54 Valentine's Day BFF Gifts That Say "ILYSM" Without Actually Saying It

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman
·9 min read

With the unprecedented changes we’ve gone through over the past year, something as minuscule as finding the best Valentine’s Day gift for friends may seem unimportant, but in all actuality, it’s not. For many, friendships have been the anchor during this tidal shift of change. Needless to say, it’s been arduous for many people not to see friends during this time regularly.

But just because you may be unable to hug your partner in crime IRL this Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t show them how much they’ve meant to you this past year. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the 54 best Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your BFF that aren’t cheesy. Whether it's supporting Black-owned businesses or spoiling them with a pretty necklace, there’s something in here for every type of friend.

Valentines’s Day Gifts Under $50

Rare Beauty Lip & Cheek Mini Duo ($15)

Your BFF that’s basically a beauty influencer on the DL? Send her Rare Beauty’s lip and cheek duo.

Fable & Mane Holiroots Discovery Set ($20)

Give your best friend the gift of great hair with this discovery set for all textures.

Actually Curious Curiosity Edition Card Game ($25)

Do you want to deepen the conversations via Facetime? Try this card game from the Black-owned brand Actually Curious.

Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts ($18)

Have a bubble bath fanatic in your life? Send them this bath salt with Himalayan pink salt.

Boys Lie Beanie Baby ($16)

Your friend that’s always looking for the next big brand? Introduce her to Boys Lie by gifting this chic beanie.

Golde Cacao Turmeric Latte Blend for Skin Glow + Destress ($29)

Everyone has a friend that claims they’re going to stop spending money on coffee. Help them get there with this latte blend from Golde.

Here for the Burn World's Best Bitch Candle ($35)

Candles can be a cute gift. We especially love this cheeky candle from the small brand Here for the Burn.

Nanor x Rose Inc. Tuberose Row Body Scrub ($49)

Miss your spa days together? Give her the gift of an at-home spa-like experience bottled up in Nanor x Rose’s body scrub.

Sakara Discovery Kit ($45)

Keep your girlfriends in check with their New Year’s resolution of being healthier by gifting Sakara’s wellness travel kit.

Urban Sophistication Likes Iphone Case ($35)

Whether your favorite gal is a micro-influencer or just needs a new phone case, this witty iPhone cover from the rising brand Urban Sophistication makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Birchbox 3-Month Subscription Gift Card ($45)

Nothing says “I love you” quite like gifting three months of beauty products from Birchbox.

JW Pei Eva Mini Gradient Chain Shoulder Bag White Lizard ($39)

Know that friend that's always got a new handbag? They’ll love this crocodile shoulder bag with a gradient chain.

Sugarfina Bubbly Bears Set of 4 Candy Cubes ($36)

Who needs heart-shaped candy when you can send bougie bubbly bears? Satisfying their sweet tooth has never been chicer.

Steve Madden Retreat Off-White ($50)

Keep your favorite girl cozy with these shearling slippers.

Kodak Powerflash Disposable Camera Set of 2 ($34)

Feel like you’re struggling to make new memories? Send them one half of a Kodak’s polaroid camera set and document your quarantine life for each other.

Versed Take the Lead Three-Step Routine ($40)

Skincare pros or newbies will love testing out Versed’s three-step skincare routine (we pinky promise).

Statement by Nadia XO XOX Earrings ($48)

Any avid jewelry collector can confirm that their love language includes finding new indie jewelry brands to support. Love them the way they want to be loved by gifting them these resin statement earrings from the Black-Owned brand, Statement by Nadia.

Adore Me Luana ($50)

Depending on how close you are, another thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift would be to send them a pair of cute PJs. You could even get matching pairs and schedule a virtual movie night.

Valentines’s Day Gifts Under $100

The Beauty Chef Glowing & Gutsy Kit ($89)

Give the gift of great skin and a healthy gut by gifting The Beauty Chef’s glowing & gutsy kit.

Skullcandy ndy Evo True Wireless In-Ear Earbud ($60)

Whether they’re avid runners or love to dance in their apartments, you can’t go wrong with gifting these wireless headphones.

Linné Insulated Bottle and Skin Tea ($54)

Meet the best gift you could ever give a tea lover: Linne’s limited-edition collaboration with Welly Bottle for a skin tea set that will warm their heart (quite literally).

Sparklane Classic Nameplate Necklace ($65)

If you’re looking for affordable, customizable jewelry to send to your pal this Valentine’s day, look no further than jewelry brand Sparklane.

Sigma Beauty Skincare Brush Set ($55)

For the friend that’s having severe facial-appointment withdrawals, give the gift of skincare brushes they can use for at-home treatments.

Brandon Blackwood New York Esr Tote ($80)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it again: One of the best bag brands to support at the moment is the Black-owned label Brandon Blackwood. For the trendiest friend or the social advocate, it doesn’t get better than this bag.

Rihanna Book ($70)

It’s a Rihanna coffee table book, need I say more?

