine sampling kit from In Good Taste. The company sends you eight 6-ounce bottles of California coastal wines, so you can create your own DIY tasting experience at home. Take it up a notch and schedule a virtual tasting, where you'll be paired with a group of people and a wine expert who will lead you all through the experience.

Everything Eiffel - Modern Monet Paint by Numbers Kits

Embrace your artsy side with this paint-by-numbers kit. The set includes a printed canvas along with paints, a reference map and brushes. You can choose from multiple wanderlust-inspiring destinations, including the Eiffel Tower, Amalfi Coast and Venice. And don't worry if you're not artistically inclined, you don't need to be to have a blast completing this fun activity.

Comma Home Weighted Blanket

To de-stress and unwind, settle in with a cozy weighted blanket. This one is meant to feel super luxe thanks to its faux-fur lining and comes in two color options.

Milk Bar Assorted Cookie Tin

Buying yourself a box of chocolates is never a bad idea, but if you're looking for the ultimate treat-yourself moment, this assortment of Milk Bar cookies is the perfect indulgence. The six-cookie tin includes one of each of their most popular flavors such as the beloved Compost Cookie, the Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie and more — or just upgrade to the 12-pack and get two of each.

Piecework Disco Queen Modern Jigsaw Puzzle

Simply want something to distract you from the holiday? While kicking back with a book or watching a movie is always a good option, puzzles are a great way to challenge your mind and fill time. Piecework has plenty of beautiful puzzles like this "Disco Queen" design complete with bright colors and fun artwork to liven up your night.

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