Havva I Love You BB. Cardholder ($45)

We all have that one friend that’s managed to lose their wallet a few times (I may be that friend), so give them a gift that reminds them you love their messy selves through and through.

& Other Stories Heart Button Alpaca Blend Cardigan ($99)

It’s not a Valentine’s Day gift guide if you don’t include some heart-shaped things. Luckily, this alpaca cardigan is stylish, so there’s no reason to doubt that they won’t love it.

Converse Canvas Platform Chuck Taylor All Star ($70)

I can confidently say that your sneaker-obsessed best friend will love these high-top staple converse.

Skims Cozy Knit Bouclé Pants ($88)

Homebodies will live for and live in these cozy knit pants that are Kim Kardashian West–approved.

Terra/Form Cryocanna Muscle + Joint Pain Relief Gel ($65)

For your friend that has chronic muscle pain, you’ll want to put them onto wellness and skincare brand, Terra/Form’s CBD gel.

Soma Intimates Satin Short Robe ($88)

A satin robe is never a bad idea, especially if you’re giving it to your fanciest friend.

Grown Alchemist Hand Care Kit ($90)

Let’s be real here: The best gifts are essentials you use every day. Rest assured that Grown Alchemist’s handcare set will be used on the daily by your friend.

Coal N Terry Rusted Trap Hoodie ($90)

For that friend who’s always searching for the next big streetwear brand, you’ll want to introduce them to Coal N Terry.

Mejuri Organic Pearl Hoops ($75)

As someone that’s personally been gifted these earrings from a best friend, I can say that this gift says “ILY” without words.

Karen Jai Home Grand Style Set ($98)

If the love language for an interior design fanatic were distilled into one singular gift idea, it would be glassware. This stylish decanter and geometric glasses set are perfect for the friend that keeps a well-curated home.

No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Anti-Ageing Skincare System ($78)

Friends of all ages can benefit from injecting a few anti-aging skin care products into their routine. This No7's collection that includes a day and night creme along with serum is a great place to start.

Valentines’s Day Gifts Under $250

Taschen Naomi, Updated Edition, Set of Two Hardcover Books ($150)

Any fashion-forward friend or décor lover would be ecstatic to add this set of books cataloging Naomi Campbell’s modeling career to their coffee table collection.

Vitruvi Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser ($119)

Honestly, it doesn’t get more thoughtful than this ceramic aromatherapy diffuser.

Adidas Nmd R1 Shoes ($140)

Has your best friend made her New Year’s resolution to run more this year? Give them a gift that will go the distance.

Cult Gaia Tallulah Earring ($118)

Valentine date or not, your bestie will look bomb rocking these Cult Gaia stone earrings.

Jacquemus Bob Gadjo Logo-Plaque Cotton-Canvas Bucket Hat ($115)

My friends and I regularly DM about this Jacquemus bucket hat, so yes, it’s a good gift idea.

Anissa Kermiche X Nodaleto Bulla Corta Earthenware Left Boot Vase ($200)

Look familiar? Anissa Kermiche makes stunning ceramic vases that every fashion girl you probably follow has posted about.

Polène Number Six Monochrome Yellow ($230)

Pale yellow will be a huge color this spring, making this bag a prime Valentine’s Day gift for trend-forward friends.

Acne Studios Unisex Logo Wool Scarf ($240)

They say it’s the thought that counts, and it doesn’t get more thoughtful than this luxe wool scarf.

Alighieri The Morning Hour 24kt Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings ($175)

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but after you give her these unique 24k gold-plated hoops, that friendship will be demoted to second place.

The Frankie Shop Knit Shrug Set ($175)

If you know your best friend’s clothing size, why not spoil her with a knit shrug set from The Frankie Shop? They’ll think of you every time they wear it.

Staud Tommy Beaded Bag ($250)

The best thing about this bag as a Valentine’s Day gift idea is that it comes in more hues, so you and your friends can match.

Aritzia The Super Puff ($250)

Any gift that can keep your favorite human warm is a good Valentine’s Day gift idea, especially if it’s a puffer coat that’s this cute.

Audio-Technica UO Exclusive LP60X-BT Bluetooth Record Player ($189)

You can’t serenade your best friend IRL this year, but you can send a record player so they can listen to their favorite albums.

Juicy Couture Hoodie with Back Embellishment ($119)

Give your OG best friend the gift of nostalgia this Valentine’s Day and send them this iconic 2000s Juicy Couture velour hoodie.

Velvet Canyon Zou Bisou Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($190)

For that friend that refuses to splurge on sunglasses for herself, give the gift of good frames this Valentine’s Day.

Slip Ultimate Beauty Sleep Gift Set in White & Black ($142)

Give your bestie the gift of beauty sleep with this silk slip set.

Diptyque Set of Three Scented Candles ($108)

Why gift one candle when you can give a stylish set of three?

Chanel N°5 Eau De Parfum Twist & Spray Gift Set ($172)

You’ve made it this far, and you’re still unsure of what to get your best friend? When all else fails, you turn to Chanel. Trust us: this is the treat they deserve.

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